On December 7, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor, which killed over 2,400 U.S. Marines, and drew a parallel between this attack in 1941 and the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City, saying that in both cases, the U.S.A. did not ask for war, but was first provoked by a foreign enemy. It could very well be that Bush was right in more than one way to say that the September 11 attack is “a second Pearl Harbor,” for it would seem that both attacks were allowed to happen to infuriate the Americans and to shift the public opinion in favor of an all-out war against the enemy. This is a serious accusation, but as Michael Rivero reports it in his website, whatreallyhappened.com, it's the oldest trick in the book, dating back to Roman times; creating the enemies you need. And history shows plenty of examples when people used that trick, the most known being the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.
|The USS Arizona sinks in Pearl Harbor|
U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted a war with Germany to stop Hitler, but despite several provocations in the Atlantic, the American people, still struggling with that troublesome economy, were opposed to any wars. (As long as Hitler contented himself with controlled Europe, Roosevelt did not bother, but when the Führer decided in June, 1941 to invade Communist Russia, Roosevelt became very upset, for he was very sympathetic to Stalin and the Communist cause, and said that the U.S.A. had to intervene to “save our Russian ally”.)
Roosevelt had ordered the sinking of several German ships in the Atlantic, but Hitler refused to be provoked. Roosevelt needed an enemy, and if America would not willingly attack that enemy, then one would have to be maneuvered into attacking America.
The way open to war was created when Japan signed the Tripartite Agreement with Italy and Germany, with all parties pledging mutual defense to each other. Whereas Hitler would never declare war on the United States no matter the provocation, the means to force Japan to do so were readily at hand.
The first step was to place oil and steel embargoes on Japan, using Japan's wars on the Asian mainland as a reason. This forced Japan to consider seizing the oil and mineral-rich regions in Indonesia. With the European powers militarily exhausted by the war in Europe, the United States was the only power in the Pacific able to stop Japan from invading the Dutch East Indies, and by moving the Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Roosevelt made a pre-emptive strike on that fleet the mandatory first step in any Japanese plan to extend its empire into the “southern resource area”. Japan needed oil. They had to invade Indonesia to get it, and to do that, they first had to remove the threat of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. There never really was any other course open to them.
To enrage the American people as much as possible, Roosevelt needed the first overt attack by Japan to be as bloody as possible, appearing as a sneak attack, much as the Japanese had done to the Russians. From that moment up until the attack on Pearl Harbor itself, Roosevelt and his associates made sure that the commanders in Hawaii, General Short and Admiral Kimmel, were kept in the dark as much as possible about the location of the Japanese fleet and it's intentions, then later scapegoated for the attack.
But as the Army Board had concluded at the time, and subsequent de-classified documents confirmed, Washington D.C. knew the attack was coming, knew exactly where the Japanese fleet was, and knew where it was headed. On November 29, 1941, Secretary of State Hull showed United Press reporter Joe Leib a message with the time and place of the attack, and the New York Times in its special 12/8/41 Pearl Harbor edition, on page 13, reported that the time and place of the attack had been known in advance!
The much repeated claim that the Japanese fleet maintained radio silence on it's way to Hawaii was a lie. Among other intercepts still held in the Archives of the National Security Agency is the uncoded message sent by the Japanese tanker Shirya stating, “proceeding to a position 30.00 N, 154.20 E. Expect to arrive at that point on 3 December.” (near Hawaii.)
Rivero reports several other similar examples, which are not theories, but facts. In 70 BC, an ambitious minor politician and extremely wealthy man, Marcus Licineus Crassus, wanted to rule Rome. Just to give you an idea of what sort of man Crassus really was, he is credited with the invention of the fire brigade. But in Crassus' version, his fire-fighting slaves would race to the scene of a burning building whereupon Crassus would offer to buy it on the spot for a tiny fraction of it's worth. If the owner sold, Crassus' slaves would put out the fire. If the owner refused to sell, Crassus allowed the building to burn to the ground. By means of this device, Crassus eventually came to be the largest single private land holder in Rome, and used some of his wealth to help back Julius Caesar against Cicero.
In 70 BC, Rome was still a Republic, which placed very strict limits on what rulers could do, and more importantly NOT do. But Crassus had no intentions of enduring such limits to his personal power, and contrived a plan.
Crassus seized upon the slave revolt led by Spartacus in order to strike terror into the hearts of Rome, whose garrison Spartacus had already defeated in battle. Terrified of the impending arrival of the much-feared army of gladiators, Rome declared Crassus Praetor. Crassus then crushed Spartacus' army, and even though Pompeii took the credit, Crassus was elected Consul of Rome the following year.
With this maneuver, the Romans surrendered their Republican form of government. Soon would follow the first Triumvirate, consisting of Crassus, Pompeii, and Julius Caesar, followed by the reign of the god-like Emperors of Rome. The Romans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic, and accepting the rule of Emperors.
Elected Chancellor of Germany, Hitler, like Crassus, had no intention of living with the strict limits to his power imposed by German law. Hitler's thugs were easy to recognize; they all wore the same brown shirts. But their actions were no different than those of their Roman predecessors. They staged beatings, set fires, caused as much trouble as they could, while Hitler made speeches promising that he could end the crime wave of subversives and terrorism if he was granted extraordinary powers.
Then the Reichstag burned down; a staged terrorist attack. The Germans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic, and accepting the total rule of the Fuhrer.
In 1898, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal were arguing for American intervention in Cuba. Hearst is reported to have dispatched a photographer to Cuba to photograph the coming war with Spain. When the photographer asked just what war that might be, Hearst is reported to have replied, “You take the photographs, and I will provide the war.” Hearst was true to his word, as his newspaper published stories of great atrocities being committed against the Cuban people, most of which turned out to be complete fabrications.
On the night of February 15, 1898, the USS Maine, lying in Havana harbor in a show of US resolve to protect her interests, exploded violently. Captain Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, urged that no assumptions of enemy attack be made until there was a full investigation of the cause of the explosion. For this, Captain Sigsbee was excoriated in the press for "refusing to see the obvious". The Atlantic Monthly declared flat out that to suppose the explosion to be anything other than a deliberate act by Spain was “completely at defiance of the laws of probability.”
Under the slogan “Remember the Maine”, Americans went to war with Spain, eventually winning the Phillipines (and annexing Hawaii along the way). In 1975, an investigation led by Admiral Hyman Rickover examined the data recovered from a 1911 examination of the wreck, and concluded that there had been no evidence of an external explosion. The most likely cause of the sinking was a coal dust explosion in a coal bunker imprudently located next to the ship's magazines. Captain Sigsbee's caution had been well founded.
So, here we are today, with the bombing of the World Trade Center, and a new enemy, Osama Bin Laden, the new boogie man on whom the Government blames everything. We are being warned that a dangerous enemy threatens us, implacable, invisible, omnipresent, and invulnerable as long as our Government is hamstrung by that silly old Bill of Rights. In a fight “to protect our freedoms,” our Government actually removes them one after the other, under the pretext that it needs more special powers to “deal with the crisis.”
The idea is to create a permanent state of fear among the population, in order to make them accept the idea that microchips under the skin of every individual would be a good way to fight terrorism.
Don't worry about Bin Laden, for they are not in a hurry to find him: the present crisis has to last as long as possible! In fact, the purpose of this new “war against terrorism” is not getting Bin Laden nor stopping terrorism, but, like in the Gulf War, oil.
The largest untapped oil reserves lie in the Caspian Sea, just north of Afghanistan. A pipeline must be built and go through Afghanistan and Pakistan up to the Indian Ocean to bring this oil to the market. In 1998, U.S. oil companies flatly told the U.S. Congress that this pipeline would not be built until the Taliban was removed as the govern- ment in Afghanistan, even though the U.S. had financed Bin Laden and the Taliban in 1980 to fight the Soviet Union.
Bin Laden was financed by the CIA, and we only have the CIA's word that he isn't still in their employ. However, as other CIA agents noted, you never leave the agency. Once you are in, you are in for life!
At first, the U.S. thought they could come to an agreement with the Taliban for the building of that pipeline. Talks began in February and soured in August, when the Americans told the Taliban to accept their offer of “a carpet of gold, or you will get a carpet of bombs.”
Long before the attacks on the World Trade Towers, the U.S. was already announcing that there would be a war. The BBC of London was recently told by Niaz Naik, a Pakistani Foreign Secretary, that senior American officials were warning them as early as mid-July that the U.S. was planning to invade Afghanistan in October. And here it is! Just like with Roosevelt, a provocation occurred just when the Government of the United States most needed one to anger the people into support of a war for oil.
But the official reason was not to be oil; one had to find an enemy, a scapegoat. No sooner had the planes crashed into the twin towers than the media was reporting official statements of suspicion that Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks. The FBI issued names of 19 suspected hijackers with Arab names, none of which appeared on the actual passenegers lists, and all based on what the FBI admits were forged ID, using stolen identities. Because of the phony IDs, we will never know who was on the planes; we only know who they wanted us to blame: the people sitting on that oil pipeline right-of-way!
When one considers the size of the Caspian oil fields, estimated at about 500 years' worth at present rates of consumption, one finds ample motive to start a war of conquest for that wealth. Compared to the trillions of dollars in oil profits which will flow from that pipeline stretching across Afghanistan, the cost of new World Trade Towers and a few thousand lives is a small price to pay for those who lust for wealth beyond dreams of avarice.
It is also quite possible that the United States is being spoofed by a third party to trigger a war that would force the U.S. to intervene in several nations, and weaken its own defense at home. Those who thirst for global domination would like this conflict to turn into World War III, a global war of the West (or so-called Christian nations) against the Arab nations (the Moslems), which would fit right into the plan for a world government, with a world dictator coming out to offer global peace.
No US military planes were sent up to intercept any of the hijacked planes, even though there were at least 30 minutes to one hour from the time it was known that the planes were hijacked. It is standard procedure for military planes to be sent up if a plane is off course and the plane is not or cannot communicate with ground control. Who gave the order to not “scramble” US military jets under these emergency and highly-dangerous conditions?
Why wage a war in Afghanistan as a result of 9-11, costing billions of dollars? Oil might well be the answer. Unocal, a huge American oil con-glomerate, along with other connected individuals, wanted to take control of six trillion dollars of oil (that's trillion, not billion) in the Caspian Sea... right near Afghanistan. Need you be reminded that the Bush's and Vice President Cheney just happen to be wealthy oil men, and Cheney's Haliburton Corporation will probably be building the multi-billion dollar oil pipeline across Afghanistan, which construction has now been given the O.K. by the new Afghani government. It happens that Hamid Karzai, the new leader of Afghanistan, used to work for Unocal. Isn't that convenient?
Was September 11, 2001 another Pearl Harbor that was allowed to happen? Does history repeat itself? You be the judge.
Wars solve nothing! They only serve financial interests! Let us work for peace, by working for social justice!