The True "Servants of Evil"
By Bev Conover
Online Journal Editor & Publisher

"When they call you a conspiracy theorist,
it means you are closer to the truth
than they want you to be." — Craig Hulet

September 11, 2003 — On this the second anniversary of the attacks of September 11, may the words George W. Bush spoke yesterday before the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., about "the servants of evil who plotted the attacks" come home at last to haunt him and his administration.

Bush was correct when he said, "The forces of global terror cannot be appeased and they cannot be ignored. They must be hunted; they must be found; and they will be defeated."

We don't have to hunt farther than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, to find them.

While few Americans believe that President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas nearly 40 years ago by a lone assassin, many don't want to believe that the man who currently occupies the White House and those he has chosen to surround himself with would pull or knowingly let happen such a horrendous deed as 9/11, instead opting to cling to the blind belief that "our government wouldn't do that to us."

People don't want to believe that a parent would kill his or her child or that a child would kill his or her parent, or a host of other heinous things that seem too vile to contemplate. And yet these things happen. So why is it beyond belief that "our government" would commit the unthinkable or, at the least, stand by and allow it to happen to further its own ends?

The corporate-controlled television networks and print media, which are the propaganda arm of the Bush administration, have labored long and hard to convince people that 9/11 was carried out by 19 suicidal Arabs, under the direction of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, using box cutters to hijack four airliners to crash two of them into the World Trade Center, a third into the Pentagon, and a fourth into a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people in the process. And, oops, it happened because of a massive failure of all the US intelligence agencies. End of story.

If such a thing had happened on any other administration's watch, we would be up to our eyeballs in investigations — those by various congressional committees and more than likely Congress would have authorized an independent investigation, too. Instead, Congress let itself be bullied by Bush and Dick Cheney, both of whom wanted no investigation at all, then went along with a whitewash worse than the Iran-contra investigation and even withheld documents from that limited probe by a joint committee of Congress, plus removed 28 pages from its final report. Are we to expect anything better next May when the allegedly independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States makes its report?

How fortunate 9/11 was for George W., who, after losing the popular vote — despite the efforts of his brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, and the infamous Katherine Harris, who served as both Florida's secretary of state and co-chairman of George's Florida campaign, to steal that state's election — was installed in the White House by five justices on the US Supreme Court and needed something to divert public attention from the collapse of "Kenny Boy" Lay's (GW's buddy) Enron and whose corporate-media inflated popularity was sinking faster than the economy. Bush had hit his "trifecta," but it was an even better trifecta than he had envisioned: the 9/11 attacks that paved the way for the endless "war on terror," the creation of a police state at home and the invasion of two sovereign nations — Afghanistan and Iraq.

And now along comes Gerald Posner, the author who put the final coat of whitewash on the Kennedy assassination, who, in his new book, "Why America Slept: the Failure to Prevent 9/11," says much of the blame rests with Bill Clinton. Clinton did some awful things while president (sex wasn't one of them), even though his supporters prefer not to take notice of them, but 9/11? This sounds like a replay of Ronald Reagan's Jimmy Carter was responsible for everything that went wrong during the Reagan-Bush administration. Whatever would the right-wingers do if they didn't have Bill Clinton to scapegoat?

No, the Democrats' hands aren't clean in hyping that we had to take measures to protect "the homeland" — a phrase they used — from "terrorists." It was Jimmy Carter's man, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, who, in his book, "The Grand Chessboard," championed American global hegemony and laid out his blueprint for achieving Pax Americana. But it was the war-mongering neocons at the Project for the New American Century who came up with using the military to achieve empire and called for a "new Pearl Harbor."

Those who raise the questions about 9/11 that desperately need to be raised are dismissed by both the right and the self-appointed gatekeepers of the left, with the gatekeepers being even more vehement in their dismissal of skeptics and determined researchers as "conspiracy wackos."

But such dismissals don't explain what really happened that day; what Bush knew and when he knew it; why the administration has scapegoated the FBI and CIA after turning a deaf ear to them and a host of foreign intelligence services; or who countermanded normal procedure and ordered the stand-down of the military planes that would have scrambled to intercept the hijacked airliners. Nor do they explain how an administration that claims it never gave thought to airliners, used as weapons, being crashed into buildings, so quickly knew who the alleged hijackers were and that bin Laden was the alleged mastermind of the attacks. Of course, they would never entertain the thought that bin Laden, who with the blessing of the Reagan-Bush administration and the help of the CIA set up al Qaeda to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan, might have been doing George W.'s bidding, which might point to the hunt for him as a charade.

Just the wacky thinking of "conspiracy theorists," eh?

But consider that Bush lied from the get-go and when he couldn't tell a bald-faced lie, he waffled. To wit, the lie about being a "compassionate conservative." The lie about being "a uniter not a divider." The lie about not wanting to get caught up in "nation building." The whopper about restoring "honor and dignity" to the White House, then giving jobs to felons and scumbags. He waffled about his desertion from the Texas Air National Guard and compounded it with the lie that he completed his service. He waffled on questions about his alcohol and drug use.

Now he exploits the victims of 9/11, using them to instill fear in the American people of more "attacks" to come. He exploited both to bomb Afghanistan to smithereens so his energy buddies can build a pipeline through that shattered country and played on the fears of the people to get them to surrender their freedoms for the false promise of "security." He exploited the victims of 9/11 to convince many Americans that Saddam Hussein was in bed with al Qaeda and might give his nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction" to Osama's boys, if he didn't use them on us first, and therefore the US had to take the "evil" Saddam out and "liberate" the Iraqi people, who not only would greet us with flowers and kisses for doing so, but would gladly turn their oil over to Bush's buddies as the price for rebuilding their country that we had devastated through sanctions for 12 years and we were about to destroy — and have destroyed, along with the looting of their national treasures.

And on this day he has proclaimed Patriot Day of all things, having mired the US military in the depleted-uranium-laden sands of Iraq, showing no remorse for all the innocent people whose deaths he caused, telling the countries on whom he spit they have a duty to help rebuild what he has destroyed, and, after depriving his own people of vitally needed services, asking Congress for another $87 billion as partial payment on the tab he ran up — not to mention the unprecedented $500 billion hole his policies and tax cuts for the rich have put the country in — he further exploits the victims of 9/11 by sacrificing our troops on the altar of his ego and ignorance.

Talk about "servants of evil." All George W. has to do is look into a mirror to see one. He and his administration are the force of global terror that cannot be appeased or ignored. Only by putting the truth before the American people and the world can they be defeated and locked away in that dark place from which they came.


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