From an “Expert” on Lies:
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, because the vast masses of a nation are, in the depths of their hearts, more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad.
The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them more easy victims of a big lie than a small one, because they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell big ones. Such a form of lying would never enter their heads. They would never credit others with the possibility of such great impudence as the complete reversal of facts.
Even explanations would long leave them in doubt and hesitation, and any trifling reason would dispose them to accept a thing as true. Something therefore always remains and sticks from the most imprudent of lies, a fact which all bodies and individuals concerned in the art of lying in this world know only too well, and therefore they stop at nothing to achieve this end.
~ Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
As we observe the unfolding of the events in the aftermath of the WTC attack, we are being sent many messages from all around the world by our readers thanking us for attempting to present a balanced perspective. They are also sending tid-bits of information gathered here and there, ideas, opinions, speculations and observations, all of which serve to highlight the potential of the moment.
What is that potential?
The fact is: such an event as the horror of yesterday will naturally have long-lasting repercussions.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt once was quoted as saying: “Nothing in politics ever happens by accident; if it happens, you can bet it was planned!”
One would think that he was in a position to know.
One of the earliest reactions to the events of yesterday received by us was the following:
Dear Fellow American,
Provisions in three separate presidential executive orders – Section 5(g) of Executive Order 11905, Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036 and Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333 – ban the United States government from engaging in efforts to assassinate enemies of this country. In light of the war declared on the United States today by terrorists, these bans should be lifted immediately [...] sign the petition urging your congressman to call on President Bush to issue an executive order repealing the prohibitions on assassinations …
What kind of lunacy inspires such rhetoric? Doesn’t this guy see that he is effectively becoming a tool of darkness?
It seems fairly obvious that, as many of the pundits were saying, there was a “failure of intelligence.”
Well, aside from the grim humor of such a remark, what does it really mean? Is it even remotely possible for that many aircraft to be hijacked at once, for those routes to be changed without being noticed, for those who notice to not ask questions, and once the questions have been asked, for there not to be some action taken pretty damn quick?
What about the simple matter of having “intel,” or “inside info?” Was this attack staged by an organization with absolutely no shoelaces left untied in terms of moles, double agents, or other leaks? In this day and time, that is almost inconceivable.
So, either it is possible that such was the case – there were no leaks – or that there WERE leaks, and someone turned a blind eye for their own objectives. But neither option really justifies the legislation of greater powers of the CIA and intelligence communities which is being promoted.
Meanwhile, playing into the “anti-moslem,” anti-Palestinian mode of thinking is ALSO falling into the clutches of the manipulators.
What is more: there is the even more chilling possibility that it was done by those who would wish to cast blame UPON the moslems or the Palestinians by manipulating them, helping them, and egging them on. Because it is fairly easy to see that the results of such an action would be so great a level of retaliation that only madmen of Islam would bring that kind of wrath down upon their own people.
Again: observe the results: THEY ARE INTENTIONAL.
But then again, fundamentalist fanatics are like that – of ANY religion. The famous remark made at the time of the beginning of the Inquisition: “Kill them all; God will know his own,” is not exclusive to Christian fundamentalist thinking. But we still come back to the intentional results.
Of course, those claiming that the New World Order is coming and that this is part of the plan to cause Americans to doubt the usefulness of democracy and to beg for more and stricter laws, are having a field day. Even if there is no “organized plan” by the “apparent government” in this direction, such an argument can be seen to have some validity. But we caution against running too far and too fast with this idea. The fact may be that we already have a “One World Government,” and that such actions as we see here are merely manipulations of energy – INCLUDING the fear mongering and reactionary stampeding of those screaming that the Beast is coming to take us all away.
This reaction is also intended. And those who are following it are just stampeded cattle.
One of the more obvious interpretations is that the whole incident with its comparison to “Pearl Harbor” is exactly that: an inducement to war. It is now generally known that the United States was aware of Japan’s plans to attack Pearl Harbor well enough in advance to have taken preventive action. This may even be the source of FDR’s remark quoted above. But the U.S. did NOT take action – not even so simple an action as warning the troops to get the heck out of the way.
Why? Well, obviously, the U.S. wanted to get into the war and the people were dead set against it. How to manipulate the people to ask the government to go to war? Why, Pearl Harbor, of course. So we have the government playing the part of “restrained shepherd of democracy” who is waiting for the public (which is being manipulated by the media) to DEMAND satisfaction by war
Today we are confronted with saber rattling of the most extreme sort. It passes even the war dances that were plastered on billboards and television and broadcast on radios prior to the Gulf War. Which reminds me: how many of you caught General Schwartzkopf’s comments? The old hero demanded his last word and pronounced the bastards to be the most reprehensible kind because they attacked civilians – it was not even a “military target.”
Well, heck, that’s true! I don’t think that a single red-blooded American would not agree. We are OUTRAGED.
We are appalled at the whole thing. We are sick to think of those driven to actually jump from the WTC to escape the heat, the flames, the destruction and horror of that Charnel house. One witness nearly broke down when he reported that the sky was “raining bodies.” People were jumping in pairs, holding hands.
Yes indeed! We are most heartily upset, offended, outraged, stunned, and just about every miserable and horrifying adjective you can think up. We are almost unable to even express our feelings for those whose lives were destroyed in this catastropic event, the dead as well as those connected to the dead directly or indirectly.
But, damn it! What if that is INTENDED?!
And intended by WHOM?!
WHO STANDS TO GAIN? By ANY action taken in response to this event?
Remember what FDR said: If it happens, it was planned that way.
And then there is the old intel guy who told me that one of the first rules of intelligence is to observe the situation AS IT IS, and extrapolate to who will gain from it.
And there is only one answer here.
Let’s not be blind cattle stampeded by the sound of a gunshot. In all cases, let’s stop, look, observe and analyze, and try to figure out: Who is on first?
We, as a people, as the human race, have been manipulated for eons. That’s a fact of history. Over and over again. And those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Ark and Laura
Originally Published 2001_09_12