Alberta Arab News,
Well, another Sept.
11 anniversary has come and gone. I thought this year’s seemed
more subdued, less fraught with anxiety.
Perhaps after three
years the attack no longer has the same immediacy; perhaps the
U.S.’s record of murder, stupidity and greed in Iraq have
started to make us uneasy about condemning Arabs as
In any event, the
media dutifully reinforced the emotional impact of that day.
Television stations replayed videotape of the planes hitting
the Twin Towers; people called into radio shows to recount how
they felt that day, and decry how horrible it all was; and the
theme of Islamist terrorists attacking a Western democracy was
implicitly assumed throughout all media.
Next year, we’ll
get more of the same. In 2006, we can expect a
fifth-anniversary publicity package.
like this is usually associated with religious observances.
Coverage of Easter ceremonies, for example, is the same year
after year. No reporter is going to say that the story of the
Resurrection is absurd. Faith is not compatible with critical
Problem is, the WTC
attack has also been rendered impervious to rational
discussion. George W. Bush declared Sept. 10–12 to be National
Days of Prayer and Remembrance, meaning that the event calls
for introspection not investigation. In the Theocratic States
of America, no reporter is going to call into question
canonical verities, much less criticize the U.S.’s carefully
nurtured sense of martyrdom.
Yet, the WTC
collapse isn’t a matter of faith; it’s a matter of fact, and
therefore it can and should be discussed critically. The fact
that our mainstream media are afraid or unable to do this
should make us wonder what we’re not being told.
For starters, the
recently published 9/11 Commission Final Report has
been roundly denounced as a sham. Despite interviewing 1,200
witnesses and poring over 2.5 million pages of documents, the
commissioners ignored key evidence and committed howling
errors of fact.
description of the attack on the Pentagon—please!: “At 9:37,
the west wall…was hit by hijacked American Airlines Flight 77,
a Boeing 757. The crash caused immediate and catastrophic
damage.” (page. 314). Let’s examine the evidence.
• The impact hole
was 16 feet wide and circular; the width of a Boeing 757 is
125 feet and assuredly not circular.
• Military photographs showed no damage to the upper floors of
the Pentagon or to any objects in the path of the attack.
• No fuselage, fuel or other wreckage was found on the grass
in front of the impact site, which curiously suffered no
In sum, the 757
theory is as much a contrived fraud as is the Warren
Commission’s “lone gunman” theory of the Kennedy
disturbing is the report’s uncritical endorsement of Bush’s
“9/11 changed the world” dogma. Chapter 2 is actually devoted
to “The New Terrorism,” a term that is just as meaningless and
propagandistic as “The New Anti-Semitism.” So, if the report
reflects the official story, and the official story contains
absurdities like the 757 story, then our touchy-feely
“religious” reporting of it perpetuates a lie. It’s time the
media found some backbone and treated the WTC collapse as a
act of sabotage. Keep an open mind, and compare these two
Feb. 27, 1933
Blame for the Reichstag fire fell solely on a deranged, mostly
blind Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe, who was
found cowering behind the building. He had earlier openly
declared his intention to burn the Reichstag as a sole act of
protest against capitalism, but the Nazi leadership declared
the fire to be an act of International Communists, and
demanded the arrest and trial of the leaders of Communist
The day after the
fire, Chancellor Adolf Hitler convinced Germany’s senile
president Paul von Hindenberg to issue an emergency decree to
suspend civil liberties in the name of national security. It
“Articles 114, 115,
117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the constitution of the German
Empire are suspended until further notice. It is therefore
permissible to restrict the rights to personal freedom [habeas
corpus], freedom of speech, including the freedom of the
press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of
letters, mail, telegraphs and telephones, order searches and
confiscations and restrict property, even if this is not
otherwise provided for by present law.”
On Dec. 23 in
Leipzig, the two-month “Reichstag Fire Trial” of the Communist
leaders ended with the German Imperial Court acquitting most
of the defendants. In fact, one of the defendants presented
convincing evidence against high officials in the National
Socialist (Nazi) German Workers’ Party.
Upon hearing of the
acquittals, a furious Hitler decreed that a newly established
Nazi-run “People’s Court” would hear cases of treason, among
Although, van der
Lubbe was clearly involved, historians generally agree that
the Nazi hierarchy used him as a cover to commit an act of
sabotage for political gain. Testimony at the post-war
Nuremberg Trial revealed that the fire was accelerated by
Hitler’s paramilitary storm troopers, who applied a
self-igniting liquid throughout the assembly hall.*
Who these people
were, we don’t know, but the Nazis clearly benefited from the
The Collapse of the
Twin Towers, Sept. 11, 2001
Blame for the attack has fallen solely on Islamists who
hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the towers. The
U.S. leadership declared the attack to be the work of
international terrorists (al-Qa‘ida) and demanded the
Afghanistan government hand over Osama bin Laden, who had
issued a declaration of war against the U.S.
later, George W. Bush declared the country to be at war with
terror and established the Office of Homeland Security, which
is disturbingly close to “Committee of State Security,” or KGB
(Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti).
On Oct. 25, Bush
seized on the attack to stampede a panicked and intimidated
Congress into passing the USA PATRIOT Act, which gave the
government virtually dictatorial power and suspended numerous
civil liberties, including the right to counsel and protection
from arbitrary arrest, illegal search and seizure.
terrorists would no longer be tried in civilian courts, but in
military tribunals where they had no constitutional
aircraft were clearly involved in the attack, the collapse was
too orderly to have been solely the result of the impact. The
heat generated was not high enough to melt the
asbestos-insulated steel structure; the cement columns were
pulverized into dust as in a controlled implosion; and
explosions away from the area of impact were clearly visible.
conclusion is that saboteurs in the know exploited the attack
for political gain. Who these people were, we don’t know, but
the Bush government and Israel clearly benefited from the
* For a description
of what happened see the review of Der Reichstagbrand - Wie
Geschichte gemacht wird (The Reichstag Fire - How History is
Created) by Alexander Bahar and Wilfried Kugel.