THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
September 6, 2003
The Guardian (UK)

'This War on Terrorism is Bogus'

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

by Michael Meacher

[Michael Meacher, British Member of Parliament, was environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003]

Massive attention has now been given - and rightly so - to the reasons why Britain went to war against Iraq. But far too little attention has focused on why the US went to war, and that throws light on British motives too. The conventional explanation is that after the Twin Towers were hit, retaliation against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan was a natural first step in launching a global war against terrorism. Then, because Saddam Hussein was alleged by the US and UK governments to retain weapons of mass destruction, the war could be extended to Iraq as well. However this theory does not fit all the facts. The truth may be a great deal murkier.

We now know that a blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says "while the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document attributed to Wolfowitz and Libby which said the US must "discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role". It refers to key allies such as the UK as "the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership". It describes peacekeeping missions as "demanding American political leadership rather than that of the UN". It says "even should Saddam pass from the scene", US bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently... as "Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has". It spotlights China for "regime change", saying "it is time to increase the presence of American forces in SE Asia".

The document also calls for the creation of "US space forces" to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent "enemies" using the internet against the US. It also hints that the US may consider developing biological weapons "that can target specific genotypes [and] may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool".

Finally - written a year before 9/11 . . .

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Enver Masud, "Deadly Deception, Pretexts for War," The Wisdom Fund, July 30, 2001

Enver Masud, "What Really Happened on September 11 Remains a Mystery," The Wisdom Fund, April 27, 2002

Standard Schaeffer, "'Al Qaeda Itself Does Not Exist'," CounterPunch, June 21, 2003

Julian Borger, "White House 'Lied About Saddam Threat'," Guardian, July 10, 2003

[Nearing the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, seven in 10 Americans continue to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks, even though the Bush administration and congressional investigators say they have no evidence of this.--Dana Milbank and Claudia Deane, "Hussein Link to 9/11 Lingers in Many Minds," Washington Post Staff, September 6, 2003]

Charles J. Hanley (Pulitzer Prize winner), "AP Staffer Fact-Checks Powell's UN Speech: Key Claims Didn't Hold Up," Editor & Publisher Online, September 9, 2003

[The Iraqi "regime change", as we now know, was planned as part of a Perle-Wolfowitz campaign document to the would-be Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu years before Bush came to power. It beggars belief that Tony Blair should have signed up to this nonsense without realising that it was no more nor less than a project invented by a group of pro-Israeli American neo-conservatives and right-wing Christian fundamentalists.--Robert Fisk, "Folly Taken To A Scale We Haven't Seen Since WWII," Independent, September 11, 2001]

[Another of Tony Blair's main justifications for war on Iraq was blown apart yesterday by the disclosure that intelligence chiefs had warned that deposing Saddam Hussein would increase the risk of terror attacks on Britain.--Paul Waugh and Kim Sengupta, "Blair's war: PM ignored intelligence advice on Iraq," Independent (UK), September 12, 2003]

[TONY Blair found himself embroiled in a fresh Iraq crisis last night after it was claimed Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a desperate last-minute plea for him to call off the war.--Brian Brady, " Straw 'begged Blair' not to join Iraq war," Scotland on Sunday, September 14, 2003]

David Usborne and Nigel Morris, "Blix: Saddam destroyed his weapons of mass destruction a decade ago," Independent (UK), September 18, 2003

Tim Harper, "No proof Iraq tied to 9/11: Bush," Toronto Star, September 18, 2003

[it is clear the U.S. authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of 9/11. It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance warning to the U.S. of the 9/11 attacks. . . .

Cheney's neo-conservative faction is the modern-day embodiment of the fascist-synarchist forces, that threatened both the Britain and the United States in the 1940s. Pulling his strings are powerful financier forces--descendants of those private banking families and financial interests who brought Adolf Hitler to power in Germany, and supported Mussolini's dictatorship in Italy. . . .

9/11 was a "Reichstag Fire," allowing for dictatorial measures at home, and for Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations pitting Western nations against Islam --Mark Burdman, "Cheney's Role in 9/11 Put on Center Stage by British MP," Executive Intelligence Review, September 19, 2003]

John Pilger, "The Big Lie," Daily Mirror (UK), September 22, 2003

Helen Thomas, "Hussein link was sales job," Miami Herald, September 27, 2003

David Cracknell, "Blair 'knew Iraq had no WMD'," Sunday Times, October 5, 2003

HARDtalk Interview and Video, "Iraq: Scott Ritter," Miami Herald, October 6, 2003

Noam Chomsky, "Dominance and its Dilemmas," ZNet, October 10, 2003

[In the few weeks before its fall, Iraq's Ba'athist regime made a series of increasingly desperate peace offers to Washington, promising to hold elections and even to allow US troops to search for banned weapons. But the advances were all rejected by the Bush administration,--Julian Borger, Brian Whitaker and Vikram Dodd, "Saddam's desperate offers to stave off war," Guardian, November 7, 2003]

Zbigniew Brzezinski, "To lead, U.S. must give up paranoid policies," International Herald Tribune, November 15, 2003

Robert Fisk, "We Are Paying The Price For An Infantile Attempt To Reshape The Middle East," Independent, November 21, 2003

Eric Margolis, "CRITICISM DOES NOT EQUAL ANTI-AMERICANISIM," January 5, 2004

VIDEO: "After 9/11," LinkTV, June 2004

Emily Fredrix, "Soros: America, once the victim, now the perpetrator in war on terror," Associated Press, June 3, 2004

[The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it was wrong in reporting that terrorism declined worldwide last year, . . . Instead, the number of incidents and the toll in victims increased sharply--"U.S. Wrongly Reported Drop in World Terrorism in 2003," Associated Press, June 11, 2004]

Patrick J. Buchanan, "Faith-Based War," Antiwar.com, October 19, 2005

Paul Craig Roberts, "Is the War on Terror a Hoax?," lewrockwell.com, October 1, 2011

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