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Terror Incognita: ‘Demistifying’ the Fog of War

“The Muslim terrorist apparatus was created by US intelligence as a political weapon” – National security adviser to the Carter administration, Zbigniew Brzezinski

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.” – Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken

Corporate propaganda is flying so thick and fast lately it’s dizzying just keeping up with it. For regular readers of the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, Vladimir Putin is the new Fuhrer of American Nazism, while Kim Jong Un is the secret architect of a newly revamped Syrian ‘chemical weapons program’. Chinese hackers are suspected responsible for recent collisions involving American war ships, and Russia stands accused of trying to “redraw international borders”. Meanwhile troop deployment to Afghanistan has doubled and the mission of America’s 16 year long war has been re-defined from ‘nation building’ to simply ‘killing terrorists’.

While J. Robert Oppenheimer’s gift to humanity may have placed the prospect of great power war officially off the table, so too it seems is the zero sum game of mutually assured destruction. With the recent departure of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and key Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, the US administration is now firmly under military control and US military presence is escalating across multiple theatres. A $600bn defence budget representing an 18% increase in military spending was passed in July, approved by 60% of house Democrats. The latter tidbit is by the way of course – it makes little difference on which side of the aisle you sit in American politics. The US barely wears a fig leaf of democracy. The dismissal of the fraud case brought against the DNC for stealing the presidential nomination from Sanders last year is ample evidence of this. Leaders are chosen over cigars in back rooms. It’s been that way since the uniquely underqualified Harry Truman secured the Democratic vice presidential nomination ahead of Henry Wallace in 1944, long before the advent of the internet or so-called ‘Russian hackers’.

The elephant and the ass are equal in every way that matters, especially so since the fall of the Soviet Union, which marked the end of not just dialectical materialism, but democracy itself. I hate to labour the point, but without a meaningful “LEFT”, there is only “RIGHT”. Choose your flavour, identitarian-environmentalism, or conservative-libertarianism. If you’re lucky you might score a small victory for women’s equality, as long as those women don’t happen live in North Africa or Central Asia, or anywhere else the United States of Amnesia claims the sovereign right to bomb with impunity. The US has but one political party. It is the party of war, owned and controlled by finance.

“The rich and powerful piss on us and the media tells us it’s raining”, so the saying goes. It doesn’t take much to draw back the curtain and see the real machinations in play, most of which are actually rather transparent. But those who do so often find themselves ostracised, or labelled crazy conspiracy theorists, or whatever happens to be the latest fashionable slur – ‘Putin apologist’ comes to mind. I’m not talking about flat-earthers here, rather those who dare to point out the uncomfortable yet incontrovertible facts which should be obvious to all.

Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Summers, Jacob Rothschild and James Woolsey are just a few of the familiar names who sit on the board of Genie Energy, a company intent on drilling for oil and gas in the Golan Heights, internationally recognised as Syrian territory under the Franco-British Boundary Agreement of December 1920, and illegally occupied by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967. Let’s look at that list again. A former US vice president, a media magnate, a former head of US treasury, a former energy secretary, a former CIA director and a major international banker all decide they want a slice of Syria’s energy reserves, and the next thing you know we are fighting a humanitarian war against an army of darkness led by Skelator, who mercilessly slaughters millions of his own faithful followers by bombing them with depleted uranium missiles dipped in pigs blood. Oh wait…

Ubiquitous mention should also go to Saddam’s WMD, which might have been found had UN weapons inspectors bothered to look under the Bushes. Excuse the terrible joke but sometimes you have to either laugh or cry. “Mistakes were made” we are told. “We went to war based on faulty ‘intelligence’.” No, we went to war based on a DELIBERATE LIE. The US military presence in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 comprised 191 camps, 174 forward bases and 74 combat outposts. How is it then that ISIS was able to take over 70% of the country? The question is rhetorical.

Since I’m clearly in the mood for labouring the point, perhaps we could take a moment here to revisit the events which kicked off America’s longest war. That is unless anyone reading this is foolish enough to believe that the project of depopulating and recolonising the Middle East has anything to do with fighting Islamic extremism.

Let’s skip the detailed compendium of facts and analysis supported by 2600 architects and engineers and 200 plus senior government and military officials and just consider the question of cui bono.

In September 2000, The Project for a New American Century (PNAC), a neo-conservative think-tank released a report entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” in which it was stated that “the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a NEW PEARL HARBOR.” Of the twenty-five people who signed PNAC’s founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Cheney has since stated that 9/11 achieved the goals of PNAC and was his “highest moment in office”. Cheney’s company Haliburton would net $39.5 billion from contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leaving aside the mountain of evidence casting doubt on the official narrative in which 19 Saudi hijackers armed with box cutters managed to pull off the crime of the century in the world’s most heavily guarded airspace, even if we concede that 9/11 was the work of an al Qaeda terror cell, we are still faced with the uncomfortable fact that al Qaeda is nothing but a tool of US intelligence, funded by its Saudi allies.

Listen to Herman Goring invoke Plato’s idea of the noble lie at his Nuremberg trial:

“Of course, the people do not want war. But it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

To its target audience, the US portrays its mission in the world as safeguarding globalisation and promoting democracy in countries which are ‘disconnected from the global economy’. To those who’ve read more widely than JK Rowling and Dr Seuss, it’s called practicing imperialism. To be fair when we speak of imperium we don’t refer to the US alone. Suffice it to say capital has no borders, and the current class of financial elites aren’t patriotic to any nation state. If these crimes are to be laid at the feet of governments and their intelligence apparatuses – and who else would have the resources to pull off something on this scale – the suspect list would have to include not just the usual US spook agencies, but British, Israeli and French intelligence at the very least.

Those still in denial may like to consider this question. Is there not a single a common denominator in the last 70 years of international armed conflict? Have US and NATO fingerprints not been left at the scene of almost every genocide? How long will we accept the pretext of a phony War on Terror to justify wars of imperial aggression? They lied about Bosnia, they lied about Afghanistan, they lied about Iraq, they lied about Libya, they lied about Syria, and now they are lying about North Korea, Venezuela, Ukraine, Iran, Russia, China and Pakistan.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan


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  1. Jack

    Sean, I share the same views. I often wonder what was happening over the last 18 months in regards to the change in presidency. There would have been well laid plans for Hilary, but I suspect there was a fair bit of scrambling when Trump got in. All of a sudden there was another ‘chemical attack’ in Syria to get him onside, all little pushes in the right direction over the last 8 months

  2. diannaart

    I can never be too sure how far the bamboozlement went… I do know we have been lied to and continue to be lied to.

    I cannot be sure about the instigators of 9/11, Sean, but I do believe the Coalition of the Willing would be more aptly named the Coalition of the Killing (apologies for bad pun).

  3. Kaye Lee

    Steve Bannon is a nutcase who was calling for a religious war.

    “we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.

    we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, I think, metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it.

    when capitalism was I believe at its highest flower and spreading its benefits to most of mankind, almost all of those capitalists were strong believers in the Judeo-Christian West.

    we’re [Breitbart] the voice of the anti-abortion movement, the voice of the traditional marriage movement, and I can tell you we’re winning victory after victory after victory.”

    His departure is no loss.

  4. Christian Marx

    Fantastic article. Unfortunately the average citizen is dumb and will never
    question what the corporate media spoon feeds them. idiot nation. 🙁

  5. jimhaz

    [Unfortunately the average citizen is dumb]

    Or think that all sides are as bad, or would be, as bad as each other. To me that is the real issue.

    I’m OK with the plan to keep muslims poor – we don’t want arseholes like Assad, Arafat or Hussein or Putin or North Korea or any competing religious group with a lot of recurrent income doing thing with that dough that would be against the west.

  6. Andrew J. Smith

    Have heard American friends, normal white collar centre types who’d vote Democratic, and various media, have described the current regime as not ‘white nativist’ but ‘proto-Nazi’ by the PR, political and electoral techniques used e.g. like in Australia ‘push polling’ on cultural issues to both encourage conservatism and/or nativism’, and clog up democracy, then needing a ‘solution’.

    Related to the Mid East, according to journalist Martin Lee (The Beast Reawakens) anti-Semitism was never strong but post WWII old Nazis like Skorzeny et al. dispersed and worked for e.g. Egyptian security services including translating and disseminating the Tsarist hoax ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion’ to create strong anti-Semitic sentiment.

    Coincidentally Norwegian investigative journalist said that terrorist Anders Breivik seemed influenced by the same literature as ISIS, neo Nazis and white nativists, and like John Sutherland wrote in The Guardian 10+ years ago (‘Far right or far wrong?), one would suggest that ‘The Protocols’ is just one of many pieces of shared literature and ideology (another one is Raspail’s ‘Camp of the Saints’ reviewed by an Oz academic in US white nativists media).

    It seems about mainstream imagery, creating future dystopia that needs the ‘solution’ of nostalgic utopia supported by autocratic nativism, or national socialism?

  7. guest

    Jimhaz, the word “dumb” is rather harsh. “Ill-informed” is a more accurate assessment. We only have to read, listen to and watch our most influential media outlets to know that we are fed pap which accords with the ideological ambience of the day. The reasoning behind this concocted beat-up is to control. We see how even an ignorant person such as Hanson can ride on the wave of fear and loathing.

    So I am rather dismayed by your notion to “keep muslims poor” Which Muslims are you writing about? All Muslims or some particular Muslims? And for balance, are there some Christians or pseudo-Christians which you would like see “kept poor”?

    You do realise that the Middle East has been made wealthy through oil – and the West has sought to have a finger in the pie. See above in the article how Cheney’s company Haliburton has made big money out of the bombing in the Middle East. Our expatriate Murdoch is heavily into oil in the Golan Height seized by Israel.

    As for someone like Arafat, who received a Nobel Peace prize for his attempts to come to terms with Israel, those who stand up against injustices against their country are always slated with slurs and innuendoes – perhaps even death. Palestine has been dealt injustice in the founding of Israel because they lacked the kind of support enjoyed by certain vested interests.

    To tar everyone with the same brush is to create falsehoods. It is something which is exhibited in our MSM and in the propaganda emanating from the USA.

    Meanwhile, millions of people are migrating because of poverty and other traumatic experiences – and some of these experiences have been initiated by the West.

  8. Zathras

    Curious that the Norwegian Government was desperate to classify Anders Breivik as officially insane and not a terrorist, as if terrorism is something undertaken only by a specific group. Departing from the script only clouds the issue.

    Whatever we are told is always for a reason but it’s what we are not told that probably matters more. It’s easy to see how the most ridiculous conspiratorial rumours can be spread so quickly and eagerly by people who doubt the “real” story but the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

    Meanwhile, follow the script, obey instructions and dance monkeys, dance!

    It’s not easy to keep 7.5billion people shepherded effectively into their allocated tribes.

  9. economicreform

    The sad truth is that all governments habitually lie to their own citizens, and to the rest of the world – to the extent that they are able to get away with it. Politics is organized lying.

  10. Max Gross

    Careful, Sean. The bastards keep lists.

  11. paul walter

    Once again, hats off to Sean Stinson.

    If there is a Hobbesian “War of Civilisations”, as Kaye Lee appears to be proposing, it will be largely one of our (the West’s) own making.

  12. paul walter

    My feeling is that all the “terrorism” has been ploy to manufacture consent for the dismantling of democracy in our own society also.

  13. helvityni

    The sensible Norwegians called a spade a spade, and Breivik was a delusional young man, a bit of a nutter, just like Martin Bryant, they were not what we now call a terrorist. Even Monis was a mentally disturbed and should have been put in some mental institution/hospital…if we still have those….

    These days any naughty teenager, especially if dark-skinned, is quickly called a terrorist.

  14. markustherealist

    Thanks for a good article Sean.

    jimhaz – I think you stumbled onto a site you don’t quite understand, for the sake of the rest of us, please engage brain before allowing fingers to type.
    helvityni – I understand the point you were trying to make, however, after even a little research, most can ascertain that Port Arthur was Australia’s most sucessful false flag in which Martin Bryant has been made the patsie, and there were far darker forces at play that day.
    Paul Walter – you, my friend, are on the money.

  15. Zathras

    The classification of what constitutes terrorism varies between countries and the percentage of such incidents attributed to Muslims is currently around 10% of the total reports in Europe and the USA yet they receive almost all of the media attention.

    Shooting up black churches and schools, bombing Mosques, Synagogues and abortion clinics, violent attacks against random people wearing hijabs or even turbans are all classed as terrorism in the USA. Even Buddhists have been known to kill non-Buddhists or rival groups in some Asian countries.

    Even if you insist random acts of violence are only terrorism if there is a political agenda, Breivik was in contact with other like-minded international groups, had a concise written political manifesto and a reason for his well-planned actions which, despite acting alone, I believe defines him as a real terrorist.

  16. Jack

    Zathras, yes but if he did it today, it’d be classed as a ‘lone wolf’ attack. So nothing to worry about, carry on

  17. Freetasman

    Great article Sean!

  18. jimhaz

    @ markustherealist

    You would appear to have a brain like Malcolm Roberts.

    As for Sean’s articles – too one sided for me. He has a West blaming phobia.

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