Yesterday Michael Smerconish responded to Tony Bennett’s comments about what caused 9/11. Bennett noted that “To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally…” and asked,”But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right…” And in response to Howard Stern’s assertion that the 9/11 terrorists initiated the wars between the U.S. and Iraq and Afghanistan, Bennett stated that “They flew the plane in, but we caused it…Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”
Smerconish sounded like he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He sounded like he was interpreting Bennett as though Bennett was referring to our military’s post-9/11 bombing, and Smerconish sounded like he had no idea that our government had been doing anything in the Middle East prior to 9/11 that could have provoked such a terrible act on 9/11. One of his radio cohorts said she was “offended” by Bennett’s statements, as I am sure many people were. That is because many people just can’t believe that our government could do anything bad to foreign people overseas. To many people, merely pointing out the actual history of what our government and military have done to other people, no matter how accurate such facts are, is “offensive.”
First, I have written on this blog and in articles several times now what our government was doing to the Iraqis throughout the 1990s, prior to 9/11. Especially here and here, and here is a list of good articles to read for those who don’t really know what the U.S. government is guilty of doing prior to 9/11.
That conversation I heard on the radio was very much like the reaction of audience members to Ron Paul at the recent Republican debate, in which Dr. Paul tried to explain that the terrorists were not angry at America because of “our freedom and values” (What freedom? What values?), but because of years of illicit, immoral and murderous actions by our government in the Middle East for decades, especially in Iraq since 1990. The people who booed Ron Paul, and who can’t believe what he or Tony Bennett has been saying, respond in such a way because either they are ignorant of pre-9/11 history, or because while they know about that history and what our government has been doing, they believe that it’s wrong for anyone to criticize the government. They are being subservient and obedient serfs, and how dare anyone question the authority of the government? is their attitude.
Sadly, many Americans still confuse our country, America, with the federal government. No, people who assert that 9/11 was a reaction, a retaliation, toward U.S. government actions in the Middle East are not “blaming America.” We are blaming our government. I have already written here on why central planning in national security is inherently flawed and doesn’t work. Central planning in anything doesn’t work. In the case of national security, in giving the central planning bureaucrats a monopoly power of armed forces over territorial protection, they will abuse that power for their own political purposes, because monopolists are not accountable, and what you get is these bureaucrats using those monopoly powers to deliberately provoke foreigners, and that is what the elder President George H.W. Bush did in his 1990-91 invasion of Iraq.
Besides Ron Paul’s point about the real intentions of the terrorists, the audience also booed him for stating this: “…we’re there occupying their land [the Middle Eastern, Muslim countries]. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we’re kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there?”
You see, Paul is pointing out how the U.S. government has had its military bases and other government apparatus on other peoples’ lands for decades, and the actual inhabitants of those lands react against that. His asking how would we like it if foreign governments occupied our lands is what got more boos. That is because so many Americans believe in “American Exceptionalism.” That is a euphemism for “moral relativism.” It is okay for the U.S. and its government to occupy (i.e. trespass on) foreign lands, but it is not okay for foreign governments to occupy our territory. How dare they! What Ron Paul was trying to refer to is the Christian moral philosophy of “Do unto others what one would want others to do unto you” and “Don’t do to others what one would not want others to do unto you.” Unfortunately, while many American Exceptionalists are also Christians (like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and, allegedly Rick Perry), they do not believe in that philosophy. They are moral relativists, pure and simple.
This is why so many people have a hard time hearing criticism of invasive U.S. foreign policy, that not only consists of trespassing and occupying foreign lands for many decades since Word War II, but also includes starting wars of aggression against other countries that were of no threat to us. How dare we question our government’s officials starting wars of aggression against foreigners? When you START a war, that is very bad. People who start wars are war criminals. When you act aggressively against others with initiated physical violence that is not in defense but solely out of aggression, that is criminal behavior. That is what the U.S. government did to Iraq in 1991.
During that Persian Gulf war that George H.W. Bush started for no good reason, the U.S. military intentionally severely damaged the Iraqi civilian electrical, water and sewage treatment centers. The U.S.-led UN sanctions throughout the 1990s that followed prevented supplies to be brought in to make repairs, forcing the Iraqis to have to use untreated water. This led to huge increases in diseases and the deaths of at least 500,000 innocent Iraqis, many of them children. These acts by our government and military central planning bureaucrats all led to widespread anti-Americanism throughout the Middle-East. These actions and the U.S. government occupations of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries were specifically cited by al Qaeda as motivations for 9/11. Does Michael Smerconish know any of this? (How dare we point this out!)
And it is quite legitimate to ask how we would respond to a foreign government bombing our water and sewage treatment centers, forcing us to have to use untreated water, and then imposing sanctions, no-fly zones and a blockade to prevent materials from being delivered to water treatment centers. (We wouldn’t like that so much.)
In addition to all these points I’ve been making thus far, there is another problem with too many people. Even in pointing these facts of history out to people, they are either still disbelieving of it, or in denial. Some people just can’t believe that their own government could do bad things to others. The other problem is, some people just don’t have a problem with our government and military committing those aforementioned crimes against foreign people. “Well, that’s those people.” You know, the subhumans. And yes, a lot of people still view those Middle Eastern foreigners as sub-human, whether they will admit it or not. It’s okay to bomb them. Just today, Thomas DiLorenzo had an article on LewRockwell.com regarding how the leaders and generals of the U.S. government during the Uncivil War viewed Native Americans (a.k.a. “Indians”) as subhuman. James Bovard’s article from a few years back mentions the same thing regarding how Gen. Sherman viewed Southerners (Southern Americans, that is) as subhuman as well.
And no, such attitudes of elitist moral relativists aren’t just from that far back in time. I’m sure many readers are familiar with how black Americans were treated only 4 decades ago. And now, all you have to do is look around and you’ll see how our own government officials view us mere peasants and serfs. Look at the airports what the sickos and pervs are doing to little kids and grandmothers, and look at one instance after another of police abuse, intimidation and crimes against innocent civilians in America. And this is in their own country that these people are treating others that way, never mind how our government treats innocents in foreign countries! Police S.W.A.T. raids on student loan defaulters? Police S.W.A.T. raids on guitar makers and raw milk producers?
No, questioning the government and criticizing the government, police and military when they do bad things is what people need to do. Just being in denial of government crimes, or excusing them, and being obedient, subservient sheeple is the way to do things if you want your country to sink deeper and deeper into the totalitarian third world zoo that it is becoming.
Last year when libertarian Republican Debra Medina challenged Rick Perry for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, she appeared on the Glenn Beck radio show. Beck set her up and smeared her as a 9/11 “truther,” when all she was saying was that it was necessary to question the official word of government’s explanation of things. We need to question our government and be skeptical. The sheeple might feel good about themselves when they boo Ron Paul or criticize Tony Bennett for doing so, but then they are only aligning themselves with the criminals of the State. And yes, the State’s bureaucrats and armed goons are by and large criminals, as they are constantly acting with total disregard of the rights and liberty of the people, and it keeps getting worse every day. In foreign policy, the criminal imbeciles are continuously provoking foreigners to act against us, as they have been doing especially since 1990. They have been making us less safe, more vulnerable, and we are certainly more vulnerable to the predations of our own government workers and their hired guns, the police, especially when idiots like Bush and Obama implement totalitarian policies such as the Patriot Act that give the police even more power to invade and trespass into our lives and property.
I’m very pessimistic now, especially reinforced by the neanderthal sheeple booing Ron Paul, and hearing yesterday’s discussion on the Michael Smerconish show. Americans have been taken for a ride, they are being duped and finagled, and they better start questioning their government and its motives, and they had better cease their support of these totalitarian policies, especially these wars on terror and drugs. This is a police state now.
As with World War I and World War II and all the totalitarian domestic war policies imposed by Wilson and FDR, expect even more and worse policies than we already have now, with these phony, counter-productive wars on terror and drugs, and the militarization of local police departments all across America. We will have worse abuse by the government, and, unfortunately, many Americans just sitting there and taking it like masochists and slaves, in addition to standing in long lines at the airports with the TSA (and now at football games), to get cancer-scanned, groped and molested, and neighbors “saying something because they see something” that’s totally innocent but they don’t like someone so get them in trouble, yes, expect that kind of Nazi crap. And expect the anti-statist quo non-sheeple, the ones who speak out against the police state abuse, and against the crimes our government commits in foreign countries, to be persecuted.
Either all that stuff or the states should start seceding to avoid it.