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Who Are the "Terrorists?"

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       I noticed today that the Biden administration has now officially re-designated the Houthi Shiites in Yemen as "terrorists." *

      This raises the question that Sandy Larsen and I discussed earlier this month (at the Water Cooler) about how the U.S. government has used the term "terrorist," since the Bush-Cheney-Neocon-9/11 years, to describe any target of U.S. military ops in the Middle East.

       Some people have described Menachem Begin as the "Godfather of Modern Terrorism."  Begin and his Israeli Irgun associates dressed up like Arabs in 1946 when they blew up the King David Hotel, killing 91 people, including many Brits.  The Mossad later attempted a similar false flag "terrorist" bombing in Egypt, -- the Lavon Affair.

       Menachem Begin's King David Hotel example is what most of us have traditionally defined as "terrorism"-- shocking acts of blowing up buildings, killing civilians, etc., to terrorize a government and/or a people.

       But, in contrast to the Menachem Begin example, when the Pentagon has wanted to carpet bomb a people in the 21st century -- e.g., in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc.-- they first define them as "terrorists."  Then, bombs away.

       In the case of Afghanistan, the designated Pentagon "terrorist" was Osama Bin Laden, who was publicly accused on 9/11 by Henry Kissinger, Paul Bremer, Ehud Barak, and the Bush-Cheney-Neocon administration of attacking the (explosively demolished) World Trade Center and Pentagon.  Osama Bin Laden publicly denied any involvement in 9/11, (and FBI translator Sibel Edmonds later reported that Bin Laden had actually been working for the CIA before, and even after, 9/11.)  Like his CIA-affiliated predecessor, Lee Harvey Oswald, Osama Bin Laden declared in September of 2001 that he was a "patsy."  That story was completely blacked out of the U.S. mainstream media.

      Then, the multi-trillion dollar U.S. military response to the alleged 9/11 "terrorist" op was prompt and extreme.  We were told that Muslim terrorists had flown Boeing jetliners into the World Trade Center because they "resented our freedom."   Few Americans, even today, know that the World Trade Center skyscrapers (WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7) were actually demolished by pre-planted thermitic explosives, or that the U.S. military had successfully-tested Raytheon GPS-guided technology, prior to 9/11, which could remotely-pilot Boeing jetliners with great precision.  Fewer still know that Barbara Olson's alleged 9/11 phone calls from AA77, describing "Muslim hijackers with box cutters," never actually happened-- according to expert FBI testimony in the Moussaoui trial.  There were similar anomalies about other alleged phone calls from "hijacked" Boeings on 9/11, which were foundational for the official U.S. government/M$M narrative blaming Muslim "terrorists" for 9/11.

       Incidentally, the Taliban government in Afghanistan asked the Bush-Cheney administration in September of 2001 for evidence that Osama Bin Laden and "Al Qaeda" were involved in the 9/11 attacks, but the Bush-Cheney administration offered the Taliban no evidence.   (Noam Chomsky later declared that Bush gave the Taliban no evidence "because he didn't have any evidence.")  FBI Director Robert Mueller later testified that the FBI 'never found a single scrap of paper" implicating Osama Bin Laden and "Al Qaeda" in the 9/11 attacks. 

      Nevertheless, the U.S. government/M$M "Osama Bin Laden Did 9/11" narrative became promptly and permanently fixed in America's national consciousness, in a manner similar to the way the mass media psy op that Lee Harvey Oswald had assassinated JFK became fixed in the national consciousness after 11/22/63.

      And, of course, the carpet bombing and U.S./NATO military occupation of Afghanistan commenced-- resulting, ultimately in the longest war in American history.

      As for January of 2024, there have been numerous recent attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Syria, and on Red Sea cargo ships, in response to Israel's carpet bombing of Gaza's civilian population.  These Shiite Axis attacks on the U.S. have been reflexively defined in Washington as "terrorism."

      But, is military resistance to U.S./NATO/Israeli hegemony in the Middle East, really "terrorism," in any meaningful sense of the word?

      Muslims are angry that the U.S. has actively colluded in Israel's ethnic cleansing of Gaza-- even vetoing U.N. resolutions for a Gaza cease-fire.

      Who are the "terrorists" in the Middle East?  Who are the people massacring civilians and blowing up buildings?

*  Biden administration re-designates Houthis as Specially Designated Global Terrorists | CNN Politics




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Well, here we are on the brink of another major U.S. war in the Middle East, and the Education Forum members are mainly obsessing about oft-repeated, 60+ year-old details in the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.

I must say that I have long been amazed by the lack of intellectual curiosity on the forum about the history of the CIA and the U.S. military industrial complex during the past fifty years!

Where's John Simkin, when we could use some intellectual curiosity?

James DiEugenio recently mentioned CIA Operation Timber Sycamore in his essay about JFK and Gaza, but that was a rare exception to the pervasive forum silence about our multi-trillion dollar 21st century CIA and U.S. military ops in the Middle East.

There has been a similar lack of intellectual curiosity, and discussion, about the 21st century history of Putin and the Russian Federation.

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