My reply to the paper, published on May 1, 2013, was as follows:
It wasn’t a case of George W Bush responding inappropriately to 9/11 by invading Afghanistan and Iraq (editorial, April 26). It was a case of 9/11 enabling GWB to implement a programme of aggression that was already in place. Indeed, 9/11 was eagerly anticipated by the neocons, who stated in Project for the New American Century that their hopes would be difficult to realise “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor”.
According to General Wesley Clark, former commander of Nato forces in Europe, the plan was to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”. Give or take one or two countries, and one or two changes in their order, that programme is still in place.
It’s too early to speculate about the aim of those behind the Boston bombings. Suffice it to say that there is no shortage of anomalies in the official narrative. Some of these become apparent in a frame-by-frame scrutiny of a film of events at one of the crime scenes, which initially shows no blood — despite what purports to be a severe injury.
Another interesting feature of the Boston bombings is that, as in the case of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London, a terror drill “coincidentally” scheduled for the same place at the same time, and “coincidentally” constructing the same scenario, somehow managed to go live. (Letter ends here.)
Note the confidence with which Acting Editor Rob Mitchell says the “masterminds [of 9/11] lived beyond America’s borders”. He evidently hasn’t read what Nicholas Rockefeller said to Aaron Russo in 2000 — 11 months before 9/11:
There’s gonna be an event, and out of that event we’re gonna invade Afghanistan to run pipelines from the Caspian Sea. We’re going to invade Iraq to take the oilfields and establish a base in the Middle East, and to make it all part of the New World Order…”
After quoting Rockefeller, Russo says: “In my relationships with some of these people, I can tell you, that’s as evil as it really gets.” So, Mr Mitchell, who are the real “bad guys”?
Yes, that’s the long and the short of New Zealand’s “involvement” in Afghanistan. The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of March 18, 2013.
Another year, and the promise — indeed, the certainty — of more war. Yep, that’s what Uncle Sam lives for. As he slouches on economic skid row, it’s the only thing that makes him feel really alive. The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of January 1, 2013.
The “worst of the worst” wear tailored business suits, hold press briefings, and say things like, “Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.” (Obama in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.) Don’t you just love the fake humility of “Whatever mistakes we have made…”? So the Vietnam War was just a mistake, was it? I thought it was a reward from President Lyndon Johnson to his cronies in the military-industrial complex.
From King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone, by Norman Solomon, at informationclearinghouse.info/
Today, America has nothing to offer the world, except war and death. Has any country, since World War II, done more to destroy the rule of law in the world than the US, while prattling incessantly about freedom and security? The latter word — security — should really be spelled with a capital S, because it is the new god of Washington — the god in whose name any evil, any outrage is permissible.
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of December 27, 2012,
As every red-blooded Texan knows, you can’t have too many guns. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 24, 2012.
Yesterday’s enemy is today’s friend, until he becomes an enemy again… I think that’s how US policy in the Middle East goes. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 15, 2012.
Once again, the Manawatu Standard’s cartoonist, Malcolm Evans, hits the nail squarely on the head — except in his spelling of “assassination”. Of course, there is more to the disgrace and resignation of CIA director David Petraeus than mere adultery. The cartoon is from the paper’s issue of November 16, 2012. In the bottom right-hand corner, Uncle Sam is saying, “We have standards!” Amazingly, most Americans actually believe that — and that they are God’s greatest gift to the world.