Nine-Eleven, Manna from Heaven
11 September, 2006
By Anwaar Hussain
This 9/11, as the swirling ashes of the twin towers continue to fall far and wide, it will be full five years since the start of American Inquisition. 9/11, that heinous crime that should have been registered that same evening in the nearest NYPD precinct for a relentless hunt for the criminals by that precinct’s homicide detectives to begin, has rather turned out to be Manna from Heaven for the flag bearers of American Inquisition.
Over a period of time, the word ‘inquisition’ has been taken as restricted to Spain in the Middle Ages only. But if one wants to explain the dangerous mix of religious prejudice, Christian holy war, Islamic jihad, ethnic profiling, racism, mock trials and eavesdropping by secret police, no other term comes to mind. Not only that, like Spanish Inquisition’s export abroad, the American one too now abounds in far flung corners of the earth. Torturing of the victims in secret dungeons remains the same as well. Missing are the burnings at the stakes, but given the hideous wonders that white phosphorous can do to human flesh in far lesser time, who requires that inefficient procedure any more.
Though common knowledge, one cannot tire of quoting the following prophetic words of the President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower that he spoke in his farewell address to his Nation on January 17, 1961; “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
One notes with great irony that, riding on the back of the 9/11 crime, a powerful cabal of Americans has dealt a death blow to these momentous words of their deceased president, almost word by word. Not only has the ‘misplaced power’ indeed arisen ‘disastrously’, it is continuing to use the awesome American military might with ‘violent method’ toward sinister ‘goals’ while taking away the Americans ‘liberty’ and, in the process, making them ever more ‘insecure’.
This cabal is not a group of ragtag carpetbaggers. They are the inheritors of a tradition from their ilk of bygone years. In the hunt for new lands for their Imperial masters, their ideological forefathers practiced their art and craft for centuries. Waiting just beyond the circle of light, they appear at the scent of new opportunities like hyenas do at the stench of rotting carcasses at the dead of the night.
As far back as 1492, Christopher Columbus the points man for the Spanish Inquisition export into foreign lands, that most barbarous periods in all of human history, was funded by private investors because the royal monarchs were broke from their Granada campaign against the Muslims of Spain. The investors promised, but never fulfilled, 10 percent of all the revenues from the new lands in perpetuity to Columbus.
Likewise, the Jewel of the British Empire, India, was conquered for the queen by the British East India Company. Based in London, this company was nothing more than a commercial trading venture having a trade monopoly over all East Indies for 21 years. Instead of trading for Her Imperial Majesty, it presided over the creation of a far more profitable entity--the British Raj. Starting from the decisive victory by Sir Robert Clive at the Battle of Plassey in 1757 that established the British East India Company as a military as well as a commercial power, until its dissolution in 1858, the company virtually ruled India.
Five years back to date, airline jets appeared in the cobalt blue New York Skies as if sent by the gods above. Within minutes they had bumped through tall wonders of human achievements reducing them and their occupants to a tangled mass of steel, concrete and human flesh. While the world stood aghast and numb from the pain of the victims and the sheer scale of the crime, somewhere in some dark unlit corners of America, a small cabal of malicious, hateful and warmongering few soaked themselves in this Manna from Heaven.
Not very much later these humanoids had firmly catapulted America on a ceaseless warpath not of self defense, but of fear, insecurity, suspicion, hatred, anger, reprisal and a blind, jingoistic patriotism that continues to take its toll on humanity. No one has put it better than Manuel Valenzuela who, in his profound essay ‘Gods of War, Gods of Greed and Profiteers of Misery’, says;
“It was on that day that the misery of millions became the fortune of a few thousand. It was on that day that the MIC and the Corporate Leviathan wrestled ultimate control from the people of the world, usurping global power and forever altering the future of humanity. Our 9/11 became their Pearl Harbor, a moment in time needed to unleash already predetermined plans to expand power and control on a now easily manipulated and mobilized citizenry. The greatest profiteers in the history of the United States were now free to release their hounds of war, conquest, greed and violence upon the rest of civilization.”
So this 5th anniversary of that dreadful crime, as President George W. Bush sits in his predecessor’s chair gorging himself on the Nine-Eleven Manna from Heaven, with the flag bearers of American Inquisition lurking just in the background, let me remind the readers that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had ended his predictive farewell speech with the following words;“To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration:
We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.”
President Eisenhower must be turning in his grave.
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