After 9/11, Was War the Only Option? by Noam Chomsky

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Updated: Sept. 6, 2011

by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
Sept. 5, 2011

End the Endless Wars!

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This month marks the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world.

The impact of the attacks is not in doubt. Just keeping to western and central Asia: Afghanistan is barely surviving, Iraq has been devastated and Pakistan is edging closer to a disaster that could be catastrophic.

On May 1, 2011, the presumed mastermind of the crime, Osama bin Laden, was assassinated in Pakistan. The most immediate significant consequences have also occurred in Pakistan. There has been much discussion of Washington’s anger that Pakistan didn’t turn over bin Laden. Less has been said about the fury among Pakistanis that the U.S. invaded their territory to carry out a political assassination. Anti-American fervor had already intensified in Pakistan, and these events have stoked it further.


via After 9/11, Was War the Only Option? — In These Times



Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Imperial Mentality and 9/11

by Noam Chomsky
September 6, 2011


A few days before the bin Laden assassination, Orlando Bosch died peacefully in Florida, where he resided along with his accomplice Luis Posada Carriles and many other associates in international terrorism. After he was accused of dozens of terrorist crimes by the FBI, Bosch was granted a presidential pardon by Bush I over the objections of the Justice Department, which found the conclusion “inescapable that it would be prejudicial to the public interest for the United States to provide a safe haven for Bosch.” The coincidence of these deaths at once calls to mind the Bush II doctrine — “already… a de facto rule of international relations,” according to the noted Harvard international relations specialist Graham Allison — which revokes “the sovereignty of states that provide sanctuary to terrorists.”

Allison refers to the pronouncement of Bush II, directed at the Taliban, that “those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves.” Such states, therefore, have lost their sovereignty and are fit targets for bombing and terror — for example, the state that harbored Bosch and his associate. When Bush issued this new “de facto rule of international relations,” no one seemed to notice that he was calling for invasion and destruction of the U.S. and the murder of its criminal presidents.


via Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Imperial Mentality and 9/11 | TomDispatch


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  6. Those who do not buy the official version of 9/11

    We know that there is only one big story of 9/11, which the United States government presented and most of the people around the world accepted it as true. However, there were some who had some minor reservations about the details but they accepted the main account. Noam Chomsky happens to be one of them.

    But what does the truth movement about the 9/11 say? A lot of experts, physicists, metallurgists, and engineers have offered their views that contradict the official version. Can some luminary explain why the opinions of these experts have been marginalised, ignored or not taken into account to look into the whole scenario of 9/11? There are far too many questions still in the air.

    The following paper written by two experts throws some light on The Pentagon Attack on 9/11. Let’s hope, among others, Professor Chomsky will also find time to read it:

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