Saturday, September 10, 2011

Still no end in sight to harm triggered by U.S. terrorism, 9/11 blowback

Irish Times 
By Finian O'toole  
09/10/2011

OPINION

One of the instant cliches spawned by 9/11 was that “the world will never be the same again."  It was an idea worth resisting, and not just because it seemed such a glib response to so terrible an event. It seemed to imply, somehow, that this massacre of innocents had a higher historical value than other atrocities that happened off-camera, in places less familiar to most of us. And yet, at this distance, it is all too obvious that 9/11 – and more particularly the official response to it – did change the world. Changed it, moreover, entirely for the worse.

   Consider, for example, two running news stories of 2011 – the famine in Somalia and the sovereign debt crisis in the developed world. Both can be seen, to a significant extent, as continuing reverberations from the explosions at the Twin Towers.

     Somalia is one of the victims of the so-called “war on terror” (the first war on an abstract noun), its fragile government overthrown with US backing because of fears it might be too Islamist. Instead, the country fell under the control of a movement that is, in fact, aligned to al-Qaeda, deepening the political chaos that has been so disastrous for Somalia’s people.

Somalia in 2011:   Ungoverned basket case
 A significant factor in the international debt crisis, meanwhile, is the current budget deficit of the US, projected at $1,580 billion (€1,151 billion) this year. At the time of 9/11, the US was running a current budget surplus. The $2,000 billion cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is by no means the sole cause of this reverse, but it must loom large in any reckoning.

    It is hard to remember now, but the world of September 10th, 2001, was a relatively optimistic place. The end of the cold war had opened up new political spaces in which seemingly intractable conflicts (including South Africa and Northern Ireland) had been defused. The great fear that hung over the postwar world – that of nuclear annihilation – had receded. The speeding-up of globalization, with the integration of eastern Europe and China into the world economy, had created the greatest expansion of trade in history. There was just one superpower, the US, and it seemed a largely benign force in the world.

    Much of central and eastern Europe was being integrated, with reasonable success, into a self-confident, expansive European Union whose shiny new currency gave its optimism tangible form. The share of the world’s population defined as living with “low human development” had fallen to 10 per cent – half what it was in 1975.

     It was not that barbarism had disappeared – hideous atrocities in Rwanda, the Congo and in the Yugoslav wars had taken the sheen off the bright hopes of a decade earlier. But it was still possible for a reasonable person to hold to some basic assumptions: the concept of universal rights was advancing; war as a means of resolving conflict was an anomaly, a throwback to different times; economic globalization was making people around the world more similar in their culture and aspirations; large states and international institutions would increasingly work together to resolve global problems.

    How could one set of coordinated terrorist attacks, however atrocious and darkly ingenious, derail such solid assumptions? The degree to which they were indeed derailed can be gauged simply by listing four things that would have seemed impossible just before 9/11: that a small gang of fanatics directed from remote Afghanistan could change the history of the western world; that democratic governments would resort to systematic kidnapping and torture; that western powers would choose, entirely of their own volition, to launch a major war against a country that did not threaten them; and above all, that the US, the world’s unchallenged superpower, could possibly seem, within a decade, weaker than at any time since the Great Depression.

2002 Afghanistan Protest Indonesia
 All of this happened because 9/11 ushered in a new Age of Anxiety, more confusing and unsettling than the last one. A pall of fear hung over the world during the cold war, but the fear was obvious and crushingly simple: the Bomb. Other anxieties arose in the period of relative optimism between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11, especially those centered on the threat of environmental catastrophe, but they were at least long-term ones. (Global warming wasn’t going to kill you at any given moment.) There’s actually something touchingly naive about the anxieties of the 1990s, like the panic over the Y2K bug that was supposedly going to stop all computers working when the millennium dawned.

    In fact, 9/11 created a different kind of fear, neither as willful as Y2K nor as brutally simple as the Bomb. This new anxiety was summed up in the title of Seamus Heaney’s poem in oblique response to 9/11: Anything Can Happen . In the 1990s, such a title would have been redolent of bright possibility – the “anything” would have been assumed to include peace and joy. Now, the anything included big jets appearing from a clear blue sky and flying into tall towers. It included what was described at the inquest into the deaths of 52 people in London on July 7th, 2005, as an “unimaginably dreadful wave of horror”, unleashed by ordinary men with ordinary English accents.

    Instead of one big fear, this new world contained infinite grounds for terror. Because the 9/11 attacks had seemed to come from nowhere (we now know, of course, that some of the most senior US security officials predicted that something like them would happen), they expanded the sense of threat beyond any rational bounds. If we didn’t know that this was possible, what other apparently impossible horror is about to visit us? If this relatively tiny gang can create such a catastrophe, what other conspiracies may be lurking out there on the edges of western consciousness?

Bali Bombing 10/12/2002  (Photo by Robert S. Finnegan)
The tragedy was that al-Qaeda wasn’t the only force with an interest in evoking boundless terrors. The fear generated by the atrocity was used by the Bush administration to feed a much larger sense of global dread. Instead of calming anxiety, it ramped it up.

    This wasn’t a struggle against a criminal gang hyped up on a toxic brand of religious fanaticism. It was a “clash of civilizations”, a war between good people and what George W Bush liked to call “evil-doers”, in which everyone was supposed to pick sides. (A big-selling line of bumper stickers, badges and T-shirts in the US during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq featured the subtle slogan “Evil Doers Suck.")

    And one war wasn’t enough: after the quick, relatively cheap and relatively bloodless overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan – actually a successful response to 9/11 – there had to be the war in Iraq.

Iraq:  The killing and maiming continues today

    It was this response which turned a horrific atrocity into a world-changing catastrophe in which around a million people have been killed or injured, millions more have been displaced and countries beyond either the US or Afghanistan (Somalia and Pakistan) have been destabilized. And the most bitter irony of all is that one of the results of this process has been to expose the hollowness of the belief, virtually a truism in the immediate years after 9/11, that the US rules the world. Al-Qaeda’s grand plan for a new Islamic caliphate was a grotesque failure, and its own bankruptcy has been exposed by the Arab Spring, but it did goad the US into exposing the limits of its own power.

Photo:  Robert S. Finnegan 2001
  The indirect consequences have been almost as profound. The “war on terror” drew huge financial, political and mental resources away from questions of immense long-term significance, such as global warming and the Millennium Development Goals to tackle poverty and inequality. The rhetoric of the “clash of civilizations” has embedded itself in popular consciousness in Europe, underpinning the steady rise of the anti-immigration and anti-Muslim right. Belief in universal human rights has been set back by many decades as standards that were strong enough to withstand the existential threat of the Nazis have been abandoned by major democratic governments. The fracturing of the so-called “international community” under the pressure of US unilateralism halted progress towards the kind of global institutions that might have been able to respond to the financial crisis. The harm that ensued from that one day has not yet ended.

    If there is any good at all to be found in the way 9/11 changed the world, it is the small chink of hope that appeared with Norway’s response to its own, equivalent, national trauma – the murderous spree of Anders Behring Breivik. The prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, announced, right in the midst of the nation’s shock, that the only answer to terrorist violence was more openness and more democracy. He might not have had the courage to say that if he had not seen, after 9/11, the perfect example of how not to respond to murderous fanaticism.

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Warga Mesir masuk kedutaan Israel di Kairo:

UPDATE: 2 JAM YANG LALU

Mesir: bentrok kekerasan terjadi saat pengunjuk rasa menyerang kedutaan Israel

Para pengunjuk rasa melempar batu dan bom bensin saat pasukan keamanan melepaskan gas air mata ketika terjadi kekerasan di Kairo setelah demonstran menyerbu kedutaan besar Israel



Dari Inggris Telegraph
09/10/2011
10:29 WIB

      Para pengunjuk rasa membakar ban di jalan dan setidaknya dua kendaraan dibakar di dekat kedutaan, yang terletak di lantai atas sebuah blok hunian apartemen yang menghadap Sungai Nil.

      Sebelumnya para pengunjuk rasa berhasil menyusup ke gedung kedutaan, memasuki kantor konsuler dan menghancurkan bendera Israel dan menggantinya dengan bendera Mesir dan Palestina.

Al Jazeera:  setidaknya 3 orang tewas dan lebih
dari 1000 terluka
Ketika fajar menyingsing, sekitar 500 demonstran tetap bertahan dan beberapa diantara mereka melemparkan batu ke kendaraan polisi dan tentara beserta personilnya. Tetapi secara bertahap polisi berhasil mendorong mereka menjauh dan mengamankan area. 


Kejadian tersebut merupakan kekerasan terbesar kedua yang terjadi di kedutaan besar Israel sejak lima penjaga perbatasan Mesir tewas bulan lalu ketika Israel melancarkan operasi menentang kelompok bersenjata.

    Sebagai akibat dari kekerasan tersebut, Israel menerbangkan duta besarnya dan hampir semua diplomatnya - sekitar 80 orang secara total - kembali ke negaranya semalam.




STATUS WASPADA DINYATAKAN OLEH PERDANA MENTRI DENGAN MENGIRIMKAN TIM KRISIS UNTUK MEMERIKSA SERANGAN KE KEDUTAAN ISRAEL

Al Jazeera
Modifikasi terakhir: 9 September 2011 23:15

Pasukan keamanan mengeluarkan gas ke pengunjuk rasa saat mereka menyerbu Mesir kedutaan Israel pada Jumat malam [EPA]

    Kedutaan Besar Israel di Kairo telah diserbu oleh pengunjuk rasa yang merobohkan salah satu dinding luar kedutaan dan melemparkan ribuan dokumen dari jendela kedutaan.


Pembakaran
Bendera Israel

Sebagai tanggapan, perdana menteri Mesir memanggil tim krisis kabinet untuk membahas situasi, dan kementerian dalam negeri mengumumkan keadaan siaga terlambat pada Jumat malam.

Kelompok yang menyerbu kedutaan telah meninggalkan rapat massa dekat Lapangan Tahrir, di mana demonstran menyerukan reformasi yang diselenggarakan oleh militer, yang sekarang mengatur Mesir.

    "Ribuan dokumen sedang dilempar keluar dari jendela, tapi tidak jelas dari lantai mana mereka berasal," kata wartawan kami Sherine dari Tadros .

    "Indikasi bahwa situasi sangat kacau adalah saat Pengunjuk rasa membakar dua kendaraan polisi.."

    Sumber di kementerian dalam negeri Mesir mengatakan kepada Al Jazeera bahwa sampai 300 orang cedera akibat bentrokan di sekitar kedutaan, dan satu meninggal karena serangan jantung.

     Nora Shalaby, seorang pengunjuk rasa di luar kedutaan Israel, membenarkan tindakan para demonstran.

    "Saya rasa ini adalah satu-satunya cara kita agar kami diperhatikan secara keseluruhan," kita masih memiliki banyak gas air mata di sini. Ada juga peluru karet. Mereka pada dasarnya menyerang kita dari segala sisi, "katanya, reffering ke pasukan keamanan pemerintah.

Saksi mata mengatakan polisi dan tentara menyaksikan aktivis
membobol dinding setinggi kurang lebih 2,5 meter (Reuters)

      Presiden Barack Obama adalah orang pertama yang bereaksi, meminta Mesir untuk melindungi kedutaan dan "untuk menghormati kewajiban internasionalnya untuk menjaga keamanan Kedutaan Besar Israel,

     "Frustrasi mulai meningkat karena orang tidak tahu kapan kekuasaan militer ini akan berakhir... tidak ada tanggal pemilihan umum ditetapkan di sini," tambah wartawan kami.

      "Presiden menyatakan keprihatinan yang besar tentang situasi di kedutaan Israel, dan keamanan para personil kedutaan Israel di sana," menurut pernyataan Gedung Putih pada hari Jumat.

    Pernyataan itu disampaikan oleh Obama yang berbicara melalui telepon kepada Perdana Menteri Israel Benjamin Netanyahu dan keduanya setuju "untuk tetap berhubungan erat sampai situasi teratasi."

Kedutaan dinding yang dirusak

Dinding Kedutaan Rusak

    Menjelang sore, demonstran telah menghancurkan sebagian dinding yang baru dibangun di luar kedutaan besar Israel di Kairo untuk melindungi bangunan.

    Insiden sebelumnya di kedutaan Israel melibatkan sekitar 1.000 orang, yang berkumpul di luar gedung misi perumahan dan menyerang dinding dengan palu dan batang logam besar, dan polisi militer di dekatnya tidak dapat melakukan apapun untuk menghentikan mereka.

Merayakan Mesir di Tembok Kedutaan Besar Israel - Foto: AP

Mereka meneriakkan: "Tegakkan kepala Anda, Anda Orang Mesir."

Dinding yang tingginya sekitar dua meter tersebut, terdiri dari lembaran-lembaran semen prefabrikasi yang baru-baru ini dipasang di sekitar gedung tempat kedutaan menghadap jembatan di Kairo.

Bulan lalu, Mesir menggelar protes besar di luar kedutaan dan menyerukan pengusiran Duta Besar Israel atas kematian polisi-polisi Mesir di perbatasan saat Israel memburu sekelompok penyerang.

Mesir telah meminta Israel untuk meminta maaf secara resmi dan menuntut penyelidikan atas kematian lima polisi tersebut.
* Harap Maklum dengan terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia ini  karena kami menggunakan Google Translate.


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Egyptians break into Israeli embassy in Cairo: UPDATE 2 Hours Ago

Egypt: Violent clashes as protesters storm Israeli embassy

Protesters throw stones and petrol bombs as security forces respond with teargas during a night of violence in Cairo after demonstrators stormed the Israeli embassy

From the Telegraph UK
09/10/2011
10:29AM BST

     Protesters lit tyres in the street and at least two vehicles were set alight near the embassy, located on the upper floors of a residential apartment block overlooking the Nile.

     The protesters had earlier broken into the embassy building, entering consular offices and tearing down the Israeli flag, reportedly replacing it with the flags of Egypt and Palestine
    
Al Jazeera reports at least 3 dead and over 1000 wounded
As dawn broke, about 500 demonstrators remained and a few threw stones at police and army vehicles and personnel. But police gradually pushed them further away and secured the area.

It was the second big eruption of violence at the embassy since five Egyptian border guards were killed last month during an Israeli operation against gunmen.

As a result of the violence Israel flew its ambassador and nearly all its diplomats - around 80 people in total - back home overnight



 State of alert declared as Egyptian prime minister summons cabinet crisis team to assess Israeli embassy attack

Al Jazeera 
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2011 23:15


Security forces gas the hell out of Egyptian protesters as they stormed the Israeli embassy on Friday night [EPA]
Israel's embassy in Cairo has been stormed by protesters who tore down one of the outer embassy walls and threw thousands of documents from the embassy's windows.

    The angry Egyptians also replaced the neighboring country's flag with their own after breaking in on Friday night.

Up in smoke:  Israeli Flag
In response, the Egyptian prime minister summoned the cabinet crisis team to discuss the situation, and the interior ministry declared a state of alert late on Friday night.

The group that swarmed the embassy had left a mass rally at nearby Tahrir Square, where organised protesters called for reforms by the military, which now governs Egypt.

    "Thousands of documents were being thrown out of the windows, but it's unclear which floor they were coming from," our correspondent Sherine Tadros said.

    "Indications are that it's pretty much a chaotic situation. Protesters set on fire two police vehicles."

    Sources at the Egyptian interior ministry told Al Jazeera that up to 300 people had been injured as the result of clashes around the embassy, and one died of a heart attack.

    Nora Shalaby, a protester outside Israel's embassy, justified the protesters' actions.

    "I think this is the only way we can get our point across, "Here we still have lots of tear gas. There's rubber bullets. They're basically attacking us from all sides," she said, reffering to government security forces.

Eyewitnesses said police and soldiers watch as activists hammered away at the roughly 2.5 metre high wall  (Reuters)
     President Barack Obama was first to react, calling on Egypt to protect the embassy and "to honor its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy,

    "Frustration started rising because people don't know when this military rule will end... there's no election date here," our correspondent added.

    "The President expressed his great concern about the situation at the embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there," a White House statement said on Friday.

    The statement said that Obama spoke by telephone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the two agreed “to stay in close touch until the situation is resolved."

Embassy wall damaged

    By evening, demonstrators had partially destroyed a wall recently built outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect the building.

    The earlier incident at the Israeli embassy involved around 1,000 people, who gathered outside the building housing the mission and attacked the wall with hammers and a large metal bar, as military police nearby did nothing to stop them.

Celebrating Egyptians on the Israeli Embassy Wall - Photo:  AP
They chanted: "Lift your head, you are Egyptian."

The wall, about two metres high, consists of prefabricated cement slabs that were recently installed around the building that houses the embassy overlooking a bridge in Cairo.

Last month, Egyptians staged huge protests outside the embassy and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador over the border deaths of Egyptian policemen killed as Israel hunted a group of attackers.
Egypt has asked Israel for an official apology and demanded a probe into the deaths of the five policemen.


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Wayne Madsen: U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford in charge of recruiting Arab/Muslim death squads

Support for vicious paramilitary units in El Salvador and Honduras earned him the nickname of "Mr. Death Squad."

By Wayne Madsen
Wayne Madsen Report
09/09/2009


WMR has been informed by reliable sources that the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford, is the key State Department official who has been responsible for recruiting Arab "death squads" from Al Qaeda-affiliated units in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Chechnya to fight against Syrian military and police forces in embattled Syria. Ford served as the Political Officer at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad from 2004 to 2006 under Ambassador John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. Negroponte was a key figure in the covert U.S. program to arm the Nicaraguan contras and his support for vicious paramilitary units in El Salvador and Honduras earned him the nickname of "Mr. Death Squad."

U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford
    Negroponte tasked Ford with implementing the "El Salvador option" in Iraq, the use of Iraqi Shi'a irregulars and Kurdish Pesh Merga paramilitary forces to target for assassination and kidnapping/torture Iraqi insurgency leaders in Iraq and across the border in Syria. The operation was named for Negroponte's death squad operation in Central America in the 1980s.

Negroponte
     Ford has become the point man in the recruitment of Arabs and Muslims from the Middle East and beyond to battle against the security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The U.S.-backed terrorists have not only carried out attacks on Syrian security forces but have also massacred civilians in "false flag" operations later blamed on Syrian government forces. WMR has been informed that Ford's operations in Syria are being carried out with the assistance of Israel's Mossad.

   The "El Salvador" option has also been used in Libya, where Al Qaeda irregulars, drawn from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen, have been carrying out murders of Libyan civilians, especially black Libyans and African guest workers, on behalf of the Libyan rebel government. Some of the murders of civilians have been blamed on pro-Muammar Qaddafi forces but they have, in fact, been carried out by Al Qaeda units fighting with the rebels and which are being directed by CIA and MI-6 advisers. Ford has been providing advice to the Libyan rebels on how to carry out their death squad attacks.

    From 2006 to 2008, Ford served as U.S. ambassador to Algeria, a nation that opposes the Libyan rebel government and a nation that has begun to see a re-surgence of "Al Qaeda" terrorist attacks against Algerian government targets. In fact, Algeria is viewed as the next domino to fall as the U.S. seeks to establish total military and political hegemony over North Africa.
    
WMR has learned from a source who was recently in Libya that the Libyan rebel transitional government has agreed to allow the U.S. to establish permanent military bases in Libya, including on the Algerian border. The rebels have also agreed to permit an American to serve as the chief political officer for the planned Libyan transitional advisory body due to be organized by NATO and the United Nations. The body will be modeled on the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.


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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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