Would revealing bin Laden’s motive have avoided two American wars?
The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed alone; their sons are not orphaned alone.”
So wrote Osama bin Laden in a widely-suppressed letter describing the purpose of the 9/11 attack.
This article is not so much to revisit bin Laden, but to leave you with a copy of that letter (at the end of the article), because it is being scrubbed off the Internet again.
It is also to pose the question: if the American public had been told of bin Laden’s real goal, would they have given their support to a war against a tangential target: the nation of Afghanistan?
A case can be made that all three wars of America’s most recent wars — Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam — were justified by establishment lies, pushed through an enthusiastic and uncritical corporate media. Two of them, Afghanistan and Iraq, were wrapped in the same lie.
The truth about the Afghan war could have been especially easy to detect, but no attention was paid to it.
Backing up for a second, when Osama bin Laden’s planes struck the World Trade Centre and other sites in America, Western leadership hastened to assure us that the reason was “terrorism”.
Immediately after 9/11, George W. Bush famously asked “Why do they hate us?” and answered: “They hate our freedoms.”
As if that was a cause.
Comedian David Cross got closer to the truth: “I don’t think Osama Bin Laden sent those planes in to attack us because he hated our freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel and ties to the Saudi family and all our military bases in Saudi Arabia. You know why I think that? Because that’s what he fucking said.”
Although the Western media never let the focus change, the subsequent American-led actions were about “terrorism” — ignoring that bin Laden’s cause was about America’s unilateral support for Israel’s destruction of Palestine.
When non-entities like me pointed this out at the time, no one paid attention, because the media was…