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Gordon Duff: The Macro-Economics Of Phony Terror And Contrived Conflict

September 30, 2010

The following column is reprinted with permission from Gordon Duff, staff writer and Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

The Macro-Economics Of Phony Terror And Contrived Conflict
©  Gordon Duff
Source:  Veterans Today
September 30, 2010

*  How Merchants Of Death Rule The World

Both elements of “Al Qaeda” along with its clear history as a CIA established organization make every mention of it suspicious. Whenever there is a need for a “wag the dog” news story, “Al Qaeda” is dragged out as the whipping boy. Never has any organization, one as mysterious and insubstantial as this one, whose supposed leader, Osama bin Laden, has not only been dead for years but when he was alive, not only worked directly for the CIA but comes from a family directly tied to, not only the Bush family, but, in fact, close friends and business partners for decades at every level.

Since the end of the Second World War, national intelligence organizations have gained direct control over almost every non-governmental entity working for political and social change. We aren’t just talking about trade unions and political parties. We are talking revolutionary groups and, in particular, terrorist organizations. Israel alone has an estimated 300 agents among the top leadership of Muslim organizations, be they the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hizbollah or Al Qaeda. When arrests are made or we see drone strikes or even assassinations, are they meant to destroy capabilities or are they simply helping an intelligence organization consolidate control over an operational asset, one used to manipulate world events to serve an agenda?

We know for certain that the latter is the case.

We are now told the CIA has saved American tourists in Europe from being kidnapped, dragged off the Eiffel Tower, bludgeoned at the Tower of London or lassoed at the Louvre. This isn’t July. America is in the middle of a depression, kids are back in school, finding an American tourist in Europe would take some work, even for CIA trained terrorists that make up Al Qaeda. The story would have almost passed muster if it didn’t carry the embellishment of mysterious training camps and personal directions from Osama bin Laden.

This is just another scary story to go out on internet news letters filled with conspiracy tales about Obama the Muslim-Socialist from Kenya. These are the “good conspiracies,” the ones that frighten, confuse, anger, blind and keep the public from looking “behind the curtain.”

Many experts contend that Al Qaeda is a construct made up for the news, for duping the President, not all that hard according to Bob Woodward, or the fools in Congress. Never has an organization been as ethereal or as timely.

Both elements of “Al Qaeda” along with its clear history as a CIA established organization make every mention of it suspicious. Whenever there is a need for a “wag the dog” news story, “Al Qaeda” is dragged out as the whipping boy. Never has any organization, one as mysterious and insubstantial as this one, whose supposed leader, Osama bin Laden, has not only been dead for years but when he was alive, not only worked directly for the CIA but comes from a family directly tied to, not only the Bush family, but, in fact, close friends and business partners for decades at every level.

If we can’t make a decent enemy out of Iran or North Korea, then we can always reinvent Al Qaeda and keep reinventing it, moving it to any part of the world that needs destabilization to promote the interests of powerful multi-national corporations or Israel. Our current scare, a “pre-election” special is based on, we are told, stories received from an “informant” held by the CIA, the same CIA whose “reliable informants” sent 5,000 Americans to their death in Iraq looking for non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

We are told all this information comes from a source being held at the Bagram detention center, someone claiming that groups trained in Waziristan under the direct supervision of Osama bin Laden are now all over Europe, top quality passports, probably made in Israel, hunting down Americans. I don’t buy a word of it. When CIA Director Leon Panetta said nobody had heard from bin Laden since 2001, do you think he was trying to make a point? Won’t anyone come out and say it, bin Laden has been dead for nearly a decade. Why don’t we admit it, keeping the ghost of Osama bin Laden alive is now seen as saving a valuable franchise, in effect, a license to lie, steal and kill.

Even when he was alive, bin Laden worked for the CIA. He always worked for the CIA, and we are told continually, “Nobody ever quits the CIA.” We can prove, beyond a doubt, that bin Laden was a major CIA asset in Afghanistan. What we can’t prove is that he ever quit. Did he go to work for Israel instead?

This idea of terrorist training camps is also a crock. Please, load me on a plane, get me a Pakistan visa (I have one) and fly me into Lahore. 3 ISI agents will follow me out of the airport, one will be driving my cab.

“Please take me to Waziristan, either north or south, I don’t care which, just get me to the nearest terrorist training camp as quickly as possible.”

We aren’t saying there aren’t terrorists. In fact, there are more terrorists today than ever before, the United States has been running a huge recruiting campaign for terrorists. Not only do our wars recruit terrorists but our Predator attacks that have killed so many innocent civilians are bringing more and more onboard. Even more successful is our campaign of wanton slaughter of civilians by death squads, referred to lovingly by the American press as “killing for sport.” This recruits terrorists.

How The Media Recruits Terrorists

This is the conventional cover story:  Saudi Arabia gives millions of dollars to extremist Mullahs. Poor children, boys only, go to these schools, memorize the Koran and bang their heads on the ground all day. Upon graduation, each student is either given a suicide vest or sent to America to learn to fly aircraft into buildings.

Poor and semi-illiterate children aren’t very “telegenic,” however. So, when television has to depict terrorists, it picks dark skinned “bad boys” who are both threatening but somehow compelling. Most TV terrorists have one thing in common. They are Jews. After all, these are highly valued roles, playing the “heavy.” Thus, our “TV terrorists” are tall, well groomed, highly educated, expensively dressed, have the best cars, stay in the best hotels, eat in the best restaurants.

Where do I sign up?

Who are the “real” terrorists then? They are all educated, speak several languages, fly “first class” only and bounce around the planet like “jet setters.” Funny thing is, we never find out who pays the bills, helps them through airports, sponsors and co-signs their visa applications, helps them rent apartments.

“What we do know is that none of them come from the primitive border regions of Af-Pak, where America, NATO, Pakistan and dozens of agencies, mercenary armies and assassination teams, not to mention scores of lethal drone aircraft, search day and night for, let’s be honest, something that doesn’t exit and never has.”

The “terrorism franchise” driving, not only American TV, but British television as well, is far from entertainment. Benny Hill is entertainment. Dancing with the Stars is entertainment. The tireless selling of terrorism, not only as a threat but, in view of the fact that these TV shows are all seen in the Islamic world as well, as an attractive alternative lifestyle, is both duplicitous and sinister. A few years ago, we learned how TV and movies influenced organized crime in the United States.

During a number of trials of organized crime figures in recent years, it was revealed that the Godfather films and others like them, supplied the historical context used by real organized crime to establish a distinctive group identity. Without the movies, they said they wouldn’t know how to talk like gangster, how to stage “hits” (assassinations) or hold initiation ceremonies. The movies told them how to organize on the basis of ancient Roman traditions. Problem is, the things they learned were fiction. The “Mafia” as seen on television never existed and the Italian based crime organizations established to mirror fiction could very well be considered a “construct” of the entertainment industry.

Well, the exact same thing is true for terrorists. They learn how to dress and act, how to pick out targets, even how to evade authorities from watching TV.

It is probably true that, without American television, most “terrorists” would never have imagined a career in that kind of thing. After all, it isn’t the first thing that pops into mind after getting a degree from a university.

Terrorists Would Be Helpless Without “Help”

We aren’t talking training. There hasn’t been a credible terrorist attack that doesn’t have the signature of an intelligence agency on it in years. Even the “Crotch Bomber” and the “Times Square Fizzler” had clear trails, perhaps dual trails, showing them to be “terrorists” but also showing the magic hand of fate, passing through airports, doors mysteriously opening for them, helping hands everywhere. There are even doubts about Dr. Hassan, the “Ft. Hood killer.” When his name was found on the “premium” guest list at a security conference for Bush officials we wondered. When we contacted the conference and got a lame cover story and then watched the whole thing disappear as though it never happened, as is so often the case, we may have found another “hybrid.”

In a world “gone mad” with security protocols making travel a near impossibility, the only group of people capable of getting anywhere anymore are terrorists. Is there, perhaps, a special passport they are given, like diplomatic passports but better? Who has that kind of power? Does a country that does things like this come to mind?

Hybrid Terrorists

The concept of “privatization” is a recent one for terrorists. Traditionally, most terrorist organizations were organized and financed as part of Cold War initiatives, either under the guise of anti-colonialism or, as with the establishment of the State of Israel, ethnic cleansing. Little or nothing is allowed to be taught about the Zionist movement and its allegiances to Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia or the infiltration of the corridors of power and finance in London or Washington. Zionism would be the “third movement,” neither purely communist nor capitalist but both ethnocentric and predatory but largely economic in nature. Much less is taught about the roots of Israel and the terror war waged against, not only the residents of Palestine but the British administrative forces in the region as well. Even less is discussed about the efforts to force Jews to relocate to Palestine and how “doors were closed,” not by anti-Semites but Zionists themselves.

In fact, Jews killing other Jews, directly or indirectly, in order to push for the establishment of Israel is one of the best kept secrets of the 20th century.

Cold War Reality

The period of the Cold War, typically 1947 through 1990, is described by most scholars as one during which there were three power bases, the “communist” East, the “capitalist” West and the non-aligned nations. East and West were seen in a half-century struggle over the “hearts and minds” of the former colonial world, Africa, Latin and Central America, the Middle East and Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.

There was a special group of powers seen as both aligned and “non-aligned.” These were spoken of as “surrogates” or “puppets” or even “rogue states.” They were Israel, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Cuba, East Germany, Turkey, Taiwan, Rhodesia, Czechoslovakia and South Africa. Another of the “great secrets” of the 20th century is that these nations often operated in unison, sharing intelligence services, weapons, jointly spying on the United States in particular, and, in general, making us a real “axis of evil” in much the vein spoken of by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George “W” Bush.

Working closely with them were “off center” groups within the intelligence agencies of the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, Pakistan, India and others. Helping facilitate the relationships between these nations, the “off center” intelligence groups and a myriad of customers, terrorist groups, revolutionaries and criminal organizations were the arms dealers, including Bush family members, Saudis, Israelis, Rhodesians, South Africans and hundreds of others from around the world including international bankers, diplomats and UN officials.

Osama bin Laden came from this shadowy world. 200 more names could be put behind his, constituting some of the most dangerous people in the world. Most are still around, many are still active, still in business and growing richer every day. When a powerful United States Senator vacations on a yacht in the Mediterranean, his host is likely to be one of these 200. When that same Senator visits a head of state, chances are, the message he is carrying is not an American one, but from his vacation host. It isn’t just “senators” and it isn’t just one. These “merchants of death” control more political leaders than any other group, any lobby, even more than the State of Israel, although, and this is no secret, a significant number of these “merchants of death” are Israelis.

Their trade, bio weapons, nuclear centrifuges, German submarines, American cluster-bombs, anthrax, land mines, missiles of all kinds, shapes and sizes, is a 300 billion dollar industry, working hand in hand with global espionage and drug rings, money launderers, “military contracting” companies and, oh yes, the oil industry.

Welcome to reality as it exists, not “TV” reality but one that explains what is, not what we hear and see, are hand fed by those that would deceive for profit.

These three great powers, two representing opposing power blocs and the third financing both sides and playing one against the other, all used terrorism extensively around the world to support their aims. Any populist leader or agrarian reformer would quickly find himself inundated with offers of weapons and training. Some became dictators and potentates while others strayed and became “axis of evil” cartoon bandits. All, at one time, served the West, the East, Zionism or all three.

Let’s look at a few names:  Castro, Chavez, bin Laden, Marcos, the Shah, Noriega, Sukarno, Saddam, Karzai, Pinochet, Duvalier, Diem, Ho Chi Minh, Chaing Kai Chek, Pol Pot, Robert Mogabe, Idi Amin, Franco, Suharto, Somoza, Trujillo, Mobutu.

This is the top of a list of those who rose to power, some at the behest of the West, some the East, many both, more than a few financially entangled with our Israeli friends and the mechanisms for generating a control far more pervasive than simple politics or economics through sovereign debt manipulation. When you add another hundred names to the list, not just the warlords and dictators but the “liberation movements” that have been infiltrated with cash or taken over through “surgery,” assassinations and manipulation, you can develop a clear picture of how revolution, dissent and terrorism are used to support oligarchical agendas.

What is the “oligarchical agenda?”

Oligarchy is about control, about ignorance and about power through centralized wealth through distribution of, not wealth but debt.

Were the hypotheses presented here to be valid, there would have to be a consensus as to whether a historical model of the past 50 years is described, one that seems to fit. Are people getting poorer, less powerful and is the world increasingly controlled by unseen and unexplained forces capable of creating conflict at will and successfully hiding who they are? Are we continually bombarded with opposing “conspiracy theory” and yet find the “world view” we are presented, the “official and certified” version, as unsatisfying and unable to describe the world convincingly?

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Gordon Duff is a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a U.N. Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. He is Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

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