This is the root of all of the deception. Bush told the American people that a particular religion was out to get us because they “hate our freedom.” The facts are these, and they are not in dispute: 9/11 was carried out by a group of Saudis who belonged to a organization called al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden. al Qaeda had been formed years earlier to eject the Soviets from Afghanistan, through guerilla warfare. Since that time, al Qaeda had been attempting through terrorism to eject the US and other “non-believers” from their military presence on the Arabian peninsula.
It was necessary for Bush to invent this lie, in order to fool the American people into believing that there was nothing we could do to prevent further attacks on the US but engage in a permanent worldwide military fight to the death with terrorists.
All sorts of other lies have followed from this: “fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here,” etc. By and large, they don’t hate us “over here.” They hate us when we are “over there.”
The fact is that the more we attempt to militarily occupy the Middle East, the more they hate us. Bush has done an immense of amount of this. The more we invade and kill and destroy, the more people hate us. And not just al-Qaeda any more. This is common sense. And we can’t kill them all…that is totally irrational. It is just a vicious circle: kill hate kill hate, and the occupation that started the whole thing just becomes more extensive.
Bush’s use of the expression “War on Terror” is another part of the same lie. “Terror” is not an enemy. He uses that expression to keep us thinking about HOW we were attacked on 9/11, rather than thinking about why and by whom we were attacked on 9/11.
Very soon after 9/11 he decided that as long as he obscured the who and why of 9/11, he could make it seem as if Saddam Hussein was the culprit, and use that as an excuse to attack iraq. Another huge lie.
The consequences are evident.
What is to be done about this massive and continuing dishonesty?