|By Sydney White|
United States has just been initiated into the global psyche by an attack
on their own soil. Shock and mourning have given way to the fury of indignation
at the audiacity of such an act on America.
Due to fortuitous cameras on the scene, the shots of both airplanes hitting the towers were perfect cinematography. In fact, there is an eerie Hollywood aspect to the response, in which glamouroustitles like "Operation Desert Storm" are now revved up to Biblical dimensions as "Operation Infinite Justice."
The deaths of more than 5,000 American civilians have now been added to the 500,000 children dead in Iraq as a result of U.S. sanctions -- not to mention Iran, Sudan and Libya. On the same list of innocents are thousands of children dead in Afghanistan and one million starving because the U.S. abandoned their friend, Bin Laden, after he ended the Soviet occupation.
A backdrop to these recent inhumanities are 50 years of U.S.-sponsored Israeli occupation, massacre and torture of Palestinians -- not to mention U.S. "strategic" connections to various dictatorships.
The American government does not dwell on its self-serving and betrayed partnerships, nor on the costs to its citizens. Apparently the only reason for terrorism is that it's a direct route to heaven. If that were the case, then the American government would now be at the right hand of God, instead of imagining that they are.
What are some of the effects of the act of war on America?
The United States will get closer ties with Canada, and there will be a lot less objection to annexation. NATO, which was to be consigned to mothballs, has now come back with an even greater power. Canada will no longer be the "Peacemaker" but will be left open to attack through complicity.
The U.S. is pushing for a global definition of terrorism that could possibly include protestors against Globalization.
The recent global criticism of Israeli military attacks in Palestine has turned to silence as Muslims are condemned out of hand -- despite Bush's lip service to tolerance.
Privacy and civil liberties may be sacrificed to "security" in North America.
Incidentally, last January, Pakistan promised its people an interest-free economy by 2001, much to the dismay of world bankers. It will not be a launch pad for the United States, thus precluding any monetary change which would have revived the country and inspired others. The control of money and oil are one. Religion is the distraction that divides the victims.
The Taliban and other like groups should be eradicated. But it will be a long and sacrificial process, especially if it is done through western terrorism rather than equitable economics.
The CIA proposes (officially) that it hire torturers and murderers and that the ban on assassinations be removed. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country, was brought down by the financiers; Russia reduced Muslim Chechnya to rubble where children were devoured by dogs; India has brought the foot down on Muslim Kashmir.
We must ask ourselves the obvious question before we join a crusade against the usual suspects: "Who benefits?"
The solution, of course, is to make war on our dependence on oil -- not to mention those who manufacture our dependence on drugs. Afghanistan is not just a camp for the Taliban; it is also the major heroin supplier to Europe with access to China. Reviewing the Columbian connections and reflecting on Air America in Viet Nam and all its ramifications, it may well be within the bounds of logic to wonder if the attack on the World Trade Towers was a Muslim conspiracy to get to heaven or just a business deal gone wrong.
In any event, it is most sad indeed.
|Sydney White teaches "Studies in Propaganda" through the Free University of Toronto.|