An American blindness - Page 4

We're ten years from 9/11 and still in the Long War. Can we open our eyes in time?

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The military occupation of our minds will continue until we become familiar with the strategies and doctrines of the Long War.

The more we know about the Long War doctrine, the more we understand the need for a long peace movement. The pillars of the peace movement, in my experience and reading, are the networks of local progressives in hundreds of communities across the United States. Most of them are voluntary, citizen volunteers, always and immersed in the crises of the moment, nowadays the economic recession and unemployment.

This peace bloc deserves more. It won't happen overnight, but gradually we are wearing down the pillars of the war. It's painfully slow, because the president is threatened by Pentagon officials, private military contractors and an entire Republican Party (except the Ron Paul contingent) who benefit from the politics and economics of the Long War.

But consider the progress, however slow. In February of this year, Rep. Barbara Lee passed a unanimous resolution at the Democratic National Committee calling for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan and transfer of funds to job creation. The White House approved of the resolution. Then 205 House members, including a majority of Democrats, voted for a resolution that almost passed, calling for the same rapid withdrawal. Even the AFL-CIO executive board, despite a long history of militarism, adopted a policy opposing Afghanistan. The president himself is quoted in Obama's Wars as opposing his military advisors, demanding an exit strategy and musing that he "can't lose the whole Democratic Party." At every step of the way, it must be emphasized, public opinion in Congressional districts was a key factor in changing establishment behavior.

As for Al Qaeda, there is always the threat of another attack, like those attempted by militants aiming at Detroit during Christmas 2009 or Times Square in May 2010. In the event of another such terrorist assault originating from Pakistan, all bets are off: According to Woodward, the U.S. has a "retribution" plan to bomb 150 separate sites in that country alone there, and no apparent plan for The Day After. Assuming that nightmare doesn't happen, today's al Qaeda is not the al Qaeda of a decade ago. Osama bin Laden is dead, its organization is damaged, and its strategy of conspiratorial terrorism has been displaced significantly by the people-power democratic uprisings across the Arab world.

It is clear that shadow wars lie ahead, but not expanding ground wars involving greater numbers of American troops. The emerging argument will be over the question of whether special operations and drone attacks are effective, moral and consistent with the standards of a constitutional democracy. And it is clear that the economic crisis finally is enabling more politicians to question the trillion dollar war spending.

Meanwhile, the 2012 national elections present an historic opportunity to awaken from the blindness inflicted by 9/11.

After more than 50 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy.

Comments

The Blindness Will Continue -- Hayden is Helping It Continue.

If someone like Tom Hayden cannot call 9/11 what it was, and what about half the people in this country suspect -- an inside job -- and cannot point out that WikiLeaks has all the earmarks of a CIA/NSA controlled leak operation, then we really aren't any closer to opening our eyes than we were 10 years ago.

We can't get to the bottom of things until we can break through the surface and see things for what they are.

As a result, this piece by Hayden -- intentionally or unintentionally -- amounts nothing more than long-winded disinformation.

Too bad.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

How many people's bubble would be burst if they were to learn that 911 was an inside job? Why are some people so afraid that that could be the case?...(so they resort to attacking the messenger).

Solving the Mystery of WTC 7
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth...and narrated by Ed Asner:
http://tinyurl.com/43o985m

Russia Today: "Stop the 9-11 Coverup"
http://tinyurl.com/3ctu2al

Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

Come on man. So what?

Nearly every damned war that ever happened started with the same sort of cooked up conspiracy.

Remember the Maine? Reichstag fire? Gulf of Tonkin? Did you know that FDR ordered the U.S. military to leave Pearl Harbor poorly defended so that Japan would attack, giving us an excuse to enter the war at just the right moment after Europe had decimated itself (thereby ensuring U.S. global dominance from that moment forward)?

Big friggin' deal.

My problem with the 911 truth movement is not whether it is right or wrong, but the fact that it doesn't make one damned bit of difference what particular maneuver was used to trigger the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq (which the military industrial complex would have found an excuse for anyway). Wars are begun in this way almost every time they happen.

You could convince everyone in the country that 911 was a conspiracy, and just what exactly would that accomplish. Nothing.

A vast majority of the country has understood for decades that JFK and Martin Luther King were assassinated by the powers that be. Has this changed the American populace into a dedicated honed force for revolutionary change. No. And neither will the 911 issue, no matter how well you pitch it to people.

I am far more concerned about the fact that massive multinational financial corporations like Goldman Sachs have now taken nearly complete control our federal government. And that wasn't even a conspiracy. It was carried out right in front of us.

And now that fascist banking oligarchy in D.C. has even further ramped up robbing us all blind, not even leaving us our eye teeth.

You want to get the American people to become fed up and to rise up?

Focus on that.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

People focus on different things, Eric. You focus on what you want, I'll do the same. Not everyone needs to be in lockstep with your interests or mine. I was merely putting information out there on 911 that some people may not have seen before. If one has no interest in 911 and a viewpoint other than the "official story," then don't click on the links. (I'm not officially part of any 911 Truth Movement).

Some people are here to argue, I'm not one of them. I'm just here expressing my views. Ciao.

Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

You're missing my point.

This massive pouring of entire lifetimes of time and energy into the 911 Truth movement is dramatically draining away activist time and energy that we -should- be turning directly onto the core problem itself, instead of a mere symptom like 911.

Going around flipping out and having gathering after gathering, entire literary -sections- of books, audio and video and analysis that would fill the Smithsonian, etc, ad nauseam, about 911 is a -ridiculous- and dangerous waste of activist resources.

This isn't about 'focus'. This is about not digging the movement into a pointless and very deep hole in the ground.

This is about stopping all that nonsense and standing up immediately to call a general strike in this country and shut the place down until the wars stop and the banks and corporations stop bleeding us into oblivion; and the rich start sharing their wealth with everyone else.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

I didn't miss your point. I got your point and all the things you brought up were important.

However, neither of us can control other people's behavior and people's interests. Some people are only concerned about certain topics. They will not necessarily have any interest in bank bailouts, for example (they may mention that in passing) but they are more concerned about the "Patriot" Act extensions, for example, or illegal spying or torture. On other message forums I've seen some people asking, "why does this important topic have so few comments? What is wrong with people?"

As for 911: I don't obsess about 911. Some people do, but I don't. I've been no 911 meetings, and I'm not part of any group on the topic. I think I've written at the most 3 posts about 911 in the last year and two of them were on this site in the past week or so. And I only mentioned 911 in passing in the first post here earlier in the last couple weeks because I am aware that some sites do not allow any mention of "911 being an inside job" and I thought this site could easily be one of those sites not wanting any discussion about that. I only thought about 911 today because Lisa mentioned it and I saw all the obnoxious corporate media obsession with it, the plastic patriotism and sickening nationalistic flag waving that I saw in images online. It's Ridiculous and some of the 911 family members have said they highly resent this topic being so politicized, as I do. That's all I have to say about 911.

As for a national general strike and the masses shutting the place down and all that in your last paragraph....that's what needs to happen but it's dreaming. It ain't going to happen any time soon. Over the years, there have been repeated calls for a national general strike and the sheep/masses went to work. They couldn't be bothered. The general strikes have been a failures, unfortunately. It's going to have to get much, much worse here in the US Empire before any of that stuff is going to happen in any massive numbers, in my opinion. And with Bush 3 (Obama) he has doubled the wars/occupations/droning areas as you probably already know...there are 6 now, compared to 3 under Bush 2. So rather than ending the wars (etc), Obama's escalating them and some of his believers are making excuses for him, yet they screamed about Bush when he was doing the same thing.

Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 12, 2011 @ 1:49 am

You don't milk a cow for ten years.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

Next year let's just remember 9/11/11 as the day both the Giants and the 49'ers won.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Sep. 12, 2011 @ 3:03 am

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