My own journey from swallowing the official story of 9/11, when we were all traumatised by the events of that terrible day and psychologically suggestible to whatever the authorities told us, to my current position, which is that elements of the Bush administration were almost definitely somehow involved, and that aircraft fuel cannot explain the Twin Towers’ collapse, I mean, disintegration, is very similar to betmo’s.
My reaction was one of great hatred directed towards the man who was said to have masterminded the attacks, Osama bin Laden, and a desire to see him caught, tried, and punished.
Despite the fact that most of the Muslim adults I know (and I know many), are fine, upstanding, God-fearing, law-abiding folk, it also coloured my attitude towards this people and their religion in a very negative way. Whenever I saw a Muslim woman wearing the chador or a Muslim man in Muslim dress, I felt a strong urge to say out loud, “Bang! bang!” As if all Muslims secretly support suicide bombers and the perpetrators of 9/11, which I now realise is certainly not the case.
When we went into Iraq, I also initially accepted the official reasons. But as the months wore on, and there was no sign of the famed Weapons of Mass Destruction, I became more and more puzzled by the invasion. Was it all just a hugely embarrassing mistake on the part of the Bush and Blair administrations?
It wasn’t until the September of 2006, when I read an article in a British newspaper about 9/11 scholars for truth, that I began to investigate what really happened. My initial reaction, when I realised that 9/11 was an inside job, was burning anger and a desire to see those involved brought to justice, an anger that burnt all the more fiercely for having been misled by the real perpetrators as to who really did it.
And as for the Bush and Blair administrations being misled about WMDs, I no longer buy it. They knew all along that there were none, and the invasion of Iraq, far from being one huge mistake, was, in reality, nothing more than a blatant and nakedly obvious oil grab, as the awarding of non-tender oil contracts to big western oil companies shows. Likewise, the invasion of Afghanistan, which has less to do with the war on terror, than with safeguarding a pipeline from the Central Asian oilfields to US-friendly Pakistan.
By rights, both Blair and Bush should be brought before the International Court of Justice to be tried for war crimes. But will it ever happen? Will it, heck? Though an evil man, former Serb leader Haralan Karadzic was right when he stated that the Court, which is to try him for war crimes committed against the Bosnians, was nothing more than a NATO court.
There’s no justice! At least, not in this world. I can take consolation only in the fact that, one day, both Bush and Blair will have to meet their maker, in whom they claim so ardently to believe but whom, by their actions, they so tragically betray.