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By Adam Porter
- London, 12th September 2001 -
And you think to yourself, is this it? Is this all we did? Is
this the end of the world? Two passenger aeroplanes slam into
the side of the World Trade Centre's so-called Twin Towers. They
are twin towers no more. Like millions of others before them ordinary
citizens die horrific deaths as a result of American foreign policy.
But this time the deaths are American and in America.
The level of hyperbole drives through the ceiling, fear and sanctimony
are everywhere, uncertainty rules. Tony Blair can't talk to the
Unions at the TUC Conference as he is too moved. The TV and the
media, unsurprisingly are over majoring on it. The U.S.-Mexican
border is sealed. All flights over the US are cancelled. The internet
service providers get bogged down under the weight of the news junkies
desperate for knowledge of what had happened. Mobile use in the
USA imploded. All flights over London are cancelled. The creator
of Frasier dies. Like the White House, Disneyworld in Orlando was
evacuated. And after all that, who did it? And why?
Well, listen, you can take your pick. America has been rocked not
only by the explosions themselves but by the fact that Americans
may have died at the hands of a deliberate audacious extra-ordinary
attack. They seem shocked that anyone would want to make their political
point through such destruction. They are bemused, yes really, that
America should be the target of such ruthless, bloody anger. They
are amazed that someone could kill innocent people in order to make
The news rampaged around the world. Flicking across Europe's channels
every one bar MTV had the images of the smoking stacks blazing out
across the airwaves. It was like a Manga movie, a disaster epic.
Every stunning, shocking minute that went by you were battling with
reality, sure they would announce that a giant green lizard had
been spotted off the coast of NY, NY. They didn't but still it doesn't
seem completely real. Four planes? At once? Destroying three huge
buildings in the heart of New York and roughing up the Pentagon?
Are we awake?
But this is reality. The loss of innocent lives is more disgusting
than words can express. The murder of men, women and kids to get
a political point across is outrageous. The office workers, the
cleaners, the lift repair men from Ace Lifts who worked in the World
Trade Centre. People gossiping, drinking a coffee from a foam cup,
avoiding the first bit of work of the day. The people who jumped
to their deaths perhaps hoping against hope that they would somehow
survive, wracked with unimaginable fear. Those incinerated in the
building by thousands of gallons of aircraft fuel. Ordinary U.S.
citizens just like you and me, just like ordinary people in Paris,
Amsterdam, Bangkok, Tripoli and Baghdad. But look, and look hard,
this is what men of violence do to cities, what British and American
planes did to Basra in Iraq, what British and American planes did
to parts of Belgrade.
When I spout on about missiles slamming into the side of escaping
Kossovan women, children and pensioners packed into a train I mean
it. They died terrible, flesh ripping deaths. When you fire cruise
missiles into packed shelters full of women and kids in Bahgdad
they too died terrible deaths. When you kill 5.8 million Vietnamese,
carpet bombing their rudimentary homes whilst leaving the centre
of Hanoi and Saigon clear so you had somewhere nice to stay when
you invaded (a tactic the Nazis employed on London) they too died
terrible deaths. When you rounded up every socialist and liberal
in Indonesia, Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Greece, Turkey and more and
had them killed and tortured they too died terrible deaths. We can
add Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Laos,
Cambodia, Israel. The American death machine. Ordained by God.
So ask yourself something. Do you object to violence? Really? Or
do you object to "their" violence. Will you object to
the American military striking back? Bombing Kabul or Khartoum or
Tripoli. A tactical nuke on northern Afganistan? Will you object
if the Israelis open up on the Palestinians? Will you?
Because what is the alternative? More bombs? More security? More
cameras in the streets? More phone taps? More subsidy to the arms
industry? More dead foreigners whose minute of lives are never reported
on CNN they way the Trade Centre's demise has been. Is that where
we are going? On a race to the bottom trapped between GW Bush and
the CIA-created Osama Bin Laden? Because it seems that what is wanted.
James Rubin, former White House playboy and spokesman said, "They
have attacked every civilised country in the world," Tony Blair
said that we must "eradicate this evil completely" and
that the perpetrators of the attacks were "indifferent to the
sanctity of human life". Within hours General Wesley Clark
of the Kosovo campaign said it was "only one" group who
could have done this, of course, "it's Osama Bin Laden."
But remember that James Rubin also said that "Tibet is part
of China, that's settled. Tibet is part of China" (Radio 5
Live), Tony Blair ordered British involvement in a major war without
any recourse to international law and General Wesley Clark carried
out that war in the full knowledge that the commencement of that
war would lead to an increase in Kosovan deaths, as he put it that
"was entirely predictable."
Then Tom Clancy on CNN tried to be a bit liberal and balanced.
Islamic people he informed us "were not all madmen." Of
course he meant that men who commit this kind of violence must be
mad. Try telling George W Bush who mimicked his first woman victim
on TV. "Please save me Mr Bush," he squealed in a 'white
trash' high pitched voice, giggling at her imminent death. Try telling
Clinton, the cruise missile king or the 'great statesman' Henry
'1-800 Bomb Cambodia' Kissinger who declared it "an act of
war" before he even knew who he was at war with. Because they
will be too busy scheming, plotting, advising "the great democracies"
(James Rubin) how to strike back.
One furious senator on CNN busted his spleen. "We are at war,"
said the completely-not-madman. "The priority of this country
isn't healthcare or nurses, it is security, defence."
So much killing, so many men of war, so few men of peace.
And you think to yourself? Is this it?