ResearcherThe "THINKING" behind 9-11Sat Apr 1, 2006 20:31The Perpetual War!
The war that has already begun; it is not about Iraq; it's not about Saddam Hussein. So forget everything that's being talked about in any of the media, whether it's pro- or anti-war. It's irrelevant to the issue, as we have to understand it.
You could say that it began in 1974. A number of things happened that year, that were indispensable towards launching the ongoing, the "perpetual" war that has hit the entire Middle East region and beyond for more than 25 years.
1974 was the year that Henry Kissinger promulgated National Security Study Memorandum 200, which was signed a year later by President Gerald Ford, and has been the underlying national security doctrine of the United States ever since. The basic thrust of NSSM-200 is that economic development and population growth in the developing world is a national security threat to the United States, and must be stopped at all costs.
The argument was, simply, that the entire strategic raw-material resources of the entire planet are urgently required on behalf of the national security interests of the United States. This was during the Cold War, and was couched in terms of the struggle between the West and the Soviet empire.
But basically, Kissinger's concept— classic Malthusian, genocidal idea—was that the United States and its English-speaking allies must control all of the strategic raw-material wealth of Africa; all the strategic raw-material wealth of Ibero-America; all the strategic petroleum and natural-gas reserves of the Persian Gulf; and at all costs, no modern nation-states could be allowed to come into existence, or continue to exist, in any of these areas of the world.
The Middle East was particularly important for two reasons: Number one, the petroleum wealth of the region, which is a very particular, vital raw material for the energy supply for the world economy.
Second, the Middle East is a major crossroad between Europe and Asia, and between Eurasia and Africa; and therefore, creating a perpetual war in that part of the world, assures that there can be no effective economic development throughout Eurasia and Africa.
The second thing that happened in 1974, is that the British oligarchy deployed one of its senior Arab Bureau intelligence officers—Bernard Lewis—to the United States to run the policy; basically to administer, as a kind of colonial gauleiter, the national security policies of the United States.
Remember, that years later, in 1982, at a conference in London, Henry Kissinger would boast that everything he did, he did on behalf of the British monarchy and British intelligence, and that he was never loyal to anything about the United States—particularly, not to the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt. He promulgated a policy that goes back to the days of the East India Company; and the senior British Arabist, Dr. Bernard Lewis, was sent to the United States, set up shop in Princeton, New Jersey, and became the principal foreign policy and national security adviser to the Zbigniew Brzezinski government, when it came into power in 1977.
The 'Crescent of Crisis'
Lewis developed a policy that came to be known, in the late 1970s, as the Bernard Lewis Plan, which was otherwise memorialized on the cover of Time magazine in January 1979, as the "Crescent of Crisis."
What Bernard Lewis basically said, is that we are going to destabilize the entire Muslim world, the entire Persian Gulf region, because it borders along the south of the Soviet Union. We are going to create an Islamic mess, a chaos, insurgency of wars, along the southern tier of the Soviet Union; and this is how we're going to destroy the Soviet Union.
The first American ally who was turned upon, overthrown and betrayed, in 1979, was the Shah of Iran. The net effect of that was that the stage was set for an eight-year war in the Persian Gulf.
The Khomeini regime came into power in Tehran; and within months, Iran and Iraq were engaged in a war that would go on for eight years.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a private discussion with the Shah of Iran, shortly before or after he was removed from power, presented NSSM-200 in a very candid fashion. He simply said to the Shah, "There will be no new Japans in the Persian Gulf, and there will no new Japans south of the Rio Grande River." The policy was very clear: perpetual war, chaos, destruction.
As part of the eight-year war that was manipulated between Iran and Iraq, we're told that there was a standing committee inside the U.S. government, that basically modulated the supplies of weapons to both sides, to make sure that the war was perpetuated as long as possible; and particularly, that Iraq, which was a country that had already emerged as a nation with a modern industrial economy, a highly skilled labor force, a top-flight education system, and with the ability to disprove the Kissinger-Brzezinski thesis about no new Japans in the Arab world or the Persian Gulf, was decimated.
The purpose of this eight-year war was to decimate Iraq and Iran. We had the famous Ollie North Iran-Contra arms pipeline, and all sorts of other things.
The purpose of that war was to wreak genocide and havoc on the entire region.
It happened that Iraq had a very substantial disadvantage in the war, in that Iran had a far larger population. So, among the things that were done by the United States, Britain, and Israel, in order to "level the playing field" to keep the war going as long as possible, was that Saddam Hussein was provided with chemical and biological weapons, by the United States; by successive U.S. administrations.
Now we see President Bush, and Vice President Cheney, stand up and say, "We have a mandate to go to war against Iraq, because Iraq has chemical and biological weapons." Where did they get them from?
Not only are they no longer there; but to the extent they were there, they were provided by the United States, by Britain, and by Israel, to further this perpetual war.
The next phase of the same war, was the Afghanistan war [against the Soviet Union], another part of the Bernard Lewis Plan. It began in '79 under Brzezinski's direction, and continued for more than a decade. During the course of that war, tens of thousands of young, desperately poor men—really boys—from throughout the Muslim world—North Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia, the Philippines, Brooklyn, you name it—were recruited to be cannon-fodder in the mujahideen operation that was financed by the United States, Britain, and Israel, building up a massive opium and heroin trade coming out of Afghanistan and the extended area.
The policy was a succession of wars that were never to end. And if you look at the situation in Afghanistan today, that's precisely what's going on. This is not a winnable war.
Lewis' First 'Clash of Civilizations' Call
So this is the war that we are dealing with. Now, al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and the so-called Muslim fundamentalist threat, as another rationale for the war that people within and around the Bush Administration are promoting to start against Iraq. Israel wanted it to start last Spring; there are people pushing for it to start tomorrow morning, and it could very well happen.
But the argument is as false as the argument about other kinds of justifications for genocide that come out of the mouths of these people.
The fact of the matter is that the Clash of Civilizations war, which is being promoted right now, was first called for by Dr. Bernard Lewis in 1990, in an article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled "The Roots of Muslim Rage." Three years later, Huntington wrote his article in Foreign Affairs calling for a war against Islam and against the Confucian world as well. So Huntington calls for war against 1.4 billion Muslims, and about 1.5 billion Chinese, at the same time. You get the idea that these people are out of their minds.
So it was 1990 that that call for the Clash of Civilizations war was put out. Back in 1990, Osama bin Laden was widely known, in British and American intelligence circles, as the "Tom Marriott of Peshawar." He was working for us, and he was basically running a hospitality suite for all of the recruits—the 15- and 16-year-old kids who were being recruited around the world, and sent into Afghanistan for this perpetual war there -- on our payroll, basically using his family's money.
A year later, in 1991, we had the Persian Gulf war; and, Bernard Lewis comes out, in early 1992, in an article in Foreign Affairs, and says that the main purpose of the Persian Gulf war, was to bring an end, once and for all, to any concept of nation-state and nationhood and nationalism in the Arab and Muslim world.
We manipulated Syria, and other Arab countries to go to war in alliance with the United States, against Iraq. Arab nationalism is dead. The only thing left is a virulent form of fundamentalism coming out of these people streaming home from the American-, British-, and Israeli-sponsored war in Afghanistan, to set up operations to destabilize the governments in their own countries.
So out of Afghanistan, we had the spreading of this perpetual war policy into North Africa, the Philippines, and into every country in the Middle East.
We've now reached the point where, particularly following the 1997-98 breakout of disintegration in the post-Bretton Woods international monetary system, we're moving into the new phase of the war.
The new phase is motivated by two things. Number one: After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, at the point that Bernard Lewis made his initial announcement about the launching of the Clash of Civilizations, there was no longer a competing empire capable of challenging the Anglo-American empire for total world domination. During the Cold War, it was more difficult to move full steam ahead to implement National Security Study Memorandum 200.
So since 1990, we've had the succession of wars in the region, and now the preparations to launch a far more deadly "Thirty Years' War" type phenomenon in the region, to finish the process of crushing the nation-state. Or, as Henry Kissinger said in a book published last year, to bring a permanent end to the Treaty of Westphalia system; the system of nation-states.
An Unqualified U.S. President
This is the war that we're up against. It's got nothing to do with Saddam Hussein. It's got nothing to do with Iraq; it has everything to do with the fact that a bunch of lunatics in the United States, Britain, Australia, and elsewhere, are out to provoke this Clash of Civilizations.
They do not fail to see that, particularly in the period since 1997-98, there has been substantial progress towards organizing leading political circles throughout Eurasia, into endorsing and moving to implement parts of Lyndon LaRouche's call for the Eurasian Land-Bridge.
The war drive was made all the more urgent in late '98, when then-Prime Minister of Russia, Yevgeni Primakov went to New Delhi and announced that he was supporting the idea of a strategic partnership among Russia, China, and India.
So this area of the world, even more emphatically, had to be targetted for total destruction through perpetual war.
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