Americans Be Unplugged?
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: The
West Is Trapped In Its Own Propaganda
bin Laden saga
is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside,
you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers,
carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save.
But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and
that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these
people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured,
so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect
ever-growing bin Laden story becomes ever more preposterous. The
cowardly bin Laden is now the vain bin Laden, the terror mastermind
who has nothing to do but to sit and watch videos of himself.
released a video of an alleged bin Laden indulging in self-admiration,
but there is no sound. Why? Was the video made without sound? Did
Washington delete the audio? The video seems to show the alleged
bin Laden speaking to someone in the room. Is the voice not bin
Ladenís? Is the alleged bin Laden referring to the image on the
screen in the third person, as not himself? Why would bin Laden
have a video made of himself watching videos of himself? Why is
a video of bin Laden watching bin Laden a headline story? Is it
meant to substitute for the absence of a corpse?
As one reader
put it, "The government is playing with us, experimenting to
see if there is any tall tale we wonít believe."
The story keeps
changing as to whether "bin Ladenís compound," no longer
a million dollar luxury mansion, had Internet and communications
or relied on couriers. The latest installment is that bin Laden
was online. Washington says that the raid delivered into its hands
bin Ladenís emails and diary, which, Washington claims, show an
active bin Laden directing his terror network to carry out more
plots. If bin Laden was online, why did Obama have to find him by
trailing a courier?
SEALs grabbed bin Ladenís diary and emails, but left all sorts of
other documents that allegedly have fallen into Pakistani hands.
These left-behind documents now serve as a pretext for more disputes
with Pakistan and another excuse for ignoring Pakistanís protests
about the military operations the US carries out in Pakistan, violating
the sovereignty of the country.
Why would the
SEALs leave behind so many precious documents? First they kill for
no reason the mastermind who could have revealed the world of terror;
then they depart, leaving terror records behind. Some will say that
this is typical US government incompetence. So how did such an incompetent
government find bin Laden?
left behind were most likely carried in by the SEALs as plants.
independent of Washington examined the alleged bin Laden diary and
confirmed that it was in bin Ladenís handwriting? These kind of
questions are the kind the media, back when we had one, used to
The bin Laden
story is now such a fable with so many contradictory bits that people
can pick and choose to suit the telling. Time magazine likes
it all, except the part about an all-powerful bin Laden, still in
control, rejecting an underlingís proposal "to fit a tractor
with rotating blades to use to Ďmow down the enemies of Allah.í"
Time prefers a bin Laden who was unsettled by his realization
that he had lost his "historic significance" prior to
losing his life to the US Navy SEALs.
bin Laden had lost his significance, why did Obama get such a boost
in the polls from his claim that he found bin Laden and had him
Empire cannot do without bin Laden. The next installment of the
fable will be that bin Laden escaped, leaving behind a double, and
is abroad carrying out more terror plots.
As the fable
continues, try to rescue from the Memory Hole the fact that we were
presented with a death without a corpse and that Washington has
no explanation for why an unarmed, undefended, frail man, who was
a font of terrorist information, was murdered and not captured.
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
© 2011 Paul
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