"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the
~ Hosea 8:7
Summary: When our Washington elites funded and trained Afghanistan's
Mujahadeen "freedom fighters" to harass the Soviet Union,
America sowed the wind. On September 11, 2001, if our talking heads
are to be believed, Osama bin Laden, one of numerous Dogs of War
unleashed upon the world by our CIA, took a bite out of his former
master. Like the ancient Israelites who ignored their prophet Hosea,
Americans ignored our prophets George Washington and John Quincy
Adams, and are now reaping the whirlwind.
has forgotten his Maker, and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied
fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it
shall devour his strongholds."
~ Hosea 8:14
terrorists struck on Tuesday September 11, on a clear Manhattan
morning. Two hijacked civilian airliners, one plane for each of
the twin 110 story towers, were aimed directly at New York's World
Trade Center towers, and flown into them head on, "kamikaze"
hour or so later, the two burning towers crumbled and disintegrated,
one after the other, in agonizing slow motion, collapsing into roiling
clouds of dust and debris before our very eyes.
date the terrorists chose to launch their highly-coordinated surprise
attack was no accident. It was not the result of tossing a dart
at a calendar while blindfolded. September 11 is 9/11 or 911, the
number the terrorists knew their shocked and disoriented victims
would be dialing, begging emergency personnel to "Please, help
criminal masterminds depicted in Hollywood thrillers like Se7en
(1995, directed by David Fincher, written by Andrew Kevin Walker)
Bone Collector, (1999, directed by Phillip Noyce, written
by Jeffery Deaver and Jeremy Iacone) the terrorists were taunting
us, anticipating each of our reactions in advance like an evil chessmaster.
Even the names of the airlines targeted, "American" and
"United," were likely intended as cruel irony.
the World Trade Center towers were first topped off in the early
'70s, I was an apprentice at I.M. Pei and Partners uptown at Fifth
and Madison. Even then, from a purely aesthetic perspective, I never
cared for the WTC. They were featureless, scaleless white prisms
with closely spaced thin vertical lines on all four elevations,
and little else. Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece Seagram's Building
is simple, elegant. The WTC towers were merely plain, boring.
like millions of others, architects and laymen alike, I had gotten
used to seeing them, and could no longer imagine "Noo Yawk
Ciddy" without them.
of me said the images I was watching live on CNN weren't real. What
I was watching was CGI. Computer generated images. Special effects.
Trailers from the latest big budget Hollywood blockbuster. Independence
Day, Armageddon, Deep
of me however, knew better.
it finally happened," I muttered to myself.
do you get it? Finally? Now do you understand why libertarians have
insisted the World's Only Remaining Superpower could not get away
with dispatching carrier task forces and stealth bombers all over
the world, casually inflicting 'collateral damage' from 15,000 ft.
on anyone we labeled 'evil,' blithely assuming the American public
would remain safe and snug, immune from deadly retaliation?"
FATHERS' FOREIGN POLICY, A STRANGE THING
great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in
extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political
connection as possible."
George Washington's farewell address, September 19, 1796
does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is well-wisher
to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and
vindicator only of her own."
John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State to James Monroe and author
of the Monroe Doctrine, 1821
have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted
as a strange thing."
get no satisfaction out of saying "We told you so!" The
disaster is too horrific to permit gloating. But the fact is we
did tell you so. We at antiwar.com, lewrockwell.com,
fff.org, among others, warned
there would be hell to pay for our uninvited, unwelcome global meddling,
but neither wing of our One Party political establishment paid us
the slightest attention.
Benevolent Global Hegemonists on the right and Humanitarian Interventionists
on the left portrayed themselves as sophisticated practitioners
of realpolitik, and dismissed libertarian anti-interventionists
who quoted George Washington and John Quincy Adams chapter and verse
as quaintly irrelevant ivory tower utopians.
a "nameless, faceless enemy" struck a crippling blow against
America's financial and political nerve centers.
PLANT MELONS, GET
have plowed iniquity, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten
the fruit of lies."
melons, get melons. Plant beans, get beans."
Chinese Folk Expression
did terrorists hijack Boeing 757s and 767s belonging to American
Airlines and United Airlines and crash them into the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.?
didn't they hijack airliners belonging to Air Canada and crash them
into Canada's parliament buildings overlooking the Ottawa River?
Why didn't they hijack airliners belonging to Aero Mexico and crash
them into the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City's Zocalo?
didn't they attack Bern and Stockholm, European capitols geographically
far more accessible from terrorist bases in the Middle East?
BEANS, GET BEANS
for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love..."
terrorists attacked America and not America's neighbors Canada and
Mexico, because Canada and Mexico, whatever their other faults,
mind their own damned business. Canada and Mexico don't hold guns
to the heads of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other
Muslim states, demanding that they obey Washington's high-handed
dictates, "or else."
terrorists attacked America, not Switzerland and Sweden because
Switzerland and Sweden are politically neutral nations which have
wisely rejected foreign military adventurism.
is not rocket science. Even Dubya ought to be able to understand
this without "Diplomacy for Dummies" Cliff Notes thoughtfully
provided by Condoleeza Rice.
neutrality, by the way, is not "isolationism." As anyone
who has ever heard of Credit Suisse and Ericcson knows, Switzerland
and Sweden couldn't be any more thoroughly integrated into the European
and world communities.
economic success of these highly civilized European powerhouses
demonstrates there is nothing "unrealistic" or "utopian"
about advanced nations maintaining scrupulously anti-interventionist
political viability of these neutral nation states puts the lie
to preposterous Blue Team assertions that "America has no alternative
but to be an imperialist hegemon, because it's still a dangerous
world out there."