On Tuesday the United States was rocked by terrorist attacks that dwarfed the Oklahoma City bombing by comparison. The symbol of America's economic might was reduced to a heap of rubble, with the loss of human life feared to be in the thousands. The symbol of America's military might, the Pentagon building in the nation's capital, also sustained heavy damage and significant loss of life. Today this nation reels from the most devastating terrorist attack in history, and the most deadly attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. The parallels to Pearl Harbor have been emphasized by this nation's leaders as the country moves to a war footing. Emotions are running high and America is in no mood to be introspective as to the causes of this great tragedy.
As the details of this attack began pouring in, U.S. politicians from both parties united in expressions of outrage. The mood is one of vengeance in Washington. After all, "America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world" said President Bush in a televised address. "A great people has been moved to defend a great nation," the president said, stating later that our response to the disaster would be a "monumental struggle of good versus evil."
The attack was "unprovoked", "cowardly", and "a barbaric act of terrorism" according to media pundits and politicians alike. We are right, we are the victims, and we will settle the score. "I don't care who they are," wrote one participant in a discussion forum. "If they're a country who houses known terrorists, I say level them. I don't care if there is a Middle East left. Modern day earth doesn't need barbarians." This is the prevailing mood in this country.
"Those who do not want to harvest evil, should not plant evil," Saddam Hussein said in a statement reported by the Iraqi News Agency. "Those who think that their people's lives are dear to them, must think that the lives of the world's people are dear, too. America is exporting evil, not only wherever their army lands, but even where their movies land, too." He went on to say, "Despite the contradictory humanitarian feelings on what happened in America yesterday, America is harvesting the thorns that its rulers have planted in the world. There is no place without a statue pointing to American criminal acts," he added. "Nobody has crossed the Atlantic carrying weapons against America. (But) it has crossed the Atlantic carrying death and destruction to the whole world."
Pretty sane words for a madman. Perhaps if he were able, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic would make similar statements, as would leaders of other U.S. branded "pariah states" from Lybia to Iran, North Korea to Afghanistan. Perhaps just once it should occur to a "great people" that nations around the world hate the United States for a reason. But reason, so long banished from the world's leading "democracy", has no part in the current climate of self-righteousness and revenge.
Analyst Bob Djurdjevic wrote an insightful essay entitled "Collateral Damage Comes Home to Roost" where he states:
"When the 'world's only superpower' and its allies bombed and killed thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Serbia, Americans were told it was just 'collateral damage.' After all, we, the 'champions of democracy and the free world,' were only fighting the murderous regimes of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. Some civilian casualties were 'regrettable, but unavoidable,' the Pentagon, NATO or State Dept. spokesmen told us.
"Now the tables have turned. Terrorism begets terrorism. Unnamed terrorists, presumed to be 'Islamic fundamentalists,' have now killed thousands of innocent Americans while fighting, what they think are, the murderous regimes of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Now Americans know firsthand some of the terror the Baghdad or Belgrade residents felt when NATO bombers unloaded their deadly cargo on them...
"What we did to Iraq and to Serbia was a case of state terrorism. What unnamed terrorists did to us today was retaliation to state terrorism. 'Collateral damage' has come home to roost. 'What goes around, comes around.' 'He who plays with fire, gets burned by fire.'
"But make no mistake: This was NOT an 'Attack on America,' as CNN and other networks are hailing. This was a strike at the heart of the Washington-led New World Order. Signs are unmistakable. Just look at the targets: The World Trade Center/Wall Street, the Pentagon... Some sources speculate that one or both of the two hijacked planes that crashed in Pennsylvania might have been destined for either the White House or the Capitol.
"America and Americans, meaning innocent civilians who perished today, are 'just collateral damage.' As Iraqi and Serb civilians were. We are now paying for aggressions and crimes against humanity that our government has committed. Just as Iraqi and Serb civilians were. We've become expendable. Just as Iraqi and Serb civilians were.
"So whenever you hear a politician or a media personality say that this attack was 'unprovoked;' that this was a murder of innocent 'men, women and children;' that it was a strike at the 'American way of life' - and no doubt you'll see and hear much of that in the next hours and days - try a role reversal. Imagine that you're listening to an Iraqi or a Serb politician using those words in reference to victims of American bombs. And then you'll get a fuller picture of what transpired today."
The American led global economic powers have sought to assert their hegemony over the nations of the world through advanced weapons systems such as cruise missiles and aircraft dropping precision guided munitions. Americans have perfected the art of waging war remotely or from the air as the U.S. demonstrated in Serbia. Many people including those in the middle-east cannot match the West's technological superiority so an apparent group of Arab militants have adapted their own version of an "air campaign", more primitive and unconventional but effective because they are not afraid of going down with their target, as was demonstrated yesterday. That kind of self-sacrifice -- called "fanatical" by General Shelton -- the sophisticated militaries of the West cannot match.
Remember, it was Nicaraguan terrorists (Contras), armed and supplied by then Vice President George Bush Sr., that President Reagan praised as "freedom fighters" -- a glowing term also applied to the Afghan mujahideen who were serving U.S. intelligence in Afghanistan during the 1980's and which produced the likes of Osama bin Laden -- another chicken come home to roost. The word "terrorist" is relative.
Michael, a prophet who announced this attack on America the day before it occurred, writes in his web journal:
What the "civilized" nations of the world do not seem to understand, is that they will lose this war, since the enemy is themselves. The nations of the world want to take the guns away from their citizens, but the citizens still have matches, poison, automobiles or airplanes. Anything can be used as a weapon. The enemy is created within the people. The Father says, "I will kindle a fire in the midst of you." How does one win, when the enemy is in one's own house? One may call it murder or terrorism, but the facts remain that the rules of combat have changed. America and anyone else, will be no match for this kind of warfare. Americans call it a "cowardly act." It is not as cowardly as shooting cruise missiles from a ship off the coast into a town of civilians. These attacks were not cowardly; the participants knowingly gave their lives for the assault. Few Americans would do that. It is the New Order that is cowardly...
America, if you knew yourself, there would be no terrorists against you. Since you fail to understand the nature of your corruption, you will be brought down. No peace ever will be found in thee. Until you are ashes, the hands that are against you will increase, but it is caused by your own self. Your own blindness has led you into the pit that you have dug for others to fall into.
In the flurry of news footage shown on television on Tuesday, the grim spectre of a new order of things emerged. There is "a new reality in America" one official said. "We will be changed forever by this horrible tragedy," said another. What these changes will look like will become evident in the days ahead, but we may be certain that the mystique of American financial and military power has been shattered forever. Somehow today the reassuring statements of the FBI, Attorney General, the promises of increased security, the flotilla of warships off the eastern coast -- all seem to reinforce the state of vulnerability and weakness this country woke up to Tuesday morning. The fear and uncertainty created by U.S. air strikes in Baghdad and Belgrade has come back to haunt this nation. Never again will she sit as the world's apparently invincible superpower.
Already there are suggestions of "secondary explosions" that brought down the proud twin towers of the World Trade Center. Perhaps, instead of arguing physics or alleged conspiracies, the citizens of this country would do better to consider that it was God's plan for these symbols of American power to be brought down to the dust. This statement will certainly provoke rage, as did this insightful statement by "mediumq" on a popular internet discussion forum. This person wrote:
I am an American, but America had this coming. God has allowed this to happen so that she can pay for the crimes she has been comitting around the world. Before the great and terrible day of God, man's flattering monuments will crumble to the dust. How interesting, the World Trade Center, the ultimate symbol of American capitalism, now nothing but dust! How America has lived deliciously through the exploitation of the poor. This is only the beginning. God is going to make America pay terribly for all her crimes and exploitation of peoples in this country and the world over. The rich and the wealthy will have their portion and it is going to be a most terrible conflagration.
This bold statement echoes another by a 19th century prophet who wrote:
The time is right upon us when there will be sorrow in the world that no human balm can heal. Even before the last great destruction comes upon the world, the flattering monuments of man's greatness will be crumbled in the dust. God's retributive judgments will fall on those who in the face of great light have continued in sin. Costly buildings, supposed to be fireproof, are erected. But as Sodom perished in the flames of God's vengeance, so will these proud structures become ashes. [E.G. White, Maranatha p. 175]
What else needs to happen before we acknowledge the fulfillment of these prophesies? The 18th chapter of the book of Revelation also describes the judgments that we saw yesterday and will see again. Of a proud, financial power (the U.S.) it decrees that:
...her sins are piled high as heaven and God has not forgotten her crimes. Pay her back in her own coin, repay her twice over for her deeds! Give her a potion twice as strong as the one she mixed! Measure out torment and grief to match her pomp and luxury. "I am a queen on my throne!" she says to her self. "No widows weeds for me, no mourning!"
That is why plagues shall strike her in a single day, pestilence, bereavement, and famine. And she shall perish in flames; for mighty is the Lord God who has pronounced her doom!
The kings of the earth who committed fornication with her and wallowed in her luxury will weep and wail over her, as they see the smoke of her burning.
In terror at her torment, they will keep their distance and say, "Alas, alas, for you great city, mighty city of Babylon! In a moment your doom has come upon you!"
Posted 7:30 P.M. MDT 9/12/01
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