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9/11 Reconsidered in the Light of Drone Warfare

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So, let me get this straight:   you direct airborne vehicles to fly into buildings in order to destroy enemies your Leader has unilaterally judged are terrorizing your people. Those "taken out" don't necessarily terrorize directly.   Nonetheless you kill them because they're associated with, are near, and/or are sympathetic to the ones who do actually or potentially terrorize. Alternatively, those killed have been designated "signature" terrorists, because they look like those you and your inner circle have decided are terrorists or potential terrorists.

Sound familiar? Sounds like the loose logic attributed to the still-undisclosed Obama rationale for extra-judicial drone killings in at least five countries.    . . . Or like the logic of 9/11.

You recall, of course, why Osama bin Laden allegedly mounted the 9/11 attacks. If you've forgotten, you can read about it in The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/nov/24/theobserver)

According to the "Letter to the American People" finally posted there in 2002, it was all response to U.S. terrorism.

More specifically, after repeatedly invoking the authority of Allah, bin Laden said the attacks were retaliation for unprovoked western aggression against Arabs in the form of:

-           Eighty years of occupying the Arab world (since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1921).

-           U.S. support for Israeli crimes against Muslims and Arabs in Palestine.

-           The killing of more than 500,000 children during the sanctions American regime against Saddam Hussein.

-           U.S. desecration of Muslim holy sites, Mecca and Medina by the stationing of American troops there following the first Gulf War.

And bin Laden didn't confine his rationale for 9/11 simply to retaliation for general acts of terrorism in the political or structural sense. He had particular more easily recognized instances in mind. He wrote,

"It will suffice to remind you of your latest war crimes in Afghanistan, in which densely populated innocent civilian villages were destroyed, bombs were dropped on mosques causing the roof of the mosque to come crashing down on the heads of the Muslims praying inside. You are the ones who broke the agreement with the Mujahideen when they left Qunduz, bombing them in Jangi fort, and killing more than 1,000 of your prisoners through suffocation and thirst."

According to bin Laden, the entire American people were guilty of such acts of terror against the Muslim world. After all, he said, they elect the officials who formulate such policies. The American people pay the taxes that fund the manufacture of the tanks and planes involved. They're the ones who populate the army directly involved in illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was all too much to take, bin Laden implied. So on the 80 th anniversary of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, he was unilaterally declaring what might be called a "War on American Terror." And, of course in a state of war, international law simply does not apply. As a Great Man once said, he would have to "work the dark side."   

More particularly, the rules of warfare allowed bin Laden to attack those doing their own shadowy work inside the World Trade Center. Everyone there matched the profile of what we now call "signature terrorists." After all, they worked in that iconic center of economic oppression and terrorism that in the eyes of bin Laden was symbolically and actually responsible for the devastating debt that impoverishes the entire Third World. That debt and associated trade policies administered from the Twin Towers cause the deaths of at least 30,000 innocents who die every day from hunger-related and debt-related causes.

More specifically still, according to bin Laden, the usurious interest rates -- in many ways the basis of "world trade" -- are the culprit. They and those who determine and enforce them, like those working in the Twin Towers, are as guilty of terroristic murder as if they put guns to the heads of the innocents and pulled the trigger 30,000 times each day. They're as guilty as if they flew planes into 10 Twin Towers on a daily basis.      

Bin Laden wrote:   "You are the nation that permits Usury, which has been forbidden by all the religions. Yet you build your economy and investments on Usury."  

What I'm saying here is that 9/11 was a prescient expression of drone warfare. The only difference was the 9/11 "dronists" possessed a courage of conviction entirely lacking in today's U.S. drone terrorists. While the latter inflict death across the world entirely isolated from danger in their fortified air conditioned theaters, their 9/11 counterparts sacrificed their own lives to kill those they judged guilty of terrorizing their people. In any case, the rationale for 9/11 was nearly indistinguishable from that of Bush, Brennan and Obama, namely,  

1.        Those who have been terrorizing our people have gathered together by the thousands in the Twin Towers.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 
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I find it interesting to consider how history mig... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:28:14 AM
Although some will scold you for giving any creden... by Matt Kjeldsen on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 4:43:07 PM
I agree, Matt. The official story represents an ex... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 5:29:49 PM
I would just add that it also has scared so many p... by dorothy przystas on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 12:27:54 AM
Here's something I've just published on OpEd... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:38:30 AM
with Manifest Destiny. At least for the US. Europe... by intotheabyss on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:48:36 AM
Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick's book is so reveal... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:29:31 PM
Thanks for reminding me.... by intotheabyss on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 4:05:04 PM
They were asked about 9/11 and they said they will... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 5:23:56 PM
...for people who are willing to think. 9/11 didn'... by Roman Berry on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:16:12 AM
You're right, Roman. We're all equipped with blind... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:18:57 PM
There is no reconsideration based on any facts.&nb... by Patricia Gray on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:20:11 AM
...towers by some sort of microwave technology whi... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:53:52 AM
All of the vital facts you mention are convenientl... by tincansailor on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:02:05 PM
The power of the phrase "conspiracy theory" is ama... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:27:43 PM
I agree with you, Patricia. I was just attempting ... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:23:07 PM
OK so the author admits to being a 9/11 truther. &... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:39:46 PM
Ad hominem arguments are o.k., I guess. But it wou... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:26:45 PM
If you are a real person interested in peace, trut... by Paul McArthur on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:51:05 PM
I've investigated these folks' definitions of 'pea... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 4:15:58 PM
He is my 9/11 Earthquake update guy viahttp://www.... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 6:27:43 PM
Patricia, thank you for calling attention to the d... by Hal O'Leary on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:01:51 PM
Yes, Hal, I do not believe the9/11 Commission repo... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:31:08 PM
Yes and photos exist 3,370+ high resolution drone ... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 3:00:41 PM
9/11 Reconsidered in the Light of Drone NIST FOIA ... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:07:23 PM
9/11 Reconsidered in the Light of Drone NIST FOIA ... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:07:50 PM
Dan, I'm aware that early on there was talk of dro... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 2:55:07 PM
Mike all your follow-up is located in one place no... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 3:16:18 PM
Don't tell the Powers That Govern OEN this, but th... by Julie Munn on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 4:09:23 PM
yeah I should add this narrative to the photo.... by Dan Plesse on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 5:26:37 PM
You say, ". . . the rationale for 9/11 was nearly ... by Charles-Eva Manning on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 6:15:03 PM
USA is in no danger of changing.  Ward Church... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 6:53:37 PM
Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman distinguished betwe... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:33:23 PM
It would seem that most here, including the author... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 8:25:00 PM
I'd really recommend your reading Oliver Stone and... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:43:39 PM
Now you're making it clear to me.  This is wh... by Natalie Oberman on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 5:32:55 PM
natalie, i do not see how the murder of 1,455,590 ... by laurie steele on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 12:37:51 AM
You're only off by a factor of 13 on your death to... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 11:15:55 PM
Natalie, you're assuming, I think, that the histor... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 10:41:04 AM
OK we get it.  You're a truther.  And yo... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 11:42:06 PM
In the world of science fiction, there is a sub-ge... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 6:58:17 PM
My larger point, Richard, was that regardless of t... by Natalie Oberman on Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:04:33 AM
The genocide of the native Americans was benevolen... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:37:26 PM
Note that I didn't say "flawlessly angelic through... by Natalie Oberman on Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:50:00 PM
It's all lies, and bin Laden was a patsy and fall ... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:07:51 PM
You're right Deborah. The U.S. picked up where Hit... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:47:56 PM
Thanks to both Mike and Dorothy. I am afraid thoug... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 2:21:58 AM
I have to agree with you Deborah... by dorothy przystas on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 12:41:46 AM
Mike, you are right. We are no better than they ar... by Ralph Dratman on Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:16:19 PM
I wonder if anyone has created a "missing... by Dan Plesse on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 11:47:03 AM
you really do make the point, although the US also... by laurie steele on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 6:07:37 PM
When I look in the mourning mirror I reckon I'm al... by Julie Munn on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 12:33:35 AM
"otherwise-sane"?  You and Judy Wood, apparen... by Natalie Oberman on Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:01:32 PM