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9/11 to Afghanistan

If we learn the right lesson we can save our world!

Twenty years ago, in reaction to the horror of September 11th, the whole world rallied behind the US.

That worldwide outpouring of support gave us a golden opportunity to take a leadership role -- to rally the world together and create the underpinning for a true system of human security for all of us human beings on the planet.

But instead we fell for the "Hero with the Big Gun" myth peddled in movies, TV shows and even video games - if you can just kill enough of the bad guys you'll be a hero and save the day!

But the world doesn't really work like that. Military power doesn't really have power. What???

I'll say it again: "Military power" doesn't have power!

None of the missiles, none of the bombs -- the most powerful military in the world could do nothing to stop hijackers from hitting the Twin Towers.

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The "mighty" Soviet Union fought tribesmen in Afghanistan for 9 years and lost. The "super-power" U.S. military fought for 20 years -- only to give rise to the Taliban and strengthen them.

Bombing Iraq and Libya brought not democracy but failed states.

Apparently we failed to learn the lesson of Vietnam. Even though the U.S. dropped twice as many bombs as were dropped in all of World War II -- we couldn't beat them either. France tried before that and failed. And China, way before that.

Since 9/11/01 the US has poured 21 Trillion Dollars into a War on Terror -- a "fight for freedom" that killed nearly 1 million people. But did it make us any safer? Did it give us more freedom? Or did it just generate many more enemies, militarize our own police and borders - and leave us in greater danger?

Is it time to finally recognize that no amount of military power really has any power? That bombing folks can't make us safer? That it can't protect the rights of women? Or spread freedom and democracy?

If "military power" can't enforce the rights of women and others, if the US can't be the cops of the world -- punishing "bad guys" into submission, who can protect rights and freedoms of the people of the world?

How about a real system of enforceable World Law?

The United States led the struggle for the very cornerstone of evolving law to protect the human rights of everyone on the planet -- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 1948.

Yet since then the U.S. Senate has refused to ratify crucial advances in international law, even those adopted by the vast majority of the worlds nations and legally in force -- such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ratified by 189 of the 193 nations in the UN. Or laws on the rights of the child, or of people with disabilities. Or the court set up to prosecute war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Only seven countries voted against it -- United States, China, Libya, Iraq, Israel, Qatar, and Yemen.

Maybe it's time to change course -- for the U.S. to cooperate with the vast majority of the world in moving toward creating enforceable world law - binding on the heads of state of all nations, rich or poor.

An evolution to world law is key to giving the world the real power needed to save not only women, oppressed minorities and victims of aggression - - but also our entire planet!

The Earth can't be saved from the crimes against the environment by any one nation. Fires set to burn the Amazon end up causing fires to rage across U.S. Western States. Such ecocide crimes threaten the very continuation of life on earth. As do nuclear weapons -- already banned by international law, but sadly not the U.S.

We need real power to save us from such threats -- and the superpower that can do it is the combined will of the world's people embodied in a system of enforceable law.

That the power of law is greater than the power of military force is proven by Europe. For centuries nations tried to defend themselves from one another by war after war -- and even a world war didn't work -- it just led to a second world war.

What did end up protecting European nations from attack? Law! Since the European Parliament was formed in 1952, no European Nation has fought a war with another. There have been civil wars, and wars outside the union - but inside the Union disputes are settled by taking them to court.

It's time for us to finally learn a much-needed lesson: Despite costing trillions of dollars, military "power" can't really protect us or others. It can't protect against terrorists hijacking a plane, or viruses invading, or cyberwar or catastrophic climate change. A new nuclear arms race with China and Russia can't protect us from nuclear war.

What it can do is endanger the whole human race.

Now is the time for a major national and global conversation on how we can, from the bottom up, evolve new and improved systems of democratic and inclusive enforceable world law to enhance human security and protect the rights, freedoms, and very existence of all of us citizens of planet Earth.

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If Military Power doesn't have power what does? Three things: The power of Nonviolence, the power of culture, and the power of law.

Nonviolent people-power beat the "powerful" Soviet military -- from the Singing Revolution in Lithuania, and the people of Germany bringing down the Berlin Wall to the people of Moscow standing up to resist the tanks ordered to crush them.

Dozens of dictators and military rulers around the world -- from India and the Philippines to Arab Spring -- have been brought down by nonviolent people power. That's what has succeeds in Regime change -- against the most "powerful" militaries in the world.

Nonviolence even brought "regime change" to the US South. Imagine if in the US South if every time a black church was bombed, blacks had bombed a white church? If they'd retaliated against lynchings by linching a white person? If they'd tried guns and bombs to fight the racist regimes? That war could still be going on today.

But instead Martin Luther King and others had the foresight to choose the way more powerful.

That power of nonviolence was augmented by culture power -- "the whole world is watching!" Black music became the rage, television shows and movies led the way in humanizing the "other" --- and education helped break down stereotypes. When the story-tellers begin telling a new story, society shifts. In the course of a single lifetime the US went from a society where blacks couldn't eat in the same restaurant to where a black person could be elected president.

But for nonviolent change to stick it also needed the power of law - the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Bill and more. That's why it's so important we hold onto those today! And expand the power of law to protect the people of the world.


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OUT LOUD / AN INSIDE JOB? / David Ray Griffin:

Theologian scoffed at 9/11 conspiracy theories, then looked closer

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When David Ray Griffin, noted theologian and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, first heard someone say that Sept. 11 was an inside job, he scoffed. "I can remember my exact words. ... I said, 'I don't think that even the Bush administration could perpetrate such a thing,' " said Griffin, who has since written two books, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11" and "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," which dispute the official version of events. Specifically,

Griffin believes that the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks. Griffin began to delve into 9/11 conspiracy theories after looking at a time line of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 (by Paul Thompson, who later turned it into a book) on the Internet. He found himself swayed by the catalog of inconsistencies and strange coincidences.

When asked what the most compelling facts are to make the case that the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks, Griffin names three things. The behavior of Bush at the schoolhouse in Florida ("Secret Service should have whisked him out immediately if we're under attack but he stayed over 30 minutes. ... It's pretty clear evidence that they knew they wouldn't be attacked"), the strange pyrotechnics that brought down the World Trade Center ("fire has never brought down a steel high-rise building") and the poorly planned targeting of the West Wing of the Pentagon ("all the important people are in the East Wing -- it doesn't make any sense").

Not only that, Griffin points to historical evidence that the U.S. government would be capable of such a thing. Operation Northwoods, a plan concocted by the Pentagon in the '60s as a way of taking Castro from power, included ideas about how a terrorist attack on U.S. soil could provide a pretext for military action. But why now? Griffin names the neoconservative think tank the Project for the New American Century as a motivating force. "Once you look at it, they have lots of motivation," he says. "It's what the neocons have been salivating about." "The goals would be to get control of the world's oil and establish a new doctrine of pre-emptive warfare. That was a difficult sell before 9/11."

While many conspiracy theories have been passed around, it's been very easy to dismiss many of the theorists as, well, crazy. But Griffin comes to his controversial conclusions with lucidity and calm.

He even sees a connection between his long-standing work as a theologian and his new position as a political writer. "In both cases, the concern is for the good of the world as a whole. Those of us who believe in God believe that trashing the world is not what God wants."

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Laundered profits from heroin sales are apparently channeled into Black and Deep Black Projects. The game appears to be larger than almost anyone realizes. See Steven Greer for details.

AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION DOUBLES

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December 11, 2003 100 PDT (FTW) -- Ever wonder why the markets are doing so well? As FTW has documented for years, with almost $600 billion in drug money being laundered through Wall Street and US banks, the markets should be improving. According to CNN, opium production in Afghanistan is 36 times higher than at the end of Taliban rule. Not every US policy overseas is a failure. Hamid Karzai controls a few square blocks of Kabul. But CIA-controlled warlords control the real estate that really matters.

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U.S. : Afghan poppy production doubles

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan doubled between 2002 and 2003 to a level 36 times higher than in the last year of rule by the Taliban, according to White House figures released Friday.

The area planted with poppies, used to make heroin and morphine, was 152,000 acres in 2003, compared with 76,900 acres in 2002 and 4,210 acres in 2001, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said in a statement.

The Taliban was cracking down on poppy production in the year before the U.S. military drove the movement out of office in late 2001 in response to its friendship and cooperation with the al Qaeda organization of Osama bin Laden.

The new Afghan government, led by President Hamid Karzai, has not been able to impose its will in many areas of the country, which remain under the control of warlords.

The White House statement said, "A challenging security situation ... has complicated significantly the task of implementing counternarcotics assistance programs and will continue to do so for the immediate future."

"Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is a major and growing problem. Drug cultivation and trafficking are undermining the rule of law and putting money in the pocket of terrorists," it added, quoting office director John Walters.

The U.S. figures differ significantly from those released a month ago by the United Nations, which estimated that poppy cultivation rose 8 percent in 2003, to 200,000 acres from 185,000 in 2002.

The White House said the United Nations used a different method, based a mixture of ground surveys and analysis of imagery from commercial satellites.

The U.S. estimates are based on a sample survey of Afghan agricultural regions conducted with specialized U.S. government satellite imaging systems, it added.

The United States and the United Nations also gave different estimates for Afghanistan's opium production in 2003. The United Nations said it would rise 6 percent to 3,600 metric tons, while the White House said 2003 output would be 2,865 metric tons. The United States did not give a 2002 figure.

Opium production complicates the task of restoring central government authority in Afghanistan because it enables the warlords to run small armies and gives them an extra financial incentive to retain their autonomy.

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"Why Do Good People Become Silent or Worse About 9/11?"

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Lance deHaven-Smith, in his book Conspiracy Theory in America, analyzes the history of the development of the derogatory nature of the term "conspiracy theory," tracing it to a CIA memo known as "CIA Dispatch 1035-960," a propaganda campaign designed to discredit doubters of the Warren Commission's report.

The use of the term "conspiracy theory" as a pejorative subsequently skyrocketed in the media as a way to defame, smear, and ridicule anyone who would dare speak of any crime allegedly committed by the state, intelligence or military services, or speak in contradiction of an official explanation of an important event.

In this light, the use of this pejorative term is an offensive tactic to shame and censure, and thus censor the speech of, those who dare question official government accounts. Unfortunately, this propaganda campaign has been exceedingly successful.

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