"John Pilger in New Statesman (London) 16 December 2002

John pilger reveals the deranged agendas of the ruthlessly
power-and-profit-greedy people directing the current American
administration, most of them relics from the Reagan-Bush Sr. cold war era.

"Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W.
Bushsaid what America needed was "a new Pearl Harbor". Its clearly spelled
out aims which have very conveniently come alarmingly true, according to
John Pilger
in the New Statesman.

"The threat posed by US state terrorism to the security of nations and
individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in this secret document written
more than a year before the Sept. 11 events, and accidentally exposed
recently. What was needed for America to dominate most of humanity and the
world's resourc! es, it said, was "some catastrophic and catalysing event
-like a new Pearl Harbor".

"The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the "new Pearl Harbor", described
as "the opportunity of ages". The extremists who have since ruthlessly and
effectively exploited 11 September come from the era of Ronald Reagan, when
far-right groups and "think-tanks" were established to avenge the American
"defeat" in Vietnam.

"One of George W. Bush's "thinkers" is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle
when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about "total war", I then
dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing
America's "war on terror". "No stages," he said. "This is total war. We are
fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this
talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq . . .
this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of
th! e world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece
together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war . . . our children will
sing great songs about us years from now."

"Perle is one of the founders of the Project for the New American Century,
the PNAC. Other founders include Dick Cheney, now vice-president, Donald
Rumsfeld, defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defence secretary, Lewis
Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, William J Bennett, Reagan's education
secretary, and Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan. These are
the modern chartists of American state terrorism.

"The PNAC's seminal report, Rebuilding America's Defences: strategy, force
and resources for a new century, was a blueprint of American aims in all but

name. Two years ago it recommended an increase in arms-spending by $48
billion so that Washington could "fight and win multiple, simultaneous major
theatre wars". Thi! s has happened. It said the United States should develop
"bunker-buster" nuclear weapons and make "star wars" a national priority.
This is happening.

"It said that, in the event of Bush taking power, Iraq should be a target.
And so it is. As for Iraq's alleged "weapons of mass destruction", these
were dismissed, in so many words, as a convenient excuse, which it is.

"While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate
justification," it says, "the need for a substantial American force presence
in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." How has
this grand strategy been implemented?

"A series of articles in the Washington Post, co-authored by Bob Woodward of
Watergate fame and based on long interviews with senior members of the Bush
administration, reveals how 11 September was manipulated.

"On the morning of 12 September 2001, without any evidence of who the
hijackers were,! Rumsfeld demanded that the US attack Iraq. According to
Woodward, Rumsfeld told a cabinet meeting that Iraq should be "a principal
target of the first round in the war against terrorism". Iraq was
temporarily spared only because Colin Powell, the secretary of state,
persuaded Bush that "public opinion has to be prepared before a move against
Iraq is possible". Afghanistan and the Talibans, created, trained and funded
by the CIA, was chosen as the softer option.

"If Jonathan Steele's estimate in the Guardian is correct, some 20,000
people in Afghanistan paid the price of this debate with their lives.

"Time and again, 11 September is described as an "opportunity". In last
April's New Yorker, the investigative reporter Nicholas Lemann wrote that
Bush's most senior adviser, Condoleezza Rice, told him she had called
together senior members of the National Security Council and asked them "to
think about 'how do you capital! ise on these opportunities' ", which she
compared with those of "1945 to 1947": the start of the cold war."

Note: If anyone wishes to investigate in depth and detail all the
extraordinary unexplained anomalies and blatant inconsistencies in the
official story about September 11, I recommend the website

"Since 11 September, America has established bases at the gateways to all
the major sources of fossil fuels, especially central Asia. The Unocal oil
company is to build a pipeline across Afghanistan.

"Bush has scrapped the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, the war
crimes provisions of the International Criminal Court and the anti-ballistic
missile treaty. He has said he will use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear
states "if necessary". "Under cover of propaganda about Iraq's alleged
weapons of mass destruction, the! Bush regime is developing new weapons of
mass destruction that undermine international treaties on biological and
chemical warfare.

"In the Los Angeles Times, the military analyst William Arkin describes a
secret army set up by Donald Rumsfeld, similar to those run by Richard Nixon
and Henry Kissinger and which Congress outlawed. This "super-intelligence
support activity" will bring together the "CIA and military covert
action,information warfare, and deception". According to a classified
document prepared for Rumsfeld, the new organisation, known by its Orwellian
euphemism as the Proactive Pre-emptive Operations Group, or P2OG, will
provoke terrorist attacks which would then require "counter-attack" by the
United States on countries "harbouring the terrorists".

"In other words, innocent people will be killed by the United States. This
is reminiscent of Operation Northwoods, the plan put to President Kennedy by
h! is military chiefs for a phoney terrorist campaign - complete with
bombings, hijackings, plane crashes and dead Americans - as justification
for an invasion of Cuba. Kennedy rejected it. He was assassinated a few
months later. Now Rumsfeld has resurrected Northwoods, but with resources
undreamt of in 1963 and with no global rival to invite caution.

"You have to keep reminding yourself this is not fantasy: that truly
dangerous men, such as Perle and Rumsfeld and Cheney, have power. The thread
running through their ruminations is the importance of the media: "the
prioritised task of bringing on board journalists of repute to accept our

"Our position" is code for lying. Certainly, as a journalist, I have never
known official lying to be more pervasive than today. We may laugh at the
vacuities in Tony Blair's "Iraq dossier" and Jack Straw's inept lie that
Iraq has developed a nuclear bomb (which his minions rus! hed to "explain").
But the more insidious lies, justifying an unprovoked attack on Iraq and
linking it to would-be terrorists who are said to lurk in every Tube
station, are routinely channelled as news. They are not news; they are black

"This corruption makes journalists and broadcasters mere  ventriloquists'
dummies. An attack on a nation of 22 million suffering people is discussed
by liberal commentators as if it were a subject at an academic seminar, at
which pieces can be pushed around a map, as the old imperialists used to do.

"The issue for these humanitarians is not primarily the brutality of modern
imperial domination, but how "bad" Saddam Hussein is. There is no admission
that their decision to join the war party further seals the fate of tens or
even hundreds of thousands of innocent ordinary people condemned to wait on
America's international death row. Their doublethink will not work. You!
cannot support murderous piracy in the name of humanitarianism. Moreover,
the extremes of American fundamentalism that we now face have been staring
at us for too long for those of good heart and sense not to recognise them.

"Remember, if you send this on to just 10 others and all down the chain each
one follows the same simple procedure, THE WORLD WILL KNOW THE TRUTH: That
the present US administration is threatening in an unprecedented way not
only the peace and survival of millions, but the entire planet and all life
on it. Other nations MUST speak up to put a stop to this madness. The press
is in the pay of the destructive powers and will not tell us the truth, so
the Internet is our only way to access and spread the truth. LET'S USE IT!"

"Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
Old Chinese Proverb