Has it really escaped our attention that the European Union (of which Brussels is the nerve centre), together with the United States and the United Kingdom, is involved in a globalised war, and that all of us are now collateral in the violence of this war?
Neither freedom nor security, as Eisenhower was keen to impress upon the nation, are protected when the nation’s economic survival is reliant on a private armaments industry and an over-funded military apparatus.
Where are our high ideals now? Where is this wonderful Geneva Convention and where is the European Convention on Human Rights? Let me tell you where they are. This European Union has wiped its arse with them and flushed them down the same toilets it has flushed the washed up children of Syria.
Patriotism, loyalty, and obedience have always been more useful to tyrants than love and respect, and – as we have come to see – Frank Underwood, like all presidents, real and imagined, knows their value.
However much we adhere to the established truth – or the narrative – of 11 September 2001 there are some elements of these events that call into question the entire house of cards. In no way will it be suggested here that “the Jews,” “Zionists,” or even the US secret services were behind the attacks.
On the day Al-Qaeda hit the Pentagon Iraq was already firmly in the sights of the Bush Administration as a foreign policy priority. It is with this geopolitical reality in mind that we must consider the words of Paul Wolfowitz in his PBS interview with Margaret Warner on 14 September 2001...
We the People put it that US foreign policy with regard to the Middle East has followed a policy doctrine that has sought to destabilise governments in the region to assist in their replacement with puppet regimes under the control of the United States. We charge US foreign policy and US foreign policy makers with wilfully causing the deaths of millions across the Middle East and around the world in its global war on terror.
So given that Terrorism now has the same potency as a means of defamation on the international stage as the word Paedophile has on a housing estate, can we ever justify the terrorist as a freedom fighter? To begin with it has to be acknowledged that violence must only ever be a last resort.