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The (destructive) power of patriotism

In foreign policy, protest, war and peace on March 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Patriotism destroyed the No. 1 best-selling female band of all time. On March 23, 2003, Natalie Maines, lead singer of former country music darlings the Dixie Chicks, made the now infamous comments regarding President George W. Bush and the Iraq war:

Just so you know, were on the good side with yall. We do not want this war, this violence, and were ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.

Today, those words seem hardly offensive. But spring of 2003, less than two years since tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, those words were traitorous.

Its hard to remember the patriotic fever that swept the nation. Americans, including myself, were overwhelmed with an extreme sense of pride and loyalty. Emotions ran so high, in fact, that we were willing to follow our commander-in-chief into not one, but two unlawful wars.

The world did not change on Sept. 11, 2001 but much has changed since that day. We now have a new president. Conflicts continue to increase — now in Yemen, Pakistan and possibly Iran.

Let us not forget the blinding emotion that got us here.

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Ahmadinejad calls 9/11 ‘big lie’

In foreign policy, media, politics on March 8, 2010 at 3:27 am

The question itself could be construed as a slap in the face of every patriotic American who fervently believes the innumerable lies constantly told with a straight face by our government leaders.Huffington Post columnist Mike Green

On Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers was a “complicated intelligence scenario and act.”

“September 11 was a big lie and a pretext for the war on terror and a prelude to invading Afghanistan,” he said.

But as Huffington Post columnist Mike Green points out, the Iranian president’s accusations echo the suspicions of many Americans.

“In less than two minutes I can produce a list that will keep every mainstream journalist busy for a week.” Green said. “Yet, these growing lists of legitimate voices with legitimate concerns cannot be heard in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.”

According to a 2006 Zogby poll, 42 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government and the 9/11 commission covered up evidence regarding the Sept. 11 attacks. Hopefully Ahmadinejad’s confession brings more media attention to the official story and the growing public unrest.

FBI doesn’t link Osama bin Laden to 9/11

In foreign policy, war and peace on November 10, 2009 at 4:19 am

So, here’s a real head scratcher.

I just checked out the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” on its Web site and could scarce believe my eyes. I heard rumors that the FBI hasn’t convicted bin Laden of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks but thought surely the media would have picked up on the story.

It turns out the rumors are true.

Osama bin Laden is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list but not for the reasons one would expect. Bin Laden is cited for the following: murder of U.S. national outside the United States; conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the united states; attack on a federal facility resulting in death.

Nowhere is Bin Laden charged with committing crimes within the United States.

Below his picture, the FBI explains the charges in more detail:

“Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.”

Wait — I thought we went to Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for killing thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Turns out our government is less sure bin Laden is “our man” than the thousands of troops they convinced to fight in two wars. 

Something else: The FBI lists Osama bin Laden as being left handed. In the November 2001 bin Laden confession video the man said to be bin Laden repeatedly picks up a glass of water, scratches his head, and gestures almost exclusively with his right hand. Strange.