government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread
it necessary for the government to spy on all
Americans and violate most other constitutional
protections. Among President Bush`s last words as he
left office was the
would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists.
were infected with terrorists, we would not need the
government to tell us. We would know it from events.
As there are no events, the US government
substitutes warnings in order to keep alive the fear
that causes the public to accept pointless wars, the
infringement of civil liberty, national ID cards,
and inconveniences and harassments when they fly.
The most obvious indication
that there are no terrorist cells is that not a
neocon has been assassinated.
I do not approve of
assassinations, and am ashamed of my country`s
government for engaging in political assassination.
The US and
a very bad example for al Qaeda to follow.
deals with al Qaeda and Taliban by assassinating
their leaders, and
with Hamas by assassinating its leaders. It is
reasonable to assume that al Qaeda would deal with
the instigators and leaders of
Today every al Qaeda member is
aware of the complicity of neoconservatives in the
death and devastation inflicted on Muslims in
are highly visible and are soft targets compared to
Hamas and Hezbollah leaders. Neocons have been
identified in the media for years, and as everyone
knows, multiple listings of their names are
Neocons do not have Secret
Service protection. Dreadful to contemplate, but it
would be child`s play for al Qaeda to assassinate
any and every neocon. Yet, neocons move around
freely, a good indication that the
a terrorist problem.
If, as neocons constantly
allege, terrorists can smuggle nuclear weapons or
dirty bombs into the
our cities, terrorists can acquire weapons with
which to assassinate any neocon or former government
Yet, the neocons, who are the
Americans most hated by Muslims, remain unscathed.
terror" is a hoax that fronts for American
control of oil pipelines, the profits of the
military-security complex, the assault on civil
liberty by fomenters of a police state, and
There were no al Qaeda in
them there by invading and overthrowing Saddam
Hussein, who kept al Qaeda out of
is not a terrorist organization, but a movement
attempting to unify
under Muslim law. The only Americans threatened by
the Taliban are the Americans Bush sent to
to kill Taliban and to impose a puppet state on the
Hamas is the democratically
elected government of
annexations. Hamas is a terrorist organization in
the same sense that the Israeli government and the
government are terrorist organizations. In an effort
to bring Hamas under Israeli hegemony,
employs terror bombing and assassinations against
Palestinians. Hamas replies to the Israeli terror
with homemade and ineffectual rockets.
Hezbollah represents the
Shi`ites of southern
area in the
its territorial expansion.
brands Hamas and Hezbollah
organizations" for no other reason than the
is no objective basis for the US Department of
State`s "finding" that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organizations. It
is merely a propagandistic declaration.
Americans and Israelis do not
call their bombings of civilians terror. What
Americans and Israelis call terror is the response
of oppressed people who are stateless because their
countries are ruled by puppets loyal to the
oppressors. These people, dispossessed of their own
countries, have no State Departments, Defense
Departments, seats in the United Nations, or voices
in the mainstream media. They can submit to foreign
hegemony or resist by the limited means available to
The fact that Israel and the
United States carry on endless propaganda to prevent
this fundamental truth from being realized indicates
that it is Israel and the US that are in the wrong
and the Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and Afghans
who are being wronged.
The retired American generals
who serve as war propagandists for Fox
are forever claiming that
arms the Iraqi and Afghan insurgents and Hamas. But
where are the arms? To deal with American tanks,
insurgents have to construct homemade explosive
devices out of artillery shells. After six years of
conflict the insurgents still have no weapon against
the American helicopter gunships. Contrast this
with the weaponry the
supplied to the Afghans three decades ago when they
were fighting to drive out the Soviets.
The films of
Gazans fleeing from Israeli bombs or digging out the
dead and maimed, and none of these people are armed.
A person would think that by now every Palestinian
would be armed, every man, woman, and child. Yet,
all the films of the Israeli attack show an unarmed
population. Hamas has to construct homemade rockets
that are little more than a sign of defiance. If
Hamas were armed by
would have cost
its helicopter gunships, its tanks, and hundreds of
lives of its soldiers.
Hamas is a small organization
armed with small caliber rifles incapable of
penetrating body armor. Hamas is unable to stop
small bands of Israeli settlers from descending on
West Bank Palestinian villages, driving out the
Palestinians, and appropriating their land.
The great mystery is: why after
60 years of oppression are the Palestinians still an
unarmed people? Clearly, the Muslim countries are
in keeping the Palestinians unarmed.
The unsupported assertion that
the Palestinians is like the unsupported assertion
that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
These assertions are propagandistic justifications
for killing Arab civilians and destroying civilian
infrastructure in order to secure US and Israeli
hegemony in the
Paul Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal. He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy and
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.