Teaching 9/11 to America
Many years ago, in 2011, my students asked me about the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The class had a lot of questions about Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan. After I recommended reading “Reaping the Whirlwind” by Michael Griffen, the superintendent stopped by to tell me that several parents had called. They had never heard about the Tengiz oil field, nor the BP, Unocal, and Chevron pipeline project in Afghanistan, which had started during the 1990’s, prior to the Taliban takeover. That one book opened the eyes of several students’ families in a single week.
It also illuminated a direct motive for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, but Americans were never informed of this by our corporate television media, or by our politicians. While FOX News claimed that Al-Qaeda attacked America for religious reasons, the attacks were in fact motivated by politics. According to CIA Director George Tenet’s book “At the Center of the Storm”, Osama Bin Laden was upset that Saudi Arabia had virtually no way to defend itself when Saddam Hussein rolled his army up to the Saudi border in 1991, during the First Gulf War.
Bin Laden’s men showed up ready to defend their homeland, only to be told “Don’t worry, we don’t need you. The Americans will defend us.” The Saudi king asked George Bush the First to send troops. This angered Bin Laden (and a lot of Saudi Arabians for that matter), who openly wondered why the richest nation in the world, with the most coveted natural resource on earth, in one of the most dangerous parts of the planet, would not have a military capable of defending itself. Why didn’t Saudi Arabia have a first-class military? The answer, in a word, was Israel.
Israel did not trust Saudi Arabia with the latest military technology, since that technology was invariably turned against Israel. To keep Israel safe, the U.S. government ensured that Saudi rulers were chosen from families willing to do what we wanted. This angered Bin Laden (and a lot of Saudis for that matter), but when U.S. troops occupied their country, and started building bases, tempers got even testier. Just imagine how Americans would feel if President Biden asked China to send troops, and build bases in America, because we couldn’t protect our own borders.
Bin Laden got so angry he tried to overthrow his government. When that failed, he decided to go after the real power behind the politics; global investment banks on Wall Street. And Bin Laden had a lot of support back home. That’s why the 9/11 Report was heavily redacted, because it revealed that rich, politically connected Saudi investors quietly assisted Bin-Laden on 9/11 to hit the nexus of U.S. power; the World Trade Center. That’s why the Twin Towers were targeted. If Bin-Laden had only wanted to kill Americans, those jets would have flown into the Super Bowl.
Thus, the reasons for the attacks of 9/11 are the result of U.S. foreign policies that favor Israel. The book “Against All Enemies”, by White House Counter-Terrorism Advisor Richard Clark, details how leading Jewish lobbyists planned the invasion of Iraq to provide security for Israel. The same lobbyists later pushed for an invasion of Iran too. When Clark openly questioned why the American people should foot the bill, in blood and treasure, for Israeli security, the lobbyists accused Clark of being a Jew-hating bigot and an anti-Semite – right in the Oval Office! Really.
The pressure on U.S. politicians to promote Israeli interests not only encouraged the disastrous invasion of Iraq, but has created conflicts of interest with Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and now Egypt. When Egyptians voted for a Muslim Brotherhood man as president in 2012, the Israeli and U.S. response was to topple a democratically elected government by encouraging revolution, and replacing it with a U.S.-backed military dictatorship. If this is any indicator of the lengths American politicians are willing to go for Israel, more Americans need to sit up and take notice.
Israel is also the issue that may cause the next major conflict for the U.S. in Asia or the Middle East. The U.S. backed ‘insurrection’ in Hong Kong, and the escalating conflict over Taiwan, is a quid-pro-quo attempt to force China to stop providing weapons to Iran. Otherwise, the U.S. will keep supplying weapons to Taiwan. It would be unfortunate if we go to war with China (or Iran) knowing as little as we do about the economic ties of our politicians, the politics of investment banks on Wall Street, and the motives behind Bin Laden, September 11th, and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Joseph M. Mazgaj
Former Homeland Security Operations
Officer, former U.S. Army Contractor