Since I’ve been mentioned in dispatches over at Webdiary I’d better respond.
Ian MacDougall says: “The 'America has a devil government' school says that 9/11 was a conspiracy set up by the Neocons to enable them to get into Iraq and grab the oil, and to put that pipeline through Afghanistan from Azerbaijan. (eg former Webdiarist Damian Lataan.)”
You have entirely misrepresented me. US/Likudnik neoconservatives are generally not interested in the oil of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are and were, however, very interested in implementing the policies outlined in the ‘Clean Break’ document written by US neoconservatives specifically for the Netanyahu government in which Israelis interest were prioritised. Their plans were, and still are, to implement regime change in Iraq, Iran and Syria, not necessarily in that order, so that the right-wing Israeli Zionist government can have a free hand in dealing with Hamas and Hezbollah in order to create a Greater Israel at the expense of the Palestinian people.
Clearly people conspired to bring about the events of 9/11. In the light of the considerable and overwhelming circumstantial evidence it is also clear that the US government’s version of what happened that day falls well short of a proper explanation of what actually happened. Regardless of what did happen, however, the events of 9/11 allowed an exceptionally convenient opportunity for a whole range of US global interests to converge. These included the interests of the neoconservatives who found they were able, through a neat construct of pure lies, to fabricate an illusion of the West indulging in a self-righteous ‘war against terrorism’ that provided the propaganda and rhetoric that covered the geopolitical realities of their real endgame of delivering regional hegemony to Israel and the US. But it wasn’t just neoconservative interests that were served by the expediency of the 9/11 catastrophe; it seems everyone got in on the act. Even Christian fundamentalists took advantage of the fight against the evils of Islam in order to cement their relationship with the Holy Land via the right-wing of Israel. War also provided financial opportunities to the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and, since much of the up-coming wars were to be fought on lands controlling the production and flow of oil and other energy resources, there were also opportunities for the US oil conglomerates to make a metaphoric killing while the MIC ensured the killing became literal, all justified, of course, by the iconic events of 9/11.
The reality is that all of these wars were planned well in advance of 9/11. Afghanistan wasn’t invaded because of 9/11; the invasion of Afghanistan was planned in March 2001. Iraq wasn’t invaded because Saddam was a nasty bastard; it was invaded because Israel needed regime change there to get the Saddam monkey off their backs. It was planned long before 9/11.
9/11 was a convenient incident by which all of these subsequent events could be justified. Because there are so many unanswered questions surrounding the events of 9/11 one can understand why, at the very least, one might ask if 9/11 wasn’t just a bit too convenient.