Under The Radar Media
In an interview given to Arab Voices, a Pacifica radio program out of Houston, TX, Denis Halliday was on to discuss President Obama's announcement on the U.S. withdrawal of some of its troops from occupied Iraq. The entire interview is well worth listening to and many topics were addressed, including military contractors operating outside of the law, Iraqi sovereignty, and the real reasons for invading Iraq: OIL (oil, Israel, logistics) and the possibility of a Iranian nuclear holocaust.
Halliday is a former UN Assistant Secretary General, and former UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq (1997-1998). He resigned after a 34 year career with the UN to free himself of the constraints imposed on him and thereby speak out publicly on the terrible impact of UN economic sanctions on the people of Iraq.
At 49m55s into the interview, Halliday was posed with a question on whether America, given it's current Anti-Muslim hysteria and climate of fear, coupled with the desire to invade Iran, should be concerned about the possibility of a false flag terror attack as a pretext to start the war.
Halliday anknowledged that Pearl Harbor was invented as a pretext to get the US into World War 2, yet admitted that he was not so sure he believed that 9/11 was the same type of event. He admitted that he was well aware that people doubted the official story of 9/11, yet he could not wrap his mind around the concept that it could be anything besides Muslim retaliation against US military aggression.
Surprisingly, he seemed to blame 9/11 on the anti-American sentiment over the military bases that have been built in Saudi Arabia. The host of Arab Voices, Said, countered that US foreign policy in the Middle East could not have been a justification for the 9/11 attacks as an act made in the name of Islam, since the killing of a human is forbidden according to the Quran.
It is almost unimaginable that someone with the breadth of knowledge of history and current events that Mr. Halliday holds, who has even appeared on popular alternative radio shows like Daryl Bradford Smith's I Am The Witness, could still be laboring under the delusion of 19 Muslim hijackers with the intent of committing Jihad as being the real culprits of the 9/11 staged media terror event. One must wonder if Mr. Halliday simply hasn't bothered to review the extensive and exaustive 9/11 research that is easily available, or if he is aware of it, but is simply worried about being labeled a "conspiracy theorist."
Halliday's statements recall David Ray Griffin's recent article on the phenomenon of left-leaning anti-war activists such as Mr. Halliday opposing the war, yet neglecting the very obvious reasons and machinations that got the US into these Middle East quagmires:
The Fear of Being Discredited
You are certainly right to fear that the left would be discredited by being aligned with a conspiracy theory that is scientifically unsupportable and even absurd. It is hard to imagine, however, what could discredit the left more than having many of its recognized leaders endorsing the Bush-Cheney administration’s 9/11 conspiracy theory, especially at a time when more and more scientists and people in relevant professions are pointing out its absurdities.
The Fear of Being Distracted
The second fear – that the focus on a false conspiracy theory has been distracting many people from more important matters – is equally valid. But this fear has been directed toward the wrong conspiracy theory. Nothing has distracted the United States and its allies from issues such as global apartheid, the ecological crisis, nuclear proliferation, and corporate power more than the “war on terror” - with its huge operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, its incessant terror alerts and stories of attacks prevented, and its depletion of our national treasuries. Lying at the root of this so-called war on terror, both historically and as present justification, is the official account of 9/11. So it is, as I wrote in response to Cockburn in Le Monde Diplomatique three years go, “The Truly Distracting 9/11 Conspiracy Theory.”
I recently completed a 15-city tour, presenting a lecture entitled “Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?” My hope was that, by providing clear evidence that it is not – because the official account of 9/11 is false from beginning to end – “the 9/11 Truth Movement and more traditional Peace and Anti-War groups [would] be able to combine forces to oppose this illegal and immoral war.” I have written the present essay with the same hope.
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