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9/11/01 as a Pretext for U.S. Imperialism

The 9/11/01 attack served as a general-purpose pretext for imperialist ventures that were planned years in advance of the attack. Deployments for the attack on Afghanistan began within days of the attack. When the attack failed to produce the capture of the alleged perpetrator of the 9/11/01 attack, Osama bin Laden, the administration shifted blame for the attack to Iraqi President Saddam Husein, and commenced its invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The Project for a New American Century, a think-tank including of some of the core policy advisors for the Bush Administration, articulated the need for a "new Pearl Harbor" in the policy paper Rebuilding America's Defenses just one year before 9/11/01. The paper also forshadowed the use of Saddam Hussein as a pretext for invasions of Central Asia.

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title: Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century
authors: Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Dov Zakheim, William Kristol, et.al.

... Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolunionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor. ...

... While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein ...

The paper also looked with seeming approval to the use of biological warfare as a political tool.

e x c e r p t
title: Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century
authors: Paul Wolfowitz, Dov Zakheim, William Kristol, et.al.

... Advanced forms of biological warfare that can "target" specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool. ...

e x c e r p t
title: A New Pearl Harbor
authors: John Pilger
The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world's resources, it said, was "some catastrophic and catalysing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor". The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the "new Pearl Harbor", described as "the opportunity of ages".

9/11 and the American Empire

The different meanings of the "American Empire" and "9/11" and their relationship is the subject of a historic speech by theologin David Ray Griffin, 9/11 and the American Empire: How Should Religious People Respond? -- the first speech by a 9/11 Truth activist to be aired on a major television network (CSPAN-2).

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