If there had been no September 11 attacks
On many internet forums and in public discussions about the attacks of September 11, there always seems to be at least one person who bemoans the subject and recommends that since it has been almost eight years that everyone should just forget about it already. This opinion seems to shared by mainstream liberals and conservatives alike, particularly those that uphold the government’s version of 9/11.
This sentiment was recently echoed in twice by the liberal historian and peace activist Howard Zinn, when asked how he felt about the official accounts of 9/11. Steve Watson from the Infowars team reports the following statements by Zinn:
“I have said that what happened on 9/11 deserves to be investigated more than it has been because I don’t accept and believe official investigations and official reports.
I don’t think the question of what really happened on 9/11 is the most important question we can ask.
I believe there are certain things that happen in history and certainly questions that are asked that divert us from the important things that we have to do at hand.
The truth is I don’t think anyone will ever really know what happened on 9/11 just as I don’t think anyone will really know who killed John F. Kennedy, and there are a lot of people who wasted a huge amount of time working on something that did not have any practical political significance.
I don’t know enough about it (the 9/11 conspiracy) and the truth is I don’t much care, that’s past.”
Coming from an alleged critic of US imperialism and perpetual war around the world, these comments sound very strange to me to me, because if there was no 9/11 then technically America would not be bogged down in two wars in the Middle East.
Watson then makes a short list of foreign and domestic policies that would have never been implemented had 9/11 never happened:
Without 9/11 there would be no “war on terror”.
Without 9/11 there would be no “clash of civilizations”
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Afghanistan.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Iraq.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in Iran.
Without 9/11 there would be no war in… (insert any country classified as part of the “axis of evil” or defined as being “with the terrorists”)
Without 9/11 thousands of U.S. troops would not have been sent to their deaths.
Without 9/11 hundreds of thousands of citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan would not have been sentenced to their deaths.
Without 9/11 there would be no inaction on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Without 9/11 there would be no civilian contractors in Iraq and the scandal that has followed them would have been averted.
Without 9/11 there would be no false military reporting (Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch), and no crack down on the freedom of the press (banning photographing the returning coffins).
Without 9/11 there would be no Patriot Act.
Without 9/11 there would be no NSA warrantless wiretapping program.
Without 9/11 there would be no Camp Delta and no Camp X-ray at Guantanamo Bay.
Without 9/11 there would be no Military Commissions Act and no coordinated program of extraordinary rendition, indefinite detention and torture of those defined as “enemy combatants”.
Without 9/11 there would be no vast increase in secrecy and complete militarization of intelligence under the newly created office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Without 9/11 there would not be thousands of dead and dying emergency workers who are suffering crippling and fatal respiratory illnesses.
Without 9/11 there would be no vast increase in military and security spending that goes arm in arm with huge cutbacks in other key social programs (such as levees in New Orleans).