Former UN official ‘not sure’ if 9/11 was created to justify war in the Middle East
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In an interview given to Arab Voices, a Pacifica radio program, anti-war activist Denis Halliday was on to discuss President Obama’s announcement on the U.S. withdrawal of some of its troops from occupied Iraq. 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 American citizens, given the nation’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 which could be used as another pretext for war.
Halliday anknowledged that Pearl Harbor was invented, as well as used as a pretext for the US to enter World War II, yet admitted that he was not so sure if he believed that 9/11 was the same type of event. Completely sidestepping the issue of a terror attack being used as a pretext to attack Iran, Halliday admitted he was well aware that people doubted the official story of 9/11, yet he could not wrap his mind around the concept that 9/11 could be anything other than Muslim retaliation against US military aggression.
Surprisingly, he seemed to blame 9/11 on Muslim anti-American sentiment over the military presence 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 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 worried about the stigma of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” or worse.
Mr. Halliday’s willingness to promote the government storyline is consistent with the other left leaning individuals and media outlet’s efforts to stifle any unapproved debate on 9/11 and US foreign policy. Liberal funny man John Stewart of the Daily Show recently took a swipe at anyone doubting the 9/11 Commission’s findings as he promoted his ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’.
Dr. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff from the non-profit national media watchdog group Project Censored have recently been blackballed by the left-leaning Minuteman Media and Washington think tank The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) for suggesting “that the events of September 11th have all the trappings of a potential state crime against democracy.” Project Censored have long been well receieved by the liberal establishment, and has put its reputation on the line for daring to challenge the 9/11 Commission’s findings, and for promoting the controlled demolition theory of World Trade Centers 1, 2 and 7.
David Ray Griffin’s excellent article Left-Leaning Despisers of the 9/11 Truth Movement documents 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.
President Barack Obama’s recent bizarre statement about “absorbing a terror attack”, along with Senator Lindsey Graham’s outrageous assertions that “there’s going to be an attack,” and “we have to get hit again,” have spurred a false debate on the political left and the right as the mainstream media/banking/military complex appears to be conditioning the public for a host of horrible events.