Another report on video from Consortium News. Nurumberg defense mentioned - of a soldier's duty not to follow illegal orders, even if given by a superior officer.
On this episode of Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi speaks to Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. Pilger demonstrates a really solid grip on history here, rendering almost irrelevant most other discussions of recent events in Afghanistan. He describes the US military as a killing machine and discusses why the Afghanistan war must be viewed through the lens of Western imperialism, the scale of civilian casualties, and destruction of Afghanistan by NATO countries, how the US created today’s situation by supporting Afghan jihadist forces against the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, the social progress and progressive reform lost to history with the fall of the Soviet-backed PDPA government in Afghanistan, and much more! Pilger also discusses the anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chile and the trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The deaths of about 3000 United States citizens and residents, however individually tragic, pale into insignificance against the hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions of deaths, resulting from continuous wars the United States has launched, using 9-11 as a pretext. The 2021 western-media commemoration hype, solely deploring the 2001 New York events, seems obscenely disproportionate, when considering the far greater human costs in ongoing economic, ecological, and political destruction, and looting of resources, in Central Asia and the Middle East, set in motion by a purported hunt for Osama-bin-Laden.
This ‘manhunt’ has resulted in a shocking cascade of Western invasions and sieges built on shocking lies, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran – with further targets in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
The United States and the world have so far received nothing officially but incoherent responses to their demand to know what actually happened, and who was responsible. The overall silence on the massive profits, and who profited, from the subsequent wars is breathtaking.
Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911, which dates back to 2004, has probably not been bettered. It is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. (Link to free online version by clicking picture). It stands out for its immediacy, in time and content, and its documented account of the Bush family and Bush regime’s links to oil investments, Saudi Arabia, and the installation of investment friends in the new government of Afghanistan, and the concept of both a domestic and a foreign war on terror.
Michael Moore has made a full text documentation and detail of the claims in the film at https://web.archive.org/web/20040715020956/http://www.michaelmoore.com/warroom/.
In the absence of the release of relevant documents, little new has emerged to explain the who and why of the crime, since Michael Moore’s film. President Trump promised to release classified 9-11 documents, unredacted, about the role of Saudi-Arabia, but in the end only highly redacted ones were made public.
President Biden has made similar promises, but we have yet to see the results.
Cause of collapse of the towers
Various groups have, however, made many allegations about the material facts of the crime. Notably there has been serious questioning of the role of the aeroplanes and their relationship to the crumbling of the first two towers, soon after the planes impacted, and then a third adjacent building, which suffered no contact with planes at all. Most people assumed that the first two towers collapsed due to impact of the planes, not thinking through the unlikelihood of this. Huge towers like the World Trade ones are expected to easily withstand the impact of a plane, although it would obviously do some damage. Additionally, most people did not know of, or did not attempt to explain to themselves, the collapse of an adjacent third tower (WT7), which no plane had flown into. Within these considerations, the impact of the aeroplanes would be irrelevant to any of these collapses. One would therefore assume that these apparent suicide flights were designed by someone to create a visual impression that many would take to be a cause, but that the actual destruction of the towers was accomplished in some other way, which could not have been accidental.