3/20/03


To the Editor
Tucson Star/Citizen

Dear Editor:

Having read numerous government statements according to which Saudi bankers, Muslim charities, etc. have funneled many millions of dollars into the al Qaeda terrorist network, I have lately begun to wonder why we have seen so few acts or attempted acts of organized terrorism since 911. If I were these investors I would insist on more bang for my buck. The cost of taking out the World Trade Center and Pentagon, including the airline tickets, the box knives, the maps of Manhattan, the flying lessons and the rent on Osama’s cave couldn't have been more than $15,000. What are the terrorists doing with all that excess money?

The existence of terrorists is very important, I'd say critical, to our government's aggressive domestic and foreign agenda, and their unprecedented appropriation of power. If we have not, as seems to be the case, succeeded in finding or catching Bin Laden or any of his shadowy bogey men, it is at least important that we believe in them. These terrorists actually are out there aren't they? The Bush administration didn't just invent them, did they? Like they invented that IAEA report about Saddam's nuclear weapons program? Because if they did, then the really scary question arises: who pulled off 911?

The recipe for grabbing power is no secret. Herman Goering spelled it out for us at Nuremberg in 1946:

"Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

For a very long time virtually every special interest in Washington has devoted itself to the recruitment of cronies and the acquisition and monopoly of proprietary power, while a handful of quixotic volunteers at ACLU has naively flailed away to preserve the idea of constitutional democracy. That we find the Goering technique among the horrors of such pervasive greed is perfectly natural. Given the near-demise of critical thinking, the "leaders" must now be asking themselves whether there is any point at which the urging of lies and platitudes and hollow inventions simply outdistances public credulity. Apparently not.

Michael Moore

Oracle, Arizona

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