9/11 And Karbala: The Stories We Tell Ourselves To Give Meaning To Our Deaths
by Saman Mohammadi
Cultures and countries are conquered with language, stories, and significant events that imprint new myths on the collective mind. The most obvious example in modern times is the September 11 event.
Such events give precise meaning to our collective actions, the decisions of our leaders, the deaths of our heroes, and the social changes that we all experience.
The 9/11 myth has motivated Western warriors to pursue phantom terrorists and villains with a deep sense of glory and heroism in their quest. They anticipate a hero's welcome in the heavens for defending their country from terror. And they deserve their place in the Valhalla of heroes because they acted heroically on Earth within their narrow worldview.
Three months before the 9/11 attacks, on June 2nd, 2001, War of Terror architect Paul Wolfowitz alluded to the need for a new spirit of heroism in the American military, telling graduates at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point:
"A century ago, on a peaceful day in 1903, with great foresight, Secretary of War Elihu Root told Douglas MacArthur’s graduating class, "Before you leave the Army…you will be engaged in another war. It is bound to come, and will come. Prepare your country."
One day, you too will be tested in combat. And if you fail that test, the nation will fail, too. We are counting on you, all of you."
Wolfowitz's speech to the 2001 class hit all the right nerves - an appeal to courage and duty, a remembrance of history and American victories in past wars, providing little anecdotes of great American war leaders like Eisenhower, reminding them of the fragility of peace - really emotional stuff.
He ended the speech with a warning that a new surprise laid ahead for them and America comparable to the Pearl Harbor attack, saying:
"Yours will not be a life of personal gain, but it is noble work. You will man the walls behind which democracy and freedom flourish. Your presence will reassure our allies and deter the enemies of freedom around the world. Be prepared to be surprised. Have courage. And remember what General Eisenhower said to those American and Allied troops before they were about to land on the beaches of Normandy. "You are about to embark on a great crusade," he told them. "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you."
Today, as you, the Class of 2001, go forth on your own crusade, our hopes and prayers go with you. Thank you, God bless the Class of ’01, and God bless America."
Click here to watch a brief excerpt of Wolfowitz's cunning and strategic speech.
Looking back on his speech ten years later, we can clearly see that Wolfowitz was laying the mental groundwork in West Point graduates and getting them ready for a new kind of war in which they would sacrifice themselves to defend democracy and freedom.
If Wolfowitz wasn't one of the guilty conspirators involved in the 9/11 attacks, if the "surprise attack" was really a surprise, then his speech deserves to be called prophetic and wise. But, as it is the case in history, politics is prophecy.
There is no such thing as a surprise attack on the biggest empire in history on the scale of the 9/11 events. 9/11 was engineered and planned many years before 2001 by the shadow governments in America and Israel.
So there was nothing prophetic about Wolfowitz's speech. It was a cold-blooded calculation by him to use the special occasion to brainwash American soldiers and get their spirits fired up for the war that he and his fellow assassins were planning in the Pentagon in the dark of night.
The grand architects of the war on terror view the 9/11 myth as a necessary illusion because it gives meaning to the deaths of warriors on the battlefields of the Middle East.
These same people believe that the war on terror is a necessary war because it contributes to the reduction of the world population and represents a critical step towards building one system on this planet under which all nations will unite.
If overpopulation is truly a huge global problem that threatens all life on this planet then war is one of the solutions, and you can't have war in modern democratic societies without necessary illusions like 9/11.
I'm not saying I agree with this view. I understand the psychopathy of the ruling elite and they make up very clever ideologies to serve their own corrupt interests. But I will remain on the margins of history and be open to all possibilities.
However, I am slowly coming to the unnerving conclusion that the esoteric conspirators behind the 9/11 attacks didn't invent a sacred myth simply to attain power and profit. Maybe it is bigger than that.
Plus, why would so many people be involved in the conspiracy to cover up the truth about 9/11? Are they all afraid of telling the truth? Do they all love their careers and salaries? Or do they truly believe that lying to the global public is justified in the present historical situation when the world is facing numerous crises?
That is for you to decide.
Of course, power and status, oil and profit, are big reasons why the war on terror was manufactured. The war has made a lot of war profiteers and psychopaths successful. But, from my understanding, world war three is not being waged solely for wealth and power.
At the end of the day, the war on terror is primarily about building a world government with one set of authoritarian rules and despotic rulers to govern the people and resources on this planet. A lot of well meaning people regard this as a noble global goal, and it can't be achieved without committing acts of deception, orchestrating global chaos, and starting a world war.
World War III is also being fought to reduce some of the world population in a way that allows both cultures, Islam and the West, to sacrifice their sons in the service of myths and stories so that they die a hero's death. Their life and their death is given meaning by stories and myths that are crafted by the political and religious elites.
The myth of 9/11 gives Western warriors dignity and honor. They are being given the title of heroes for defeating the terrorists, defending freedom, and bringing democracy to the Middle East, all of which are imperialist lies.
Those who consider themselves philosopher kings don't want the truth about 9/11 being exposed in public because the truth not only undermines the cultural fabric and societal cohesion in the West, but it also puts into question the identity of the Western warrior as the hero in this struggle, and the image of Israel as the "defender of civilization against barbarism."