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Commentary Last Updated: Aug 12th, 2006 - 00:13:44

Let�s thwart 'the Big One' now
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor

Aug 11, 2006, 01:25

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If the above title sounds like Randy Newman�s great tune, Let�s Drop The Big One Now, so be it. The last inspired stanza goes like this . . .

Boom goes London and boom Paree
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now

I kept hearing the words and music and Newman�s deadpan voice in my head as I read MSNBC�s Thursday AP article, Thwarted plot may have been �the Big One'. The Big One was the AP report of �an alleged plot to take down several U.S.-bound planes with liquid explosives . . . unlike anything the world has seen in years.� Ergo everyone in US airports had to throw away their water, soda pop, mouth freshener bottles, flasks of scotch, and god knows what else. Jesus. They�re at it again.

Yes, they said the London Plot bears the fingerprints of �al-Qaida,� you remember them. And it may be the �Big One� counterterrorism officials have been spending billions to avoid since 9/11, its fifth anniversary only a month away. So what better booster shot for fear and terror than to bust more than 20 people, raise threat levels to code scarlet and cancel hundreds of flights between England and America?

Working on Newman�s song premise . . .

No one likes us -- I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

You can see how we always end up being afraid of �them� and not looking at the �US� that was behind 9/11 as MI6 was behind London�s 7/7 bombings. And looking at our (Israel�s) recent relentless pounding of Lebanon, it�s no wonder we worry. But why don�t we look in the national mirror and see who�s running the country: a pack of neocon militarist lunatics ready and itching to drop the Big One and the Small Ones, too, (all nuclear) on Iran, Syria and the rest of the Middle East to keep the oil under our thumb. I mean is that too blunt?

So MSNBC, AP, CNC, CBS, NBC, are all singing the same tune, �It is a classic 'al-Qaida' tactic. It is a hallmark of 'al-Qaida' to carry out coordinated, simultaneous attacks and the aviation domain is certainly known to 'al-Qaeda.'� I say, Big Al is really the CIA, who put Osama in business in 1979 as it organized a jihad to fight the Russians who had invaded Afghanistan. I mean, this is not new info.

Osama was a contract player for them through the 10-year war. Osama was in a Dubai hospital in August 2001 for kidney treatment and was seen visited by a CIA handler. This too has been documented, originally in the French newspaper Le Figaro and subsequently in Robert Baer�s book, Sleeping With the Enemy. Baer by the way was a CIA station chief in the Middle East for 20 years. So he should know.

On the other hand, we have US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a citizen of the United States, whom Israeli law considers a citizen of Israel as well, because his mother held that status, and his father was a working US rabbi, and grandpa a rabbi and noted Talmudic scholar. I wonder if he knows Dov Zakheim, another dual US/Israeli citizen, and former Controller of the Pentagon, under whom more than $3 trillion disappeared from May 2001 to March 2004, when he left. Cui bono: who gains from this panic? And to whom do these men owe their allegiance?

Is it any wonder Secretary Chertoff echoed the panic: the attack �was sophisticated, it had a lot of members and it was international in scope. It was in some respects suggestive of an 'al-Qaeda' plot,� though he cautioned that the investigation was still under way. How good of him. And you may notice I keep putting quotation marks around �al Qaeda.� The name, which means �the base,� came from a file on bin Laden�s laptop, in which were names of fellow Mujahideen fighters he had met in Afghanistan, all of whom were trained and armed by the CIA to conk the Russians.

Now, re Thwarting that Big One Now, let�s remember even as the AP claims, �There have been dozens of thwarted plots around the world since the Sept. 11 attacks, and several that were murderously successful. Suicide bombers killed 52 people in London on July 7, 2005, 58 in two attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2003, and 202 in Bali in 2002. Islamic radicals killed 191 people in Madrid on Mar. 11, 2004, then blew themselves up days later when police were closing in.�

As to the London bombers, they conveniently blew themselves up as well as the ones in Madrid. As to who killed whom in Turkey, it remains allied to Israel and the US, no matter what epitaphs Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may toss about. See Michel Chossudovsky�s Special Report at Online Journal, �Triple alliance: The US, Turkey, Israel and the war on Lebanon.� If you ever had doubts that this m�nage was in bed together to destroy Lebanon, this article will dispel them.

Again, in a faux attempt at objectivity, the AP article tells us, �While al-Qaida�s call for global jihad clearly acted as inspiration, there has been no direct evidence that bin Laden or his No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, had advance knowledge of those attacks, that they helped plan them, or that they provided financial or logistical help to those who carried them out.� Ah, so where does the �al-Qaeda� fingerprint come from? Zarqawi is said to be dead and Moussaoui is in prison for life. Are there any other usual suspects to round up and pin it on? Anyone?

But as the article says, �The group�s failure to match the destruction it inflicted in the Sept. 11 attacks has led to speculation that a global dragnet that has forced bin Laden into hiding and ensnared many of his most trusted deputies may have degraded al-Qaida�s abilities.� Yes bin Laden must be deep in hiding. We haven�t found him in five years. And when we had him cornered in Tora Bora, somehow he found the one route away from US soldiers. More coincidence.

�These People Are Obsessed�

Thus spake Rodolfo Mendoza, a police intelligence official in the Philippines. As if we�re not obsessed with the �The War on Terror� and arresting literally hundreds of people who later were found to be not guilty. I�m not saying there are people who do not like us. But it is after the fact of our own violent behavior, as with the so-called �insurgency� in Iraq. Those people are Iraqis who want us the hell out, because we�ve ruined their country taking out the very leader we put in power, Saddam Hussein.

Mendoza also has on his resume being �among the law enforcement officers involved in thwarting a scheme by al-Qaida terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef to use liquid explosives to blow up a dozen airliners in 1995 as they flew across the Pacific to U.S. destinations, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and New York.� Again, Yousef �was linked� to the crime that actually killed one passenger on a 1995 flight from Tokyo to the Philippines. Not quite as huge or exact as Mendoza�s statement. And consider the following . . .

�Like al-Qaida�s decade-long effort to bring down the World Trade Center in New York, first in 1993 and then, disastrously, in 2001, the latest plot to blow up commercial airliners reveals the group�s unwavering resolve.�

First of all, let me refer you to an article from the newspaper The Shadow, October 1994/January 1995 Issue, a combined report by Paul DeRienzo, Frank Morales and Chris Flash. The article is titled �Who Bombed The World Trade Center? FBI Bomb Builders Exposed!�

Here are the lead paragraphs from the story. If it interests you pursue the rest: �Two cassette tape recordings, obtained by Shadow reporter Paul DiRienzo of telephone conversations between FBI informant Emad Salem and his Bureau contacts reveal secret U.S. Government complicity in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City in which six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.

�After careful deliberation, the Shadow believes the question regarding the bombing boils down to the following: Did the FBI do the bombing, utilizing informant Salem as an �agent provocateur� or did it fail to prevent an independent Salem and his associates from doing it? The taped conversations obtained by the Shadow seem to indicate the former . . ."

In fact, the van loaded with explosives was parked in a government parking space.

The bottom line is that false flag operations are not new to this country. Not new for US or British intelligence to set up or blame on people from other nations or groups to attack us and then make them the patsies. It goes back to �Operation Northwoods.� In fact, 9/11 many believe was just a set-up to involve us in this larger �War on Terror� to conquer the world.

And as many are being called �conspiracy theorists� for putting forth this information, ironically the members of the 9/11 Commission are claiming that military officials made false statements to Congress and the 9/11 Commission, which caused them to arrive presumably at false conclusions. This brings their report totally in doubt, affirming what many thought to be a whitewash from the beginning. Again, I refer you to Michel Chossudovsky's article linked above.

The point is that The Powers That Be are obsessed and are more likely to be behind these terror events. The sight of people throwing their water bottles in plastic tubs in the airport is just too ludicrous to bear. If any of those bottles contained significant quantities of nitroglycerine, which is supposedly the latest and greatest way to take down liners, it would have been �boom New York and boom Paree� on the spot.

So let�s not �Drop the Big One Now� on Lebanon or Iran or Syria. Let�s Thwart The Big Plot Now, a failing administration�s plan to keep the world in terror by perpetuating and, if necessary, executing these scares and events. To paraphrase Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only thing to fear is the fear-makers themselves.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York. Reach him at

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