TERRORISM… BLACKS HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR
By N Oji Mzilikazi
Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 10 May 16, 2013
In the aftermath of the bombing at the end of the Boston Marathon, RCMP officers arrested Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal, and Raed Jaser from Toronto, in an alleged “Iranian al-Qaeda supported” attack targeting a Via passenger train.
I laughed. That’s right, I laughed. Not the laughter that comes out of mirth, but the snickering kind. The “there we go again” kind.
You see, I’m a student of history, and its study and unfolding in the present often expose all sorts of machinations, double and triple standards — things to make you laugh, especially at the brazenness of “vested interests” to believe people are really stupid.
On September 21, 2001, ten days after 9/11, vested interests saw the Montreal Gazette sowing the seeds for a U.S. attack against Iraq in its editorial, “An Iraqi Connection?”
The editorial said that the investigative efforts should focus not just on the prime suspect but on the states that may have supported Al-Qa’ida, and:
“A good place to start would be Iraq. This is not idle speculation. Saddam Hussein has an unfinished war against America – one that should make Mr. Bush’s father regret his decision not to take out the Iraqi leader during the Gulf War. This time, if the trail does in fact lead to Saddam Hussein, the U.S. and its allies must finally act to get him out of power.”
In 1991, neo-cons devised a plan to topple Saddam Hussein.
In 1996, an Israeli thinktank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, that included the likes of Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, produced a paper entitled “A clean break: a new strategy for securing the realm.”
It urged Israel to abandon any thought of trading land for peace with the Arabs, and “set out a plan by which Israel would “shape its strategic environment,” beginning with the removal of Saddam Hussein and the installation of a Hashemite monarchy in Baghdad.”
With several of the “Clean Break” paper’s authors in key positions in the Bush administration, America went into Iraq, toppled Saddam, and sent one of the cradles of civilization back to the Stone Age.
No connection to 9/11 was found – as there was never any. Now, that is what you call terrorism. Hopefully, George Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld will one day be charged for war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
With Iraq broken, destroyed, the neo-cons turned their eyes on Iran. They begged and begged Bush to bomb Iran. When the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) produced a report saying Iran had no nuclear weaponry, Israel and her friends publicly assailed the intelligence of the NIE, and attacked the report.
When Barack Obama became president of America, the “Let’s Destroy Iran War-machinery” did their utmost to get him to go along with their bombing of Iran plans. Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went to Washington to try and convince Obama to commit to military action against Iran if it crossed specified “red lines.”
The “Let’s Destroy Iran War-machinery” saw to it that Iran was elevated to the world’s terrorist mastermind, and its hand behind terrorism in any part of the world — India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Africa – and now, in the nipped in the bud, Canadian plot.
Iran is Persian, not an Arab country, and though Muslim, is looked upon as a threat — by other Muslim nations. Al-Qa’ida’s roots are Arab — Saudi Arabia in the main, but Al-Qa’ida in Iran was, according to Canadian intelligence, supporting Esseghaier and Jaser — in spite of all Iran’s internal problems, pariah treatment and sanctions against it. I had to laugh.
It was unthinkable for Esseghaier and Jaser to be members of an “independent jihadist terrorist” cell, or tied to Al-Qa’ida in Iraq. After all, American intelligence had long declared Al-Qa’ida to be present in Iraq. It just had to be Iran – “manufactured” reason for Canada to commit to the bombing of Iran.
Canada built its reputation as peace loving and non-aggressive nation. Ever since Steven Harper came into power, dreams of superpower status, empire status, and militarism, have been floating in his brains.
Apart for psychopaths, war mongers, war lords, and the vultures that feed off war, no person who witnessed the horrors and atrocities of war, or were a participant, would gladly go down that road again.
In September 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Canadian troops in Italy, and thank them for punching above their weight in the Libyan campaign to oust Moammar Gadhafi.
Canada’s CF-18s flew over 350 attack missions and dropped over 275 laser-guided bombs on Libya.
Earlier this month, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that the Canadian government is ready to flex military muscle — punch above its weight again, is open to discussing a military campaign against the Syrian regime.
With Esseghaier and Jaser allegedly acting as de facto Iranian agents, Iran is in Harper’s crosshairs, and without a doubt, ready to have Canada punch above its weight when the call from Israel and/or the U.S.A. comes.
When I read that Esseghaier and Jaser were under surveillance for a year prior to their arrest, I laughed — at the brilliance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the expediency of opportunity, his capitalization of the osmotic fear, panic, and feelings of powerlessness generated by the Boston bombing.
In arresting Esseghaier and Jaser, Harper showed Canadians that “He’s the man; he has things under control.” And I knew what was coming: new laws, more curtail to rights and liberties, new technology to further über-tracking — all in the name of security, and combating terrorism.
A couple days later, Harper dusted off his old anti-terrorism bill, presented it before the House of Commons, and the parliamentary cowards and political hacks said Aye!
Don’t be fooled. Terrorism like war is a business, big business. Wars generate employment, as well as contribute to the economic growth of the victorious.
The end of World War I brought prosperity to America. It ushered in “The Roaring Twenties.” The end of World War II brought prosperity to America. It ushered in the economic and cultural boom of “The Fabulous Fifties.” So far, World Wars have been good for America.
Wars for the most part are rooted in economics. Wars are oft manufactured or allowed to continue so profit can be had/made.
Columbite-tantalite or Coltan is a vital component in all consumer electronics products such as cellphones, computers, video-games systems and DVD players. 80 per cent of the world’s Niobium and Tantalum, the metallic ore from which Coltan is extracted, is found in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Since the 1870’s, when Belgium’s King Leopold II made the Congo his personal fiefdom, the Congo has been site of never-ending wars and conflict over its resources. Historical sources placed the deaths of 15 million Congolese at the feet of Leopold.
Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court list Canada, the United States, Britain, Russia, Finland and Hong Kong among countries whose businessmen and firms, in exchanging cash or weapons for diamonds from illegitimate sources, were complicit in war crimes and genocide taking place in Africa.
The same corporations and industrialists that profit from wars, that make armaments for war, also have their hand in manufacturing, the food industry, science and technology, and pharmaceuticals. Thus, they are in a position to provide materials, machinery, medicines, and food in the rebuilding of a country devastated by war — that one or some of their industries had a hand in directly or indirectly.
Consider: Prime Minister Jean Chrétien kept Canada out of the invasion of Iraq. For that, George Bush made sure Canada couldn’t profit from the lucrative contracts to rebuild Iraq.
Fiscal austerity saw Canada closing embassies and/or sharing with British Consulates. Yet, in April 2013, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird opened a diplomatic mission in Iraq to foster trade — tap into that Iraqi pipeline of opportunities and money.
Baird’s trip to Iraq was the first by a Canadian foreign minister since 1976.
The war on terrorism opened the door to a spate of new technology and weaponry, some of which would’ve never seen the light of day — approved, if “terrorism” wasn’t the boogieman it has become.
Somebody is making money from both the industry and materials needed to fight terrorism. Terrorism is thus profitable to the “Security and Terrorism Industrial complex.” As such, they have no interest in its cessation.
Business is about keeping pockets fat, not flat.
Fear and fright mentally paralyze/incapacitate. They propel the scared and timid to put their life, faith, trust, hope, and survival into the hands of the strong.
When the strong is the police and/or the government, the timid, weak, and fearful gladly relinquish vigilance and critical examination of issues and policies to them — believing they are going to act in their interests.
The fears terrorism engenders, is the greatest weapon a government can wield, use to establish and maintain social control. Terrorism is thus profitable for governments.
Terrorism facilitates government authoritarianism. Thus, we see governments instituting or proposing secret courts, secret trials, indefinite incarceration, and suspects held on Security Certificates, secret information, and without charge.
In the name of fighting terrorism there is government control of information, misinformation and disinformation, the criminalization of protests, suspension of Miranda rights, long-standing rights which are fundamental to democracy, torture legitimized, pre-emptive strikes, drones that frequently mistakenly kill civilians, and right-wingers feasting on the disenfranchisement of The Other. Something Black people intimately know.
Ever since Africans were brought to the New World in shackles, we’ve known terrorism — been terrorised, bombed in churches, hanged from trees, burned out, run out of town, had our land and property expropriated — experienced racial expulsions.
Just ask any Black Nova Scotian about July 26-27, 1784, when hundreds of white former soldiers and impoverished whites drove Blacks from Shelburne and tore down their homes.
Ever since Africans were brought to the New World in shackles, we’ve known police terrorism, and still continue to experience it through racial profiling, stops, frisk/search; known judicial terrorism — given longer sentences when crime by Blacks mirrored those by whites or were lesser.
Ever since Africans were brought to the New World in shackles, we’ve known the terrorism of racism, discrimination, and exclusion that psychologically damage and sustain economical poverty. And we still manage to survive, make it, in spite of embedded shrapnel and being badly wounded.
As such, there is no need for Blacks to get all worked up, and fear the terrorism of bombs going off. When the smoke clears, the structural and social obstacles faced by Blacks are still going to be there. So don’t get caught up in the hysteria of Bill 14, Quebec independence, and terrorism. Live your life! Live without fear!