The Scourge of State-Sponsored Terrorism
by Stephen Lendman
Brussels blasts like similar incidents in US and other European cities have clear earmarks of state-sponsored false flags - 9/11 the mother of them all, acts initiated with internal and geopolitical aims in mind, governments blaming convenient patsies for their crimes.
State-sponsored terrorist acts are declarations of war on fundamental freedoms, used to achieve objectives not otherwise possible to attain - including transforming free societies into tyrannical ones, waging wars on humanity at home and abroad on the phony pretext of protecting security, things made less secure, unstable and intolerable.
America’s war on terrorism is a complete fabrication, the public manipulated by fear-mongering, hyped by media scoundrels ad nauseam, mouthpieces for power.
The US Code defines “international terrorism” as activities involving:
(A) "violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;"
(B) are intended to -
(i) "intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States...."
The US Army Operational Concept for Terrorism (TRADOC Pamphlet No. 525-37, 1984) shortens the above definition to be "the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature....through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear."
NATO’s Military Concept for Defence Against Terrorism defines threats to include “religious extremism,” other “motivations…derived from unresolved conflicts or emerging ideologies…political circumstances” leading to the rise of terrorist states, and groups using “the most destructive (weapons) available,” including WMDs.
It stresses the Alliance’s role to intervene belligerently and by other means as circumstances warrant, calling counterterrorism (aka naked aggression) essential for national defense.
Martin Luther King called America “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” for good reason. It’s far more menacing now than earlier.
Michael Parenti said it wages wars “to keep the world safe for the Fortune 500…(t)o that the transnational corporations and international global finance capital continues to control the land, labor, resources, and markets of most of the world, and ultimately, all of the world on terms that are extremely favorable to them.”
“The goal is to destroy, to obliterate, to thwart any social movement or national leader who is trying for an alternative way of using the land, the labor, the natural resources, the markets, the capital of his or her country.”
Expect nothing positive following Tuesday’s Brussels blasts, Western cities becoming more militarized than already, freedoms sacrificed for security not forthcoming, societies made unfit to live in, endless imperial wars continuing for wealth, power and privilege, ordinary people terrorized into submission.
Post-9/11, America became a police state, European nations now following suit. Constitutional suspension and martial law governance in Western societies may be one major false flag away, exceeding the shock effect of earlier ones.
Will the unthinkable follow - the horror of possible nuclear war?
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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