Open air hell

Guantanmo Bay

In this photo released 18 January 2002 by the Department of Defense, Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the surveillence of US military police at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility 11 January 2002. The detainees, captured in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, are given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray blood samples drawn to assess their health. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Shane T. McCOY

We know from Paul Wolfowitz’s strategy documents, among many sources, written ten years before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, that the military industrial complex thinly veiled behind the smokescreen known as the USA, is planning nothing less than a Novus Ordo Seclorum, and that the means of this global operation include something called hamletization. We may view a number of scenarios, in which this complex has been involved, in one form or another, as dress rehearsals, field experiments in this new technique.

We know from the accounts of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and other survivors arrested in the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina 2005, that unregulated mercenary forces were operating, impounding citizens in Camp Greyhound, a Guantanamo style open air hell set up in the bus station.

You guys are al-Qaida, said one soldier. Taliban, said another.

We know from the holes in the official story of 9/11, from the sheer speed with which military might was assembled in Afghanistan – as per the official US Navy caption to the photograph above, “Operation Enduring Freedom” – from the horror stories and images of Bagram and Abu Ghraib, of ‘rogue units’ and bloodless (read ‘legal’) torture, from the ongoing ordeal of the 172 men left in Guantanamo, from the pressure exerted on the UK government to extradite Aspergers computer hacker Gary Mackinnon, and, we can be sure, of Julian Assange, and from the dreadful treatment of his source, intelligence officer Bradley Manning, that this military industrial complex will stop at nothing.

We are to understand, from the televised statements of its various spokesmen, notably George W Bush, that this military industrial complex is at war with an amorphous, ubiquitous and euphemistic enemy – an ‘axis of evil’ originally including Libya, Yemen and Syria.

We are to understand, from the televised statements of Muammar Ghadaffi, Ali Abdullah Saleh and Bashar Al Assad, that the uprisings in Libya, Yemen and Syria have been instigated by ‘foreign conspirators’. Ghadaffi has gone on record (for what that is worth) accusing Al Qaida of instigating the uprising in Libya.

Confused? You’re supposed to be.

We know from William Hague’s bungling that MI5 and SAS special teams were operative in Libya from the first moments of the uprising. We can safely assume the same for CIA and other instruments. It is certainly not impossible that such instruments were involved in instigating and catalysing the current unrest in the Middle East. After all, they were instrumental in installing the despots in the first place.

Again, we info consumers are being fed sweet n sour. The monster Saddam Hussein removed; at what cost? The monster Muammar Ghadaffi removed; at what cost? The military industrial complex is counting it in barrels of oil.

At a simple level, Libya is Iraq all over again. Behind the multilayered smokescreens readily available via such concepts (perhaps once upon a time humanitarian) as democracy, NATO, human rights, United Nations, the Complex is about its usual business: working towards a post-civilization dystopia. You would have thought it would be difficult to pull this kind of stunt after Iraq. But here we are again, where indeed, that very post-Iraq mindset is co-opted as smokescreen, as stratagem.

Ghadaffi, Saleh and Assad are – whether they like or not, whether they are aware of it or not – operating inside this strategy. To oversimplify: they have been offered escape routes from their shortly to be hamletized countries, brief, luxury exile in Saudia Arabia next door to various other Novus Ordo luminaries, before eternal luxury within the walls of the New Jerusalem. Meantime, there are warplanes and armoured Humvees to run, and that requires oil.



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