The Path to 9/11


 John Kerry

What I find most stunning in all of this is that now five years after the real 9/11 – as if any fiction could somehow make more searing what each and every one of us lived with our own eyes and ears – is that we need less revisionism about the past and a hell of a lot more reality about what’s going on now. Right now.

Instead of the fiction written to excuse the invasion of Iraq by exploiting the 3,000 mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who were lost that day — they were attacked and killed not by Saddam Hussein but by Osama bin Laden – we need the truth.

Here’s a little truth: The President pretends Iraq is the central front on the war on terror. It is not now, and never has been. His disastrous decisions have made Iraq a fuel depot for terror – fanning the flames of conflict around the world.

The terrorists are not on the run. Worldwide, terrorist acts are at an all-time high, more than tripling between 2004 and 2005. Al Qaeda has spawned a vast and decentralized network operating in 65 countries, most of them joining since 9/11. The Taliban now controls entire portions of southern Afghanistan, and just across the border Pakistan is just one coup away from becoming a radical jihadist state with nuclear weapons.

The Middle East is more unstable than it has been in decades. Hezbollah flags fly from rooftops in Shiia slums of Sadr City and Iran is rebuilding Southern Lebanon. We have an Iraqi Prime Minister sustained in power by our forces, who will not speak against the Hezbollah terrorists, who will not say that Israel has a right to exist, and who will not condemn the Iranian nuclear program, who will not even as a national leader support the national army over the Shiite militia. In other words, the Iraq government that the administration cites as the front-line force in the fight against terrorism won’t even take our side when we are fighting terrorists.

No American soldier should be asked to stand up for an Iraqi government that won’t stand up for the values and interests that draw them into battle every day. Oh, and the 9/11 commission recently gave our government a failing grade on implementing intelligence reforms.

I love watching movies, but with the world looking the way it is right now I think this is a good time to stick with just the facts. After Iraq, we’ve all had enough fiction to last a lifetime.

Senator John Kerry


6 thoughts on “The Path to 9/11

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  2. I don’t think I am going to watch the movie….let’s see I don’t even know what time it’s on, but it’s 8:26 now. I started my blog with the title Renaissance on the 1 year anniversary of Katrina. I am a political junkie too but my blog has evolved and includes many different subjects. I thought I would have more response to some of my ideas, but I only got one..
    I just think there should be something we can do….even if we are mostly housebound. The internet should be a useful tool if we can figure out how to use it. I honestly don’t think they want the light of day to shine on the New Orleans reconstruction. Could it be because of the culture of corruption?

  3. Thank you very much for visiting me at Skeptical Brotha. I heard a talk the other night on C-SPAN by Howard Zinn and I am starting to re-evaluate my thoughts about the concept of “just war” Zinn was able to persuasively challenge the “just war” concept by recounting the substantial collateral damage of WWII and his participation as an air-force bomber pilot. The slanted “PATH to 9/11 propaganda film put on by ABC is just another twisted attempt to get us to buy into “just war”. I am really starting to wonder if there really is such a thing. What do you think, dear?

  4. Well, my father died in WWII so I guess I consider myself to be collateral damage, It was really hard on my mother. She was only 18 and she still suffers from the loss today at age 79. I think there may be reasons for war but only to defend ourselves or our friends. But this country goes to war for economic reasons like oil and that is unnecessary. We should have been planning for alternative energy but I think the oil interests were just too powerful. I really did not watch the movie although it was on in the background. I watch C-SPAN every morning…Washington Journal. I did not watch part two of the movie at all. I can not stand to watch Bush on TV either. I think he and his friends are just too lazy or ignorant or something. Worst president ever. God help us if the same crowd continues to “rule.” ….if we let them get away with stealing yet another election.

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