Afghanistan in the 1980s and 90s ... Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s
... Libya 2011 ... Syria 2012 ... In military conflicts in each of these
countries the United States and al Qaeda (or one of its associates)
have been on the same side. 
What does this tell us about the United States' "War On Terrorism"?
Regime change has been the American goal on each occasion:
overthrowing communists (or "communists"), Serbians, Slobodan Milosevic,
Moammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad ... all heretics or infidels, all
non-believers in the empire, all inconvenient to the empire.
Why, if the enemy is Islamic terrorism, has the United States
invested so much blood and treasure against the PLO, Iraq, and Libya,
and now Syria, all mideast secular governments?
Why are Washington's closest Arab allies in the Middle East the
Islamic governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, and Bahrain?
Bahrain being the home of an American naval base; Saudi Arabia and
Qatar being conduits to transfer arms to the Syrian rebels.
Why, if democracy means anything to the United States are these same close allies in the Middle East all monarchies?
Why, if the enemy is Islamic terrorism, did the United States
shepherd Kosovo — 90% Islamist and perhaps the most gangsterish
government in the world — to unilaterally declare independence from
Serbia in 2008, an independence so illegitimate and artificial that the
majority of the world's nations still have not recognized it?
Why — since Kosovo's ruling Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have been
known for their trafficking in women, heroin, and human body parts (sic)
— has the United States been pushing for Kosovo's membership in NATO
and the European Union? (Just what the EU needs: another economic
basket case.) Between 1998 and 2002, the KLA appeared on the State
Department terrorist list, remaining there until the United States
decided to make them an ally, due in no small part to the existence of a
major American military base in Kosovo, Camp Bondsteel, well situated
in relation to planned international oil and gas pipelines coming from
the vast landlocked Caspian Sea area to Europe. In November 2005,
following a visit to Bondsteel, Alvaro Gil-Robles, the human rights
envoy of the Council of Europe, described the camp as a "smaller version
Why, if the enemy is Islamic terrorism, did the United States pave
the way to power for the Libyan Islamic rebels, who at this very moment
are killing other Libyans in order to institute a more fundamentalist
Why do American officials speak endlessly about human rights, yet
fully support the Libyan Islamic rebels despite the fact that Doctors
Without Borders suspended its work in prisons in the Islamic-rebel city
of Misurata because torture was so rampant that some detainees were
brought for care only to make them fit for further interrogation? 
Why is the United States supporting Islamic Terrorists in Libya and Syria who are persecuting Christians?
And why, if the enemy is Islamic terrorism, did US Ambassador to the
UN, Susan Rice — who daily attacks the Syrian government on moral
grounds — not condemn the assassination of four Syrian high officials on
July 18, in all likelihood carried out by al Qaeda types? RT, the
Russian television channel broadcast in various parts of the United
States, noted her silence in this matter. Does anyone know of any
American media that did the same?
So, if you want to understand this thing called United States foreign
policy ... forget about the War on Terrorism, forget about September
11, forget about democracy, forget about freedom, forget about human
rights, forget about religion, forget about the people of Libya and
Syria ... keep your eyes on the prize ... Whatever advances American
global domination. Whatever suits their goals at the moment. There is
no moral factor built into the DNA of US foreign policy.
Bring back the guillotine
In July, the Canadian corporation Enbridge, Inc. announced that one
of its pipelines had leaked and spilled an estimated 1,200 barrels of
crude oil in a field in Wisconsin. Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline
spilled more than 19,000 barrels in Michigan. The Michigan spill
affected more than 50 kilometers of waterways and wetlands and about 320
people reported medical symptoms from crude oil exposure. The US
National Transportation Safety Board said that at $800 million it was
the costliest onshore spill cleanup in the nation's history. The NTSB
found that Enbridge knew of a defect in the pipeline five years before
it burst. According to Enbridge's own reports, the company had 800
spills between 1999 and 2010, releasing close to 7 million gallons of
No executive or other employee of Enbridge has been charged with any
kind of crime. How many environmental murderers of modern times have
During a period of a few years beginning around 2007, several
thousand employees of stock brokers, banks, mortgage companies,
insurance companies, credit-rating agencies, and other financial
institutions, mainly in New York, had great fun getting obscenely rich
while creating and playing with pieces of paper known by names like
derivatives, collateralized debt obligations, index funds, credit
default swaps, structured investment vehicles, subprime mortgages, and
other exotic terms, for which, it must be kept in mind, there had been
no public need or demand. The result has been a severe depression,
seriously hurting hundreds of millions of lives in the United States and
No employee of any of these companies has seen the inside of a prison cell for playing such games with our happiness.
For more than half a century members of the United States foreign
policy and military establishments have compiled a record of war crimes
and crimes against humanity that the infamous beasts and butchers of
history could only envy.
Not a single one of these American officials has come any closer to a
proper judgment than going to see the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg".
Yet, we live in the United States of Punishment for countless other
criminal types; more than two million presently rotting their lives
away. No other society comes even close to this, no matter how the
statistics are calculated. And many of those in American prisons are
there for victimless crimes.
On the other hand, we see the Chinese sentencing their citizens to
lengthy prison terms, even execution, for environmental crimes.
We have an Iranian court recently trying 39 people for a $2.6 billion
bank loan embezzlement carried out by individuals close to the
political elite or with their assent. Of the 39 people tried, four were
sentenced to hang, two to life in prison, and others received terms of
up to 25 years; in addition to prison time, some were sentenced to
flogging, ordered to pay fines, and banned from government jobs.
And in Argentina in early July, in the latest of a long series of
trials of former Argentine officials, former dictator Jorge Rafael
Videla was convicted and sentenced to 50 years for a systematic plan to
steal babies from women prisoners who were kidnapped, tortured and
killed during the military junta's war on leftist dissenters — the
"dirty war" of 1976-83 that claimed 13,000 victims. Many of the women
had "disappeared" shortly after giving birth. Argentina's last
dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, was also convicted and got 15 years.
Outside the courthouse a jubilant crowd watched on a big screen and
cheered each sentence.
As an American, how I envy the Argentines. Get the big screen ready
for The Mall in Washington. We'll have showings of the trials of the
Bushes and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Obama. And Henry Kissinger, a strong
supporter of the Argentine junta among his many contributions to making
the world a better place. And let's not forget the executives of
Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Enbridge, Inc. Fining
them just money is pointless. We have to fine them years, lots of them.
Without imprisoning these people, nothing will change. That's
become a cliché, but we very well see what continues to happen without
imprisonment. And it's steadily getting worse, financially and
- For a summary of much of this, see: Peter Dale Scott, "Bosnia, Kosovo, and Now Libya: The Human Costs of Washington's Ongoing Collusion With Terrorists", The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, August 7, 2011
- Camp Bondsteel entry on Wikipedia
- Washington Post, January 27, 2012
- Enbridge entry on Wikipedia; Washington Post, July 29, 2012
- Reuters, July 31, 2012
- Associated Press, July 6, 2012