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Nine years after 9/11, let's stop playing into bin Laden's hands

Could bin Laden, in his wildest imaginings, have hoped to provoke greater chaos? It is past time to reflect on what our enemy sought, and still seeks, to accomplish -- and how we have accommodated him.
The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11

Ted Koppel, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned. This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power. Those outcomes were only the bait; it would remain for the United States to spring the trap.

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The goal of any organized terrorist attack is to goad a vastly more powerful enemy into an excessive response. And over the past nine years, the United States has blundered into the 9/11 snare with one overreaction after another. Bin Laden deserves to be the object of our hostility, national anguish and contempt, and he deserves to be taken seriously as a canny tactician. But much of what he has achieved we have done, and continue to do, to ourselves. Bin Laden does not deserve that we, even inadvertently, fulfill so many of his unimagined dreams.

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The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11, Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout

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  • "Nearly twice as many Americans have died fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than were lost in the 9/11 attacks. The total cost of these long wars will be in the trillions of dollars. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, the cost of oil was less than $25 a barrel; the price reached $140 a barrel in 2008 and, currently, the price is still three times the 2001 levels. The entire national security system has suffered as a result of the wrong-headed actions of the Bush administration in Iraq and the Obama administration in Afghanistan." Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout
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  • A post-9/11 betrayal endures
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Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

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  • Part II The Military Road Map
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  • Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?
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Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

The stockpiling and deployment of advanced weapons systems directed against Iran started in the immediate wake of the 2003 bombing and invasion of Iraq. From the outset, these war plans were led by the US, in liaison with NATO and Israel.
Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of “the road map to war”. US military sources intimated that an aerial attack on Iran could involve a large scale deployment comparable to the US "shock and awe" bombing raids on Iraq in March 2003:

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"American air strikes on Iran would vastly exceed the scope of the 1981 Israeli attack on the Osiraq nuclear center in Iraq, and would more resemble the opening days of the 2003 air campaign against Iraq.(See Globalsecurity)

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Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran: Part I: Global Warfare, Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust? Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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  • The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of World Peace. "Making the World safer" is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of September 5

3 New Items including:

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  • Fact Check: Is Iraq combat really over for US?
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  • More War Lies
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Dana Summers

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Fact Check: Is Iraq combat really over for US? Calvin Woodward, Associated Press, New York Times | NY
Despite President Barack Obama's declaration Tuesday (August 31) of an end to the combat mission in Iraq, combat almost certainly lies ahead.
The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded

More War Lies, David Swanson, Global Research

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  • Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening (August 31).
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  • US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation
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Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange, David Dayen, FireDogLake

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  • Maybe if Simpson and the ruling class weren’t so damned bloodthirsty, we wouldn’t have choices like this to make.
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
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  • Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door
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Washington Post Bungles History of Gaza Blockade

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It gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Alex Kane, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

In an article (8/10/10) on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's testimony to an Israeli panel investigating the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Washington Post gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Joel Greenberg writes:

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Netanyahu said that the naval blockade, imposed by the previous Israeli government in January 2009 during a military offensive against Hamas, was meant to prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip, which he described as "a giant weapons depot and base for attacks on Israel."

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He added that 12 ships had tried to run the blockade since it was imposed, but none had reached Gaza.

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