Powell couldn't contain himself. Osama bin Laden was back in
touch. As Powell rushed past the press on his way to a congressional
hearing, he paused to advise CNN's Wolf Blitzer to be sure to
pay attention to what bin Laden had to say. It's important,
was off to the races. The Senate microphones weren't even warm
before Powell began spreading the word: Listen to Osama. Hear
not to have heard the tape, himself, but he was sure that the
international fugitive would make the Iraq war case for the
administration. Better than an "axis," Osama would
provide the "nexus."
nexus between terrorists and states that are developing weapons
of mass destruction can no longer be looked away from and ignored,''
Powell told the Senate Budget Committee.
the U.S. Secretary of State, acting as a herald for the mastermind
of September 11. Hear his words, Oh Honorable Senators. It is
he, Osama, with a message for us all.
spokesman Ari Fleischer claimed not to have heard the tape either,
but Powell had already told Fleischer everything he needed to
know. "Based on what Secretary Powell has said, it gives
rise to concern about the ties between al Qaida and Iraq,"
said the bald prevaricator. Reporters were invited to listen
the CNN studios, Wolf Blitzer appeared confused, if not shaken.
Rice hinted back in October, 2001 that the media - especially
quick footed CNN - were acting against the national interest
by providing a forum for bin Laden-speech?
for the Reuters
news agency found the events of the morning strange - and strangely
a United States news network that scooped Al-Jazeera on Tuesday
in breaking word of the latest purported Osama bin Laden tape
- it was the Bush administration, which seemed eager to play
the tape to the masses....
out Al-Jazeera hadn't even played the tape before Powell's
revelation. The news network said it received the tape just
as Powell was making his comments.
Fleischer was in rhetorical flower. Thanks to the administration's
timely heads up and implicit encouragement, the whole country
had heard the Words of Osama. Now Fleischer could get on with
the rest of the script: "If that is not an unholy partnership,
I have not heard of one. This is the nightmare that people have
warned about, the linking up of Iraq with Al Qaida."
none of the Bush men appeared to be experiencing a nightmare.
On the contrary, their collective pleasure was hideously palpable.
Fleischer was confident, self-assured, like a conductor on an
he railed at the press, back in 2001: "At best, Osama bin
Laden's messages are propaganda calling on people to kill Americans.
At worst, he could be issuing orders to his followers to initiate
morning, CIA chief George Tenet told a Senate Committee that
nothing had changed. When Osama bin Laden speaks, people and
things blow up. As the New York Times reported:
told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that he did
not know if the latest message amounted to a call to arms,
and was thus a prelude to a terror attack.
director noted that two previous messages last autumn were
followed by attacks soon afterward. One was on a French oil
tanker. Another killed a United States marine in Kuwait. In
a third, a bomb destroyed a Bali nightclub popular with Westerners,
leaving nearly 200 dead. And in a fourth attack, a bomb exploded
in a Kenya hotel, killing 3 Israeli tourists and 10 Kenyans.
one of the things we're looking at is, he's obviously raising
the confidence of his people," Tenet continued. "He's
obviously exhorting them to do more."
magnified by the Great Satan, itself.
color code is bright orange, Al Qaida "chatter" is
"the most specific we have seen," and lives will surely
be forfeit - in what magnitude, no one knows.
Bush crew are enjoying it.
to chaos, the essential condition for successful piracy. To
understand the mentality of the U.S. regime, one must grasp
the logic of the pirate class that George Bush represents. Spawned
by hyperactive, speculative capital and politically preeminent
military industry, this new class is fundamentally parasitical.
It has few direct connections to or interest in the well-being
of the domestic economy, except as a source of tax revenues
to be spent on itself. Having seized the state machinery of
the only superpower, it turns American coercive might against
the full range of the planet's existing institutions, with the
goal of destroying them.
who seek stable markets with themselves on top, these American
pirates wage war against commercial and political order, itself.
Their goal is to break down every impediment to their ability
to impose the terms of relations among nations.
class are creating the conditions in which they can convert
U.S. power directly into capital. Thus, the war against Iraq.
Every obstacle to unlimited freedom of American action must
and Donald Rumsfeld are derided for failing to foresee the consequences
of their insults to France and Germany. They are characterized
as hopelessly shortsighted for herding their Arab clients down
a road that leads to mass uprisings and the gallows. The Bush
men are belittled as irresponsible yahoos when they declare
the United Nations irrelevant. It is said that they are stupid
and self-destructive, with no long-term vision.
could be further from the truth. The Bush pirates have a consuming
vision that begins with chaos and carries them to a new epoch
- a world in which order is the product of their whim and will.
are describing is hegemony. We must urgently ponder its meaning.
The hegemonist understands that the existing order - any
order - is his enemy.
war against order, chaos is the weapon of choice for both Bush
and bin Laden. This week, the American regime felt the need
to crank up the chaos.
they couldn't wait for Osama to call.
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