World War III
Michael C. Ruppert
[© Copyright 2001, Michael
C. Ruppert and From The Wilderness Publications. All Rights
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Lead Essay From The September
18, 2001 Issue of From The Wilderness
Some of us will come out
of the shock sooner than others. Some of us will acknowledge
the fear and the hurt sooner than others. Sooner or later
we all will feel the pain. But the unfolding of events following
the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon will wait for none of us. I do not rely on the
fifteen or so times that I have seen the term "World War
III" used by major publications like the New York Times.
I rely on my knowledge of how the U.S. military, intelligence
and economic infrastructure will respond to a given set
of circumstances. In this case, the relevant context for
these tragedies had developed long before last Tuesday's
Only a few, as yet, grasp
the dynamics already in motion that will almost certainly
produce a long and protracted war, as well as huge economic
and perhaps physical dislocations in the United States and
around the world. Additional attacks on Americans are almost
a certainty, even -- as I am about to describe -- a necessity.
The rhetoric from President Bush and his Administration
contains messages for the American people, which they do
not yet grasp, and for terrorist organizations, which they
most certainly do. "This is a war and it will not be a short
war." "This will not be over quickly." "We have a war plan
that will work, over whatever period of time it requires."
"There will be many casualties. The military is prepared
for that." "This is not just an effort to get bin Laden.
This is a war to wipe out terrorism all over the world."
"We are not thinking just in terms of a few air strikes.
Ground troops will be involved. And some of them will die."
"We will go after terrorism wherever terrorism threatens
the United States." "Americans need to be prepared for more
sacrifices and more casualties." "Just removing bin Laden
won't suffice. We are going after terrorism in all of the
countries where it resides."
The last statement is the
first great lie of this war. As the U.S. government has
announced its partnership with the drug-financed government
of Pakistan, which has supported terrorist groups from the
Middle East to the Balkans, to China, to Southeast Asia,
the deception begins. Indeed, after Afghanistan, Pakistan
should have been the first great enemy in this war. It's
long support of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan ended
only as the Taliban destroyed most of that nation's opium
crop in February of this year. As in every conflict since
World War II, the drug trade will now see a new day of freedom.
And I guarantee that terrorist
groups are well aware of one fact that we, as Americans,
have not yet grasped. George W. Bush carries on his shoulder
the political memory of a father who waged a war against
Saddam Hussein and then left him in power. He can afford
no such image in the current context and the military he
commands must become engaged in a do or die battle. They
too, will accept no less.
That said, the terrorist
groups in or from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, the
Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Somalia, Turkey, Chechnya,
Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Germany,
Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Albania, Peru, Colombia,
Ecuador and Mexico know that they are now in a "use it or
lose it" position. For, not knowing where and when the industrialized
nations may strike, they now realize that almost any action
against any political group will go unchallenged in the
world press. Even separatist groups not posing an immediate
threat can be conveniently eliminated in the months and
perhaps years to come. As evidenced by the almost immediate
admission of China into the World Trade Organization, after
15 years of unsuccessful attempts, the warp drive for globalization
- unfettered by any need to respond to public opinion -
has now been engaged. The most cynical part of me hopes
that the headline for this war will not be, "The G-8 Wipes
Out Poverty." In this model I must say that the long discussed,
but rarely acknowledged, alleged plans for massive global
population reduction are no longer a "back burner" issue.
Therefore, in this context,
the American people must expect additional attacks that
may even include biological warfare or nuclear devices on
American soil. And these attacks, already being hinted at
by the Administration, will serve an additional purpose.
Two days after the attacks every street and highway was
a sea of American flags. Now, a week after the attacks -
at least in Los Angeles - they are hard to find. Whether
we admit it or not, what the vast majority of the American
people really want is for this to go away. Only sustained
attacks on the American people will provide George W. Bush
with the political mandate to wage the war he has committed
to fight - to the bitter end. As the economic impact sinks
in, and as Americans feel the pain in their wallets, the
willingness of American citizens to experience the carnage
that has been raging around the world for decades - in the
name of prosperity and for the benefit of the G-8's largest
corporations - is, in my opinion, a big question mark. Do
not expect a quick recovery in the stock market based upon
emotion. As we describe in this issue, the fundamental weaknesses
in the U.S. economy were not blown up with these attacks.
And the markets, if they can still be called that, are driven
by one 800 pound guerilla above all others - earnings. With
the exception of defense contractors, there is absolutely
nothing hopeful to report and I, for one, cannot and refuse
to be an advocate for investing in the destruction of the
The United States has many
enemies. It is the economic enemies that warrant the most
scrutiny now because the perception that America is the
safest place in the world in which to invest foreign capital
has been dealt a huge blow. Further blows will come with
further attacks and this exposes the fine line that the
Administration must walk. Without more attacks at home,
the bold gambit of George Bush, et al will fail for lack
of political support. With them, the world may eventually
conclude that the United States is economically expendable
as nations look to their own interests. Too much economic
blood in the water will start a feeding frenzy.
In the major media, in
the alternative media, in Congress and around the world
the context now provides the opportunity for great lights
with courageous souls to emerge and to lead. We are walking
a fine line on a precipice that may lead to Armageddon or,
please God, something better. The Bush Administration is
not equipped with a repertoire of responses sufficient to
navigate the long term perils. We must dig and find something
better within ourselves.
We are living in a whole
New World. We just don't know what it looks like yet.