by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, September 11, 2008
Today's "Global War on Terrorism" is a modern form of inquisition. It has all the essential ingredients of the French and Spanish inquisitions.
Going after " Islamic terrorists", carrying out a Worldwide preemptive war to " protect the Homeland" are used to justify a military agenda.
"The Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT) is presented as a "Clash of Civilizations", a war between competing values and religions, when in reality it is an outright war of conquest, guided by strategic and economic objectives.
The GWOT is the ideological backbone of the American Empire. It defines US military doctrine, including the preemptive use of nuclear weapons against the "state sponsors" of terrorism.
The preemptive "defensive war" doctrine and the "war on terrorism" against Al Qaeda constitute essential building blocks of America's National Security Strategy as formulated in early 2002. The objective is to present "preemptive military action" --meaning war as an act of "self-defense" against two categories of enemies, "rogue States" and "Islamic terrorists", both of which are said to possess weapons of mass destruction.
The logic of the "outside enemy" and the evildoer, allegedly responsible for American civilian deaths, prevails over common sense. In the inner consciousness of Americans, the attacks of September 11, 2001 justify acts of war and conquest:
"As was demonstrated by the losses on September 11, 2001, mass civilian casualties is the specific objective of terrorists and these losses would be exponentially more severe if terrorists acquired and used weapons of mass destruction." (National Security Strategy, White House, Washington, 2002)
This definition of terror is from Funk & Wagnalls dictionary ca.1893 which makes a whole lot more sense to me than the current one used by George Duhhbya Bu$h & Co. Somehow the whole idea of declaring a war on terrorism has escaped me, just like a war on fascism or any other ism would.
My old dictionary has no definition for Fascism, or even Fascist for that matter, so I guess that Wikipedia will do...
Facsism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology. It is primarily concerned with notions of cultural and social decline or decadence, and which seeks to achieve a millenarian national rebirth by exalting the nation, as well as promoting cults of unity, strength and purity.
Various scholars attribute different characteristics to fascism, but the following elements are usually seen as its integral parts: nationalism (including national socialism, socialism, national syndicalism, along with collectivism and populism based on the nationalist values); totalitarianism (including dictatorship, major social interventionism, and statism); third way (including class collaboration, the economic ideology of corporatism, economic planning,) and militarism. Fascism opposes communism, conservatism, liberalism, and international socialism.
Olbermann's take on terror