Number 18 - November 28, 2002
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Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld crowd got drunk one night and decided to play
a mad joke on the world. The public had demanded, and the U.S. Congress
mumbled in assent, that a commission be selected to investigate the
whos, hows and whys of September 11, the secrets behind the mad bombings.
So they picked the
Mad, Secret Bomber, himself: Dr. Henry Kissinger. "I have bombed
many times in my career," said the man who inspired the book and
movie, Dr. Strangelove, accepting chairmanship of the 9-11 commission.
"In all humility, I am a genius about dees things. I believe dat
der Fuhrer... urr, der President has made a vize choice," said
the old genocidist, looking and sounding like a Budweiser frog in a
suit. "I have bombed whole countries in secret. I know the vayz
of secret terror."
Among his innumerable
crimes, Kissinger was the German-accented Rasputin behind President
Nixon's illegal bombing of Cambodia, beginning in 1969. For 14 months,
vast stretches of the countryside were carpeted with explosives. The
National Security Advisor - later Secretary of State - and his boss
never informed or asked the permission of the U.S Congress, although
the B-52 missions were common knowledge among the military and much
of the pliant press.
Finally, in the
spring of 1970, U.S. infantry units were ordered across the Vietnam-Cambodia
border. The conspiracy of silence was over. At campuses across the nation,
hundreds of thousands of students protested the invasion and secret
bombing. On May 4, National Guardsmen killed four demonstrators at Kent
State University, Ohio, reinvigorating an anti-war movement that had
been losing steam as U.S. troop strength in Vietnam declined.
As organizers prepared
to mount a new wave of demonstrations, local and state police assaulted
a dormitory at Jackson State University, in Mississippi, killing two
students and wounding 12. The May 14 - 15 siege of the Black campus
was occasioned by unrest over rumors that the Black mayor of Fayette,
Mississippi and his wife had been shot. But in the massive protests
that rocked streets and campuses across the width and breadth of the
country that grim and furious month, placards memorialized the martyrs
of Kent and Jackson State, and the three Black students killed by police
in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in February of 1968. The anti-war movement
had been presented with a multi-racial cast of martyrs, and for a time
spoke with a more truly American voice.
The Southern Christian
Leadership Conference roused itself from its post-King assassination
torpor to stage a hugely effective, 130-mile march from Perry, Georgia
to Atlanta, keyed to the killings at Jackson, Orangeburg and Kent State.
Kissinger's secret war and brazen invasion had fired up the Black side
of the movement, too.
Noam Chomsky argues
credibly that Kissinger's secret and public bombing of Cambodia literally
drove Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge peasant soldiers insane, leading them to
seek vengeance, first among the city dwellers who had escaped the rain
of death, and then to general slaughter. The human impact of Kissinger's
predations is unknowable. He emerges as if from a bottomless pit.
Kissinger set in
motion the wars that killed millions in Angola and Mozambique. An indictment
the thickness of phone books would be required to list the capital offenses
committed by this, the Master Criminal of recent times. As foreign policy
guru to Presidents Nixon and Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger has probably
killed more people and overthrown more governments, covertly and publicly,
with bombs large and small, weapons of all calibers and types, than
any living human being. By any measurement of evil, he overwhelms Osama
Readers of a younger
age may view our reaction to The Terminator's Return as less than relevant
to today's predicament. Consider, however, that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
and most of their clique are also baby-boomers, that their political
views were formed during those same days of body bags, massacres and
incipient revolt. These are the men who still talk of putting to rest
the so-called "post-Vietnam War syndrome" - and yet they cannot
resist giving the finger to their old enemies of the Left. Like drunken
frat boys, they flaunt the symbolism of Henry the K, and inflict him
upon us, once again. Somewhere in Kissinger's appointment as 9-11 commission
chairman, they find Victory.
They have lost their
minds. Old bones that have not stirred in many years will rise up at
the specter of Dr. Strangelove, and march again. Let George Bush savor
his infantile prank. He has done the resistance a favor.