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Update 4/6/2003: Justin Raimondo slurs 911-strike, then apologizes!
In his March 31 column, Justin Raimondo wrote "I am ceaselessly attacked by real anti-Semites for not facing up to 'the Jewish question'." This was accompanied by two links, one to my web page, www.911-strike.com, and the other to a site called "Carol on the Web".That same day, I sent a letter to antiwar.com in response to their slur, demanding that they retract this insinuation that my website is in any way "anti-Semitic." Thankfully, in his April 2 column, Raimondo apologized:
Aside from a certain lack of grace in Raimondo's mia culpa, I am glad that he set the record straight as to his earlier carelessness. I think it's perfectly obvious that I am no more anti-Semitic than Justin himself. Raimondo is well aware of the difference between criticisms of powerful elites, and expressions of hate directed at the vast majority of citizens of any nation, or people of any creed or ethnic heritage. Visitors to my website know that I would never indulge in the latter.
In a broader context, Justin Raimondo is still carrying out his old agenda of scurrilous attacks on the antiwar left (which makes up the vast majority of the antiwar movement.) For a long time his rallying cry was "I ain't marchin' any more," but presumably Raimondo caught too much heat for that position, and he finally did endorse the huge worldwide peace marches. Now he is back to making disproportionate attacks on innovative new "fourth generation" protest techniques. Raimondo is always willing to let the antics of a few bad apples (COINTELPRO agents?) serve as a representative of the whole gestalt of an antiwar action.
When I read his March 31 column, I was sufficiently upset at Justin's libel against 911-strike, that I temporarily failed to notice the fascinating tidbit in the column just above his attack. Justin said:
Now, I have tremendous respect for the ideals of liberty, freedom and free enterprise. However, Rothbard and the other Libertarians made their careers out of pushing these ideals to ridiculous extremes, with a complete failure to deal with issues of democracy, the control of political power, social welfare, and reasonable approaches to redress of royalist land titles. Ayn Rand's antics are legendary, and the Jewish libertarian, Alan Greenspan (an early devotee of Rand), would have to win the Benedict Arnold award of the 20th century for his role in the creation of the Great Credit Bubble of the 1990's.
Could it be an Elite Jewish Conspiracy to Ruin and make a Mockery of the ideals of Liberty and Freedom? And those people like Raimondo who buy the Libertarian line wholesale, are they just naive "babes in the woods" or is something worse going on?
I certainly can't prove a conspiracy in this case, but I submit that it's not "Loony Tunes" to raise the question.
And what about this claim that without Jews there would be no antiwar movement "worth noticing"? Are the Pope and the Dalai Lama simply so far beneath the exalted status of "the Jews" that they fall beneath Raimondo's radar screen? Or could it be that Raimondo is the one who has lost a few marbles?
Now, here's the column that first prompted Raimondo's sniper attack. The column is a bit dated, in that I no longer believe there is any significant possibility that Joe Vialls was correct in his claim that all 757 and 767 aircraft are equipped with computerized remote flight control systems for the purposes of rescuing the planes from attempted hijackings. Other than that, Raimondo's failure to address these issues is just as serious now as it was when this was first written.
Justin Raimondo and the poverty of imagination
Justin Raimondo, the lead columnist for antiwar.com, has been uncritically accepting of US government and mainstream media descriptions of the events of Sept. 11. However, in his column of March 22, Justin made a remarkable confession:
Now, I suppose I should be pleased that Justin is finally starting to connect the dots. And from a certain perspective, it's good journalism to refrain from reporting on a story where the evidence is below a certain standard. But Raimondo has gone well beyond that -- he has gone out of his way to ridicule a position that has now proven out to be true.
Has Raimondo really learned anything from his embarrassing error? He goes on to write:
Now, Raimondo has moved from the realm of the factual into the realm of speculation. He doesn't know exactly what happened, but he imagines two scenarios. How can Raimondo's imagination be so impoverished? Why does he assume that the US government could not possibly be afflicted by anything worse than "incompetence"?
Here is another possibility. George W. Bush is a religious man, and his religion is related to the peculiar sect known as Christian Zionism. Like Islam and Judaism, this religion dates its heritage back to Abraham. Could it be that George W. Bush, like some orthodox Israelis, worships the ancient tribal warrior God of the Old Testament?
While the attacks of Sept. 11 took place, George W. Bush remained in a classroom, reading a story about goats. Meanwhile, the entire US military and aviation establishment stood down and completely failed to follow their own well-established procedures for dealing with hijacked airplanes. These procedures, and the completely traitorous failure to carry them out, have been detailed by Jared Israel. His research was endorsed by George Szamuely of the New York Press, who wrote an excellent summary.
Raimondo now acknowledges that the ranks of the alleged "hijackers" were infiltrated by Israeli spies. But it gets worse -- the "hijackers" may very likely have been trained to fly courtesy of the United States CIA. (That is, except for the ones who were carrying fake ID, so we really have no idea who they were.) And their presumed leader, Osama Bin Laden, is himself tied to the CIA by long association -- and was enough of a phony to address the world masquerading as an Islamic revolutionary, while wearing a United States army surplus jacket.
Researcher Joe Vialls claims that all 757 and 767 aircraft are equipped with computerized remote flight control systems for the purposes of rescuing the planes from attempted hijackings. If this were true, it would raise some very interesting questions. On the one hand, if the systems were used to control the aircraft and pilot them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, then who was at the controls? How did they get access to the secret codes?
But on the other hand: if these systems were on the aircraft, and they were not compromised by some enemy trick of espionage, then why weren't they used on September 11 to save the four ill-fated flights?
Let me spell it out for you, Justin Raimondo. Explanation Three. The Israelis cooperated and possibly even organized the attacks, while George W. Bush and his cronies approved and encouraged them.
You may disagree now, you may even call me a "nutball". But some day I will be reading about all of this at your website, and you will claim that you broke the story first.