An American Tragedy

Today is the ten year anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster in Manhattan. As if we weren’t already aware. The somber mood sets the tone for nearly every media agency online and off throughout the modern World today. At least that’s what Americans would like to think. While it is true that this is a disaster, and a sad, memorable one at that – is it possible that Americans are upset for all the wrong reasons?

Just the other day we spoke with a husband and wife who both come from completely different walks of life. The wife – born and raised in New York City is a true “patriot” from the modernized and twisted definition. She believes that the US is the greatest Country in the World across the board. She believes that the US has the best food, the best healthcare, the strongest as well as most accurate beliefs, the greatest educational system, and the best quality of life overall. We’re not going to argue this point. Not because she is right, but because you simply cannot argue…period. For people like this, the US is the greatest. Is the US good at some things? Maybe. Bad at other things? Of course. Can we tell you what is the greatest Country of all? Not likely. Nonetheless, this is her point of view. Her husband on the other hand, was born and raised in a northern Italian city. His views are not only drastically different, but also slightly less voiced. Imagine that. While one can complain with reason about the quality of dental care in some European countries – Romania included – how can anyone in their right mind defend the chemical and hormone laced “foods” the US dare allow distributed? The conversation with these two was very interesting. It allowed us to truly “grasp” the evolution of a belief – the movement from one paradigm to another. Both are well-traveled. The wife worked for an airline for many years, which flew around the World to near-unlimited destinations. Although well-traveled, it would be a stretch to say that one in this line of work would be able to fully immerse themselves in a different culture for any meaningful period of time. A hotel is a hotel. The husband, a chemical engineer, also traveled around the World for work. His stays were likely longer, and as such he veered off in a much different direction mentally. Currently, this couple is living four months in Europe (Italy), four months in the US (New York), and four months in the Caribbean (the Dominican Republic). While this seems like as reasonable a division as any, their life is still torn. She would like no fewer than these four months set aside for life in what to her is the greatest Country on the planet; and he would like nothing more than to drop life in the US altogether. In fact, it was difficult for him to remain part of a conversation in any serious fashion when the topic revolved around the greatness and pure desirability of life in the US.

So there the stage is set – two drastically different people and trains of thought put together. But what does this really have to do with September 11th? We’re getting to that.

It is very interesting to note that the more “experience” Americans in particular have outside of the US, the more they begin to “see the light”. We’re not talking specifics here, but just in general. In order for one not to believe that T.G.I. Friday’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken is NOT the best when it comes to steaks or chicken, one must experience something that is… well… better. In order for one to realise that paying nearly $500.00 USD (much more if you carry health insurance) for a visit to the doctor to cure a sinus infection is unreasonable, one must experience the ultra-low costs comparatively for the same service in Bucharest or other cities. For one to understand that the educational system in the US may not be all it is cracked up to be, one simply needs to speak with a foreigner. Notice how the foreigner understands and speaks English even if it is not their native tongue. We can count on one hand the number of Americans we know that speak anything other than American and Canadian.  This brings us directly to the one thing that stands out in the eyes of an expat more than others regarding a shift in perspective; the media.

As Americans we tend to put a lot of emphasis on what we see on “Fair and Balanced” media outlets such as FOX News, or CNN. How often do we try to catch the news to see what’s going on in the World? Quite often? Interestingly enough as we are exposed to more and more “reputable” networks we are also exposed to more and more variations of the same story. As our minds try to sort out the “differences” we are also faced with a challenge: the challenge  to subconsciously (or consciously really) try to figure out which story is true and which one is false. As Americans do we gravitate towards CNN or Al Jazeera? FOX or Antenna 1? Of course we rely on what we feel to be the most factual of reports. We err on the side of what we are comfortable with. The problem is, it isn’t long before we start to realise that the Ministry of Truth may not be all it is cracked up to be. You see, while we can exist in part, isolated – starring only at the internet and tv – we inevitably must interact with society at some point in time. In doing so, we again, inevitably, come into contact with people from different walks of life that, also inevitably, have a different perspective, or “outlook” regarding the World today.

This brings us now back to the events in New York on September 11, 2001. “She” thinks this was the greatest act of terror ever on US soil which was clearly carried out and masterminded by none-other than Osama bin Laden. “He” thinks that this was the greatest act of terror ever on US soil which was clearly carried out and masterminded by none-other than those that would like you to believe it was Osama bin Laden.

Curiously enough, in talking with many Romanians, we find that the “conspiracy theory” is not the latter. Does this mean that the the events that took place on this date are not what Americans believe as whole? Who knows. What we do know is that everyone who is remembering this event today is remembering it in a slightly different way. We cannot say that Americans are upset for the “wrong” reasons but what we can say beyond a reasonable doubt is that people are upset for many “different” reasons. Whether it be a remembrance of the sad evolution of the political environment we live in today, or a reflection of those that suffered from a horrible tragedy, this is a day to remember.

For an interesting bit of reading for those that wish for a fresh perspective on the World today – consider stepping outside of the box for a moment. Available now is the book Crossing the Rubicon. Take look. This is one of those “must haves” for your reading collection. Here’s what the review has to say:

“The attacks of September 11, 2001, were accomplished through an amazing orchestration of logistics and personnel. Crossing the Rubicon discovers and identifies key suspects—finding some of them in the highest echelons of American government—by showing how they acted in concert to guarantee that the attacks produced the desired result.

Crossing the Rubicon is unique not only for its case-breaking examination of 9/11, but for the breadth and depth of its world picture—an interdisciplinary analysis of petroleum, geopolitics, narcotraffic, intelligence and militarism—without which 9/11 cannot be understood.

The US manufacturing sector has been mostly replaced by speculation on financial data whose underlying economic reality is a dark secret. Hundreds of billions of dollars in laundered drug money flow through Wall Street each year from opium and coca fields maintained by CIA-sponsored warlords and US-backed covert paramilitary violence. America’s global dominance depends on a continually turning mill of guns, drugs, oil and money. Oil and natural gas—the fuels that make economic growth possible—are subsidized by American military force and foreign lending.

In reality, 9/11 and the resulting “war on terror” are parts of a massive authoritarian response to an emerging economic crisis of unprecedented scale. Peak Oil—the beginning of the end for our industrial civilization—is driving the élites of American power to implement unthinkably draconian measures of repression, warfare and population control. Crossing the Rubicon is more than a story. It is a map of the perilous terrain through which, together and alone, we are all now making our way.

Michael C. Ruppert is the publisher and editor of From the Wilderness, a newsletter read by more than 16,000 subscribers in 40 countries. A former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator, he is widely known for his groundbreaking stories on US involvement in the drug trade, Peak Oil and 9/11. “

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