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The Truth Behind 9/11

According to a new book from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Bush brought down the towers.

12:00 AM, Aug 23, 2006 • By MARK TOOLEY
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"The implications are indeed disturbing," Griffin writes of his "assumption that 9/11 was orchestrated by members of the Bush-Cheney administration." "The effect of 9/11 . . . was to allow the agenda developed in the 1990s by the neoconservatives . . . to be implemented," he explains. He is careful to assure that though "some people think that Jewishness is a necessary condition for being a neoconservative, this is not so." Cheney and Rumsfeld are prime examples of non-Jewish neocons, he observes, and he focuses on them as the culprits.

Griffin graciously acknowledges that neocons outside the government were likely not complicit in the 9/11 attacks, even if those attacks furthered their agenda. But those in power, like Bush and Rumsfeld, openly and ominously spoke of 9/11 as an "opportunity."

"The motives behind this false-flag operation were imperial motives, oriented around the dream of extending the American empire so that it is an all-inclusive global empire, resulting in a global Pax Americana," Griffin writes. Obviously this has profound spiritual implications for Christians, Griffin observes, having already concluded that Jesus Christ's primary goal on earth was to overturn the Roman Empire of His day. Unfortunately, Griffin opines, the early church, including some Gospel writers, covered up this truth, claiming that salvation was eternal rather than a political liberation. These revisionists persuaded Christians that the empire would "facilitate, not hinder, the coming of the kingdom of God." Christianity then went from being anti-empire to an imperial religion.

Bush and his neocon supporters have now revived notions that empire can further the kingdom of God through the "universal values" of democracy and freedom, Griffin asserts. The language of empire was present with the Founders, but the power for America to implement it was not present until Second World War. During the Cold War, the United States spread its empire through covert action and military intimidation: Iran in 1953; Guatemala in 1954; Greece in 1967; and Indonesia in 1965. Strangely, Griffin omits Chile in 1973 in his catalog of supposed crimes.

Replacing Great Britain as the world's dominant imperial power, the United States has presided over a "global apartheid" that keeps Western white people wealthy while impoverishing everybody else, Griffin writes. In this role, the United States heads a world capitalist system that "denies the right of life to people on a massive scale, resulting in 180 million people dying each decade from poverty-related causes."

Whereas the Nazis and Soviets only killed 50 million people each, and were labeled "evil," the United States is killing 180 million people every ten years, Griffin writes, not including the millions more the United States killed in its various military interventions over the last 60 years. The United States has overthrown more governments than the Nazis and Soviets ever did. Therefore, Griffin feels justified in labeling the United States as an "evil, even demonic empire."

America's nuclear arsenal and its contribution to global warming only compound the evil. "Demonic power is now firmly lodged in the United States, especially in its government, its corporate heads, the 'defense' industries, its plutocratic class more generally, and its ideologies," Griffin complains. Given the scope of America's satanic accomplishments and ambitions, the crimes of 9/11 appear trivial.

"The U.S. government was planning . . . to use the deaths of some three thousands people (whom itself had killed) to justify wars that would most likely kill and maim many hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions," Griffin concludes, rather anti-climatically. His solution: a global government to replace nation states. In the interim, he hopes Protestant denominations and the Catholic bishops will investigate how 9/11 was precipitated by "U.S. imperial interests."

On the left, it is common to explain the Bush administration's "imperial" policies as the work of whacky "Left-Behind" evangelicals who supposedly think that the Second Coming will be precipitated by war in the Middle East. But those people on the right, if they actually exist, are almost dull when compared to the nuttiness of Professor Griffin and his colleagues in the curia of old-line Protestantism who agree with his theories.

Mark D. Tooley directs the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy.