Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Anniversary of 9/11

Dear friends and readers of Letter of Liberty:

Today is the anniversary of 9/11, you know, when those evil terrorists attacked us because they hated us for "our freedoms" and plunged us into a War on Terror that must be fought forever and ever.

Except the whole thing is false!

My position is that of Ron Paul: that somehow we provoked the terrorists through our interventionist policies. For example, the US government's involvement in Afghanistan and the Middle East harbored amongst many people in the Middle East, which was then used by radicals to support terrorism against America. They were committed because the radicals believed that we were destroying Islamic culture by our intervention, as Michael Scheuer and many others have shown. This is not, of course, intended to whitewash the evils of Islam or to defend the terrorist actions. Far from it. Rather, we are here to revise the established understanding of the event and to reveal the truth about it, for as Murray Rothbard said, "revisionism, in the final analysis, is based on truth and rationality. Truth and rationality are always the first victims in any war frenzy; and they are, therefore, once again an extremely rare commodity on today’s 'market.' Revisionism brings to the artificial frenzy of daily events and day-to-day propaganda, the cool but in the last analysis glorious light of historical truth. Such truth is almost desperately needed in today’s world." But, asks a person, is there any concrete evidence of any provocation? One example might be, say, the participation in the 1953 Iranian coup, which the CIA admitted to. Another example would be the toppling of governments and installing of leaders the US permits, no matter how brutal they may be. For example, Saddam Hussein was once considered a friend and asset to the United States; in fact, there's even a picture of the warmonger Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with him. However, when the American government decided it didn't need Saddam Hussein anymore, they decided to get rid of him, in part by attempting to make up evidence about alleged WMDs. And not only that, the State used fear to build up a mass surveillance state which has never been before seen, which has only been expanded by our current administration.

I won't go any further into this issue, but I will link to those who have done and who do so. However, I will say this much. Subscribing to the theory of blowback and noninterventionist libertarianism is not a rejection of absolutes, a subscription to politically correct ideas, or a neglect of the evils of Islam. This is not the purpose of supporting noninterventionism. Rather, it is the purpose of noninterventionism to keep the State in check, live at peace, and avoid foreign entanglements and wars. While I recognize that what the terrorists did were evil, I also acknowledge that the US government's interventionist policy is evil. And please don't call me an anti-Semite, racist, America-hater or whatever because I hold to this view.

Anyways, here are some of the resources I have collected on 9/11 to be of any further help, as I cannot deal further on this.

"Misesians on 9/11, Then and Now" by Ryan McMaken: A compilation of what prominent Austro-libertarians had to say about 9/11 then and now.

"Weapons of Mass Distraction" by Laurence Vance: A classic 2006 article from Laurence Vance on the subject of WMDs.

"Ten Lessons, Plus One, We Should Learn from 9/11" by Sheldon Richman

Articles by Laurence Vance on the War on Terror

"Michael Moore Is Right" by Laurence Vance: Michael Moore may be a stupid leftist, but at least he got something right, according to Laurence Vance

"Ron Paul on Blowback" by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.: Ron Paul's longtime friend and libertarian colleague Lew Rockwell defends Ron Paul's view of blowback.

"Who Is To Blame on 9/11?" by William L. Anderson: Apparently after 9/11, families who suffered the attack were apparently allowed to sue United Airlines for allegedly not doing enough to stop the attack from happening. Bill Anderson reveals who is really responsible for what happened.

"The Little Terrorists vs. the Big Real Terrorist" by Sibel Edmonds: Sibel Edmonds puts the War on Terror in perspective

"For The Love of War" by Karen De Coster: Karen De Coster writes on how the "war on terror" is actually a contradiction of the libertarian foundation of the Republic

"Why They Hate Us" by Laurence M. Vance: Laurence Vance explores the real reason why those terrorists hate us; and it's not because of our freedoms, as we were never a truly free country at the time.

"Why They Hate Us" by Anthony Gregory

"The War on Terrorism Threatens Freedom" by Anthony Gregory: Anarcho-libertarian writer Anthony Gregory on why the "war on terrorism" is a war on freedom.

"Mises on the Vengeful State" by Joseph R. Stromberg: Libertarian independent historian Joseph Stromberg reflects on what Austrian economist and classical liberal Ludwig von Mises thought about the vengeful state in light of the 9/11 attacks.

"9/11 - The Funeral for Freedom" by Michael Lofti

"September 14, 2001: The Day The President Became A Dictator" by Doug Newman: This new article reflects on what happened three days after 9/11, when the infamous AUMF was passed. 

"The Lessons of 9/11" by Ron Paul: Before the famous Ron Paul Revolution of 2008/2012, Ron Paul gave this poignant speech on the lessons of 9/11 three years after the incident. See also "The 9/11 Commission Fraud" and "9/11 Was Preventable." Ron Paul reminds us in his most recent Facebook post: "We're supposed to believe that the perpetrators of 9/11 hated us for our freedom and goodness. In fact, that crime was blowback for decades of US intervention in the Middle East. And the last thing we needed was the government's response: more wars, a stepped-up police and surveillance state, and drones."

"Twelve Years After 9-11: Let's End The Politics of Fear" by Robin Koerner: Robin Koerner reminds us not to fear anymore, in line with Scripture's command to "fear not."

"What Not To Do" by Lew Rockwell: Lew Rockwell, three days after 9/11, gave us some wise advice on what not to do after the tragic attack.

"Rethink 9/11: All the Cool Kids Are Doing It" by Joe Beck

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