Did Bush Know?
The Truth Must Be Told About 9/11
G&G Arts Special: Book Review
"The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked September 11, 2001"
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
(Tree of Life Publications, July 2002)
Piercing the smoke and mirrors of misinformation, this book calmly, carefully, meticulously examines the facts and evidence of the "crime of the century," and documents the clear need for a real, open, public inquiry of 9/11.
Outside the U.S., the smokescreen is perhaps easier to see through, and living in England, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed has the advantage of distance. He also has drawn from his work on the history and development of the conflict in Afghanistan and the rich insights of others to pull together a clear, coherent understanding of the geopolitics of a war that had planned for many, many years.
Ahmed's evidence and analysis are very compelling: the U.S.'s role in creating Al Qaeda, how the U.S. funds, trains, supports Al Qaeda (and terrorism) where convenient, and uses them as an excuse for military intervention in other regions (when convenient), the blatant elevation of the security interests of multinational oil companies above the interests of humans living in the U.S. or other countries, and the financial links between the Bush family and the Bin Laden family.
He dedicates the book to the innocent civilians murdered in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, their families, their friends, and to all other victims of terrorism around the world, including those killed, injured and starving in Afghanistan. By understanding the role of the state in creating "terrorists" and "terrorist attacks" to further their interests and the interests of multinational corporations, we are in a better position to stop terrorism at its roots.
In the lengthy Afterword, publisher John Leonard, takes a broader historical look at both the deceptions perpetuated by governments to justify their wars, and at the more controversial areas of inquiry into what actually happened. Leonard makes a good case that the "War on Terrorism" should be recognized as a "War of Terrorism." The big lie needs to be countered by the simple truth.
The big lie needs to be countered by the simple truth.
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed and John Leonard have given us an invaluable tool to cast light upon the darkest secrets of our time, in this powerful book - The War on Freedom. Now it is up to us to get out the message to the world, especially to the people of the United States and the legislators elected to serve them.
Review by Carol Brouillet. Reprinted from Green Focus, the newspaper of the Green Party of California.
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