By Pepe Escobar
Sept. 11, 2013
Asia Times

It was 12 years ago today. Historians will register that, according to the official narrative, 19 Arabs armed with box cutters and minimal flying skills pledged to a transnational Terror Inc turned jets into missiles to attack the US homeland, fooling the most elaborate defense system on Earth.

Fast forward to 2013. Here’s a 15-second version of the President of the United States (POTUS) address on Syria, one day before the 12th anniversary of 9/11:

Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake. The United States is “the
anchor of global security”. Although the United States military “doesn’t do pin pricks”, we still carry the burden to punish regimes that would flout long-held conventions banning the use of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

That’s why I have decided to pursue an unlimited, targeted military strike against Washington DC.
For countless global citizens, this alternative version predictably sounds as far-fetched as the official version of what happened 12 years ago. The fog of war obscures in mysterious ways. But the fact remains that the current, “reluctant” (farcical) Emperor continues to stake his – and his nation’s – “credibility” on a “limited”, “kinetic” operation to reinforce his self-defined red line against chemical weapons.

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