TALE OF TWO CITIES:
NEW YORK AND
Thinkers Question Kevin
Barrett, ed., Sifting & Winnowing Books,
Barbara Honegger in
the French 9/11
DISTURBING PARALLELS BETWEEN
NEW YORK AND
Kevin Barrett, ed., Sifting & Winnowing Books,
In the wake of the January 7th Paris shootings, commentators in the U.S. and Europe have asked: “Could these attacks be ‘France’s 9/11’?” On the surface, this refers to the official claim and widespread belief that extremist Muslims perpetrated both events. But the question is also surprising, as the raid on the Charlie Hebdo offices and follow-on shootings at a kosher market killed only seventeen individuals compared to the mass murder of nearly 3,000 and the spectacular destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th. Just beneath the surface, it is also darkly jarring because it hints at a disturbing constellation of facts that point to a very different and parallel reality behind the attacks on Paris and New York City.
To expose this parallel reality, we will begin with the historical context and key facts surrounding 9/11 and New York City.
The founders of the state of Israel knew it could not exist in the middle of the Muslim world without the backing of a major foreign power. Theodore Herzl, Israel’s ideological founding father, had originally hoped this would be Germany; but during World War I the Zionists decided on the UK, and when Britain later had second thoughts, used terrorism to get their way.106 After Israel’s founding in 1947, the United States became the main state sponsor, and the U.S. Israel lobby grew enormously in influence with the objective of making America the enabler of Tel Aviv’s foreign and security policies.
To this end, in the years leading up to September 11th, Israel’s chief foreign policy goal was to engineer a major U.S. military presence in the Middle East, a goal finally fulfilled by the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks. The very night of the attacks, when Benjamin Netahyahu— who in 1979 had organized the Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism whose proceedings107 became the blueprint for the War on Terror declared in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks—was asked what they meant for U.S.-Israeli relations, he responded “It’s very good.”108 Also on 9/11 itself, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak told the BBC that Osama bin Laden was the likely perpetrator,109 instantly assigning the blame that catalyzed the U.S. military into the greater Middle East before any serious investigation could have even begun.
In 1996, a group of U.S. Zionists known as neoconservatives or “neocons” had written a white paper entitled A Clean Break110 for then newly-elected Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for “regime change” in Iraq, the second target of U.S. military attack and occupation after Afghanistan justified by the false official narrative of 9/11. The next year, 1997, these same neocons founded the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which in September 2000 -- a full year before 9/11—published a manifesto entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses calling for a “catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.”111 That New Pearl Harbor, we now know, was the attacks of September 11th, 2001.112 The PNAC manifesto’s signatories and participants soon took over all the major levers of power in the new Bush-Cheney Administration needed to carry out the inside attacks of 9/11, including Vice President Cheney himself, Cheney’s top aide I. Lewis Libby, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, head of Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Advisory Board Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, and soon-to-be Ambassador to the newly-occupied Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad. Dov Zakheim, Rumsfeld’s Pentagon Comptroller, had written an even earlier paper advocating a staged catastrophic event to force the U.S. into war to reconfigure the Middle East in Israel’s interest which he had presented to PNAC, and is credited with the actual “New Pearl Harbor” quote in its manifesto. And Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission who headed its cover up and wrote a detailed outline of the “results” of the “investigation” before it even began, in 1998 co-authored an article laying out the changes the U.S. government would need to make in the wake of “catastrophic terrorism,” beginning with the chilling subtitle “Imagining The Transforming Event.”113 That “Transforming Event” was “imagined” as an attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Then on September 11th, a group of Israelis were arrested after being observed dancing and celebrating after the first World Trade Center plane hit, which their cameras were ready to record.
This historical context and fact nexus points clearly at U.S. and Israeli Zionists as the real masterminds and high-level perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, the corollary of which is that the official story—that 19 Muslim hijackers armed only with box cutters, run by a man in a cave in Afghanistan in urgent need of dialysis overcame the entire multi-trillion- dollar U.S. defense establishment on 9/11—is a Lie of State. That it is a lie has been proven many times over by the scientists, scholars and investigators of the worldwide 9/11 Truth Movement. Just some of the facts that constitute this proof, any one of which alone refutes the official story, are:
1) The precursor of the 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center 1 bombing in 1993, was orchestrated by the FBI which provided the bomb material and explicitly let the attack go forward; in fact, every high-profile U.S. terrorism plot of the last decade, with only four exceptions, were FBI sting operations.114
2) Up to ten of the alleged “hijackers” turned up alive after 9/11115 including alleged lead hijacker Mohammed Atta, whose father said he called him the next day, and when asked how to get in touch with him, said “Ask the [Israeli intelligence service] Mossad, he works for them”;
3) None of the pilots and co-pilots on any of the four planes on 9/11 squawked the easy-to-send hijack code;
4) Cell phone calls couldn’t be connected over 1,800 feet on 9/11, yet the official story claims that dozens of calls, which formed the core of the “hijacker” story, were made from planes flying at 35,000 feet;
5) The alleged Pentagon plane pilot, who is supposed to have flown a high-speed corkscrew descent in a large airliner that top gun Navy pilots have said they could not perform, was a terrible pilot who couldn’t even pass training muster on a small Cessna;
6) There was fire and destruction in the two innermost rings of the west side of the Pentagon, one and two rings beyond the alleged C Ring “exit” hole—the furthest that any part of the alleged plane penetrated according to the official story;
7) The plane that hit WTC 2 in New York City was without markings and gray, and so could not have been any United Airlines commercial airliner;
8) Pieces of Flight 93 began falling from the sky eight miles before the alleged crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and
9) In the lead up to 9/11, known Al Qaeda operatives were provided with U.S. visas by the CIA and allowed to enter the country, train and carry out the attacks.
Now that we have established that the evidence overwhelmingly supports that U.S. and Israeli Zionists masterminded and orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, framing Muslims to justify the invasion and occupation of Muslim lands in the greater Middle East in fulfillment of Israel’s foreign and security policy goals, we will now turn to the historical context and facts surrounding the Paris shootings of January 2015. We will see that they follow a recurring pattern in the “war on terror,” that virtually all of those involved in or linked to major terrorist attacks—from 9/11 to the London subway, Madrid train station and Boston Marathon bombings— have suspicious relations with one or more Western “security” service.
In the years leading up to the Paris shootings, Israel faced a growing demographic crisis—the need for more Jewish citizens to counter its ever- growing Arab population; and in the weeks leading up to the attacks, France had taken two major geopolitical steps that infuriated Israel. In the wake of similar moves by Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Spain, the lower house of the French Parliament voted to recommend the recognition of Palestine as a state116, to which Israeli prime minister Netanyahu warned that France was making a grave mistake; and France had voted in favor of International Criminal Court (ICC) membership for Palestine at the United Nations. France was also spearheading an effort at the U.N. to pass a Security Council resolution to restart and conclude the Israeli- Palestinian peace talks, and the French foreign minister had stated publicly that if it failed, France would officially recognize Palestine as a state. With France taking multiple official measures openly sympathetic to Muslim Palestinians, real Islamic zealots would never have chosen such a time to murder innocent French civilians. President Hollande had also called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia and was preparing to sign a compromise agreement on Ukraine in Astana on January 15th.
On January 7th, just eight days before this potential détente with Russia at Astana, two highly-militarily-trained commandos in black face masks, making it impossible to prove their identities during the act, and speaking perfect French attacked the Paris offices of cartoon satirists Charlie Hebdo killing individuals from a target list called out by name despite two police officers already being inside the company offices. The shooters had been tracked, monitored and tapped by French, British and U.S. authorities for more than a decade—one having been convicted on a prior terrorism offense, and the kosher market shooter having even met at the French presidential palace with then president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009.117 The deputy editor of Israel’s IBA Channel 1 just happened to be on the scene and began posting photos of the shooting. The shooters claimed that the attacks were inspired by U.S. Muslim imam Anwar al-Awlaki118 who according to 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow was a key contact for some of the September 11th Pentagon plane hijackers; attended a special post-9/11 Pentagon luncheon for allegedly “moderate” Muslims and was invited to give a sermon at the U.S. Capitol;119 and had been exposed as an undercover FBI asset and Al Qaeda recruiter by some 900 documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of
Information Act revealing that he left voicemails and emails with FBI agents for years after 9/11, at one point being released from custody at JFK airport on FBI orders despite there being a warrant out for his immediate arrest. It’s therefore not surprising that al-Awlaki was targeted and killed by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen in 2011.
The French and EU governments, and even Charlie Hebdo—which had been purchased by the Rothschilds only weeks before the attacks120 that massively increased its print run and sales—had been prepared for an attack for months. The shooters escaped the building, abandoning a get-away car outside a café closely linked to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), conveniently leaving an ID in the car—like 9/11 “lead hijacker” Mohammed Atta conveniently leaving documents in his rental car at the airport and the “hijacker ID” that miraculously survived the World Trade Center inferno in New York City. No real terrorist would leave identification behind, especially having gone out of their way to hide their identities by using face masks, which makes it likely that the masked shooters were not the same men the ID sent the police chasing after. The shooters then robbed a gas station in full battle gear on the way to a hideout.
French President Hollande arrived at the Charlie Hebdo offices to make announcements within just half an hour. Like President Bush continuing to sit in the Florida classroom after the second WTC tower had been attacked on 9/11, how could he or his security detail know he would be safe unless the attacks were not what they seemed?
The videos and photos of the shooters on the street show all the signs of a staged Hollywood-style event or counterterrorism drill—like the hijack-scenario “exercises” being run by NORAD and the National Reconnaissance Office on 9/11—including the clearly simulated point- blank AK-47 sidewalk shooting of a police officer in the head with no recoil and no blood121 as brilliantly detailed by Swedish investigator Ole Dammegard.122
Like the wrong kind of Islamic head scarf—Shiite instead of Al Qaeda-Sunni/Salafi—miraculously “found” unburned at the 9/11 Pennsylvania “crash” site, the Paris shooters were filmed thrusting the wrong finger—from the left rather than the right hand, which no Muslim would do -- in the air while yelling “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”).
Five hundred police and special forces personnel, including tanks, were sent to the location where the shooters were holed up, while the police commissioner from the area where the shooters had lived, who was clearly one of the French authorities who had been following them for years, was found shot in the head the night of the attacks in the middle of writing a report on the shootings123 after refusing an order from a superior to stop his investigation and his family was denied access to the results of the autopsy as provided by French law.124
The shooters made certain they were quickly portrayed as Muslim members of Al Qaeda linked to al-Awlaki, and in the case of the kosher market shooter of ISIS, by calling a French television station and going on the record saying so. All three shooters were finally surrounded and killed, so there was no risk of their being able to testify to having been part of a years-long covert military-intelligence operation.
French President Hollande asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu not to take part in the Sunday, January 11th mass demonstration and march attended by more than forty world leaders125, posted 4,700 police to guard 700 Jewish schools, and deployed 10,000 troops to guard “sensitive sites.”126 (Is it just a coincidence that this is the same number -- 10,000 -- of police and National Guard forces that were deployed, also with tanks, in the U.S. in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings?) Netanyahu exploited the heightened fear from the attack on the kosher market to call on all French Jews—Europe’s largest Jewish population—to mass emigrate to Israel as the one place where they can feel safe from terrorism, and repeated the “invitation” at the burial in Israel of the four French victims of the Paris kosher market attack.127 At the funeral, Israel’s president told the Jews of France that “we yearn to see you settle in Zion [Israel].” In mid-February, Netanyahu said “We are preparing to absorb a mass immigration from Europe. Jews of Europe, Jews of the world, I say Israel is waiting for you with open arms”128 and his cabinet approved a $46 million dollar plan to “encourage” still more Jewish immigration from France, Belgium and Ukraine. Chillingly, President Hollande responded to French Jews, “If terrorism succeeds in driving you from the land of France, from the French language, from French culture, from the French republic which emancipated Jews, then terrorism would have achieved its goal.”129 Though the official interpretation is that he was saying Muslim terrorists would have achieved the goal of terrorizing French Jewish citizens, there is another possibility: that Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of violent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mitigating its growing demographic crisis by increasing Jewish emigration to Israel.
What is not in question is that the Paris attacks, which were immediately used by French authorities to crack down even further on free speech, especially on the Internet, will be exploited by both Israeli and European Zionists to further conflate anti-semitism with legitimate criticism of Israel’s illegal occupation and violence against the Palestinians. This is why it is so important not to officially recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” as were this to happen, the pressure would increase exponentially to criminalize and use the state apparatus to punish all criticism of Israeli policy and actions—even those that violently violate the human rights of Palestinians—as being “anti-Jewish.”
Like Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. imam who despite inspiring some of the 9/11 alleged hijackers was invited to a special Pentagon luncheon for “moderate” Muslims after the Pentagon attack, the Charlie Hebdo shooters had returned from Syria where they had fought with the so-called “moderate” terrorists130 supported and trained by the U.S., Israel and NATO countries, including the French government. These Islamist forces are a continuation of the Sunni jihadist terror cells that have been supported and trained by the U.S. and its allies since 1979, and since 1996 are the Gladio B successors of the secret NATO Gladio A forces which perpetrated attacks on European civilians during the Cold War to falsely blame communists.131 The whole purpose of the CIA-NATO-Mossad Operation Gladio was, and is, to frighten European civilians—and in the “American Gladio” attacks of September 11th, U.S. civilians as well. In particular, according to NSA documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, American, British and Israeli intelligence worked together to create the brutal Sunni jihadist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS; also known as IS or ISIL), whose leader is reported to be Mossad-trained agent Simon Elliot132 and which President Obama is seeking a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force from Congress and billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fight. Stinger and TOW missiles used by ISIS are reported to be from Israeli stockpiles,133 and in 2014 Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli Defense Force is supporting Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria through a logistics base in the Golan Heights. And Netanyahu had the unmitigated gall to address a joint session of Congress in early March 2015, only weeks after the Paris shootings, in an attempt to rally the American public in the fight against “radical Islam.”
Since the day of its founding, Israel has refused to officially define its borders, and the radical Zionist enterprise, led by Netanyahu, still holds to the goal of achieving a Greater Israel -- not as commonly believed extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean, but from the Euphrates in Iraq to the Nile in Egypt.134 So it should come as no surprise that Israeli-guided ISIS just happens to be taking large swaths of territory inside Iraq, and that ISIS is also now reported to be gaining strength in the Sinai Peninsula where they are fighting the Egyptian government, the ideal base from which to launch a proxy assault on Egypt.
In light of these facts, it is time for France to add a fourth battle cry to its eternal “Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!”: Reality!
106 J. Bowyer Bell, Terror Out of Zion (Transaction Publishers, 1996).
107 International Terrorism: Challengesand Response, Proceedings of the Conference on International Terrorism, Jerusalem, July 2-5, 1979.
108 “A Day of Terror: The Israelis,” New York Times, September 12, 2001. (http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/12/us/day-terror-israelis-spilled-blood-seen-bond-that-draws-2-nations-closer.html).
109 Interview with Ehud Barak, BBC World “Hard Talk,” September 11, 2001.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA00sKASfBo).
110 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm)
111 Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Project for a New American Century, September 2000, (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf)
112 It was especially the Pentagon attack that made 9/11 the long-desired New Pearl Harbor. The destruction of private property at the WTC might not have been sufficient to turn even such a huge crime into “war,” but an attack on an iconic national military facility like the original Pearl Harbor—the Pentagon—definitely was. See Behind the Smoke Curtain: What Happened at the Pentagon on 9/11, and What Didn’t, and Why It Matters. (http://tinyurl.com/smokecurtain).
113 Ashton Carter, Philip Zelikow and John Deutsch, “Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger..” Foreign Affairs, November/December 1998. (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/54602/ashton-b-carter-john-deutch-and-philip-zelikow/catastrophic-terrorism-tackling-the-new-danger).
114 Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, July 22, 2014, “All of the high-profile domestic terrorism plots of the last decade, with four exceptions, were actually FBI sting operations.” (http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/22/human-rights-watch-all-of-the-high-profi).
115 “What We Know About the Alleged 9-11 Hijackers,” by Jay Kolar. In The Hidden History of 9-11, Paul Zarembka ed. (Seven Stories Press, 2008). Part I, pp. 3-44.
116 “Symbolic vote in France Backs Palestinian State,” New York Times, Dec. 3, 2014. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/europe/france-vote-recognize-palestine.html).
117 “French Police Say Suspect in Attack Evolved from Petty Criminal to Terrorist,” New York Times, Jan. 11, 2015.
118 “Disputed Claims over Qaeda Role in Paris Attacks,” New York Times, Jan. 15, 2015. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/15/world/europe/al-qaeda-in-the-arabian-peninsula-charlie-hebdo.html?emc=edit_th_20150115&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=63905770).
119 a) “In New Era of Terrorism, Voice From Yemen Echoes,” New York Times, Jan. 11, 2015 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/world/middleeast/paris-attacks-anwar-al-awlaki.html?_r=0 b) “Paris Attackers Funded by Pentagon Dinner Guest.” Jan. 11, 2015. (http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2015/01/opps-paris-attackers-funded-by-pentagon.html) ; and c) Jeremy Scahill, “The Paris Mystery: Were the Shooters Part of a Global Terrorist Conspiracy?” Jan. 12, 2015 (http://linkis.com/kQu1g).
120 “Zionist hand revealed: Rothschild family had purchased Charlie Hebdo in December 2014’.” Jan. 22, 2015 (http://strogosekretno.com/index.php?p=newsroom&nid=1662). The purchase of the Paris satirist publication shortly before the shootings that massively increased its revenues parallels Larry Silverstein’s leasing of the WTC complex shortly before the 9/11 attacks, as well as negotiating a change in his insurance policy so that twin terrorist attacks would result in doubled payouts.
121 Jonathan Cook. “What Hebdo Execution Video Really Shows.” (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40699.htm).
122 Interview with Ole Dammegard, by Kevin Barrett, Truth Jihad Radio, Feb. 2015, (http://noliesradio.org/archives/95385).
123 “Paris Silence: Charlie Hebdo Attack Lead Investigator Found Dead While Writing Report.” January 11, 2015. (http://cut2thetruth.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/paris-silence-charlie-hebdo-attack-lead-investigator-found-dead-while-writing-report/).
124 Hicham Hamza, “Suicided officer’s family denied access to autopsy,” translated by Kevin Barrett. Veterans Today, Jan. 26, 2015. (http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/26/fredou/).
125 “Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march.” Haaretz [Israel], 218, Jan. 12, 2015. (http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.636557? v=D9B18F0B6D785F827EDA7137FD551BC6).
126 “France Deploys Troops to Guard ‘Sensitive Sites.” New York Times, Jan. 13, 2015. “Emotion Mixes With Politics as 4 Killed at Paris Market are Buried in Jerusalem.”
127 New York Times, Jan. 14, 2015. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/world/middleeast/paris-terror-attacks-funeral-jerusalem.html?)
128 “France Fights Call for Mass Migration of Jews.” USA Today, Feb. 17, 2015.
129 Ali Abunimah, “French President’s Holocaust Day Speech Presages Crackdown on Palestine Supporters.” Jan. 27, 2015. (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40824.htm).
130 Tony Cartalucci, “Paris Shooters Just Returned from NATO’s Proxy War in Syria.” Jan. 8, 2015. (http://www.globalresearch.ca/paris-shooters-just-returned-from-natos-proxy-war-in-syria/5423517).
131 Tom Secker, “The Origins of NATO’s Secret Islamist Terrorist Proxies.” March 11, 2013. (http://wideshut.co.uk/gladio-b-the-origins-of-natos-secret-islamic-terrorist-proxies/);b) Operation Gladio document collection, http://www.globalresearch.ca/paris-shooters-just-returned-from-natos-proxy-war-in-syria/5423517;) Daniele Ganser, NATO’s Secret Armies; and d) Richard Cottrell, Gladio: NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe.
133 “Paris Terror, the Smell of False Flag,” Veterans Today, Jan. 15, 2015.
134 a) “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East”, Global Research,
by Israel Shahak, March 22, 2015.
(http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815). b) “Egypt’s Lost Power”, by Clayton Swisher, video. (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38774.htm). c) “The Group
That’s Building a Caliphate”, New York Times, June 11, 2014. (http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000002932429/the-group-thats-building-a-caliphate.html?emc=edit_th_20140611&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=63905770 ). d) Video documentary series: Greater Israel, by Nicholas DeVincenzo, Feb. 2, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKjUkT9g_5s&feature=youtu.be;
Greater Israel II, by Nicholas DeVincenzo and Kevin Brant, Mar. 22, 2015. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhcxb2lMHMI&feature=youtu.be);
Greater Israel III, by Nicholas DeVincenzo, April 18, 2015. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdhkKDyiuQU).
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