Friday, August 07, 2009

“Well What If There Is No Tomorrow…

By Kurt Osterhoff


As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked, and rightly so, "What about Vietnam?" They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

- Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam speech, April 4, 1967

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.”

....Are his words any less relevant today than they were forty years ago?

Gulf of Tonkin was an Inside Job

We now know the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which provided the pretext for President Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War, was a lie – the alleged attacks by North Vietnamese torpedo boats against US war ships did not occur and our government no longer denies this.

Suppose shortly following this incident a determined group of conscientious truth seeking citizens had done their own independent investigative research and within the course of a couple years constructed a very compelling case, based on credible circumstantial evidence, exposing Gulf of Tonkin for the staged false flag event that it was. Suppose further, while no mainstream or left gatekeeper media outlets of the time would agree to help in exposing this monumental lie, that these citizen investigators had something on the order of today’s internet at their disposal – a relatively cheap interactive means of reaching at least some of the population. And lastly, let’s suppose they’d successfully reached Dr. King with the details of this shocking revelation.

Would Dr. King have spoken this awful truth about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident publicly? Should we believe he would have dared drop such a bombshell in his Beyond Vietnam speech? Or would he have recoiled from it, believing, with the JFK assassination and all that followed still very much on people’s minds, that he would too easily be marginalized by his many powerful detractors for embracing and spreading a truth sure to be savagely maligned as conspiracy theory? Could public perception considerations ever have trumped the telling of such an important and relevant truth for a man like Martin Luther King?

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Fast forward thirty-seven years from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. If our government is to be believed, on the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen Arab hijackers wielding box cutters successfully commandeered four commercial passenger jetliners, not long afterwards slamming two into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon, and crash diving another (allegedly after struggling with passengers that had stormed the cockpit) into the ground in a remote area near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The official narrative also attributes the destruction of WTC towers I, II, and building 7, each of which collapsed neatly into their own respective footprints at near freefall speed, to structural damage, fire, and falling debris originating from the impact of the two planes said to have hit WTC I and II.

Is the government’s official version of the events of 9-11 credible?

Fortunately, we are not simply left to wonder, as there is now a large and impressive body of diligent investigative research done by a loose-knit group of private citizens known as the Truth Movement.

Here’s a small sample of video links highlighting some of this research: September Clues (90 min); Enlightening the Shadows (8 min); 9-11 NIST Report Debunked (20 min); Ret US Major General on the Pentagon hit (5 min); Shanksville (10 min); Architects and Engineers for Truth (16 min); Dr. David Ray Griffin interview (60 min); Sibel Edmonds: Kill the Messenger (52 min).

A Deafening Silence

After even a cursory objective examination of the accumulated evidence contradicting the official story, the utter absurdity of what we’ve been asked to believe by our own government concerning the events of 9-11 becomes painfully obvious.

Further pain is felt in the realization that there is apparently no longer a free press (if there ever was one) in America. If we had one they would certainly be exposing the 9-11 cover-up. As things stand, it’s been nearly eight years and still nothing from either corporate mainstream, or left gatekeeper media – their silence is deafening.

This, of course, like the 9-11 investigative work, leaves responsibility for the dissemination of these and other important truths to fall squarely upon us, the citizenry. And we should treat it the same way Dr. King would have: as a duty.

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood -- it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, "Too late." There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: "The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on."

- Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam speech, April 4, 1967

Time is not on our side, it rarely is. Please do what you can to help spread important truths.


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