11 September–15 Years Later

The fifteenth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre has passed. The attack took place on 11 September, 2001 when two hijacked planes crashed at the Trade Centre. Nearly three thousand persons were killed, including the passengers of the planes as well as the hijackers themselves. The death of so many persons was, and still is, a just occasion for mourning, and there is no reason to suppose that all those killed in the strike were ardent supporters of US military adventures abroad. The tenor of Barrack Obama's speech on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary stating that the USA is a land of diversities, and that these diversities were attacked fifteen years ago cannot, however, be easily accepted.

All through the post-World War-II period, the USA consistently launched wars of aggression in order to impose her unitary hegemony over the world, except for a brief interlude after her humiliating defeat in Indo-China. The first act of aggression was the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing many thousands and maiming many more. The bombs were dropped when the defeated Japanese authorities were ready for unconditional surrender and already preparing for negotiations. As has been recently revealed, the dropping of bombs was meant to terrorise the then Soviet Union. The defeat of the Kwantung army in Manchuria by the Soviet forces had made both London and Washington apprehensive, although it convinced the Japanese authorities of unconditional surrender as the only way out.

The dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was followed by successive coups or direct military interventions, e.g. in Iran (ouster of Dr Mossadegh), Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Chile etc. The latest terroristic adventure before the incident of 11 September was the invasion of Iraq under the patently false pretext of accumulation of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussain. The Iraqi people were subjected to mass slaughter. If one seeks to evaluate the episode of 11 September, one must not fail to take account of all these earlier instances of global terrorism, which did not care for the diversity of the globe and instead sought to impose a unitary hegemony.

After the episode of 11 September, Saddam was finally captured and sent to the gallows after a farce of a trial. The aggression of Iraq was motivated simply by US oil interests in the Middle East and the same interests dictated US adventures in Afghanistan. The 11 September episode was used as the specious pretext for invading Afghanistan and replacing the Taliban with the so-called Northern Alliance. The Taliban government had become a foe in the eyes of the US ruling classes simply because it refused to collaborate with the US strategy regarding the oil reserves of Central Asia. Hence the US ruling classes found in the event of 11 September a handy excuse with which to invade Afghanistan.

It is significant that although the US rulers have not given up their imperialist ambitions, they have been confronted with formidable barriers. The Russo-Chinese security arrangements constitute one such barrier. Besides, the economic strength of the USA is diminishing, and the hegemony of the dollar no longer goes unchallenged. The effects of the depression that began with the burst of the housing bubble in 2007 are far from over, and there is no sign of a robust recovery in the world that the USA presides over. The so-called Islamic State, formed with financial and military support of the USA, has now become its Frankenstein.

The episode of 11 September raised a hue and cry all over the world for understandable reasons. Ever since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, this is the first direct attack on the USA. In all the earlier conflicts, victims of US aggression only resisted but never launched any attack on the American mainland. This time, the USA got the taste of the bitter fruit of her own making. This was 'peripheral terrorism' striking at the forces of global terrorism.


Vol. 49, No.12, Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2016