By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
September 11, 2001. Our generation’s version of Pearl Harbor, some say.
December 7, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor, launched America’s military involvement in World War II. The Japanese wore a uniform, serving an empire that sought to rule the world with their European allies, the other two pieces of what became known as the Axis Powers, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. While there are stories that there were those in U.S. Intelligence who knew Pearl Harbor was an inevitable target, only a rare few have claimed the reason was because there were people in the United States’ hierarchy that wanted such an attack to happen, or perhaps even took steps to enable it. For the most part the story is that we weren’t ready, we underestimated the capabilities of the Japanese military, and communications were not what they should have been.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor my grandfather was at the Army recruiter’s office.
9/11 was committed by a faceless enemy. Islam wears no uniform and follows no rules of war. And, their allies are not a couple of countries, but ideologies who, like them, hates the foundation of Christianity and liberty of The West. The socialists, secularists, humanists, globalists, and members of the progressive hard left anti-American cabal are the allies of Islam. They all want to control the world, but before they can turn on each other they need to get rid of us: Constitutionalists, Christians, and people who are enlightened in a manner similar to that of the Founding Fathers who fought the American Revolution and wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
I served in the U.S. Navy during the mid-eighties. The Cold War was anything but cold. Communism was a clear enemy, and the Soviet Union was not shy about its hatred of America’s ideals. Unfortunately, the average American’s view of the Cold War’s toughest moments likely play out in their mind like the cat and mouse fighter jet scene in the movie Top Gun. I served on two ships, earned a couple “Battle E” ribbons, and got out as a Petty Officer Third Class (E-4). One trip to East Asia and to the Persian Gulf, tours on a guided missile destroyer and a tank landing ship, and a childhood guided by a Vietnam War Veteran United States Marine, solidified my view of American ideals and our military role in the world. I fully appreciated my years as a member of the United States Navy, and despite my desire to retire among the ranks of lifetime sailors I was unable to reenlist due to medical issues connected to a head injury.
When 9/11 happened I was at the recruiter’s office trying to get back in the military. They wouldn’t have me. Age, and my medical history, stood in the way.
A Muslim terrorist attack on New York City on September 11, 2001 (in addition to the Pentagon and a third plane that never reached its target) was in many ways not a surprise. Islam had shown its animosity against the “Great Satan”, and there had been an attack against the World Trade Center in New York City before.
The recognition that the enemy allegedly behind the 9/11 attacks hates America is a no-brainer. But, were the nineteen individuals involved the complete package when it came to the puzzle figuring out exactly all of whom was behind that horrific attack. As we look back now more than twenty years later some pieces of the puzzle don’t seem to fit as easily as we thought they did before.
There are those who will tell you that 9/11 was an inside job. There are those that will say it was all about Islam’s hatred of the United States. Some say the story is as it has been told to us, and others will tell you there are many stones unturned and the truth points directly at a secret faction inside our own government. There are those who will point at certain irregularities or puzzle pieces that just don’t match up in the various arguments. Why did the World Trade Center buildings fall straight downward upon their footprints? Why was there no wreckage at the Pentagon? What about Building 7?
All sides have a legitimate argument, and evidence is all over the place regarding what happened twenty-one years ago. But, what really happened?
I try to stay away from the extremes. I am the type of person that doesn’t tend to jump to conclusions. I need to study the evidence. I need to come to my own point of view based on that evidence. And, I am not one to believe in extreme possibilities. We live in an age where if you disagree with one side it is assumed you must be an inhabitant of the other side. If you don’t want to defund the police you must love them and think they do no wrong. If you are against socialism then you must support fully the form of capitalism that currently exists in the United States. If you support an originalist view of the Constitution then you must be an insurrectionist against the current U.S. Government. If you don’t think the war in Iraq was an illegal war then you must be a war-monger.
In every situation there are varying degrees in between. I don’t want the police defunded, that’s a bad move, but I don’t think that all members of every police force do no wrong. There apparently needs to be, if there are problems, a reexamination of how we train and hire those people, and how their conduct is managed when it comes to the law enforcement structure. While I do not support socialism, I am not a fan of our collection of capitalistic authoritarians in government and the corporate structure that is colluding with government in a way very similar to the mercantilism the Founding Fathers fought against. As a constitutionalist I believe that a return to the original intent of our founding documents is the answer to our woes, but that is not necessarily something that should be accomplished by running out there like Yosemite Sam ready to shoot the place up. A constitutional militia’s role goes beyond being armed and ready to shoot at a tyrannical government. As for the word “insurrection”, I don’t believe insurrection is defined as acting in opposition to one’s government leaders. Insurrection occurs when there is an active attempt to change the system of government; in our case, to usurp and dismantle the United States Constitution. That means the ones calling their opponents “insurrectionists” are actually the insurrectionists. As for Iraq? The President had every constitutional authority to wage war in Iraq, regardless of congressional opinion, until the question of funding the war emerges. Then, its up to Congress regarding whether or not funding for the military action continues. No money, no war.
Which brings us back to 9/11.
I do not believe it was an inside job in the way it is presented by most folks demanding that there was a massive conspiracy in place. That said, I also do not believe that the U.S. Government is completely blameless, nor do I believe that there was no American hanky-panky behind the scenes. There are segments of the deep state and the group of political office holders who hate America as it is in its current form, and they were willing to pull an assist when it came to an attack on America through the actions of 19 Muslim males and a few airplanes being used as weapons against New York and the Pentagon. While I am not convinced, due to logistics, that there were munitions in the walls of the twin towers, the idea that a bunch of Muslims carried off their heinous act so easily without help, and the fact that the buildings fell straight downward upon their footprints creates questions for me, as well. A friend of mine who is retired CIA told me that Building 7 was indeed flattened on purpose by American explosives, but the building had been built that way so that if ever there was an attack against the Twin Towers again that building would be leveled to protect us from allowing its confidential interior from getting into the wrong hands. We must ask questions like, “how were rookie flyers able to make such professional maneuvers?” I don’t have an answer. “Was the Bush Administration directly connected to the attacks?” The Bush Family is knee-deep in globalism, so it wouldn’t surprise me, but due to the need for plausible deniability I am not so sure George W. Bush and his immediate team had a direct hand on what happened. Also, I do not believe that since it is likely there was an American unseen hand involved in the event that Islam should be let completely off the hook. They were dancing in the streets in Muslim countries over the attacks on America. Their hatred for anything non-Muslim is nothing new. America’s battles against Islam goes all the way back to the Barbary Wars during the Jefferson and Madison presidencies, and the Ottoman Empire’s role in World War I. The fundamentalists of Islam desire a worldwide caliphate and the elimination of all Christians and Jews on this planet; and some of them are willing to kill themselves for the cause.
In short, regarding 9/11, both sides have a point, and have some of the story correct. We may never know every little detail, but let’s not deny that there are Americans, even inside the hollowed halls of our federal government, who hate this country and who are willing to assist an enemy in killing citizens of the United States; even if it means committing a horrific event like 9/11.
Unfortunately, that group currently has allies running the White House, Congress, and most of the court system. Our war against globalism, socialism, and a hardcore leftwing ideology that hates American Liberty has simply progressed into new modern chapters, but it is an age-old war we have been fighting since day one. 235 years ago, during the Constitutional Convention, Alexander Hamilton proclaimed the President of the United States should be a king. In 1791 a central bank was created, and though it was defeated, twice, in the end we wound up with the Federal Reserve. In 1801 the big government statists packed the entire court system. In 1803 the courts were weaponized to interpret and usurp constitutional principles by John Marshall and his Marbury v. Madison opinion that we now call “judicial review”. James Monroe, despite an otherwise stellar presidency, extended slavery with the Missouri Compromise. Abraham Lincoln moved us from being a voluntary union to a firm union, and treated citizenship as only mattering if you dare not stand against the federal government’s dictates. Theodore Roosevelt added anchors to the anti-constitutional idea that the federal government can do whatever it wants as long as it is for the general welfare, and it is not expressly disallowed by the Constitution or any federal judges. Woodrow Wilson completed the Progressive Era’s attacks on the United States by signing the Federal Reserve Act and supporting the 16th and 17th Amendments which both placed more power in the hands of power players who seek to change America back into a subservient member of a world community hellbent on crushing our principles of liberty and a free market, and provided more fuel for the endeavor by statists to change the United States from being a republic to becoming a democracy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt crushed the dreams for those who were most impacted by the New Deal by laying the foundation of a new form of slavery in the United States called “welfare”, and Lyndon B. Johnson finished the great wall around the new government welfare plantation with the Great Society. Roosevelt and Nixon turned our monetary system into a playground for the rich and powerful with a firm support for fiat currency as they moved us away from our value-foundation that was based on gold and silver and more firmly entrenched us into the federal reserve prison, and Jimmy Carter tried to knock America down as a world leader with an impotent response to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and a massive reduction to the size of our U.S. Military. George H. W. Bush solidified globalism’s hold on our government, Bill Clinton sold our secrets to China, and George W. Bush reminded us that war is a profitable tool for the rich and powerful and that their desire is to ensure that war never ends is more important than any of your delusions about true liberty and a guard against foreign entanglements. Obama allowed the statists to continue their work to seize control over America, and Biden completed the process with his rapid destruction of all we have ever tried to stand for (a task they expected to be carried out by Hillary Clinton). Donald J. Trump, for daring to stand firm against the anti-American cabal has been abused, slandered, and he has been a target for investigations, false charges and hearings, and police-state raids by federal personnel. Never before has the line between liberty and tyranny been more clearly marked.
9/11 was the final turn on this more than two century journey towards the insurrection being waged by the statists, enabling the madness of the new millennium and for the end of American Liberty to seemingly appear on the distant horizon. 9/11 opened the door for globalism, progressivism, cultural Marxism, and the purveyors of destroying American Liberty through tactics like the scamdemic, to step up their game and move America towards the final countdown at the ultimate crossroad where the choice will simply be liberty or tyranny. Freedom or bondage. The original intent of the U.S. Constitution or a new world order based on the age-old scheme of collectivism and authoritarian control in the name of the best of intentions and the common good.
The war continues to be waged.
Are you a warrior? Are you willing to play a part in restoring the republic which begins with informing the general public about the true foundations of liberty?
Give me liberty, or give me death.