NORTHWOODS: PLAN FOR TERROR TO JUSTIFY WAR comments, excerpts & links to text

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Dec 11 08:17:40 MST 2001

Jared Israel:
>The goal of the current protracted war against a weak foe - indeed,
against a
>foe largely created by the U.S. and its client states, Pakistan and Saudi
>Arabia - is to position the U.S. military-intelligence apparatus firmly in
>Central Asia.
>From that strategic position, Washington hopes to complete the dismemberment
>of the states of the former Soviet Union.

Okay, this is your argument. Now supply the documentation that would
indicate that this is the purpose of the USA. I only ask this because
nobody else in the world except people like you, Chussodovsky and Stratfor
argue along these lines. From everything I've read, all of the independent
nations of the former Soviet Union are bending over backwards to accomodate
the USA with cheap labor, access to raw materials and military concessions.
So the CIA organized a plot that killed military personnel in the Pentagon
and exacerbated the recession in order to do what? To break down
non-existent resistance to US imperialism?

>U.S. military and intelligence operatives will cultivate quislings like Mr.
>Putin, penetrate military defense structures and political groups in the
>former Soviet States, instigate terrorist attacks to destabilize the area,
>and build or take control of powerful military bases. These will be used to
>stage direct military assaults when, as is sure to happen, some of the
>Soviet Republics resist. Thus this strategy risks nuclear war.

When some of the former Soviet Republics resist? Do you have a timetable
for this? What are the objective class forces that are dictating such a
showdown? Who are the Fidel Castros or the Hugo Chavezes of the former
Soviet Union who are spoiling for a fight to protect their national
economic and political independence? The republics north of Afghanistan
that are falling over each other to strike deals with western oil companies?

>Some people who oppose the Afghan war disagree with this explanation. They
>claim that Mr. Bush's motive is to establish control of oil deposits in the
>Caspian basin and/or to construct oil pipelines.

How naive of them.

>This theory has been put forward by everyone from the U.S. Communist Party
>some conservative Websites.

And Jon Flanders of Marxmail.

>The other day I received an email with an article by the reporter John
>Pilger, who says:
>"Bush's concealed agenda is to exploit the oil and gas reserves in the
>Caspian basin, the greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and
>enough, according to one estimate, to meet America's voracious energy needs
>for a generation."
>Mr. Pilger is dead wrong. The U.S. does not need to destabilize highly
>volatile Central and Southern Asia, which includes several nuclear powers,
>just to get oil.

No, this would be vulgar Marxism or economic determinism. In reality, US
policy has a mixture of motivations. I would argue that the overarching
concerns in this war is to teach the barbarians that they cannot terrorize
the empire, number one, and to prevent al-Qaeda from affecting Saudi and
Kuwait resources down the road.

>"I do not share the view that the United States' main pursuit in Afghanistan
>was oil. I rather see it as part of a geo-strategic concept. No one would
>make such a mistake simply to go after oil, least of all a country with
>access to any oil in the world, including all the Russian oil and gas it
>wishes. It would be sufficient for the U.S. to invest, to buy and to pay."
>(full text at: )
>The Emperor's Clothes editors (and, by the way, virtually everyone in the
>former Soviet Union) agree.

Castro is right. It is not just about oil. Vietnam was not just about
rubber or antimony, etc. It is about US imperialism teaching peripheral
peoples who is the boss. Unless you do this, access to resources cannot be
made secure.

>Indeed the immediate effect of 9-11 and the current military campaign has
>been to destabilize the oil business. For example Enron, one of the main
>energy companies and Mr. Bush's biggest contributor, (3) has been driven

So what is the connection between 9/11 and the Enron bankruptcy. That would
make for interesting reading rather than the X-Files bullshit peddled by

>Why is this economic disruption justified in the minds of the fraction of a
>percent who control the U.S.? Because they have a 'grand' strategy. That
>strategy is to seize the center of the Central Asian chessboard and from
>there to reduce the states of the former Soviet Union to the status of
>impoverished protectorates, just as the U.S. Establishment is now doing to
>the NATO puppet state (!) of Macedonia. (4)

This analysis seems to be innocent of the facts. All of the states of the
former Soviet Union have the same kind of relationship to the USA as states
throughout Latin America. They are falling over each other to sell out the
birthright of the nation.

>Indeed, Macedonia is an object lesson. Macedonia has done everything
>Washington asked, and as a reward, Washington has unleashed the
>fascist-terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army against Macedonia.(4)

I guess the implication here is that al-Qaeda equals the KLA. One of the
worst things about Jared's pan-Slavism is its failure to recognize that
Islamic peoples have legitimate grievances. It all gets amalgamated into
some kind of global plot to destroy progressive countries like Macedonia or
Russia. This is pure idiocy. Macedonia, Uzhbekistan, Macedonia et al are
ordinary bourgeois states. You might as well campaign to protect Turkey or
Guatemala from US imperialism. The USA does not go to war with countries
that have already surrendered.

>Russian President Putin's subservience to Washington will not protect Russia
>from getting the Macedonian treatment. Rather, Mr. Putin's haste to do
>everything Washington wants, including, apparently, to rid his country of
>heavy missiles, will only encourage the most aggressive behavior by
>Washington. Mr. Putin's slave-like devotion to Bush does not prove our
>analysis of Washington's intentions is wrong. Rather, his openly quisling
>behavior, so shocking to millions of Russians, indicates that the attack on
>Russia is proceeding, bull steam ahead.

Funny that nobody else has noticed this. I guess I forgot to drink my LSD
this morning.

>By reducing the former Soviet Union to a series of bite-sized protectorates,
>the U.S. Establishment would gain control of 1/6 of the earth's land surface
>- not only oil deposits, but vast forests, gold, diamonds, natural gas, iron
>and other minerals, not to mention millions of impoverished but highly
>skilled workers, and on and on.

Millions of impoverished workers? Does this mean making $3 per day as
opposed to the present $4? You don't need to smash the WTC to accomplish
this. The world capitalist system will do this through blind economic
forces. The only protection the Soviet worker had was the institutional
underpinnings of the system. Now that they are gone, the dollar will work
its merry way through supply and demand. The imperialist bourgeoisie
demands super-profits, the Russian worker supplies them.

>That is why Operation Northwoods is so important. For we now know that in
>1962 the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed staging phony attacks to destroy
>property, killing Cuban refugees and U.S. citizens, in order to create a
>of indignation and rage, to justify an invasion of Cuba that could have
>killed hundreds of thousands of people and possibly led to nuclear war.

The context of Operation Northwoods was a revolutionary socialist country
90 miles from our shore that was organizing and financing revolutionary
socialist movements all across Latin America and that was exploring links
with the black movement in the USA. The USA had already risked nuclear war
with the Soviet Union to destroy Cuba.

Louis Proyect
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