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This was and still I believe is one of the greatest challenge I’m attempting in this Post a Day Challenge from WordPress. I say this because today’s challenge reminds me, and I’m sure those who are reading this, to pause and consider and above all be grateful.

As I sat and look at the challenge:

Who is your greatest hero of all time?

Bonuses: 1) Who is your greatest villain of all time? 2) Who could play your evil-twin in the made for TV version of your life?

I wondered to myself, who are my heroes and who is my greatest hero. Naturally, I had to figure out who my heroes were before I could distinguished which would be or was the greatest. It wasn’t something I had given any thought to and WordPress.com had gotten me thinking. But all I kept coming up with was, “I admire person who have been through trying times, but to be my hero…no” or “can’t I be my own hero”. So I decided that I would give it some time and perhaps it would come to me…hmmm

Topic #34 is however bring back some memories of an article I had written some years back, when I was at the Gleaner Company with specific assignment to the Outlook Magazine. I had written something on Jamaica National Heroes. I had asserted that there were no known means of judging ‘National Heroes’ by raising some questions, of course it got me a number of responses from my readers and verbal confrontation by a few I had known.

As I travelled to school and work, I found myself thinking about the topic again. While I sat in traffic I thought I could make some use of the time and blog from my mobile device. My first thought was a definition of hero might help, so I immediately went to my Dictionary.com BB App and typed .

“A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities,” was the first definition and it sent thought to my head as fast as a bullet escaping a .38 Calibre Pistol just fired.

I still never came up with someone for my hero and as such I couldn’t give a ‘Greatest Hero’; just face it, I don’t have one. What I do have are persons I admire because of their strength of character and who they are or have become. My list of persons may not find favour with all of my readers and perhaps future persons who may come up on this post. But here goes:
Oprah Winfrey
Fidel Castro
Hugo Chavez
Saddam Hussein (or Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikrit as he is known to the Iraqis).

I think I might be told that I’m an extremist and I should be monitor or I won’t get a US Visa; but the idea that I like three ‘outcast’ or persons not of favourable terms with the United States is hideous and highlights a absurd reason. But you can’t fight people for their opinion.

TV Version of My Life
Who could play your evil-twin in the made for TV version of your life?

The good thing about this is that twins can be identical and non-identical, because if they weren’t I would have a difficulty choosing someone. I think I could work with a Jamie Foxx, or a Curtis James Jackson III otherwise known as 50 Cent; with his past I guess that would be a perfect evil-twin.



“Only after one understands how freedom and rights are being suppressed by the managers of imperial states — even as they preach peace, freedom, justice, rights, and majority rule to their citizens to maintain their beliefs in the morality of their society, and thus assure the continued support of the masses for inflicting such violence upon the world — can one write honest history. If one does not understand that process, one is almost certain to write a history in which, unbeknownst to the author, the background and documentation have been carefully created to give Managers of State the freedom to suppress other people’s rights and transfer their wealth to the imperial center through unequal trades.”

J.W. Smith, Economic Democracy; The Political Struggle for the 21st Century, (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), p.95

Over the years we have come to associate September 2001 and more specific the 11th date, as one of the most significant date in modern history. No doubt it is. As a youngster who was born, using social historians William Strauss and Neil Howe, in the Millennial Generation (or Millennials) or more specific Generation Y –after 1982 –it was to signal the beginning of the shaping of my intellectual and scholarship on global issues.

I became an avid reader of any news items, particular the newspaper and anything that brought newsworthy items they where like my new best friends. Even more so surprising was that I was still in high school and a few months from being enrolled in my Freelance Journalism courses with the Manchester, England based Writer’s Bureau College of Journalism. And then the ill-fated, September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11 or September 11th) happened, catapulting my interest; it was like the perfect seasoning added to an uncooked meal.

In the media in the days and weeks that follow all attention was focus on the 9/11 attacks. Who was responsible for the act, why now, and how were it to benefit that party or parties; were only some of the questions that swirled around in the young brain of mine as I sat glued. Like most persons outside of the United States that evening into the night as I watched footage showing the crumbling of buildings and people holding hands jumping through windows (avoiding death perhaps), as two commercial passenger jet airliners crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C; and a fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania. In each case there were no survivors.

George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America, at that time was in a school in Florida reading to some children. When presented with the news he remained unruffled as if the first on soil attack of his country wasn’t happening right at that given moment; a terrorist attack, he would later say. In fact of concern to news reporters and political commentators was that the President was allowed by the Secret Services to remain at the school for over half hour, some say without a concern if his life was at risk before attempting to take the reigns as military leader of his country; it was perhaps this action that would later give rise to many conspiracies view and solidified the view this was not an Islamic terrorist attack as Bush would later want us to believe .

In analyzing the attack many views came out. The US government was perhaps the most priced and which many media houses around the world and most importantly the American people and other nationalities in that country, who had family who were in the World Trade Center or the hijacked planes, waited for some explanation. The world was told that al-Qaeda was responsible for the series of coordinated suicide attacks on the US soil that killed nearly 3,000 victims along with the 19 hijackers. I had no knowledge of whom or what al-Qaeda was; even more confusing to me was when the name Afghanistan, a country that had largely been unknown to me before 9/11, was added.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events in the mid-20th century, leading his country through worldwide economic crisis and a world war once said: “In politics nothing happens by accident if it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

So who was truly responsible for the 9/11 attacks then?

Conspiracy theorist have allege that the 9/11were either intentionally allowed to happen or were a false flag operation orchestrated by what some have described as “a Government within a Government” inside the United States government. This reference is believed to be that of the Project for New American Century (PNAC) members who made up the Bush Administration of Dick Cheney, Vice President; Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; and Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

As a student of history at the University level, looking back to September 11, it is not hard to see that that what was happening was the beginning of a “new game”. A game where there would be a fight against Asian economies and more precise Islam. In supporting this I cite the work of Historian, Dr. Sultana Afroz in The New Great Game in Asia:

With the demise of the Soviet Union, consequent to the Soviet defeat in the hands of the “mujahedeen” in Afghanistan, Islam became the rising terror to the West. Much of the resources essential to the survival of the developed West, i.e. oil and gas are also in lands belonging to the Muslims in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Added to this fear over the Islamic control of oil and gas are the new challenges from China and India as the emerging world economic powers. As Afghanistan began to emerge as a stronghold of Islam with the Taliban in power, its strategic location vis-à-vis the resources in Central Asia and China, and its Islamic faith gained credence in a new emerging US foreign policy for the 21st century in the late nineteen-nineties. Pakistan, considered to be an ally of the West during the Cold War and a frontline state during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, is once again in the global chessboard in the so-called ‘War on Terror” and faces a threat to its territorial integrity. India not only conveniently uses the “War on Terror” to label the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir as terrorists but is also positioning herself as a counterbalance to the growing economic and military power of China. In these complexities, Afghanistan, currently, is occupied by a coalition of 41 countries headed by NATO forces under the command of US General David McKiernan.”(1)

While these are only “Words of wisdom that break through the fog of lies created by the shadows that cower in the depths” I implore you to watch the documentary embedded below of the untold stories of PNAC and how every major war in the US history was base on fraud with actual insiders themselves admitting it. The film you’re about to watch:

“Shows how the first film theaters in the US were used over a hundred years ago to broadcast propaganda to rile the American people into the Spanish-American War… [it shows] the white papers of the oil company Unocal which called for the creation of a pipeline through Afghanistan and how their exact needs were fulfilled through the US invasion of Afghanistan. This film shows how Halliburton under their “cost plus” exclusive contract with the US Government went on a mad dash spending spree akin to something out of the movie Brewster’s Millions, yet instead of blowing $30 million they blew through BILLIONS by literally burning millions of dollars worth of hundred thousand dollar cars and trucks if they had so much as a flat tire.”(2)

After watching the video I must say I realize a number of things and as such though it was good to share through this blog, through reflection my journey when I first took interest in this issue in high school. As a student now majoring in History & Social Policy at the University level the chilling details documented in this film shows exactly how power & propaganda can be used especially when you stand at the helm of Government. I’m sure this is going to be a source of debate amongst some of my friends who will be reading, as well as my Twitter followers who follow me at http://www.twitter.com/lgrandison

Enjoy life and the pursuit of happiness.
Sources:

1. Afroz, Sultana, The New Game in Central Asia http://izenjero.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/the-new-great-game-in-central-asia/

2. The New American Century http://tiny.cc/NewAmerica

For Readings on the Alternative Theories of the 9/11 Attack: http://stj911.org/hypotheses/alternative.html