By James O’Neill*
“Violence is as American as cherry pie.” H Rap Brown 26 July 1967.
The mass shooting of more than 100 people, with 50+ fatalities, in an Orlando gay nightclub has drawn widespread horror and revulsion. Strenuous efforts have been made by some sections of the mainstream media (msm) to link the rampage to American gun culture, Islamic extremism, or homophobia.
One or more of these elements may indeed be present, but it is hardly likely that any of them provide an adequate explanation. To foster the belief that one or more of them were responsible, as the msm is so assiduously doing, detracts from wider explanations. That may indeed be the point. Diversion from examination of the real causes of geopolitical events is the chief raison d’etre of today’s msm. It is a major reason why their readership is rapidly shrinking.
There are at least three other elements to this story that the msm does not want us to examine too closely. I will look at each of these briefly.
- The Involvement of the FBI.
The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, is the latest in a long line of American “terrorists” with a history of involvement with the FBI. We have been told by the msm that Mateen was interviewed twice by the FBI and released without further action being taken. That is simply untrue.
FBI Director, James Coney has acknowledged that Mateen was introduced to persons they described as “confidential informants”. According to affidavits filed by the FBI in numerous cases, “confidential informants” are in fact individuals controlled by the FBI who pose as members of terrorist organisations. Their role is to approach suspects and encourage them to carry out terrorist attacks. The FBI is supposed to intervene at the last minute, thereby “saving” us from another outrage.
As part of the encouragement, confidential informers are used to channel arms, ammunition, explosives and other equipment to the target person. Another part of the process is to encourage the target person to adopt a radical version of their religion, usually Islam, which then in turn becomes the justification for clamping down on specific religious groups.
Omar Mateen is simply the latest in a long line of people used in this way, either as actual perpetrators of terrorist crimes, or convenient patsies designed to be held culpable. When a “terrorist attack” is averted by the last minute intervention of the FBI, then kudos and extra funding are liberally provided.
As the individuals concerned mostly die in the course of the operation, they are not around to provide inconvenient details at subsequent inquests or trials. Lee Harvey Oswald is one of history’s best known examples, and the fact that the msm goes to extraordinary lengths to conceal the truth more than 50 years down the track is itself profoundly revealing.
Trevor Aaronson in The Intercept (13 June 2016) and Tony Cartalucci (Land Destroyer Report 14 June 2016) provide further examples. None of this of course appears in the msm.
- Historical Blindness.
The quote from Black leader H Rap Brown at the head of this article points to a fundamental truth. The violent killing of those who pose a challenge to the established order is the way things are done.
The msm have been describing the Orlando killings as the largest ever terrorist attack on American soil, excluding the events of 11 September 2001. (That is its own special case of a false flag operation designed to demonize a religious group and provide the impetus for the endlessly profitable ‘war on terror’).
Those commentators need to refresh their memories. The Native American population has long suffered massacres both by white settlers and the US Cavalry. To take just a very select sample:
1856 Blue Water Creek – 86 killed
1864 Sand Creek – 200 killed, mainly women and children.
1870 Baker Massacre – 178 elderly men, women and children killed.
1871 – Camp Grant Massacre – 144 dead, mostly women and children.
1890 – Wounded Knee – 300 killed, including 44 women and 18 children.
None of these were battle deaths. They were commonly revenge killings or simply massacres perpetrated by the cavalry. The high proportion of women and children among the dead is because the attacks frequently took place when the men were away hunting.
The Black population can point to similar atrocities being perpetrated upon them. Their main crime was being black against which there was no defence.
- Foreign Deaths.
As horrific as the 50+ innocent deaths at Orlando was, it is an unremarkable number in the wider context of where the US has visited its unique footprint upon the post World War 2 world.
Just to take this week’s figures as an example, at least 50 civilians, including the elderly, women and children, are killed on a daily basis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The carnage in those countries is directly attributable to US military intervention (in three cases with Australian assistance). The carnage is wrought either directly through the US’s own efforts, or through its terrorist proxies such as al Nusra, al Qaeda, ISIS and the Saudi government.
The latter Saudi government is waging an undeclared and illegal war of aggression upon Yemen, supported by the US and the UK. The Australian government does Saudi Arabia the courtesy of maintaining a complete silence about the ongoing carnage, just as it extends a similar courtesy to Israel in its brutal and illegal treatment of the Palestinians.
Why then the enormous coverage by the msm of the Orlando massacre? The conclusion must be that such coverage (and selective non-coverage as noted) serves other geopolitical goals. The continuing demonization of Islam, and the suppression of civil liberties are high among the priorities.
Note the extent to which Mateen’s radicalization is being attributed to “the internet”. This surely presages further attempts to control what we are permitted to read.
We were even treated, if that is the right world, to Malcolm Turnbull echoing Bush the Lesser’s “they hate us for our freedoms”. No, Prime Minister, they hate us because we bomb, invade and destroy their countries and steal their resources.
A more mature approach I suggest would be for us to resist this heavily manufactured outrage and demand that we pursue policies that would make the likelihood of such atrocities, at home and abroad, much less likely.
As the widely respected commentator The Saker (13 June 2016) so aptly put it, we need to focus on the real horrors of our time. Wars of imperial aggression that have killed tens of millions in post World War 2 alone should rank higher in our concerns. Just don’t expect the msm to even mention it.
*Barrister at Law. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org