WOMAN IN AUDIENCE …since the advent of 9/11, we have had at least 1.7 million people lose their lives in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Tony Jones (the host) directs the conversation to panelist, John Stackhouse.
JOHN STACKHOUSE …we’re now talking about military-scale engagements – this isn’t terrorism anymore, right? This is actually warfare.
TONY JONES – Some of which occurred as a direct result of terrorism. So, in other words, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, they were in response to terrorist attacks.
MEHDI HASAN – Actually, the Iraq War wasn’t in response to terrorist acts, it was based on a bunch of lies about terrorism that didn’t exist. Al-Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq. We put Al-Qaeda in Iraq. ISIS wasn’t in Iraq. We put ISIS in Iraq. [Note: when Mehdi says “we” he is referring to the UK.]
MATT CANAVAN – Are you saying that Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan didn’t cause September 11?
MEHDI HASAN – I said Iraq, Matt. I specifically said… mentioned the Iraq War, which is the biggest blunder and the biggest recruiting sergeant for terrorism in our lifetimes. [Canavan mumbles his disapproval]
The Q&A debate continued:
MEHDI HASAN …countries like Australia shouldn’t, therefore, be supporting horrific governments in the Middle East that don’t support those values, that do behave horrifically, that are dictatorships… [Applause] that are incubators for terrorism? Australia supports countries like Saudi Arabia, which has done more to spread that ideology than any country in the world…
MATT CANAVAN …Well, before, earlier, you were lambasting the Bush administration for going to Iraq… Whatever you thought of George W Bush’s policy, it was identifiably and directly to try and partly spread democracy in the Middle East. That’s what he wanted to do. [Crowd groans]
MEHDI HASAN …Tell that to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
MATT CANAVAN – Hang on, Mehdi… We shouldn’t be going around meddling in other countries, right? It’s not our – that would be counterproductive, as it’s proven to be in the Middle East… let’s just all focus on making sure we make this place [Australia] as safe and secure and as prosperous…
It is clear that the Minister of Resources has no idea why Australia was dragged into a war in Iraq.
And he obviously believes the official narrative regarding 9-11 — that 19 Arabs knocked down three towers and penetrating purportedly “most guarded building in the world.” One would be sure that he has never heard of Building 7.
So Senator, please watch this on Building 7, and let me direct you to a Youtube video of General Wesley Clark explaining that during the Bush administration in 2001, the Neocons in the Pentagon were already planning the war and destruction of Iraq.
Dr Roberts on Iraq
And what about reading Nicholas J. Davies’ book, “Blood on our Hands – the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq”. He wrote:
“The Fallujah Compensation Committee reported in March 2005 that the assault destroyed 36,000 homes, 9,000 shops, 65 mosques, 60 schools, both train stations, one of the two bridges, two power stations, three water treatment plants and the city’s entire sanitation and telephone systems.”
And Don’t Forget Libya?
And Senator, being a National Party politician, these are ten things that you may not have known about Libya BEFORE it was destroyed (items courtesy of globalresearch).
1. A home in Libya was considered a natural human right. “The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others,” (Gaddafi’s Green Book).
2. Education and medical treatment were all free — boasting one of the best healthcare services in the Middle East and Africa.
3. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project.
4. It was free to start a farming business. If any Libyan wanted to start a farm they were given land, stock and seeds free of charge.
5. A bursary ($5,000) was given to mothers with newborn babies.
6. Electricity was free.
7. Petrol was cheap — often as low as US$0.14 per litre.
8. Gaddafi raised the level of education from 25% to 87%, with 25% earning university degrees.
9. Libya had its own state bank — providing loans at zero percent interest, by law.
10. Gaddafi was trying to introduce a single African currency linked to gold – a move that would have assisted African nations to free their nations from the Western debt-poverty cycle. It has been said that the gold Dinar was the real reason for the NATO led rebellion, in a bid to oust the outspoken leader.
Senator, imagine how your constituents in Queensland would react to free farmland, free electricity and cheap petrol — or a zero interest loan?
I and many Gumshoe readers would be happy to meet with you — to arm you with more information to help make Australia become a more responsible and considered nation.
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