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Hey, I was just asking some quesitons?

Malcolm G. Ratcliffe


Where would I even start? I guess I touched a nerve with Angry Americans, but the paying public is being kept deliberately in the dark. I want answers, and I'm not even an American, although the fact that I sit 30 min from the US border has me seeing Belfast in a whole new light.

9/11 and its afterbirth raise fundamental questions that are neither being answered nor addressed. DU armaments (depleted uranium) being used in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, shortly to Iraq again, then Iran, next stop N. Korea. Only one country has and uses these weapons without international consequences and repercussions. Nice for them.

Thousands of Canadian troops have returned home from 'Peace' keeping duties and are sick because of DU. Tens of thousands of US troops (160,000 by some estimates) are sick because of DU. People living on the Jordanian side of the Iraqi border are sick because of DU. That does not take into consideration all those people living in the fore mentioned countries, at least those fortunate enough to still be alive.

It is hypocritical to speak of weapons of mass destruction, then in turn, deposit millions of minute particles of radio active materials in the countries of your choosing.

Canada is reluctant to send troops to future wars because of it. The British MOD has concerns about it.

Agent Green. That's Agent Orange's new code word. Do I have to go there? We've seen this before in Vietnam. Now it's coming to a jungle near you. Let's hope the lads in Colombia are NOT down wind. The people who make the DU weapons also make and supply Agent Green. Too bad for the indigenous people and the flora and fauna of that country.

These are only two examples of bad foreign policy. I, and according to recent polls, the majority of Canadians fully understand the difference between a 'group of people' and the "policies" of a 'government that governs on their behalf.'
The simple question is not who committed the attacks or where are they, but why did they do it in the first place. See above: bad foreign policy.

The prospect of crashing aeroplanes into buildings was known to American officials since 1998. The American public did not find out until the morning of September 11th, 2001. Why? Forewarned is forearmed, is it not? Commerce over public safety perhaps?

All people, who fight for social justice, decry the loss of all civilian life, that would be why Irish Republican attacks on British targets were prefaced with a warning, to minimise or negate the loss of civilian lives, not always successfully mind you. If I am not mistaken, it is documented where Bin Laden sent warnings to the American government. That they chose to ignore them by not telling the American public, is not something that is new to government bodies and their security agencies. Omagh comes to mind, warning or no warning. One might rightly ask, who benefited most from that debacle?

Post 9/11, one might rightly ask, who benefited most from that? Time will tell.
Who speaks for the dead of 9/11? Who is asking the sensitive questions on their behalf. Living Americans are being ostracised by their government and mainstream media when they ask these questions. Why? What do they have to hide?
Delusional I may be, but I refuse to bury my head in the sand and accept the party line. It is well documented, throughout history, how numerous American governments have manipulated events for their own political advantage and not for the good of the people. What makes 9/11 any different?





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