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The history and ideology of false-flag terrorism
on 6 August 2007
9/11 Synthetic Terror is an interesting read from Webster Griffin Tarpley. It covers a range of material, from previous examples of false flag or synthetic terrorism, such as the strategy of tension in Italy, to bilateral US-Russian relations; from psychoanalysis of George W. Bush, to the effect of 9/11 on the dollar and global capitalism generally.
From this brief description, the reader can tell that this book has more in common with Mike Ruppert's Crossing the Rubicon than it has with David Griffin's The New Pearl Harbor (though Tarpley's book does have a discussion of the evidence from that day - how WTC1, 2 and 7 collapsed, why weren't the planes intercepted, what hit the Pentagon, were the alleged hijackers competent enough to pilot the planes et cetera).
Whereas Ruppert's book attempts to place the terrorist attacks of 11th September, 2001, within a global drugs-and-Wall Street nexus, Tarpley frames the issues within a historical context of state-sponsored terrorism, where characters such as Osama Bin Laden et al are reduced to the elements of patsies, framed by a rogue network of military and intelligence officials.
Whilst some aspects of this book are fascinating and well written, such as the ideological forefathers of the current generation of neoconservatives, how the likes of Leo Strauss influenced Paul Wolfowitz, for example, some chapters of this book are shockingly badly written, with allegations piled upon allegations and all with evidence of a very scant nature. Indeed, the evidence that Bin Laden is a stooge of the Central Intelligence Agency, the very bedrock of the book, is never really established at all, accept from that it fits in with the author's ideology.
Again, Like Mike Ruppert's book, 9/11 Synthetic Terrorism is in need of serious editing - minor errors abound, from people's names being misspelt to the S.A.S. being referred to as the Secret Air Services (not Special), to the S.A.S. being heavily Scottish-controlled (no evidence that it is but even if it were true, so what), to having its offices located in London and not Hereford. Like Crossing the Rubicon, chapters of the book are chaotic, with seemingly random paragraphs just dropped in that never seem to have an apparent structure ie introduction, body of evidence, conclusion.
Taken as a whole, however, on balance Tarpley's work has enough going for it to recommend it to readers (some chapters are superb, with much fascinating information), though I would not suggest it being the first purchase for either the general reader or those new to the 9/11 debate.