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July 11

In 2002, speaking live this day from the Oval Office and surrounded by multi-faith representatives US President Al Gore delivered a masterful evening address to the American people. Appealing for unity over the recent tragic loss of three thousand American lives, Gore wisely said that more important lessons could be learnt from Gettysburg, than Pearl Harbour.
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Because an insidious conspiracy from religious extremists required the whole nation to unite in a "War on Terror" said Gore, both hands placed symbolically upon the 911 commission report now resting with menace on the Resolute Desk.

These Honoured Dead The report set out in some detail as to how a group of fanatics known as "the American Century Project" (ACP) had made at least two determined efforts to subvert the US Constitution in favour of a radical agenda that called for US global hegemony. A key priority for the ACP was the construction of a new oil pipeline through Afghanistan in order to transport oil from Azerbaijan and Central Asia. Another priority was unrestricted access to the world's fourth largest oil reserve, estimated at a staggering 115 billion barrels in Iraq.

Strategic geo-politcal opportunities had indeed been presented by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent retreat of Russian military power from that theatre. The flipside was the legacies of the Cold War and also the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Because the drivers for foreign policy since 1980 had required America to arm belligerents in the region, at times even delivering weapons to both sides simultaneously, most alarmingly during the Iran - Iraq War. And expediency had required America to find a new strongman in the Gulf to protect the American client states. Yet Saddam was temperamentally different from the Shah and inevitably some complications had arisen. In 1980, US Diplomats had given Saddam a green light to attack Iran. Through incompetence they had also given a green light to invade Kuwait ten years later which had transformed Saddam into a hate figure.

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"A solution was proposed by the ACP in order to force events along a new track. The emerging threat from Al-qaeda could be brought to the fore with a "Pearl Harbour" style terrorist attack within the continental United States. Best orchestrated with the near unlimited resources of the US Government, the conspirators therefore needed the contrived election of a US President that was a friend of the oil industry. Unfortunately for them, the US Supreme Court had crushed a blatant attempt to defraud the American voting system. Because in the key swing state of Florida, Jeb Bush had gone to extreme lengths to elect his elder brother.

Neverthleless the ACP moved ahead with the plan for the terrorist attack. And yet it was bungled. The 911 commission report included testimony from multiple witness and emergency workers who all agreed on two key facts. Firstly, the plane that crashed into the Twin Towers was not an airliner, but a military transporter. And secondly, the buildings had been rigged with explosives that triggered a collapse of the robust metal superstructure which could not have been accounted for by the plane crash.

Al Gore had restored the American people's confidence in Government that had been promised them by Lincoln at Gettysburg yet subverted ever since the Warren Commission; "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".

Gore concluded his speech by quoting the Lincoln Gettysburg address in full ~ "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate...we can not consecrate...we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".






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