The Guardian December 4, 2002


Editorial:

Just another cover-up commission

It is standard procedure for governments to hold an inquiry when they 
want to cover something up. President Bush's Commission to investigate the 
events of September 11 is no exception with Henry Kissinger as its 
Chairman. Bush thanked Kissinger for returning to "service your nation" 
while Kissinger claimed he felt "a special responsibility to those who have 
suffered such a terrible loss", when the World Trade Centre was bombed. The 
Commission of ten, five Republicans and five Democrats, is to report to 
Bush within 18 months, just before the next presidential and congressional 
elections are due. Bush had resisted the establishment of any inquiry into 
the events of September 11 until now. He insisted on having the right to 
select the Chairman of the Commission.

Henry Kissinger is just as much an evil participant in US politics as Bush. 
He was Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford. He was involved 
in the US invasion of Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s and the secret bombing 
of Cambodia during this war. He was involved in the overthrow of the 
democratically elected Allende Government of Chile and the establishment of 
the military-fascist Pinochet.

In a travesty of justice, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace prize when 
the Vietnam War finally came to an end with the defeat of the US. He should 
be tried as a war criminal.

Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert at the Federation of American 
Scientists, said that "Kissinger is not distinguished as an impartial judge 
of government misconduct, to put it mildly. He has stubbornly resisted the 
disclosure of official information to members of Congress, courts of law, 
private researchers and others."

Christopher Hitchens, the author of a book on Kissinger commented, "The 
Bush Administration did not want an objective inquiry into the disastrous 
intelligence failures and having an inquiry chaired by Henry Kissinger is 
the next best thing."

Will the Commission seriously investigate and draw conclusions from the 
fact that US air traffic control was continually monitoring the flight of 
the hijacked planes but the fighter planes at the Andrews Airbase, which 
had the responsibility to protect New York and Washington, were not 
scrambled until after the hijacked planes had hit their targets? Of course 
not!

Will Kissinger bring down a finding that members of the Bush administration 
deliberately prevented intervention when it was known that four passenger 
aircraft had been hijacked? Of course not!

Will he question why Bush, who is Commander-in-Chief of all US military 
forces, continued reading with school children when informed that the first 
plane had crashed into one of the twin towers at the WTC?

Will the Commission reveal the close business connections between the Bush 
family and the bin Laden family?

The Commission's findings are much more likely to attempt to justify 
further aggression by the Bush administration. When asked about US 
relations with Saudi Arabia Kissinger replied, "I think that's one of the 
subjects that we will deal with. When I was Secretary of State, Saudi 
Arabia was a good ally. But that was 30 years ago."

The intended US invasion of Iraq is only the first step in the larger US 
plan to control the whole of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and it 
is this that the Kissinger Commission will set out to justify.

The fact that Bush has refused to have the September 11 events investigated 
and now, under pressure, has appointed Kissinger to chair an inquiry shows 
that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and other top members of the Bush 
administration have much to hide. They are confident that with Kissinger as 
Chairman, the Commission will continue to hide the truth.

Regardless of the Commission, the US Government and war machine will 
continue to face huge protest demonstrations demanding "No War".
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