It is everywhere, yet nowhere.
Speaking in 1939 of Russia and its potential role in WWII, English Prime Minister Winston Churchill said it was "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." That poetic description of the Soviet Union also applies to the quasi government-private organization called Al-Qaeda, which has been at the center of the global political gravity since the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Numerous experts and analysts, including former government officials, all agree that Al-Qaeda is a data-file of radical Sunni Jihadist terrorists who are trained and funded by U.S., Saudi, Israeli, and British intelligence, not a politically coherent, socially organic, and ideologically motivated movement.
Contrary to mainstream opinion, "Al-Qaeda" was not behind 9/11, rather, its principal financial and political manipulators - the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel - plotted the attacks and reaped the benefits.
Specifically, the shadow governments in Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv invented this organization for two main purposes: 1) to serve as a cover story for their terrorist operations in the Middle East against enemy regimes that they hope to destabilize and destroy, and 2) to serve as a mythical enemy for the Western public to take away civil liberties and eliminate democratic processes.
Lucky for the U.S.-Saudi-Israeli-British axis of terror and tyranny, a cardboard villain in the form of Osama Bin Laden assumed the role of the scapegoat in the global drama called the war on terror. Bin Laden's death in December 2001, three months after 9/11, did not set back the epic drama, which contains deep intrigue and many elements of interwoven conspiracies.
Instead of declaring the movie villain dead, the script writers in the shadow CIA waited almost a decade for the long drama to unfold before they crafted a storybook ending to his mythical storyline and sold it to the world on the night of May 1st, 2011.
Let's rewind the tape.
On the day of the drama's opening acts in New York and Washington, former CIA officer Milt Bearden described Bin Laden to CBS's Dan Rather as "mythological," and said that he "spend so many years wondering how the myth of Osama Bin Laden got started." He added:
"We have the Osama Bin Laden who was the great war hero in Afghanistan. We have Osama Bin Laden who was trained by CIA, funded and supported by CIA during three years of war. I was there at the same time Bin Laden was there, he was not the great warrior that went in and fought the Soviet Union to a standstill. . . I think that the mythological Osama Bin Laden, never mind that he's an absolutely evil man, but the mythological Osama Bin Laden causes me trouble.The political rationale for the U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan and the other U.S.-led wars in the region falls apart when the reality of the origins of Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden is pressed against the wall of myth. The narrative that America's presence in the Middle East is about defending its security and strategic interests breaks down completely.
And I think maybe there is another answer out there. I'm not certain that I know what it is."
Upon the collapse of the war on terror's foundational myths, America turns into a political entity worse than the Soviet Union in the eyes of the world - a Satanic Empire that falsely claims it is "under God" and preaches human rights in the day but murders little children in the night.
From the perspective of history and facts, President Bush and President Obama become figures comparable to Hitler and Stalin. Their criminal counterparts in Israel, England, and Saudi Arabia will also be remembered as the real monsters and demons of our era.
Writing on the situation in Syria for The Guardian on November 4, 2011, Alastair Crooke, a former British intelligence officer and founder of Conflicts Forum, said:
"What a strange world: Europe and the US think it is OK to "use" precisely those Islamists (including al-Qaida) who absolutely do not believe in western-style democracy in order to bring it about."It is a strange world indeed. John Lennon said it best: "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
The insanity of the war on terror needs to become a serious topic, not ridiculed as something absurd and thought up by the "conspiracy mind," or something that belongs in the "paranoid discourse of American politics." That's a bankrupt logic that must be rejected by liberals, conservatives, and libertarians.
Historically speaking, we must look at the underbelly of Western politics and get beyond the straight and narrow path of mainstream political discourse.
The solutions to the conflicts in the Middle East are intellectually clear and still politically feasible. Time will tell how the use of nuclear weapons by America and Israel against Iran will alter the dynamics of resistance to the Zionist-Western wars of aggression. But that is beyond our immediate knowledge.
There is no point in devising political solutions to far-off and hypothetical realities and problems. We must concentrate on what we know now, and what we can do with our current knowledge to reduce political tensions and create greater public understanding of the epic world drama that we're all involved in.
Any solution to ending the insane logic of the global war on terror, and thus the war itself, must involve unwrapping the riddle that was mentioned at the beginning of this article - Al-Qaeda.
It is obvious Al-Qaeda terrorists are not in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Instead, they are in Libya and Syria, where their political masters in Washington and Riyadh have directed them to be at. This fact means that for American policy makers to tighten and loosen the leash on the Al-Qaeda dogs is as "easy as drinking water," as the Iranians say.
If the international community demands that the U.S. government make a drastic policy shift by shutting down the CIA's Al-Qaeda regiment, then the realists in Washington might agree and even take the lead.
But I'm not counting on the international community to boldly demand this change from the U.S. government. I have more faith in the wisdom and maturity of the American people to reign in their empire, which is a burden on their pocketbooks, on their Constitution, and on their country.
In order to deny Al-Qaeda a safe haven in Washington D.C., the American people must take back control of their government and restore the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
The beginning steps to such a grand political restoration have already been made, though somewhat blindly and out of step with the truth of the current state of affairs.
In the Obama era, two anti-Establishment movements have emerged on the left and the right: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party.
Both are pro-American movements and both consider the restoration of the American people's voice and the U.S. Constitution in Washington as their top political goal. For the world's sake, let's hope they are successful in accomplishing this admirable goal.