False Flag Operations
False flag operations have existed throughout human history. They are covert operations that have been created in a way that these operations appear as though that they are being carried out by groups, entities or nations other than those who actually planned and executed by them. These operations have occurred during peace time and during war time. They have been executed by civilian organizations and covert government agencies. False flag operations readily use deception, so these actions are blamed not by the perpetrators of them (but among other people). There are many documented false flag attacks throughout human history. There was the Mukden Incident. This was when Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931 and blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that under orders from the chief of the Gestapo, he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Polish people in order for the Nazis to justify the invasion of Poland. This was called Operation Gleweitz. Israel admits that in 1954, an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed).
One of the most vicious war crimes happened in this decade when U.S. forces bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. This comes after almost 20 years of the war on terror. The attack killed at least 23 human beings including 13 staff members and 10 patients (plus 3 children). Over 37 people were wounded. According to Médicines sans Frontieres nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs, after waiting out the bombing, Lajos was looking for survivors. Lajos found many survivors and doctors saw their colleagues dying. The President has expressed grief about the shooting in Oregon, but he has refused to classify this action as a brutal crime against humanity and he has refused to repudiate imperialism in general. He wants people to wait for the Defense Department investigation to outline its report. The bombing of Kunduz is a direct result of Western imperialist policies. Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres—MSF) has repudiated the bombings. The President called Doctors Without Borders (whose President is Joanne Liu) to apologize. Doctors Without Borders have called this act as a war crime. They want an international, independent inquiry to get all of the facts. The White House says that the incident was a “terrible, tragic accident.” The U.S. claims that they mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz. Obama also made a call to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. According to the White House press readout, Obama’s discussion with Ghani centered on the US plans for continued military and political intervention in Afghanistan. So, the White House wants to continue to aid President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. So, the West wants Afghanistan to be a neocolonial client regime. There have been many war crimes after 14 years of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. For example, in November of 2001, U.S. and British Special Forces oversaw the protracted massacre of hundreds of Taliban POWs, during an assault on the Qala-i-Janghi prison fort near Mazar-i-Sharif. This incident has been called the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi. A US AC-130 gunship, carrying out orders from US officers, repeatedly blasted the large hospital compound with heavy weapons over a period of nearly an hour and half. The main hospital facility was left completely burned out by the barrage, with witnesses describing hellish scenes of charred corpses burning atop the few remaining hospital beds. “Our patients burned in their beds, MSF doctors, nurses, and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other,” MSF President Liu said. “We had eight ICU (intensive care unit) beds with ventilators, this was high-tech medicine. This was not the little bush hospital. You could not miss it,” Liu said. “If we don’t safeguard that medical space for us to do our activities, then it is impossible to work in other contexts like Syria, South Sudan, like Yemen.” We know that the U.S. knew about the MSF hospital for years. MSF personnel contacted U.S. military officials as recently as September 29 to reconfirm the precise location of the hospital. US Army General John Campbell has confirmed that the strikes were carried out under direct orders from US officers, as part of military operations in Kunduz being led by US Special Forces teams. Requests for aerial bombardment against the hospital “had to go a through rigorous, US procedure to enable fires to go on the ground,” Campbell said, during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We had a special operations unit in close vicinity that was talking to the aircraft that delivered those fires,” Campbell said. President of the MSF Liu said that Campbell’s words constitute “an admission of a war crime.” Citing “inconsistencies” between the versions of events put forth by Washington and Kabul, MSF has called for the formation of a Geneva Convention-based independent investigatory committee to examine the details surrounding the attack. The U.S. military-intelligence establishment has executed policies which goes against democratic rights and a truly progressive foreign policy agenda.
I have noticed that the Justice or Else rally included diverse black activists from the progressive to the conservative members of the black community. I also saw Native Americans, Hispanic people, and Palestinian Americans giving speeches. I saw much of the rally on C-Span. There were many Brothers and Sisters there. From the most conservative to the most progressive of our people, we all agree that things must change, that we need more self-determination in our lives (or Kuijchaguila), we are against police brutality, we are against imperialism, we love our Blackness, and we want to build more of our institutions (that we control and own). Some people believe that solutions will be a specific action or one magical procedure. Yet, history has taught us that this will not be so. In the final analysis, we have to execute a diverse amount of actions. The development of grassroots, bottom up, and democratic organizations are key instruments of change. We should be more organized in our communities and ally with independent political and economic organizations. We believe in education via great schools and political educational classes that teaches the communities about our real history. I have no problem with African centered schools to help black children as well. Liberation always deals with Land (as Malcolm X has outlined accurately. Imperialists stole the lands of the Americas via conquest, theft, and rape. That is why the Christoper Columbus Day should be banned worldwide as Columbus was a terrorist). I do believe that we should use the land to develop more community programs and other actions to help our people. Our safety is very important. That is why I do advocate self-defense, CPR classes, first aid promotion, etc. in our communities. Boycotts should be strategic and target organizations especially who have a long history of discriminating against us as black people.
Also, another point is to be made. The socialists are right that we have to think in an international context. Black people live internationally. We should have social, political, and economic collaboration with our Brothers and our Sisters globally. Political independence (and not following bourgeois parties and slick politicians) is the way to go too. So, this is a racial struggle for justice and this is a class struggle too. In other words, we have to create independent policies to fight poverty and other socioeconomic issues in our communities. A class consciousness is very important to maintain. It is not right in America for the top 1 percent to receive so much wealth at the expense of the poor and working class. One Harvard study found that 95 percent of all income gains went to the wealthiest 1 percent of the country between 2009 and 2012. We have massive economic inequality. Capitalist exploitation has been brutal and evil in the lives of the masses of the people. So, there should be the political independence of the working class and a radical redistribution of political and economic power (as Dr. King has said). I have no issues with a living wage and with the elimination of the unfair loopholes and allowances that huge multinational corporations have. Women should never be called out of their names too, so we must eliminate racism, misogyny, classism, lookism, the system of white supremacy, patriarchy, ageism, and other evils from the face of the Earth. We also have to understand about our unsung, revolutionary heroes like Robert F. Williams, Claudia Jones, Paul Robeson, Septima Clark, and Marion Stamps. We know that we have a long way to go, but we should discuss about these issues, form strategies, and implement them. We all want the same goal. We want black liberation. We want justice.