9/9 and 9/11, 20 Years Later

9/9 and 9/11, 20 Years Later

It’s impossible not to start with the latest tremor in a series of stunning geopolitical earthquakes.  Exactly 20 years after 9/11 and the subsequent onset of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the Taliban will hold a ceremony in Kabul to celebrate their victory in that misguided Forever War. Four key exponents of Eurasia integration…

On Propaganda and Failed Narratives: New Understanding of Afghanistan is a Must

On Propaganda and Failed Narratives: New Understanding of Afghanistan is a Must

For twenty years, two dominant narratives have shaped our view of the illegal US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and neither one of these narratives would readily accept the use of such terms as ‘illegal’, ‘invasion’ and ‘occupation.’ The framing of the US ‘military intervention’ in Afghanistan, starting on October 7, 2001, as the official…

Enduring Terror Forever: From al-Qaeda to ISIS-K

Enduring Terror Forever: From al-Qaeda to ISIS-K

It was 20 years ago today. Asia Times published Get Osama! Now! Or Else… The rest is history. Retrospectively, this sounds like news from another galaxy. Before Planet 9/11. Before GWOT (Global War on Terror). Before the Forever Wars. Before the social network era. Before the Russia-China strategic partnership. Before the Dronification of State Violence….