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article imageOp-Ed: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — The view from the grassy knoll

By Alexander Baron     Apr 23, 2013 in World
Boston - As the surviving alleged Boston bomber lies seriously wounded in his hospital bed, questions remain about his motives. For some people though, motive is not the real question.
Before going any further, assume the word alleged appears before the word bomber whenever the name Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is used or implied. This man, this boy, is facing extremely grave charges: three people dead, thirteen with lost limbs; three of the fifty people currently still in hospital in critical condition. Any man facing these sort of charges must receive the best counsel money can buy - a cost that must be borne by the state. Justice must be done and be seen to be done, because if he is convicted he will never see daylight again, or may even be executed. Now we've got that out of the way, who should sit on the jury if and when this case comes to trial? Probably not Stephen Lendman or anyone else at Mathaba, because the only possible verdict a jury of that composition would return would be not guilty for in their eyes, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is just a patsy.
Those immortal words were uttered on November 22, 1963 when a young Lee Harvey Oswald was taken to Dallas Police Headquarters having been arrested by a posse shortly after gunning down a police officer in cold blood. By that time, he was already the prime suspect in the most spectacular murder in history, the assassination of the President of the United States in full view of a large, cheering crowd. The murder of the President by Oswald and Oswald's own subsequent murder were both captured on video for the entire world to see and for later generations to relive time and time again.
The case against Oswald was and remains absolutely overwhelming: to begin with, the President was shot with his rifle which he had bought by mail order and posed with; he took a package in to work that day which he said was "curtain rods" for his apartment. There is much more, for anyone interested in all the credible evidence, start here, or if you don't trust the American Government, here.
In spite of all this absolutely overwhelming evidence, the only thing the loonies and conspiracy cranks remember is Oswald's declaration: "I'm just a patsy".
Fast forward to September 11, 2001, and the operative phrase by the same crowd is "false flag". It is that phrase that was used recently by Alex Jones in relation to the Boston bombings, and it is the same phrase that was used on April 21 by Stephen Lendman in his "analysis" of the same atrocity.
It has to be said that Mr Lendman has his strong points, when it comes to legal analysis, but when he ventures into the murky world of terrorism and mass murder, he sees only the evil Ameri-K-an Empire. What is his logic in the case of Boston?
"False flags are an American tradition." - er, okay, we'll take that at face value, there was after all the little matter of the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq never had.
There follows a long list of alleged false flags, he mentions Operation Northwoods - but points out, correctly, that President Kennedy rejected this "secret" operation, which was later placed in the public domain. Could this be the real reason JFK was murdered? He doesn't say, in fact Mr Lendman doesn't mention the Kennedy Assassination at all here, but after discussing other false flags he quotes the parents of the two alleged Boston bombers; there is also a link to a previous article about this black operation.
The bottom line is that Mr Lendman believes (correctly) that the US and other governments have used false flag operations before. More prosaically they have lied to their citizens and the world. Yeah, we get that. Therefore, every time any government, but particularly the American Government tells us something, its spokesmen and women are lying. And every terrorist atrocity on home soil or elsewhere is a false flag.
Hmm, let's take that one step further. Some women lie about being raped. A proven fact. Therefore no woman has ever been raped. How would that go down on campus?
Let's take it one step further still, the first ever murder - Cain and Abel - is clearly apocryphal, therefore murders don't happen, including the Boston bombings. Now we can dismantle the police state and go home. If that sounds facetious, this is where this kind of silliness leads. It should come as no surprise that Mr Lendman is also a supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal, who was arrested less than two minutes after he gunned down a police officer. Like Oswald, he owned the murder weapon, which was bought legitimately, and there was no dearth of evidence, but what do the true believers say?
Fortunately, the nuclear attack predicted by Mathaba on last year's London Olympics did not materialise, and hopefully neither will any similar such predictions come true.
Although it is easy to laugh at this sort of conspiracy mongering, there is precious little else to laugh about, people have suffered enormously on account of this recent act of barbarism, and there will doubtless be future ones. Doubtless too, people in both high places and low will continue to exploit them for their own agendas, not least real terrorists who must laugh up their sleeves every time someone points the finger of suspicion at the government for crimes they themselves have committed. Hopefully at some point the Stephen Lendmans and Alex Joneses of the world will realise that rather than fighting the forces of darkness, they are in fact lending them aid and comfort, something they would in all conscience never do intentionally.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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