The Flip Flopping Of George Monbiot
Icon of the ineffective left slams
9/11 skeptics when he was one of the first
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
After incurring the wrath of 9/11 skeptics the world over two weeks
ago, George Mobiot has returned for more with the publication
of a scathing attack in the London Guardian that is tantamount
to a toddler's over the top tantrum that perfectly highlights the
problem with the ineffectual left.
"Why do I bother with these morons? Because
they are destroying the movements some of us have spent a long time
trying to build. Those of us who believe that the crucial global
issues... are insufficiently debated in parliament or congress,
that corporate power stands too heavily on democracy, that war criminals,
cheats and liars are not being held to account, have invested our
efforts in movements outside the mainstream political process. These,
we are now discovering, are peculiarly susceptible to this epidemic
Monbiot's ranting here highlights a great problem
with modern day political activism, division.
As an iconic figurehead of lefty thought in the vain
of Chomsky and Vidal, Monbiot underscores the problem with the ineffectual
left in his commentary. That is they simplify world politics to
the point where their actions only serve to aid those that are really
ruining our planet behind the scenes by encouraging a focus on the
puppets out front.
"you must believe that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
and their pals are all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful, despite
the fact that they were incapable of faking either weapons of mass
destruction or any evidence at Ground Zero that Saddam Hussein was
responsible. You must believe that the impression of cackhandedness
and incompetence they have managed to project since taking office
is a front. Otherwise you are a traitor and a spy."
As part of their debunking critics such as Monbiot
routinely use this tactic, asking "do you really think an administration
as incompetent as the Bush regime could pull off such a sophisticated
operation as 9/11?"
We answer "do you really believe that George
Bush runs anything?" The ineffectual left loves to snicker
on and on about how dumb and incompetent he is but still do not
have the wherewithal to realise that the man is not in charge of
anything. He takes three naps per day and cannot structure sentences,
no of course we do not believe George Bush was the mastermind behind
9/11, no more so than we believe a man dying of kidney failure in
a cave in Afghanistan masterminded it.
The ineffectual left is more confused and misguided
than it says the "conspiracy loons" are. They know that
the US government is run by the heads of the top corporations who
make up the think tanks and non-elected globalist policy makers
such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral commission,
yet they stay obsessed with attacking the figurehead Bush and the
right who, only in their minds, are the root of all that is wrong.
It's a displacement activity, something you do because you feel
incapable of doing what you ought to do.
Many within the ineffectual left focus their attention
on America as the evil empire, while ignoring the fact that American
foreign policy is dictated by international cartels, foreign bankers
and the heads of corporate global institutions.
Monbiot directly attacks the 9/11 truth movement as
"The obvious corollorary to the belief that
the Bush administration is all-powerful is that the rest of us are
completely powerless. In fact it seems to me that the purpose of
the "9/11 truth movement" is to be powerless. The omnipotence
of the Bush regime is the coward's fantasy, an excuse for inaction
used by those who don't have the stomach to engage in real political
The ineffectual left does not understand our movement
because they cannot neatly fit us into the political categories
they so dearly love to associate with on the one hand, and oppose
on the other. Not caring enough to attempt to understand our outlook
in a mature way, they label us as "loons" "idiots"
and "morons". In this sense they play directly into the
hands of the elite who wish to keep the underclasses at each others
throats so as not to be faced with one central oppositional movement
- The People.
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When Mr Monbiot raves on about how we are a "mortal
danger" to popular oppositional campaigns, he fails to take
this into account. His assertion that he is a part of a REAL political
fight and we are somehow admitting powerlessness, and are thus cowards,
smacks of immaturity and sounds like self important snobbery.
Monbiot declares that "9/11 conspiracy theories
are a displacement activity. A displacement activity is something
you do because you feel incapable of doing what you ought to do."
I have already presented how Monbiot himself can just as validly be shown to be
guilty of the same label. What is it exactly that we ought to be doing according
to the great activist George Monbiot?
Monbiot has a comfortable weekly column in a fashionable
establishment lefty newspaper and spends his time jumbo jetting
around the world complaining about how we're destroying it with
Nimmo so succinctly puts it:
For all his effort and that of his pals, Monbiot
has managed to make the machine of progress, as he gauges it,
turn in reverse. It is not the 9/11 “morons” destroying
Mr. Monbiot’s “movements,” but his own enervated
struggle, his own inability to understand reality and deal with
it, even as he has made a career out of complaint minus substantial
In fact, Mr. Monbiot and his ilk are part and
parcel of the “mainstream political process,” especially
considering the degree of foundation funding and support his cherished
“movements” receive, from the likes of the Ford, Schumann,
Rockefeller, and MacArthur foundations, to name but a handful.
Monbiot’s “progressive” left was long ago
sold down the river. In effect, the foundation oiled “movements”
so dear to Monbiot’s heart are completely and utterly ineffectual,
having accomplished dreadfully little over the decades, and instead
serve as a facile target of convenience for Rush Limbaugh, Bill
O’Reilly, Michael “Savage” Weiner, Sean Hannity
and the neocon fascists dominating the corporate media.
Monbiot's rants, the BBC hit pieces, the labeling
of truthers as "idiots" - this all shows that 9/11 is
the core issue in modern society. 9/11 questions are the key to
unlocking understanding of the ongoing usurpation of the free democratic
Western world by the old school elite and the way in which they
use theatrical political divisions to achieve their own aims at
the expense of everyone else on the planet.
As a matter of fact, it wasn't so long ago that George
Monbiot was asking
a great deal of his own 9/11 questions.
In a piece written for the London Guardian on September
25th 2001, just after the attacks, he raised many questions regarding
the real perpetrators, analysed evidence and wrote:
"When presented with material like this,
I can't help suspecting that intelligence agents have assembled
the theory first, then sought the facts required to fit it...For
these reasons and many others (such as the initial false certainties
about the Oklahoma bombing and the Sudanese medicine factory, and
the identification of live innocents as dead terrorists), I think
we have some cause to regard the new evidence against Bin Laden
with a measure of scepticism."
Has Monbiot forgotten that he asked us to question
the events of 9/11? Seemingly he has and has also attempted to memory
hole any evidence of this fact.
Here is a screenshot from Monbiot's
website. Note that he writes one article per week. (Also note
that he calls us do-nothing cowards when we write multiple articles
per day compared to his one per week). Also note that there is two
week gap where the above mentioned article should be. Why has this
one been removed when all his other weekly ones are intact? Methinks
Mr Monbiot has done a little flip flop here and tried to cover his
tracks huh? but then again I would say that because I am a "conspiracy
Why is it that Monbiot now accepts the official conspiracy theory?
Has he seen some evidence that we haven't? Maybe the fat
nosed Bin Laden confession that multiple experts have denounced
as a fake was evidence enough for Monbiot to remove his earlier article that highlighted
similar questions he now so bitterly fears are ruining "real political fights".
Monbiot needs to have a long hard think about what
he is doing by decrying our movement and those like it as a mortal
danger to those he associates himself with. It is time for all the
popular oppositional movements to wake up and stop the bickering, it is time to
start respecting each other and rationally debating each other's opinions and
outlooks. Only this way can we ever hope to achieve a defeat of the "new world order", the "corporate
elite", the "new empire".
Whatever you and your movement wish to call it, it
is the same thing, it is very REAL, and we are fighting the same
fight. George Monbiot's flip flopping bears this out, and highlights
the fact that if we all stick to the same course we will prevail
in the end, if we deviate, divide, bicker and rant we may fail.
Mr Monbiot ends his attack piece by stating "If
I were Bush or Blair, nothing would please me more than to see my
opponents making idiots of themselves, while devoting their lives
to chasing a phantom."
Exactly Mr Monbiot, exactly.
BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND