From my vantage point, the current White House brouhaha about bombing Syria is a carefully prepared disinformation operation aimed at distracting attention from the administration’s incapacity – or unwillingness – to fight Islamofascist terrorism and to restore the fiscal sanity of the U.S.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, the U.S. will mourn not only the 2001 al-Qaida attacks on the American homeland, but also the barbaric assassination in Benghazi one year ago of our Ambassador to Libya – an act of war according to international law – by identified (but for mysterious reasons still at large) Islamofascist terrorists.

Days later, Congress will start discussing the administration’s request to increase the country’s already disastrous national debt, which at this writing has reached an outstanding $15,962,835,542,312, by far the highest in U.S. history. Difficult days are ahead.

The ancient Roman satirical poet Juvenal used the term panem et circenses (“bread and circuses”) to describe such diversions. To appease their impoverished populace, the Roman emperors orchestrated extravaganzas as distractions, offering lots of free pleasures: good food, public baths, handsome gladiators, exotic animals, chariot races, sports competitions, theatrical presentations and the slogan Ave Caesar, Imperator (“Hail, Emperor Caesar”).

Now we have disinformation and wars. Now our administration is trying to seduce American public opinion into believing that tossing a few bombs at Syria will somehow help bring peace to the always-troubled Middle East.

There are few people on earth more anxious than I am to see the brutal Assad dynasty swept out of power in Syria. During the years I was national security adviser to Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, I came to know the current Syrian president’s father, Hafez al-Assad, quite well, along with the latter’s brother, Rifaat, who was on Ceausescu’s payroll. Both were atrocious killers.

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In fact, after I was granted political asylum in the Unite States, the elder Assad secretly tried to have me assassinated. (After my first book, “Red Horizons,” revealed that Rifaat Assad was a paid agent of the DIE, the Romanian foreign intelligence service, the FBI gave me the picture of a Syrian intelligence agent with the warning that he had been sent to the U.S. to identify and “neutralize” me.) But that is my personal problem – just as Obama’s ill-advised “Red Line” is his problem – and it should have nothing to do with my view on what the policy of the United States should be toward Syria.

Syria has not attacked the United States and we have no dog in Syria’s current fight – nor have we money to waste on such a fight, unless we borrow more from China. Bashar al-Assad is indeed a tyrant, but he was already a tyrant when President Obama established diplomatic relations with his government, even though 137 nations voted in the U.N. General Assembly to condemn his tyrannical rule in that country. Assad was still a tyrant on March 27, 2011, when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the world: “There’s a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” John Kerry, who succeeded Hilary, evidently shared her view of Bashar Assad when he wined and dined him – as seen in widely published photos.

Now, suddenly, Bashar has become the evilest of evils. A hasty U.S. military strike on Syria, with or without congressional endorsement, may transform that country into another, much larger, chaotic mess similar to the one generated by our bombardment of Libya. Such a new catastrophe may generate a chain of disasters on par with Austro-Hungary’s thoughtless and precipitous military reaction to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, which set off a chain of calamities including World War I, the Soviet revolution, the Nazi takeover of Germany, World War II and the Cold War.

The new anti-American axis Moscow-Tehran-Beijing has already promised stiff revenge against the U.S. if we bomb Syria. According to former director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, even the ridiculous government of North Korea could now detonate a small nuclear weapon above the U.S. mainland that would collapse our electric grid and the infrastructure that depends on it – the communications, transportation, banking, finance, food and water necessary to sustain the lives of 300 million Americans. The whole U.S. could go dark in a matter of minutes – and the rest of the world would follow. Another documented study estimates that by mid-2014 the terrorist government of Iran will have the ability to enrich uranium to weapon-grade plutonium too rapidly for the U.S. to stop it militarily. That would change our lifestyle forever.

The U.S. has been at war with various Islamic entities for the last 12 years. It is time for peace, not for more war. In my other life at the top of the Soviet bloc foreign intelligence community, my DIE ran quite extensive intelligence networks in various Arab countries, and I came to know that part of the world pretty well. Its people did not hate America. The millions of Arabs around the world who are now waiting in line to be accepted in the U.S. do not hate America either. They would love to move here. It is relatively few of their fanatical Islamofascist leaders who hate our wonderful country of freedom and dream to see it destroyed.

Let’s charge the U.S. intelligence community with dealing with the Islamofascists, and focus the U.S. administration and Congress on building a “Campaign of Truth” similar to the one built by President Truman to win the Cold War.

“The issues that face us are momentous,” Truman stated in 1950, “involving the fulfillment or destruction not only of this Republic but of civilization itself.” Truman argued that the propaganda used by the “forces of imperialistic communism” could be overcome only by the “plain, simple, unvarnished truth.” The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberation (soon to become Radio Liberty) became part of Truman’s “Campaign of Truth.”

If you still wonder how the United States was able to win the Cold War without firing a shot, here is one explanation from Romania’s second post-communism president, Emil Constantinescu:

Radio Free Europe has been a lot more important than the armies and the most sophisticated missiles. The “missiles” that destroyed Communism were launched from Radio Free Europe, and this was Washington’s most important investment during the Cold War. I don’t know whether the Americans themselves realize this now, seven years after the fall of Communism, but we understand it perfectly well.

President Constantinescu’s metaphor was not an exaggeration. In the long run, truth is infinitely more powerful than disinformation.

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