The claim that the Occupy Wall Street movement is the real counter to the “Global War on Terror” seems like an odd connection to make that requires some elaboration.
First, we need to understand what the “Global War on Terror” really is. Once we get past the anti-Muslim racism and consider the major conflicts of the world in terms of a planetary military empire and its discontents, we can get some insights about the strategic uses of suicide terrorism. One has to cross off 9/11 from the list of real acts of terror conducted by forces such as Islamic militants because that had been a false flag to begin the ball rolling, a showcasing of the remote-controlled aircraft technology among other things that was followed by General Atomics remote controlled drones active in Pakistan/Afghanistan to Yemen and doing surveillance in America. Indeed, it is quite stunning that people in America still believe that 9/11 was conducted by Muslim terrorists given the dual strategic goals of free rein in imperial objectives in the Middle East and a police state in America were established post-9/11 as a strategic reassertion of American military empire after the fall of the Berlin Wall. University of Chicago Professor Robert Pape, who had written about the logic of suicide terrorism in his 2005 Dying to Win has given the characterization of suicide terrorism distilled from cases around the world as a specific rational strategy used by certain militant groups to attempt to expel ‘modern democratic militaries’ from territories they consider homeland. Although Sunni Islamists have been practicing this form of terrorism, it is certainly not a religious phenomenon, as the Tamil Tigers had used it in Sri Lanka for example. Pape’s characterization of suicide terrorism is succinct and it can be assumed safely that this characterization has been known well before the “Global War on Terror” was begun by the war planners of Empire. In particular, the “Global War on Terror” can be seen as a generic pre-emptive characterization of imperial efforts for other purposes — such as control of strategic resources, politics, people, etc. with the foresight that suicide terrorism would be a result of operations. Indeed, there was never in Iraq’s history a single case of suicide terrorism before the US/NATO invasion in 2003.
Thus resistance to empire in terms of militancy and violence are fully co-opted in the ‘counterterrorism’ in the imperial military operations globally. By the way, both false flags and characterizing imperial wars as a response to aggression is not very new: the Gulf of Tonkin false flag had allowed the American empire to invade Vietnam, and even in the nineteenth century Manifest Destiny period, lands were conquered by provoking violence and then responding.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, as a nonviolent global movement that precisely targets the financial nerve of planetary empire, Wall Street, is precisely the counter to the “Global War on Terror” if it can spread globally. We must understand that the Occupy movement faces a daunting planetary power structure that needs to transform if their fundamental demands are to be met. Furthermore, it has the transformative potential to end suicide terrorism as an obsolete political strategy. The movement towards nonviolence has been seen in the long Palestinian struggle for recognition of their plight for the past 60 years and the Occupy movement is much more potent for it is a positive movement that has resonance across the planet.