The US, Pakistan and Taliban love triangle: Pt2

BUSH AND THE TALIBAN

A book called “Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth” was written by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, the former being a former French secret service agent who once compiled a report on bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network. He is also a former director of strategy for the French corporation Vivendi while Dasquie is an investigative journalist and Publisher of Intelligence Online, anewsletter on diplomacy, economic analysis and strategy, available through the Internet.

They report that the Bush administration was keen on accepting the Taliban regime provided it cooperated with plans for the development of oil resources of Central Asia, while being fully aware of the Taliban being charged for sponsoring terrorism. In fact, neither the Bush nor Clinton administration ever put Afghanistan on the official State Department list of states charged with terrorism because of the fact that bin Laden was a guest of the Taliban regime. It stands to reason that this is because there was no way the US could ever set up an oil or construction deal to sign a deal with Kabul for a pipeline should the Taliban be recognized as terrorists.

The US government saw the Taliban as a stable regime that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia. The US quickly changed its tune when the Taliban refused to accept the US conditions that energy security be changed into a military one.

The US went to great lengths to appease the Taliban. A Taliban emissary arrived in Washington in March 2001 where he was showered with gifts, with one being an expensive Afghan carpet. However, it is clear that the US and the Taliban hate and love one another at the same time. The US representatives told the Taliban, “Either you accept our offer of carpet of gold or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”

So while there was a chance that a pipeline deal could be made, the White House barred any further investigation of Osama in Laden, Brisard and Dasquie claim. This did not bode well with John O’Neill, deputy director of the FBI. He resigned out of protest. O’Neill told the authors: “…the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.”

It is no surprise to me to learn that O’Neil had accepted a position of security chief of the World Trade Centre after leaving the FBI only to be killed on September 11th.

It was on August 2nd, 2001, that the talks between the US and Taliban were called off after the final meeting between US envoy Christina Rocca and the Taliban representative in Islamabad.

"The War on Drugs"

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IS AMERICA BIPOLAR?

It’s seems inconceivable to the average and coherent person that a country would plan to attack a another while simultaneously reward the regime governing the country with millions of dollars unless you take into account the fact that the label “terrorist” is assigned to those countries who do not play along to the tune of the United States.

One of the biggest farces is the so-called “War on Drugs”. People were left scratching their heads when it was announced that Washington was to reward the Taliban for ordering a stop to the cultivation of opium poppies, $43 million to be exact.

Type in "The US protecting opium fields" in the youtube search bar if you are interested in reading the FOX report on it.


PAKISTAN, THE ALLY

It makes sense that Pakistanis an ally. Both the US and the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency, have been covertly supporting the Taliban although neither likes to admit it. AlQaeda was a joint CIA/ISI intelligence database of Mujahideen fighters used to fight the Soviets inAfghanistanin the 70s and 80s. It is important to know precisely what Al Qaeda is. According to British MP Robin Cook and intelligence agent, Pierre-Henry Bunel, there is no Islamic terrorist group that is named Al Qaeda. It is merely a computer file but the US has the myth of Al Qaeda being a terrorist group to propagate its “war on terror”.

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was a database consisting of international Mujahideen and arm smugglers recruited by theCIAand the Saudis to provide arms, guerrillas and money into Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. There is a lot of controversy regarding the death of Robin Cook. Some think he was assassinated, speculating that he may have been on the verge of divulging confidential information even though he had previously signed the Official Secrets Act.

He also contributed to “The Guardian”. On July 8th, 2005, a day after the London bombings, he wrote:


Al-Qaeda, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden's organisation would turn its attention to the west.”

Very bold. He could have gone a step further and suggested that the CIA are still using Al Qaeda for their purposes, consulting this database for someone to recruit at any time. However, that would be career suicide or worse, a death sentence should the average journalist purport this.

Here is an April-June 2004 article by former agent for French military intelligence, Pierre-Henry Bunel:

Go to the link to read his testimony.

I would like to indulge in this type of journalism but I see a nefarious pattern emerging and I don’t think I would have the courage to challenge the Illuminati.

So naturally, Bunel had to face the music for his revelation. In December of 2001, Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court for passing classified documents that revealed potential NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during the Kosovo war in 1998.

In contrast, most believe that Al Qaedais a militant Islamist group founded sometime between August 1988 and late 1989. It is perceived as a network consisting of a multinational and stateless army in conjunction with a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for a global Jihad.


THE BEGINNING OF AL QAEDA

In 1986 and 1992, thousands of Islamic militants were trained in camp overseen by the CIA and MI6, alongside the SAS in Pakistan. Training included how to make bombs at a CIA camp in Virginia. It was called “Operation Cyclone” and didn’t end with the withdrawal of the Soviets in 1989.

Alongside the CIA, the British Special Forces (SAS) were also training the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and undisclosed camps in Scotland, with the SAS mainly taking instructions from the CIA. At the same time, bin Laden was being armed by the CIA while the ISI supported the MAK.

OSAMA BIN LADEN AND AL QAEDA

Bin laden had various charity front organizations, specifically the Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), also known as Al-Kifah (struggle), which was jointly owned by hima and his mentor, Abdullah Azzam. It was based in Pakistan. Between 1980 and 1989, $600 million was channeled into theirs charities and came mostly from Saudi Arabia and surrounds. This money was used to fund and arm the Mujahideen employed in Afghanistan. Branches were established in the US, the first being in Tucson, Arizona where “Al Qaeda” has a sleeper cell. However, the branch in New York, called Al-Kifah refugee Center became the most important. After Azzam was assassinated in a car bomb on 24th November, 1989. Bin Laden took over the organization. His followers become the financial conduits for Al Qaeda operations and establish themselves in the US offices.

Even after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, Arab immigrants and Arab-Americans are recruited to fight them. Two hundred are deployed from the office. They had been trained in the use of rifles, assault weapons and handguns. Their visas are organized for them and their plane tickets booked. Mohammed Atta, the alleged 9-11 lead hijacker is said to be one of them. From there they are sent to the MAK office in Peshawar, Pakistan to be connected to the radical Afghan faction led by Abdul Rasul Sayyaf or the one led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Newsweek would later report that the CIA used the Brooklyn office as a recruiting post seeking to deploy new troops to the Mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan. The New Yorker later comments that the Brooklyn office was used for a refuge for ex and future Mujahideen. Various lectures seminars were held there, including CIA-sponsored speakers.

It is clear that Al Qaeda was created by the CIA for the sole purpose of being able to recruit any willing terrorist which would most certainly be on this database for the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks and thus creating a false perception of a “war on terror”. This can achieve US foreign policy objectives which are just another stepping stone to the New World Order.


THE US TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THE DIRTY DEALINGS OF PAKISTAN

Declassified Defence Intelligence Agency documents from 2001 prove that the DIA was aware of the ISI sponsoring the Taliban and Al Qaedabut the Bush administration disregarded it. That does not seem illogical to the erudite person, taking in to consideration the fact the Bush administration, too, sponsored the Taliban.

In 2003, two senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana, and Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware said that the ISI was sheltering Taliban fighters along the border which was compromising the stability of Afghanistan. In 2005, CIA officer Gary Schroen stated that ISI officials were aware of the locations of the leaders of Al Qaeda, including Osama bin Laden.

Here we have members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a CIA officer accusing the ISI of harbouring Taliban fighters, yet the Bush administration already knew this and yet still made Pakistan an ally. Two days prior to 9-11, when the leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, Commander Ahmad Shah Masood, was assassinated, the Northern Alliance told Bush that the ISI was implicated in this assassination, which he disregarded.

PAKISTAN’S ROLE IN 9-11

After 9-11, theUSmedia reported that Pakistan became an ally because it was the original supporter of the Taliban.

ISI Director Lieutenant General Mahmood Ahmed, the alleged “money-man” behind the 9-11 hijackers, was already in Washingtonat the time of the 9-11 attacks, having arrived in Washingtonon the 4th. On the morning of September 11, General Ahmad attended a breakfast meeting with three lawmakers, Bob Graham, Porter Goss and John Kyl, the latter being part of the Congressional delegation to Pakistan. Pakistan’s ambassador to theUS, Maleeha Lodhi, was also present along with several members of the Senate and House Intelligence committee, allegedly to talk about Osama bin Laden. This was a follow-up meeting to that one held in Pakistan in late August. There, Senator Bob Graham, Representative Porter Goss and Senator Jon Kyl were on a top level mission in Islamabad. Meetings were held with President Pervez Musharraf as well as General Mahmood Ahmad. It must have been known that the ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) was a supporter of a number of Islamic terrorist organizations.

Senator Bob Graham made two very disturbing conflicting statements aboutGeneralAhmad, reportingAhmad’s reaction to the terror attacks:

"…very empathetic, sympathetic to the people of the United States," (Stuart News Company Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL), September 12, 2001).

However, a report by the Washington Post quotingSenatorGrahamstates:

"On the morning of Sept. 11, Goss and Graham were having breakfast with a Pakistani general named Mahmood Ahmed — the soon-to-be-sacked head of Pakistan’s intelligence service. Ahmed ran a spy agency notoriously close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban." (Washington Post, 18 May 2002).

The FBI, Indian Intelligence and other press reports reveal that General Mahmoudhad been the financier of Mohammed Atta, the alleged lead hijacker. It was reported in October 2001 that Mahmood deposited $100 000 to Atta. Atta and two other hijackers transferred some $15 000 ($5000 each) back into an account with the same name two days prior to the attacks. It is believed that the money is unused surplus from the funds used for the attacks, which included $500 000 in total.

Ahmedis one of 27 individuals or groups with known ties to bin Laden to have their assets frozen in theUnited States. When he was based inSudan, he worked for bin Laden as a financial manager.

General Mahmood Ahmed was subsequently fired by Musharraf, hardly feeling indebted toAhmedfor being part of the staged military coup that brought Musharraf to power.

After the attacks, Ahmed extended his Washingtontrip. He promptly met with US officials to negotiate Pakistan’s cooperation with the USA against Al Qaeda. It is rumoured that Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, gave Mahmood an ultimatum: “Help us and breathe in the 21st century along with the international community or be prepared to live in the Stone Age." Secretary of State, CollinPowellpresents seven demands that Pakistan must comply with. They include:

1.) Terminate logistical support to Osama bin Laden, intercept arms shipments through Pakistan and eliminate Al Qaeda operatives' entry into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

2.) Allow the US to have landing rights to US aircraft.

3.) Allow US to occupy Pakistani naval and air bases and to the border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan

4.) Report immigration and intelligence information.

5.) Outright condemn the 9-11 attacks and support the "War on Terror".

6.) Bar shipments of fuel to the Taliban and prevent Pakistani volunteers from going to Pakistan with the intention of joining the Taliban.

7.) If strong evidence emerges that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda are in Afghanistan and the Taliban is found to be harbouring Osama bin Laden and his accomplices, Pakistan will break all diplomatic ties with the Taliban and assist the US in destroying Osama and his network.

On the 13th September, Pervez Musharraf agrees to send Mahmood to meet with the Taliban and negotiate the extradition of Osama bin Laden. The airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, is closed down for the day. The official explanation for this is that the threats had been made against Pakistan’s “strategic assets”. In Kandahar, Mahmood met with Taliban leader, Mohammed Omar, and demanded the handing over of bin Laden or face certain war with the United States and its allies. Later, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press that Ahmed actually urged Omar not to extradite bin Laden. Ahmed also met with another Taliban leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani, in Rawalpindi, in October and promised him ISI support if he remained loyal to the Taliban. Ahmed refused to comment to The Associated Press.

Mahmood “failed” to reach an agreement with the Taliban, much to Washington’s “disappointment”. There was never any intention to apprehend bin Laden. A war was already planned with Afghanistan. A pretext just needed to be established and 9-11 was it. Capturing bin Laden would have squashed any reason to go to war with Afghanistan. The United States would also be forced to present evidence Osama bin Laden was actually involved in 9-11, or the Taliban, of which there is none today. 9-11 sparked a knee-jerk reaction from the American republic and the international community, which persuaded reluctant allies to fight this “war on terror”.

Part 3: The CIA and the drug trade.

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Vinaya Ghimire profile image

Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

After reading part one, obviously I had to read the second part.

It is interesting to note that how and why the US had to work doubly with Pakistan.


Claire Evans profile image

Claire Evans 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Glad you like it! Pakistan is just reaping what they sow when it comes to the US bombing their country with drones. It's always the innocent that have to suffer, though, with this "sowing". Check out part three!


waxi 2 years ago

Though I am a Pakistani I am opposed to policies of Pakistan They are double standards and yes Claire is correct when she says that Pakistan is reaping what it was sowing in past

They are in deep mess and God knows how it will come out but thats not only due to its past foreign policy blunders It goes deeper than that

A word of caution: A stable , Radical free Pakistan is in the interest of global peace


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Waxi. A radical free everything of every religion and culture is badly needed in this world.

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