Jere Van Dyk is a former consultant on Afghanistan Pakistan to the US State Department and a leading journalist for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and now CBS News. He has been in Afghanistan since the Soviet Invasion and now lives in New York City. Jere Van Dyk just released a book called "Captive, MY Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban."
Borders are man made figments of our imagination. Jere Van Dyk says, "There is fundamentally no difference between the Pakistani Taliban and the Afghanistan Taliban. They are all deep down Pashtuns." They all live in the mountainous border region "separating' Pakistan and Afghanistan. Take a look at the map of the "border'. They are all Muslims following the Koran and the Hadith, which say, "Make War on the Christians, Jews and Infidels, in return for eternal paradise, crystal clear water, 72 virgins, 180,000 servants each and wine with no side effects." (Koran Sura 9:5, 29-30, Sura 56, Hadith). Yesterday the Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad boasted that he is a Muslim Soldier. He said "others will succeed where I have failed."
For years George Bush gave billions of dollars of US taxpayer money for aid to Pakistan, to Pakistan's military leader and President, General Pervez Musharraf. Last October President Obama and Congress gave 7.5 billion dollars of US taxpayer money to Pakistan, to Pakistan's new President Asif Ali Zardari for civilian uses, and a blank check, "such funds as may be necessary" for military purposes.
Jere Van Dyk says, "Pakistani military sources told me their goal was to use US money to support the (Pakistani Afghan) Taliban and help them take back Afghanistan (from the Americans who are leaving in one year) thus spreading Pakistan's sphere of influence and to stop the Taliban from attacking Pakistan."
Recently a report came out from the London School of Economics. The Pakistan CIA is called the ISI, Inter Services Intelligence. According to the London School of Economics Pakistan's CIA, ISI, "is providing funding, training, and sanctuary to the Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought."
This year Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari visited senior Taliban prisoners in Pakistan, released them and promised them help for their militant operations. Hamid Karzai is also a Pashtun who publicly declared his intention to join the Taliban. The 32 NATO soldiers killed by the Taliban last week and the American babies who nearly died in Times Square on May 1 were victims of our tax dollars. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wright said, "We don't have a mechanism for tracking the money after we have given it to them" (Pakistan).
The captain of the Pakistan soccer team Muhammad Essa is a Pashtun. The Afghanistan soccer team has Pashtun players. The Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty yesterday. Faisal Shahzad is an American citizen who was born in Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban are one. The Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad received explosives training in Pakistan from the Pakistani Taliban and funding from the Pakistani Taliban who got the money from us, United States taxpayers.
Let us connect the dots in order to see the big picture. We gave money to Pakistan. Pakistan gave the money to the ISI. The ISI gave the money to the Pakistani Taliban. The Pakistani Taliban gave it to the Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad.