Williams next tells his Huffington Post readers, "It seems that the older Tamerlan then converted his brother Dzhokar to the fanatical cause". Ah, but here is where we must insist on a full disclosure from Mr. Brian Glyn Williams himself.
To a Fox News audience, "Williams said that after [Dzhokhar] contacted him, he emailed back a syllabus. He said he didn't even remember the interaction until he talked to a friend."
In the South Coast Today , however, "Williams recalled [Dzhokhar] clearly, though the two never met and communicated by email, Williams sending him links to academic papers he's published and books he recommended." Williams then made his case for propagandizing the boy. "As Williams put it, an ancient civilization was being wiped away... there are stories of mass killings, death camps, mass graves, torture, destruction."
In the Fox report Williams reiterated his recurring thesis. "He said the official [Chechen rebel] leadership is more secular and moderate, but there is an extremist element that sees the Russians as "infidels. '" That is the story of the Chechen conflict that Williams peddles to whomever will listen, including the eager students at the University of Massachusetts and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But what is secular or moderate about Mr. Umarov and his Saudi-trained chief ideologist and suicide bomber trainer, Mr. Buryatsky? It is they who are responsible for the Kavkaz Center, which Brian Glyn Williams linked to in his Huffington Post piece.
In another article that Williams wrote a week after the Boston bombing, Who Are The Chechens? , he told us, "Having taught what is perhaps the only class in America, if not the world, on this obscure land for nine years"" and nothing about his CIA-contracted field work. If ever a conflict of interest should be disclosed, then this is surely that time. The man taught about a foreign insurgency in Russia at a public University for nearly a decade despite being a field operative on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency. He apparently never disclosed this fact at the time, nor even in this post-bombing article. It remains a mystery why he chose to disclose his CIA past at all in Major History in March of this year. One motivation may have come from the publisher of his new book "Predators: The CIA's Drone War on al Qaeda," where it is also mentioned . Williams' CIA bona fides may be seen as a useful marketing blurb to sell the book to readers. In this new era of Zero Dark Thirty the CIA is overwhelmingly sold to the American public as being the good guys, their Church Commission dirty laundry revelations long since forgotten.
Never disclosed in Williams' one-sided portrayal of his subject matter is the United States' covert role in sponsoring, funding and encouraging Jihad against first the Soviets in Afghanistan (1979), and then in former republics of the Soviet Union including Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya and Dagestan. For all the inspiring talk of desperate "David versus Goliath" Chechen Jihadist warriors, the proxy nature of these insurgencies does not merit any mention by the professor.
What is the Jamestown Foundation?
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This NGO was founded in 1984 by William Casey, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Reagan, as well as Zbigniew Brzezinski and exiled Soviet-bloc intelligence defectors. It was a Cold War information collection and propaganda source used to strategically weaken the Soviet Union and to advance US interests in Asia, a mission that continues today undeterred. SourceWatch states, "Jamestown's work has contributed directly to the spread of democracy and personal freedom in the former Communist Bloc countries." In other words it is an active political player in the region. It also has an extensive record of influencing the internal politics of "Communist Bloc countries" so that they become "former."
Zbigniew Brzezinski is famous for designing and launching the 1979 Jihad in Afghanistan that drew the Soviets into their own "Vietnam," thereby weakening Soviet Russia and draining its resources on a US-engineered and supported proxy war. The arms and fighters flowed through Pakistan and Saudi Arabia primarily, in partnership with the CIA. Radical Islamic fighters were recruited from all over the Arab world to go fight a Jihad in Afghanistan throughout the 1980s.
Brzezinski bragged about this success against the Soviets and simultaneously dismissed concerns over Islamic fundamentalism. "What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?" Brzezinski's 1997 book The Grand Chessboard predicted major wars in Central Asia, the oil, gas and mineral rich Caspian region and the Caucasus as necessary for insuring America's "primacy" in the world. His goal is based upon world domination by America and its allies, and his entire career has been in service to this goal. Brzezinski holds the highest position at the Jamestown Foundation.
Currently, says SourceWatch: "Global Terrorism Analysis is a subset of The Jamestown Foundation which publishes three journals, Terrorism Monitor" Spotlight on Terror" and "Terrorism Focus." It also publishes, "Chechnya Weekly." Jamestown boasts a lengthy roster of paid analysts, and Brian Glyn Williams is a longtime contributor.