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It's a daisy chain of horrific violence, all
of which can be traced directly back to a decision made by a Democratic
president and his National Security Advisor to arm, train, and send out into the world a new army
of radical jihadis, in order to entice the godless communists into an historic
trap in Afghanistan. The actors from that drama were hired again last year by another Democratic president in
Libya, and are being remobilized today in Syria -- even as the blowback from their comrades in Mali becomes virtually instantaneous.
No force in the world has done more than the government of the United States to create a radical global jihad army.
It's a blowback world.
"Algeria's interior minister, Daho Ould
Kablia, said that the seizure of the gas field had been overseen by Mokhtar
Belmokhtar, an Algerian who fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the
and has reportedly established his own group in the Sahara after
falling out with other local Qaeda leaders."1
( New York Times
"But this intervention is itself the consequence of another
. The Libyan war is frequently
touted as a success story for liberal interventionism. Yet the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship had
consequences that Western intelligence services probably never even bothered to
imagine. Tuaregs -- who
traditionally hailed from northern Mali -- made up a large portion of his army .
When Gaddafi was ejected from power,
they returned to their homeland: sometimes forcibly so as black Africans came
under attack in post-Gaddafi Libya, an uncomfortable fact largely ignored by
the Western media .
"But the Libyan war was seen as a success, too; and here we are now engaging
with its catastrophic blowback.
" The price of Western interventions
may often be ignored by our media, but it is still paid nonetheless .
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"It is the
responsibility of all of us to scrutinise what our governments do in our name; if we cannot learn that from Iraq,
Afghanistan and Libya, then it is hopeless."2 ( The Independent)
"Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against
allied troops in Iraq
are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar
Gaddafi's regime. Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion' in Afghanistan "
"He was later handed over to the US,
and then held in Libya before being released in 2008."3 (The Telegraph)
Day of Creation
"It should by now be generally
accepted that the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 1979 was deliberately provoked by the United
his memoir published in 1996, the former CIA director Robert Gates made it
clear that the American intelligence services began to aid
the mujahidin guerrillas not after the Soviet invasion, but six months
before it. In an
interview two years later with Le Nouvel
Observateur , President
Carter's national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski proudly confirmed Gates'
assertion. "According to the official version of history,'
Brzezinski said, "CIA aid to the mujahidin began during 1980, that's to say,
after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan. But the
reality, kept secret until now, is completely different: on 3 July 1979
President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of
the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And on the same day, I wrote a note to the
president in which I explained that in my opinion this aid would lead to a
Soviet military intervention.'
"Asked whether he in any way regretted
these actions, Brzezinski replied: "Regret
what ? The secret operation was an excellent
idea . It drew the Russians into the Afghan
trap and you want me to regret it ? On the day that the Soviets
officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, saying, in essence:
'We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.'
: "And neither do
you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and
advice to future terrorists ?
is more important in world history ?
Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Muslims
or the liberation of Central Europe
and the end of the Cold War?"4
"By then , the group's [Muslim Brotherhood] chief
international organizer and best-known official was Said Ramadan
, the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna [founder of the Muslim Brotherhood
Ramadan had come to the attention of both the CIA and MI-6, the British
intelligence service. In researching my book ... I came across an unusual
photograph that showed Ramadan with
President Eisenhower in the Oval Office. By then, or soon after, Ramadan had
likely been recruited as a CIA agent. Wall Street Journal reporter Ian
Johnson has since documented the close ties between Ramadan and various Western
intelligence services ... Johnson writes: "By the end of the decade, the CIA
was overtly backing Ramadan
President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the
Oval Office with a group of Muslim delegates, 1953. Said Ramadan is second
from the right.
And as Brendan O'Neill, in "Today's
"Islamic Fascists' Were Yesterday's Friends
," cites former CIA agent Robert Baer: "the "logic of
the Cold War' meant that the U.S. was willing to support radical Islamists
if they carried out activities such as assassinations or political agitation
designed to foment conflict. "If Allah agreed to fight on our side, fine. If
Allah decided that political assassination was permissible, that was fine too,
as long as no one talked about it in polite company."6
Today and Yesterday are getting closer and closer.
"Some Hostages Killed, but Raid
Rescues Many, Algeria Says"
"The war in Libya was seen as a success, now here we are
engaging with the blowback in Mali"
And see Rpbert Dreyfuss's excellent book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped
Unleash Fundamentalist Islam
(American Empire Project). for a full story of
how the US collaborated with conservative Islamic fundamentalists for thirty
years, setting up for the fateful step of arming and training a global radical
jihadi movement in Afghanistan.
Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective. Also publishing on Counterpunch The Greanville Post, Z, The Unz Review, and other sites around the net.