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Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story and Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire and The Voice,a novel.
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team began working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul's television show, Watchworks. Called, The Arms Race and the Economy, A Delicate Balance, they found themselves in the midst of a controversy that was to boil over a few months later with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Their acquisition of the first visas to enter Afghanistan granted to an American TV crew in 1981, brought them into the most heated Cold War controversy since Vietnam. But the people inside Soviet-occupied Afghanistan told a very different story from the one being broadcast on the evening news.
Following their news story for the CBS Evening News, they produced a documentary (Afghanistan Between Three Worlds) for PBS and in 1983 they returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline with Harvard Negotiation project director Roger Fisher. Arriving in Kabul that spring they were told that the Russians wanted to go home and negotiate their way out. But the story that President Carter called, "the greatest threat to peace since the second World War" had already been written by America's pundits was not about to change the script.
As the first American journalists to get behind the official propaganda on the war, they not only got a view of an unseen Afghan life, but a revelatory look at how the US defined itself under the veil of superpower confrontation. But as they pursued the reasons behind the propaganda, they were drawn into a story that was growing into mythic dimensions.
It was at the time of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 when they were working on the film version of their experience under contract to Oliver Stone, that they began to piece together the mythic implications of the story. During the research for the screenplay crucial documents were declassified. Over the next decade they trailed a labyrinth of clues to find a likeness in Washington's official policy towards Afghanistan - in the ancient Zoroastrian war of the light against the dark - whose origins began in the region now known as Afghanistan. It was a likeness that grows more visible as America's involvement deepens.
By 1998, as the horrors of the Taliban regime began to grab headlines, they started collaborating with Afghan human rights expert Sima Wali. They contributed to the Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future book project. In 2002 they filmed Wali's first return to Kabul since her exile in 1978. The film they produced about Wali's journey home, The Woman in Exile Returns, gave audiences the chance to discover the message of one of Afghanistan's most articulate voices and her hopes for her people.
In the years since 9/11 much has happened to bring their story into sharp focus. Their experience at combining personal diplomacy with activist journalism could become a model for restoring a healthy and vibrant dialogue to American democracy. Ultimately, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story lays bare why it was inevitable that the Soviet Union and the U.S. should end up in Afghanistan and what that means to the future of the American emp
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, October 30, 2020 Our interview about President Carter's true role in starting the longest war in US history
October 7, 2020 was the 19th anniversary of what is described as the longest war in American history. But the real start of the longest US "war" was when President Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski succeeded in drawing the Soviets into the "Afghan Trap" on December 27, 1979. It is the back story leading up to the Soviet invasion that everyone needs to know, especially the pivotal role of President Carter.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, August 14, 2020 'Magical Thinking' has always ruled the US role in Afghanistan
The best way for us to understand Afghanistan is to look at the record of American involvement going back four decades and to look at the record requires a reexamination of President Jimmy Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski. From the start, U.S. policy formation surrounding Afghanistan has lived in a realm of magical thinking that has produced nothing but a catastrophe of nightmarish proportions.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2018 We're all CIA assets! What can be done, a personal story
In view of current New Cold War plans to mount a full-scale global war against China and Russia, Americans need to look back and reconsider the turning points that brought our country to this crossroads. How did we as Americans come from being so much against war in Vietnam in the 1960s into preparing for a world war against just about everyone on the planet today? The CIA sabotaged the anti-war movement through its music.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2018 The Khashoggi Gambit
Overthrowing secular regimes and replacing them with Muslim fanatics put Khashoggi squarely in the vanguard of Neoconservative foreign policy and his death at the hands of a Saudi death squad is a blow to their entire agenda. But it should be remembered that their agenda gained prominence in the first place as a result of a not so dissimilar atrocity leveled against an American Ambassador in 1979.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Why did Master Spy Robert Moss Secretly become a Dream Coach Guru?
There is no mention on Moss's website that before he turned to dream work he was a prote'ge' of notorious CIA and MI6 operative Brian Crozier. Along with the CIA and MI6, Moss left a high level and successful career as a master propagandist (i.e. an expert in lying) working for the Institute for the Study of Conflict ( ISC) and Forum World Features , a London based CIA propaganda news service which operated from 1965 to 1974.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 29, 2018 Part 2: The Tragic Imperialist: Brzezinski, Afghanistan and the End of Emperors
No one has ever suggested a privatized agency in the death of Ambassador Dubs. But the Safari Club's anti-Communist agenda came to the White House with Brzezinski in 1977, had been active in Afghanistan for years. If ever there was an opportunity for their 1,500-strong black network of assassins to act on Brzezinski's agenda to lure the Soviets into their own Vietnam, it was at room 117 of the Kabul Hotel on February 14, 1979.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2018 Part 1: How the Neocon dream for everlasting Hegemony turned America into a nightmare
A straight line can be drawn between today's political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of "meddling" in American democracy. And then there is that hidden "meddler" behind the meddling; Britain. The extent of British meddling in America since the early 20th century would shock even the most devout cheerleaders of ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his "dirty dossier".
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 29, 2018 Part 7: The Coup d'e'tat --
Continuing his coup d'e'tat in Washington, Brzezinski and his military assistant General William Odom proceeded with plans for the radical transformation of America's nuclear doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction -- MAD (directed mainly at the Soviet Union) into one of nuclear "war-fighting" through a series of Presidential Directives.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 28, 2018 Part 6: The Death of Adolph Dubs - Cui bono? 'To whom is it a benefit?'
The kidnapping and assassination of Adolph Dubs would provide the spark to swing opinion in Washington toward Brzezinski's desire for a more aggressive destabilization of Amin's and the Soviets did not want;government that in turn would lead to exactly what Ambassador Adolph Dubs had died trying to prevent and the Soviets did not want; a Soviet military occupation.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Part 5: Brzezinski's Safari Club "Friends" Did the Dirty Work Behind the Scenes
The Frankenstein political monster emerging to thwart Dubs' plan for Afghanistan could only have come from Brzezinski's ethnic experiment called the Nationalities Working Group. But the rise of the neoconservatives following the Vietnam War had brought with it an ethnic strategy that put Muslim extremists together with European and Middle Eastern racketeers - fed by a Trotskyist hatred for all things Russian.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 24, 2018 Part 4: How the Safari Club became the real CIA
The Safari club represented the true essence of what CIA Director Allen Dulles had intended when setting up the Central Intelligence Agency following World War II; an autonomous covert action organization with global reach, beyond the jurisdiction of American democracy and responsible to no one.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, April 13, 2018 Part 1: It's been done to Russia before but this time will be the last
If Stanley Fischer, a man who helped bring about a de facto criminal-privatization-fraud to post-empire Russia says the U.S. is on a dangerous course, the time has arrived for Americans to ask what role Stanley Fischer played in putting the U.S. on that dangerous course. Unknown to Americans is the blunt force trauma Fischer and the Harvard Project delivered to Russia under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 7, 2017 The New York Times Strikes Out Again on Afghanistan
From 1918 until its demise in 1991, the Russian people at least knew that Pravda (Truth) was the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. But what most Americans would be surprised to learn is that The New York Times has been operating for decades as the U.S. government's Pravda without anyone being the wiser.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 5, 2017 What have they done to our fair sister? An Epitaph
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man who'd sacrificed Sima Wali's Afghanistan to give the Soviet Union its own Vietnam, passed on four months earlier in the same city where Sima lived until her death.If they should meet in the afterlife, one can easily imagine how delightfully uncomfortable that encounter would be for Zbig!
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Part 4: Ceaseless Propaganda, Outright Lies and Distorted Facts
Democracy and freedom of expression are under attack. There is blood in the streets. How did it get that way? Where did it come from, what are its sources and what continues to drive it? This four part series will look at the origin of those sources and unlock connections that when understood should open doors of perception that have been locked shut for far too long.