What did the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre have in common with the military assault on the Gadaffi-led government and nation of Libya?
At the centre of both crimes were two groups of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists that were virtually created by the government of the United States of America!
You see, there is a common thread running through such seemingly unconnected events as the 9/11 tragedy in the United States and other violent assaults which have been inflicted on such nations as Algeria, Somalia, Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, China, India, Saudia Arabia, Yemen, Libya and more recently Nigeria and Mali.
And so, if we are to make sense of this period of contemporary history, we have to go back to the night of December 27, 1979, when some 100,000 Soviet Union soldiers “marched” into the Muslim country of Afghanistan.
This event led the then United States national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski to conceive of a plan to bring together militants from all over the Islamic world to further radicalize them with an extreme ideology of Islamic nationalism; to train them in the techniques of terrorism; to arm them; and to direct them against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
(Brzezinski also calculated that once these so-called Islamic Mujahedeen fighters had completed their “jihad” or “holy war” in Afghanistan, that they would turn their violent attention to the Muslim-majority states under Soviet Union control in central Asia.)
The United States government put this evil plan into operation with the assistance of the governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Under the direction of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), training camps were set up along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, and with the help of American and Saudi money, well in excess of 30,000 recruits were trained in these camps during the decade of the 1980s. (And, of course, this was in addition to the massive military assistance that the United States gave to their allies in Afghanistan, such as the Taliban!)
Approximately one half of these recruits were from Saudi Arabia, including Osama bin-Laden, but there were also significant numbers from virtually every single Islamic country, inclusive of Libya.
The United States printed thousands of textbooks and training manuals that instructed these Muslim militants it was their Islamic duty to destroy the infidel Russian invaders, and donations of weapons and some $40 billion in cash –– chiefly from the United States and Saudi Arabia –– were handled by the CIA.
And so, the extreme Islamic fundamentalist terrorist was manufactured, and was inculcated with the idea he had the God-given right to determine when an offence had been committed against the “true” Muslim religion, and to destroy and remove any perceived enemy of Islam.
By 1989, the Soviet Union was defeated in Afghanistan, and the tens of thousands of battle-hardened, United States-trained Mujahedeen fighters were free to leave Afghanistan and to make their way back to their various home countries. Osama bin-laden, for example, went back to Saudi Arabia, where he promptly accused the Saudi authorities of being traitors to Islam; established his
Al Qaeda organization; and ultimately declared war on the Saudi government and their United States allies.
This pattern was repeated all across the Middle East and North Africa where these returnees found governments which they disapproved of because they were not Islamic enough! For example, Algerian Mujahedeen fighters returned to Algeria, denounced the secular government and embarked on a terroristic crusade for the establishment of an Islamic state in Algeria.
Other examples abound in Chechnya, Kashmir, Bosnia, Egypt –– and the list goes on.
By the late 1990s, Libya’s moderate Islamic regime also fell victim to the insane extremist violence of their repatriated “Afghans”. In 1999, the Washington Post newspaper reported Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as explaining that his government had been forced to repel a violent military assault by Libyan “Afghans”. According to Gaddafi, “they returned desperate and destructive, and adopted killing and explosives as their profession, according to the training they received from the American intelligence”.
It is a core of these same “desperate and destructive” men –– based in the city of Benghazi –– the United States, France and Britain opportunistically used against Gaddafi and the Libyan state.
Just imagine how much mayhem and suffering has been inflicted on the world, compliments of the “evil” manufactured by the United States.
The reference sources for this article include :
1. Article entitled The Cost Of An Afghan “Victory” by Dilip Hiro, published in the February 25, 1999 issue of the United States-based The Nation Magazine
2. Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism And The Failure Of Good Intentions by Clyde Prestowitz (president of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, DC). Published by Basic Books in 2003).
See Pages 103, 186, 187, 265 and 266.
3. Rogue State: A Guide To The World’s Only Superpower by William Blum. Published by Common Courage Press. See Chapter 2 entitled America’s Gift
To The World –– The Afghan Terrorist Alumni.
See Pages 33 to 37.
4. The article entitled Libya: Getting It Right by Gerald A. Perreira, a Guyanese-born scholar/activist who has lived in Libya for many years. Published in African World News&Views, Winter 2011-2013.
(David A. Comissiong, attornet-at-law, is president of the Clement Payne Movement.)