- Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July
3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter
secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement
that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise"
the Soviet Union...
- The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following
years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan
(Taliban means "student").
- Young zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp
in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage
skills" - terrorism.
- Others were recruited at an Islamic school in Brooklyn,
New York, within sight of the fated Twin Towers.
- In Pakistan, they were directed by British MI6 officers
and trained by the SAS.
- The result, quipped Brzezinski, was "a few stirred
up Muslims" - meaning the Taliban.
- The Wall Street Journal declared: "The Taliban are
the players most capable of achieving peace. Moreover, they were crucial
to secure the country as a prime trans-shipment route for the export of
Central Asia's vast oil, gas and other natural resources."
- No American newspaper dares suggest that the prisoners
in Camp X-Ray are the product of this policy, nor that it was one of the
factors that led to the attacks of September 11.
- Nor do they ask: who were the real winners of September
- The day the Wall Street stock market opened after the
destruction of the Twin Towers, the few companies showing increased value
were the giant military contractors Alliant Tech Systems, Northrop Grumman,
Raytheon (a contributor to New Labor) and Lockheed Martin.
- As the US military's biggest supplier, Lockheed Martin's
share value rose by a staggering 30 per cent.
- Within six weeks of September 11, the company (with its
main plant in Texas, George Bush's home state) had secured the biggest
military order in history: a $200 billion contract to develop a new fighter
aircraft. The greatest taboo of all, which Orwell would surely recognize,
is the record of the United States as a terrorist state and haven for terrorists.
- This truth is virtually unknown by the American public
and makes a mockery of Bush's (and Blair's) statements about "tracking
down terrorists wherever they are."
- They don't have to look far.
- Florida, currently governed by the President's brother,
Jeb Bush, has given refuge to terrorists who, like the September 11 gang,
have hi-jacked aircraft and boats with guns and knives.
- Most have never had criminal charges brought against
- Why? All of them are anti-Castro Cubans. Former Guatemalan
Defence Minister Gramajo Morales, who was accused of "devising and
directing an indiscriminate campaign of terror against civilians",
including the torture of an American nun and the massacre of eight people
from one family, studied at Harvard University on a US government scholarship.
- During the 1980s, thousands of people were murdered by
death squads connected to the army of El Salvador, whose former chief now
lives comfortably in Florida.
- The former Haitian dictator, General Prosper Avril, liked
to display the bloodied victims of his torture on television.
- When he was overthrown, he was flown to Florida by the
US government, and granted political asylum.
- A leading member of the Chilean military during the reign
of General Pinochet, whose special responsibility was executions and torture,
lives in Miami.
- THE Iranian general who ran Iran's notorious prisons,
is a wealthy exile in the US.
- One of Pol Pot's senior henchmen, who enticed Cambodian
exiles back to their certain death, lives in Mount Vernon, New York.
- What all these people have in common, apart from their
history of terrorism, is that they either worked directly for the US government
or carried out the dirty work of US policies.
- The al-Qaeda training camps are kindergartens compared
with the world's leading university of terrorism at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Known until recently as the School of the Americas, its graduates include
almost half the cabinet ministers of the genocidal regimes in Guatemala,
two thirds of the El Salvadoran army officers who committed, according
to the United Nations, the worst atrocities of that country's civil war,
and the head of Pinochet's secret police, who ran Chile's concentration
- There is terrible irony at work here. The humane response
of people all over the world to the terrorism of September 11 has long
been hijacked by those running a rapacious great power with a history of
terrorism second to none. Global supremacy, not the defeat of terrorism,
is the goal; only the politically blind believe otherwise.