Friday, October 18, 2002

Fight against terrorism? Surely there must be a mistake...

US supported Bin Laden and the Talibans for years, and viewed them as freedom fighters against the Russians. As late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taliban's official in Afghanistan. Why were they so friendly? Hate for Russians? Not really because Russia had collapsed long before. The fact is that there is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than in Saudi Arabia, but you need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil out. In fact quite recently America signed an agreement with the oil rich Azerbaijan to allow an American oil company to build a pipeline from there to the sea coast through Turkey. The fact is that it is too close to Iraq and Kurds.

Likewise Unocal, a giant American Oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1,000 mile long pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea. Unocal spent $10 billion on conducting geological surveys for this project and had very nicely courted the Talibans for their support in allowing the construction to begin. All of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with UNOCAL in 1998. See this link for more proof. If you are interested read the whole thing and you will see how the good American relatioship with Taliban turn sour.

Somewhere between 1998-1999 the Talibans changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of the country and awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina. Then John Maresca, VP of UNOCAL testified before Congress and said no pipeline until the Talibans was gone and a more friendly government was established. And that is when America got its act together and between 1999-2000 The Talibans became the most evil people in the world. Senior American officials in mid-July of 2000 told Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October 2000. Wait a minute who is this Niaz Naik? The same guy who was doing shuttle diplomacy during Kargil? Read more about him here and here. Also reailse that Naik happened to be a diplomat in Nawaz Sharif's government and continues to be close to Musharraf.

Then comes the 9/11 WTC disaster. I am just mentioning this but I will not make any guesses or links to anything because it is too sensitive. But terming it as 'Pearl Harbour II' Bush goes to war against Afghanistan even though none of the hijackers came from Afghanistan. And within a couple of days, with hardly any leads, Bush blamed Bin Laden but has never offered any proof saying it's a "secret". Talibans offered to negotiate to turn over Bin Laden if we showed them some proof. But the fact of the matter is that Osama had put pressure on Talibans not to cut any sort of deals with 'Zionist Americans' (as he calls them) and the deal had already been given to someone else. The attack had two reasons - one to destroy any chance for the Argentinian company to continue business there; the other was to make sure Osama didn't get involved again.

Now we have a new government in Afghanistan headed by a new leader that half of Afghanistan had never heard of before. Hamid Karzai, though from Afghanisitan, had formerly worked for UNOCAL. The US even lobbied that he should get Nobel Peace prize! In fact even the special envoy to Afghanistan, Mr Lakdhar Ibrahimi, was also a former employee of Unocal.

That the Bush family as a whole has been involved in oil business for last few decades is no secret. Even now, George Bush Sr works with the "Carlysle Group" which specialises in huge oil investments around the world. With over $6 Trillion dollars worth of oil in the Caspian Sea area, the US government quietly announces Jan 31, 2002 we will support the construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. Musharraf and Karrzai back this, and the new gas pipeline will go through Afghanistan.

A second backup pipeline signed with Azerbaijan is getting ready. But to safeguard their interests, Amercia needs to get rid of Saddam and install a 'friendly' government.

Ahem.. so let me say this again. Fight against terrorism? Surely there is a mistake...

I wrote this after a friend of mine, who is a coloumnist, shared her thoughts on Afghan war and gave me links to read about it.


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