Al Qaeda has so much to thank our American government for. It was the CIA that created, funded and trained Bin Laden and his goons in Afghanistan back in the 1980s, as part of the American jihad against the Soviet Union. Our national Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski recollects:
Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski from Le Nouvel Observateur
January 15-21, 1998, p. 76
Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalists, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
Then in 2003, President Bush occupied Iraq under the pretext of “fighting Al Qaeda” and eliminated Saddam Hussein, one of Al Qaeda’s biggest enemies, opening Iraq to the flood of Al Qaeda terrorists, who, under the American rule, turned Iraq into their base, just as they had done so in North Iraq after the US took over North Iraq in the early 1990s.
The latest chapter is being written in Syria, where the Sunni extremists are fighting against the Assad regime of Shiite/Alawite extremists and Christians:
British Muslims fighting in Syria could commit terrorist attacks in UK
British Muslims fighting in Syria’s civil war could return home to carry out terrorist attacks, intelligence chiefs have warned.
By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
10:30AM GMT 26 Mar 2013
There are “hundreds” of Europeans now fighting in Syria, some of whom are with groups linked to al Qaeda, the Home Office has told MPs.
In an annual report on its Contest counter-terrorism strategy, the Home Office warned of the risk to Britain and other European nations posed by foreign fighters now gaining military experience in Syria.
The Home Office warning – based on assessments by British intelligence agencies – comes as ministers debate doing more to arm and support the rebels fighting the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
The uprising in Syria “has involved many organisations with different political views and tactics; some are connected with and supported by al Qaeda in Iraq,” the Home Office report says.
It adds: “These terrorist groups conducted over 600 attacks in 2012 and, like others associated with al Qaeda, continue to attract recruits from this country and elsewhere in Europe.
“There are now hundreds of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria. As and when UK residents return here there is a risk that they may carry out attacks using the skills that they have developed overseas.”
Britain has sent a variety of equipment to anti-Assad forces, but stopped short of supplying weapons.
A European Union arms embargo currently prevents EU nations supplying lethal weapons to anyone in Syria.
Earlier this month, David Cameron suggested that Britain was willing to defy that ban and arm the rebels.
The Home Office report may raise doubts about such a decision.
The report, presented to Parliament by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, also highlights the risks posed to Britain by terrorists using biological weapons, and those conducting attacks using firearms.