Beast of the Month - February 2008
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Editor, The Konformist
Beast of the Month - February 2008
Mullah Omar, Taliban Leader
"I yam an anti-Christ... "
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of The Sex Pistols, "Anarchy in the
Poltergeist II tagline
Anyone searching for proof about how bad the "War on Terror" is
going needs to look no further than Pakistan.
In the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the CIA
(along with the London's Scotland Yard) has agreed with the Pakistan
government's controversial assertion that the deed was plotted by
Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban commander with ties to Al Qaeda. The
conclusion goes hand in hand with (until now) underreported news
stories of the rise in power by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. That
it could be even admitted as plausible the Taliban killed Bhutto is
an indictment on how the War on Terror has been waged, as one of the
few things even the harshest critic of the Bush Administration could
concede is the loss of power to the repressive Taliban regime
deserves no tears. True, right wing hacks will no doubt try to
frame the Bhutto assassination as a reminder Al Qaeda and the
Taliban are still a menace to the world. Still, it more likely fits
the playbook of the Democratic Party's talking points: that by
invading Iraq, the Bush Team fought a war with a country with no
ties to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda while dropping the ball on the
real battle in Afghanistan.
Of course, there's a reason why the CIA and Scotland Yard have so
quickly embraced the "Taliban and Al Qaeda did it" conspiracy
theory: the alternative is even more distasteful to the American
establishment. After all, the reason the Taliban theory is so
controversial in Pakistan is because the public widely believes the
political hit was actually orchestrated by Pervez Musharraf, to wipe
out the greatest political threat to his dictatorial reign. The
theory is supported by missing evidence (most notably the washing
down of streets before blood evidence could be collected, and the
blocking of an autopsy by police) showing a high-ranking cover-up,
shoddy security protection at the time of her murder, official lies
about her cause of death, vote-rigging evidence in the recent
Pakistan "election" which Bhutto was to hand to US Congressmen on
her day of death and an email Bhutto wrote three weeks before her
murder where she warned of a plot to kill her, organized by
Musharraf cronies rather than Al Qaeda. In short, had the CIA not
backed the official story, the US public would now have to
acknowledge a partner in the "War on Terror" is a dictatorship that
ruthlessly murders its political opponents.
For once, though, the US establishment may actually be telling the
truth. Or, more precisely, perhaps they are both lying and telling
the truth. To explain, The Konformist provides this little guide to
Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al Qaeda:
* WHAT IS THE TALIBAN? Okay, this one is easy background. A
fundamentalist Islam nationalist movement led by Mullah Omar (The
Konformist Beast of the Month) that took control of Afghanistan in
1996, it was initially embraced by much of the Afghan public for
restoring law and order. Soon it became a repressive regime and
international pariah, enforcing a strict Muslim religious doctrine
which included the subjugation of women, mass murder of political
opponents, outlawing of nearly all modern culture and the 2001
destruction of two 6th century Buddha statues that were perhaps
Afghanistan's most noted cultural artifacts. Their immense
financial aid from Osama bin Laden led to their downfall, as Team
USA knocked them out of power after 9/11. Despite this setback,
they have been on the rise in power since 2006, with multiple
statements by Omar released for propaganda purposes.
* WHAT IS THE ISI? The Inter-Services Intelligence is Pakistan's
largest and most powerful intelligence agency, their version of the
CIA, and one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world.
* ARE THERE TIES BETWEEN THE TALIBAN AND THE ISI? Um, yeah. Though
officially on different sides of the "Good Vs. Evil" paradigm
promoted by the Bush Team in the Terror War, they still have covert
contacts that benefit both parties. For example, Pakistan allows
the Taliban to remain hidden in their borders, in exchange for not
becoming a primary target of radical Islam. Furthermore, they both
have a joint opponent in Afghanistan, and the ISI allowing the
Taliban to flourish creates a force that only weakens a competitive
* ARE THERE TIES BETWEEN THE ISI AND THE CIA? Absolutely, indeed,
many activities done by the ISI can be viewed as simple proxy
operations done for the CIA's bidding.
* SO, DOES THAT MEAN THERE ARE TIES BETWEEN THE TALIBAN AND CIA?
Good question. Obviously, officially there is no link between the
two after 9/11. Still, it has to be acknowledged the Taliban is
pretty much a CIA creation thanks to the war between Afghanistan and
the USSR. Further, there were massive negotiations between the
Taliban and US oil companies (which the CIA is often just foot
soldiers for) as late as the summer of 2001 over a proposed deal to
allow access to untapped crude in the Caspian Sea, worth an
estimated $3 trillion in 2001 oil prices. (When the talks broke
down, the Taliban were warned to "accept our offer of a carpet of
gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.") Of course, now the
CIA and Taliban are officially enemies, but intelligence contacts
are treasured, and at the very least some back channel contacts
likely still exist.
* HOW ABOUT THE TIES BETWEEN THE ISI, THE CIA AND AL QAEDA? This
one has a surprisingly murky answer. First, the most shocking link:
Mohammed Atta, the alleged lead hijacker and ringleader of the 9/11
plot, was wired $100,000 from Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, then head
of the ISI. Was Atta a covert ISI agent? It sure looks that way.
This evidence ties the ISI more closely to 9/11 than either the
Taliban or much maligned Saudi Arabia. (For example, in Fahrenheit
9/11, Michael Moore made much of the Saudis being the not-so-secret
bogeyman, yet Pakistan's suspicious role was completely ignored.)
It's hard to dismiss the idea that whatever Atta was doing was at
the behest of Pakistan. It's also hard to ignore that since much of
what the ISI does is at the CIA's request, this gives some strength
to theories that 9/11 was an inside job. As for the ties between
the CIA and Al Qaeda, like the Taliban, the entire beginnings of Al
Qaeda are tied to the CIA's war against the USSR in Afghanistan.
Having said all this, why are the links between the ISI, CIA and Al
Qaeda so murky? The answer lies in an even more ignored question...
* DOES "AL QAEDA" EVEN EXIST? This is a question few dare ask, and
the answer can be persuasively argued to be no. First, even The
Konformist admits, "Al Qaeda" is an easy (and cool-sounding)
shorthand for a collection of radical Islamic terrorist groups who
are waging war against Team America. In this sense, Al Qaeda
certainly is real. But is it a unified network of anti-American
jihadists who answer to their evil mastermind Osama bin Laden?
Sorry, but this version of things is bogus. In the BBC documentary
The Power of Nightmares, evidence is laid out that "Al Qaeda"
(Arabic for "The Base" and a term never used publicly by Osama
before the 9/11 attacks) was concocted in 2001 by the US DOJ to nail
bin Laden as a head of a crime network. Thus, any radical Islam
terror actions could be ultimately linked to Osama under the "Al
Qaeda" banner. Unfortunately, this has allowed many smaller groups
with competing agendas to be lumped together under a monolithic
banner, all to hype up a giant leviathan for propaganda purposes.
And even then, the supposed size of "Al Qaeda" is highly
exaggerated, inflated by (for example) including those who fought
against the USSR in the eighties but are not at war with anyone and
certainly aren't allies of bin Laden. And speaking of bin Laden,
here's another question that is being ignored...
* IS OSAMA EVEN ALIVE? If he is, The Konformist hasn't found any
good evidence to support the claim. The latest supposed video of
him from September 2007 looks clearly like an imposter, and this
isn't the first bogus Osama passed off as the real deal in the
mainstream press. It's unlikely this would be done if the real
Osama was still around. Meanwhile, in his speeches, Osama has
morphed from a "death to America" Islamo-fascist to a Chomsky-
quoting critic of American foreign policy (who no doubt wears
Birkenstocks, drives a Prius and has Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
on his Netflix queue.) The end result of Osama's conversion is even
Nation-reading establishment lefties can be smeared for parroting
the propaganda of "bin Laden" when criticizing the Iraqi Quagmire.
So let's put this all together. Even if, as the Pakistan
government, CIA and Scotland Yard all insist, the Bhutto
assassination was a Taliban operation, does that let Musharraf and
the ISI off the hook? Or could the Taliban have been doing a
contract hit on behalf of the Pakistan state? (In fact, in 2005,
alleged Bhutto assassination mastermind Mehsud was offered over
$300K by Pakistan to sign a peace deal he would later agree to, so a
business relationship already did exist.)
Does it go even further? Is it possible the Bhutto assassination
may have US Government fingerprints over it? At the very least,
right-wing commentator Bob Novak believes the US let her be killed
to prop up Musharraf. Beyond that claim, let's look at the main
thing the US establishment would have against her: she was pursuing
peace agreements with both Islamic fundamentalists and the state of
Israel. While her plans could have led to less violence and a
future Nobel Peace Prize, lessened tensions in the area would
dismantle the excuse for US presence, potentially leaving American
oil companies shut out of the Caspian Sweepstakes. Meanwhile, in a
November 2007 interview with David Frost, Bhutto stated bin Laden
had already been murdered by an "Al Qaeda" rival Omar Sheikh.
Although this was later dismissed as a verbal mistake (supposedly,
she meant Daniel Pearl had been murdered, not bin Laden) after her
death, it's interesting to note she never corrected herself, nor did
her seasoned interviewer Frost ask for a clarification.
At this point, though, all this is history, albeit recent and
important history. The bigger question is what will happen to the
Taliban. The Konformist guess is they're not going anywhere, and
will only get more powerful as time goes on. Whatever the Taliban's
faults, many Afghanis felt safer from crime when they were in power,
thus explaining any mass popularity they continue to have. Last
September, Afghan prez Hamid Karzai recognized this reality and
offered to negotiate with Taliban leaders, including Mullah Omar.
While the Taliban remains an officially sanctioned bogeyman, it
seems plausible that so-called "moderate" Taliban leaders (i.e.
those willing to give US oil companies sweetheart deals) could be
embraced and rejoin the Afghan establishment. If that happens, you
heard it hear first.
In any case, we salute Mullah Omar as Beast of the Month.
Congratulations, and keep up the great work, Omar!!!
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