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    I'm not sure how to title this thread...

    ...possibly, "Who's really to blame..." Or, "The creation called Osama bin Laden." Or, simply, "The History Behind Osama..."

    The following was written by a citizen of another country. I don't see it as a critique...rather, simply some now-forgotten history.

    If you feed and ride a tiger to hit an enemy, after eating the enemy, the tiger will eat you. Simple arithmatic - not the Nostradamus arithmatic 11 but, - "You reap what you sow"

    THE UNPRECEDENTED deaths and destruction in two cities of the U.S. on September 11 has stirred the conscience of the world. It was the most lethal, ruthless and daring terrorist strike on the nerve centre of the world's most powerful nation today. The U.S., which promises to guarantee security to the world, was found wanting in checking the terrorist strikes at home for more than 40 minutes when the terrorists had the free run of it's major airports, highjacking not one or two but four domestic planes
    to be used as flying bombs.

    It did not take long for the U.S. establishment to identify the culprits who masterminded these terrorist acts. These were the "evil" forces of "Islamic terrorism" led by Osama bin Laden. The mainstream U.S. media went on to explain these terrorist attacks in the context of the "clash of civilisations" thesis of Samuel Huntington. There were urgent calls for "forming a global alliance that will use all tools - diplomatic, political, economic, educational, investigative, and where appropriate, force - to pursue and root out the terrorist criminals and their supporters..."

    But it is really surprising that the U.S., mecca of information
    technology with it's super computers and all kinds of data bases, should be so greatly short of memory about Osama bin Laden. The media in the U.S. these days is full of biographical sketches of Osama bin Laden in which he appears on the world scene in 1990 opposing the Gulf War and then is shown growing into an anti-West monster, finally, targeting the U.S. on "Black Tuesday."

    However, it may be news to many ears that Osama's journey as a terrorist did not start in 1990-1991. Any honest biographical description of Osama should not overlook his activities in the 1980s when he was deputed by the CIA to Afghanistan to finance and oversee the resistance to the Soviets. He was groomed as a theocratic-terrorist by the U.S. openly. In fact, there is lot of weight in the thesis that the modern Jehadi-Islam is a byproduct of intrigues by the West to keep the Islamic
    world under its suzerainty, devoid of any kind of democratic processes. And also to use it as a whipping boy occasionally whenever attention needs to be diverted from issues raised by anti-globalisation campaigners.

    The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which has a long tradition of opposing the Taliban regime and paying for it with blood, raised this issue in its September 14 press statement. While condemning the terrorist attack, the statement went on to underline the fact that "the people of Afghanistan have nothing to do with Osama and
    his accomplices. But unfortunately we must say that it was the
    Government of the United States who supported Pakistani dictator Gen. Zia-ul-Haq in creating thousands of religious schools from which the germs of Taliban emerged. In the similar way, as is clear to all, Osama has been the blue-eyed boy of the CIA."

    How the U.S. and the CIA created Osama and his network has been well-documented in the book "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia" by Ahmed Rashid who is the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Daily Telegraph of London. This book which has been published by the Yale University Press clearly shows who in reality created Osama. Ahmed Rashid in his superb expose is able to present the factual linkages between the U.S. and the "monster" which it created.

    Some of the excerpts are too revealing too be missed. "In 1986, CIA chief William Casey had stepped up the war against the Soviet Union by taking three significant, but at that time highly secret, measures. He had persuaded the U.S. Congress to provide the Mujaheddin with American-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to shoot down Soviet planes and provide U.S. advisers to train the guerrillas. The CIA, Britain's MI6 and the ISI (Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence) also agreed on a provocative plan
    to launch guerrilla attacks into the Soviet Socialist Republics of
    Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the soft Muslim underbelly of the Soviet state from where Soviet troops in Afghanistan received their supplies. Casey was delighted with the news, and on his next secret trip to Pakistan he crossed the border into Afghanistan with President Zia to review the Mujaheddin groups.

    "Thirdly, Casey committed CIA support to a long-standing ISI initiative to recruit radical Muslims from around the world to come to Pakistan and fight with the Afghan Mujaheddin. Washington wanted to demonstrate that the entire Muslim world was fighting the Soviet Union alongside the Afghans and their American benefactors."

    The book also goes on to show in graphic detail how harmless madrassas were turned into factories for breeding religious guerillas. "... between 1982 and 1992, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries in the Middle East, North and East Africa, Central Asia and the Far East would pass their baptism under fire with the Afghan Mujaheddin. Tens of
    thousands more foreign Muslim radicals came to study in the hundreds of new madrassas that Zia's military government began to fund in Pakistan and along the Afghan border. Eventually more than 100,000 Muslim radicals were to have direct contact with Pakistan and Afghanistan and be influenced by the jihad...

    "In camps near Peshawar and in Afghanistan, these radicals met each other for the first time and studied, trained and fought together. It was the first opportunity for most of them to learn about Islamic movements in other countries, and they forged tactical and ideological links that would serve them well in the future. The camps became virtual universities for future Islamic radicalism." Interesting details of Osama's recruitment by the CIA for Jehad in Afghanistan are also available in this book. "Among these thousands of foreign recruits was a young Saudi student,
    Osama bin Laden, the son of a Yemeni construction magnate, Mohammed bin Laden, who was a close friend of the late King Faisal and whose company had become fabulously wealthy on the contracts to renovate and expand the Holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina. The ISI had long wanted Prince Turki bin Faisal, the head of Istakhbarat, the Saudi Intelligence Service, to provide a Royal Prince to lead the Saudi contingent in order to show Muslims the commitment of the Royal Family to the jehad. Only poorer Saudis, students, taxi drivers and Bedouin tribesmen had so far arrived to fight. But no pampered Saudi prince was ready to rough it out in the Afghan mountains. Bin Laden, although not a royal, was close enough to the royals and certainly wealthy enough to lead the Saudi contingent sowhen bin Laden decided to join up, his family responded enthusiastically.

    "He first traveled to Peshawar in 1980 and met the Mujaheddin leaders, returning frequently with Saudi donations for the cause until 1982, when he decided to settle in Peshawar. In 1986, he helped build the Khost tunnel complex, which the CIA was funding as a major arms storage depot, training facility and medical center for the Mujaheddin, deep under the mountains close to the Pakistan border."

    The book also demolishes the CIA claim that after 1990 there were no contacts with Osama. Surprisingly, just a few weeks before the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, the book tells us, "the Saudi conundrum was even worse. In July 1998 Prince Turki had visited Kandahar and a few weeks later 400 new pick-up trucks arrived in Kandahar for the Taliban, still bearing their Dubai license plates."

    This all shows that any meaningful fight back against world terrorism today will have to begin from the backyard of the U.S.

    (The writer is Shamsul Islam , Department of Political Science,
    Satyawati College, University of Delhi.)

    ***I checked the existance and reviews in Amazon and, while I can't verify the quotes, they seem well in context with reviews by readers and reading the first chapter.***

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    If you feed and ride a tiger to hit an enemy, after eating the enemy, the tiger will eat you.
    Well, I would like to add you "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" as my reply to the article.

    Unfortunately, this isn't surprising. We also funded Pol Pot in Cambodia before he became a tyrannical monster if I remember my history correctlly. I think "Binny" may be different though. Other fanatics and self proclaimed demigods got drunk on the taste of power that modern politics brought to their countries. Bin Laden came from money. I think he would have still come to the same ends just by a different means even if we had no involvement.

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