Past military legacies of Bin Laden: (sources drawn primarily from John Schindler’s Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qaueda, and the Rise of Global Jihad)
1. Afghanistan (cf. Unholy Terror, p. 9 and Trifkovic’s Sword of the Prophet and Defeating Jihad)
2. Chechnya (cf. Trifkovic; document American congressional involvement)
(First of all, a word about my sources. John Schindler was a U.S. intelligence agent in Bosnia in the 1990s. Brezezinski has served as the evil mastermind for several U.S. presidents, including the current one. Trifkovic, while generally considered an Islamophobe and hate-monger, was an eye-witness and expert testimony in many trials concerning the former Yugoslavia, and received his PhD from British universities. Others are simply links to US congressional parties. In any case, with the exception of the WND website, all of the sources are credible and, quite frankly, top notch in terms of respectability. I did that for a reason.)
Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, at one time al-Qa’ida’s number two man, maintains there is a direct connection. Courtesy to the Director of National Intelligence for making this speech available in English.
He notes here:
As for the battles that are going on in the far-flung regions of the Islamic world, such as Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Bosnia, they are just the groundwork and the vanguard for the major battles which have begun in the heart of the Islamic world. We ask God that He send down his victory upon us that he promised to his faithful worshipers.
Trifkovic narrates in Sword of the Prophet concerning American Foreign Policy guru Zbignew Brzezinski (Brzezinski had instigated Islamic resistance and co-opted the Soviets into Afghanistan, trying to bring about the demise of the Soviet Union). The following is transcripted from an interview given. Brzezinski is asked,
Q. Do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, giving arms and advice to future terrorists?
B. What matters more to world history, 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 isn’t Islamic fundamentalism a world menace today?
B. Nonsense! There is no global Islam.
Sword of the Prophet, p. 210. (One wonders if Brzezinski is saying that as an agent of the Regime and giving us disinformation, or if he is just plain stupid. Both scenarios are equally likely).
Brzezinski is wrong on claiming that he brought about the demise of the Soviet Empire via Afghanistan. As Trifkovic elsewhere shows, the USSR was a husk long before one Russian soldier set foot in Afghanistan. The Soviet-Afghan war was expensive and drained morale, but it hardly destroyed the USSR.
The West–our friend Brzezinski again–had established the American Center for Peace in Chechnya. That sounds nice but Chechnyan terrorists were some of the most brutal in the world. Why is the West supporting them? ACPC will say that they are supporting Chechnyan nationalism against Russian imperialism and not militant Islam. That’s only a half truth. There is a Chechnyan nationalism, to be sure, but Chechnya was once ruled by the Koran and according to Koranic law once a nation becomes dar al-Islam it can never go back to dar al-Harb.
The US’ s support of Chechnyan Muslims is a bit more sly. They didn’t openly import arms and men into Chechnya like they did in Bosnia. Rather, they maintained a strict anti-Russian stance, saying that Putin should “dialogue” with the child-slayers and work by “peaceable means.” Even after Putin retook Chechnya and essentially allowed it to be an autonomous Russian republic, with calm and nominally Muslim leaders who were democratically elected, Washington still wasn’t satisfied. When the Chechnyans elected fellow Muslim General Alu Alkhanov, who won 73% of the vote, Washington cried foul. Yet when Washington puppet General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan won with 97% of the vote, nobody batted an eye (Trifkovic, Defeating Jihad, 221-223). But let’s look at some of the things that these gentle Chechnyan Muslims–those whom a list of Washington thinkers and Congressman call “freedom fighters,” have done:
On May 24, 1999, Alla Geifman, a Russian Jewish girl of 12, was kidnapped by Chechnyan militants. Demanding ransom from her parents, they began to cut off her fingers. They filmed the whole ordeal and sent the film to her parents. She was eventually freed (Russian special forces would free close to 1,000 Christian and Jewish people kidnapped by the Muslims). But when she was released the U.S. rejected her visa application to get medical advice (the U.S. government later “reconsidered” her request after international outrage; Trifkovic, Defeating Jihad, 224).
See the full story here.
So…when Western officials aided Muslim Bosniaks they were working (whether ignorantly or openly) with al-Qua’ida networks? Next question: Given that America is opposed to al-Qa’ida and have been at war with said group for the better part of a decade, why was it wrong for Serb militants to break the siege of Srebenica and execute the 28th Bosnian Muslim Infantry, most of whom had al-Qa’ida ties, but it isn’t wrong when the US Army, fighting al-Qua’ida, turns Fallujah into a hole in the ground?
One could supposedly answer, “Well, we didn’t know that the Muslims would suddenly take out their rage against the US.” I don’t really believe it. Middle Eastern jihadists have long preached jihad against the Great Satan. By placing them in Bosnia, arming them quite sufficiently, and giving them advanced terror networks in the 1990s, how could one avoid the conclusion that they would try to harm America?
Also, to prove that the Clinton Administration funded terror cells,
What’s the point of all of this? Do not ever let neo-conservatives (or the occasional hawkish neo-liberal–Lierberman, Clinton, and Biden) tell you that America is proudly against Muslim terrorists. That is simply not true. America is only against Muslim terrorists when Muslims threaten Israel. Otherwise, they give Muslims their full support (Pakistan is a trickier question, though I believe they are using Pakistan to attack Iran, which Israel perceives to be a threat. Interestingly, Israel funds an occasional Muslim terror cell in Central Asia; cf. Azerbaijan).