Saturday, February 16, 2002

What are the chances that bin Laden is a CIA asset? He was set up as a leader of the 'freedom fighters' in Afghanistan by the CIA and the Pakistani intelligence agency. His associates in Kosovo/Macedonia still seem to have U. S. government support (and it will be very interesting to see what Milosevic makes of this in his trial, as it is apparent he has latched onto the 'war on terrorism' as the main part of his defence), and an argument can be made that attacks against Serbia and Macedonia by Islamic extremists serve U. S. geopolitical goals. There is a story that bin Laden met with a CIA representative in Dubai in the summer of 2001. Bin Laden's very public presence in Afghanistan provided the excuse the United States was looking for to attack the Taliban in Afghanistan, after they had blamed the 9-11 terrorism on bin Laden (and isn't it at least a bit odd that the supposedly well organized al-Qaida organization can't abandon any house they stay at in Afghanistan without leaving vast piles of secret terrorist plans behind for U. S. authorities to find?). Although he is supposed to be the black sheep of the family, bin Laden is apparently still in telephone contact with his family, a family who are closely connected to the rulers of Saudi Arabia and who have made millions of dollars building U. S. military installations in Saudi Arabia (and, as an aside, have given millions of dollars to Harvard University, an issue which deserves some thought). Bush apparently specifically ordered the FBI to stop investigating bin Laden and his family. All of this together makes no sense unless you draw the conclusion that bin Laden has been and still is some kind of U. S. asset. My guess is that both sides think they are successfully using the other.