Friday, December 20, 2002

I have already gone over some of the - cough - peculiar aspects of the relationship between the United States government and al-Qaeda. Considering that al-Qaeda is supposed to be the greatest possible enemy of the United States, and is the excuse for foreign and domestic wars on terror which have already destroyed civil liberties in the United States and will no doubt kill many thousands of people in the Middle East and elsewhere, there are just too many instances of what looks like cooperation between al-Qaeda and the
Americans. This is especially true where the U. S. military appeared to allow Taliban or al-Qaeda members to escape. The latest example is that the U. S. military 'inadvertently' let one of the six most wanted Taliban leaders go this past summer. Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani, a top Taliban general, was caught in late July as he left his compound west of Kandahar. He was brought to a detention centre for questioning but was released a few weeks later, supposedly on the basis of 'flawed intelligence', after a U. S. intelligence report placed him in a different location following his detention. In other words, we are supposed to believe that he was released because they misfiled one of the six most wanted Taliban leaders, thought that someone else had him, and just decided to release the guy they had been questioning. The Official Story is to deny this, and try to obfuscate matters by claiming he may not have been who they thought he was, but the soldiers who supplied the information insist that their story is true. Here's another good quote in the Washington Times article:

"The soldiers said in interviews that they gained information on several occasions last summer on the whereabouts of Mullah Omar.

But, they said, commanders turned down the missions, citing extreme risk."

So they couldn't catch the second most wanted man in al-Qaeda because of 'extreme risk'? Were they afraid of getting their uniforms dirty? Let's face facts: they never wanted to catch Mullah Omar; they never wanted to catch bin Laden; and they did everything in their power to allow the Arab al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan to escape. Had they stopped al-Qaeda in its tracks, the friends of the Bush Administration would have lost billions of dollars in military sales, and the Bush junta would have not had an excuse to take over the oil of the Middle East and Central Asia while turning the United States into a theocratic neo-fascist security state. Without a plausible threat of al-Qaeda to stimulate the natural racism of the American voters (and thanks for the reminder, Trent), the Republicans would have severely lost the midterm elections and people would be counting the days to the next election when the obviously incompetent Bush could be replaced. After the fact of who his father is, al-Qaeda and bin Laden are the best luck that George Bush ever had.