The Enemy of My Enemy
by J B Campbell
Barack Obama has just changed everything. On Thursday, he did the most remarkable thing perhaps ever done by any US president since John F. Kennedy: he told the Israelis to do something. We know how dangerous this can be.
At least some of us do. Most of us are not taking seriously his telling the Israelis that they must withdraw to their pre-’67 borders, which means he wants them to give back to the Palestinians the area known as the West Bank of the Jordan River. Not only that, he said they must define the permanent borders of Israel! This is what Netanyahu meant when he said such a proposal was indefensible.
Later, he pretended that what he meant was that such borders would make Israel indefensible. Obviously, no one took that statement seriously, remembering what the IDF was able to do to several neighboring Arab countries during six days in June, 1967, from within those pre-’67 borders. They just don’t want to give back any land to the Palestinians. Israelis are in the business of stealing land, not giving it back.
Obama’s timing was very interesting, making his startling demand just a day before Netanyahu’s scheduled state visit to Washington. The startled Israeli PM came loaded for bear and reports told us of heated language between the two men, including an angry lecture by Netanyahu.
What choice did the Israeli have? He was coming also to address AIPAC and we can imagine what sort of reception the Zionist fanatics would have given him if he hadn’t made a good show of it with a president they all hold in deep suspicion.
We’ll return to this dangerous subject of borders later.
Then there is the strange case of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Personally, I never took the man very seriously while he was alive. Now that we have had him pushed into our consciousness, some for the first time, I must say that to me he had great human qualities.
Like so many freedom fighters in the real world, he got his start working with the CIA. So did my late friend in El Salvador, Roberto D’Aubuisson. When he realized what the CIA was actually doing to his country, Roberto cut himself loose.
That was just the way of the world back in the Cold War. Lumumba got his start with the KGB, Mugabe with the Chinese PLA. If you wanted support for your cause, it was one of the three murderous outfits.
I managed to avoid that in my Cold War participation, but I was very lucky. There was, at first, a natural suspicion that I was a CIA agent spying on the Rhodesians. Everyone else on the “anti-Communist” side, even Mike Hoare’s Congo mercenaries, was paid by the CIA.
Hell, even the Christian Identity and bank robber/drug running movement in this country were CIA operations, with such Cold Warriors as Col. William P. Gale in charge of it. Much of the “patriot movement” and the militia is either CIA or FBI or military intelligence.
There’s no excuse for CIA agents such as Bo Gritz doing this but foreigners from small countries trying not to be bombed by the US Air Force are under different rules. You’re allowed, as a foreigner, to start out with the agency but the veterans eventually realize they must separate and go independent.
The Taliban, for example, was a CIA-backed outfit of religious fanatics who were told by Richard Armitage that a Unocal pipeline would be built across Afghanistan. The Taliban guys, who were White House guests of the GOP in the ‘80s, said no to the pipeline. They later said that Armitage gave them the famous Carpet of Gold or Carpet of Bombs ultimatum, the Godfather offer they couldn’t refuse. Except they did.
Maybe Osama didn’t just start with CIA but finished with them, too. Maybe he was considered by CIA as an asset until the day he died, probably in December, 2001.
I don’t know if Osama was paid anything, since he reportedly put a lot of his own money, as a scion of the rich bin Laden construction business of his father and brothers, into the mujahedin group in Afghanistan. He was reportedly a CIA paymaster to the anti-Soviet fighters. Did he know he was merely a pawn in Zbigniew Brezezinski’s 1979 chess game? It probably occurred to him.
What was so good about him? He had dignity and courage. He said that it is always wrong to kill non-combatants, especially women and children. He went to the aid of his fellow Moslems in another country to help them oust the Soviet occupier, tricked by Brzezinski into invading Afghanistan.
He correctly cited the invasion and occupation of his own country, Saudi Arabia, by the US military as a crime against his people and religion. He identified his own government in Riyadh as spoiled parasites and American puppets.
When asked, he said that he had no previous knowledge of 9/11 nor any part in it. This was no doubt true and we even have the FBI endorsing this position.
There is apparently no evidence of Osama’s participation in any “terrorist” action against the US, certainly not 9/11. He himself reportedly did not use the term “al-Qaeda” before 9/11 and he only lived three months after the attack, ill as he was.
He has had more impersonators than Lee Harvey Oswald. “Al-Qaeda” is a CIA slang-term for the guys it was supplying back in the ‘80s. Bill Clinton was accused of failing to have Osama brought here in 1996. This was why:
“So we tried to be quite aggressive with them [al Qaeda]. We got – well, Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we’d been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start dealing with them again. They released him.
At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America, so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America. So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, ’cause they could have. But they thought it was a hot potato and they didn’t and that’s how he wound up in Afghanistan.”
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