“The U.S. would consider military force if necessary to stem Al Qaeda’s growing ability to use its hideout in Pakistan to launch terrorist attacks, a White House aide said Sunday,” reports the neocon Ministry of Disinformation and Parlor Card Tricks, otherwise known as Fox News. “The president’s homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend, said the U.S. was committed first and foremost to working with Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, in his efforts to control militants in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. But she indicated the U.S. was ready to take additional measures,” that is to say kill a lot of people and call the dead bodies either “al-Qaeda” terrorists or collateral damage.
“The national intelligence director, Mike McConnell, said he believed that Usama bin Laden was living in the tribal, border region of Pakistan. Bin Laden is the leader of the Al Qaeda network and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States,” Fox continues. “McConnell said Musharraf’s attempt at a political solution to peace in the region had backfired by giving Al Qaeda a place and time to regroup.” Of course, the word “al-Qaeda,” when used by Fox News and the corporate media, is code for Islamic fundamentalism.
Back in the day, when the CIA and ISI collaborated to create a large cadre of strident and murderous militants, this fundamentalism was fine and dandy. But now that it threatens to escape the castle and prey on villagers, the “U.S. would consider military force if necessary to stem Al Qaeda’s growing ability to use its hideout in Pakistan to launch terrorist attacks,” in other words attack the militants, the Frankenstein, ready to depose the U.S. supported dictator Musharraf, quite naturally expendable.
Such behavior was acceptable when General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq seized power in Pakistan in a 1977 coup and declared himself president. Soon after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, that is to say they were tricked into invading by Zbigniew Brzezinski (see Brzezinski’s interview with Le Nouvel Observateur), Zia forced through pro-Islamic legislation, introduced Islamic banking systems, created Islamic courts, and imposed a religious tax used to create tens of thousands of madrassas or religious schools, primarily out of Peshawar, and basically set-up to act as “jehadi” recruiting centers funded lavishly by the CIA. “One of his most fateful decisions was to turn many of the country’s madrasas, or religious colleges, into factories of jihad,” the BBC notes. In addition to creating both the Taliban and “al-Qaeda,” Zia’s “Islamization” effort spawned “a ‘culture of jihad’ within Pakistan itself—a culture the current military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, is struggling to uproot.”
“During the Cold War, but also in its aftermath, the CIA using Pakistan’s Military Intelligence apparatus as a go-between played a key role in training the Mujahideen. In turn, the CIA-sponsored guerrilla training was integrated with the teachings of Islam,” writes Michel Chossudovsky. “Every single US administration since Jimmy Carter has consistently supported the so-called ‘Militant Islamic Base’, including Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, as part of their foreign policy agenda.” It makes perfect sense this agenda has resulted in the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, Frankenstein’s castle, and has led to the talbanization of Pakistan, now said to be threatening the tin-horn dictator Musharraf, who takes his marching orders from the neocons. Such directives, engineered to stir up the Muslim world and perpetuate the “clash of civilizations” agenda, resulted in the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) slaughter in Islamabad, responsible for killing hundreds of people, including women and children. As the Kavkaz Center points out, “ISI officials have in the past been closely connected with the [Lal Masjid] seminary, links that were forged during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.”
Naturally, Musharraf’s bloody raid has stirred up the locals in Waziristan, who are in open revolt, thus prompting factotum Mike McConnell to set the stage for an attack of Pakistan. As Faryal Leghari, writing for the Daily Star of Lebanon explains, “the Red Mosque hosted many foreign militants, including Uzbeks as well as Taliban from the tribal areas. It is widely known that Maulana Masood Azhar, a founding member of the JeM [Jaish-e-Mohammed], had also visited the seminary in the past. It has also been brought to light, though inconclusively, that Al-Qaeda’s number-two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had been in close contact with the seminary leaders.”
Pakistani cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, killed in the Lal Masjid attack, was connected to the ISI, according to no shortage of Pakistani observers. “What a lot of people are saying and rightly so is that Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his brother were monsters created by the security agencies themselves who went out of control and then had to be eliminated. The connection between the agencies and the two brothers is possibly what explains the bunkers inside the mosque and the arsenal,” writes Ayesha Siddiqa for Rediff News. “The operation against the Lal Masjid is significant in terms of the military’s decision to eliminate the terrorists it had created itself. It is another significant point in the nation’s history in which the army tried not only to establish the writ of the State but sent a firm message to all sorts of militants that any action against the will of the State will not be tolerated,” especially when that state receives a large boondoggle from the United States, a pay-off in the “war on terrorism.”
Of course, the United States cannot be trusted, as it invariably turns on its friends of convenience. Musharraf will be sacrificed for the larger plan—the clash of civilizations, the neocon agenda to agitate the CIA spawned and nurtured “Militant Islamic Base” in P2OG fashion, essentially a GWOT psyop designed to get the ball rolling for the next few generations, as promised. Soon enough, Pakistan, or the artificially created Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, will be visited by C-130 gunships, as “suspected al-Qaida operatives” in southern Somalia were visited and subsequently killed, along with no shortage of villagers, the inevitable collateral damage of neocon policies.
Any collaboration with Pervez Musharraf is out of the question, as he is slated to go. “The U.S. would consider military force if necessary to stem al-Qaida’s growing ability to use its hideout in Pakistan to launch terrorist attacks, a White House aide said Sunday,” reports the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post. “The president’s homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend, said the U.S. was committed first and foremost to working with Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, in his efforts to control militants in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. But she indicated the U.S. was ready to take additional measures.”
According to Townsend, “Job No. 1 is to protect the American people.” Of course, the American people are not threatened by “al-Qaeda” in Pakistan, never mind the absurd “findings” of the neocon National Intelligence Estimate, warning of a “persistent” threat to the United States from “al-Qaeda,” supposedly ensconced in Pakistan.
As we know, “Job No. 1″ is to further the neocon agenda, the “clash of civilizations” plan to frontally assault Islam, no matter its stripe, particularly in the Middle East. Iraq, with its “sectarian violence” working toward the country’s ultimate balkanization, is the template to be imposed on Pakistan, the former collaborator. “The country is going to break up in the years to come and everyone who can, should pack up their bags and leave,” Ardeshir Cowasjee, the renowned newspaper columnist from Karachi, told the Daily Times.
If the neocons have their way, no Muslim nation will remain standing. Question is, however, will the American people get tired of this agenda, again promised to last for decades, or will they do something to put an end to the madness? Maybe. If enough of their children are fed into the military maw, now quite hungry as Iraq has created a sharp appetite.