Oklahoma City marks 15 years since bombing

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July 30, 1995

by Benton K. Partin
Brigadier Gen. USAF (Ret.)

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Oklahoma City marks 15 years since bombing

By TIM TALLEY (AP) – 59 minutes ago

OKLAHOMA CITY — Survivors and family members of the 168 people who died in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building gathered Monday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attack.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to remember those killed in the April 19, 1995, explosion. More than 600 others were injured in the attack at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Before the ceremony — which started shortly before 9:02 a.m., the time the bombing occurred — bells tolled in Oklahoma City’s downtown and some family members visited the site of the federal building razed in the attack, where chairs to honor the bombing victims now stand.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said the day of the bombing is recalled with reverence, “not because we can’t forget but because we choose to remember.

“We have chosen strength, we have chosen optimism, we have chosen freedom, we have chosen to move forward together with a level of unity that is unmatched in any American city,” Cornett said at the ceremony, held on a cool, overcast morning.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. Frank Keating were also scheduled to speak.

Attending the ceremony was Charlie Hangar, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who stopped bomber Timothy McVeigh on Interstate 35 the day of the bombing because his 1977 Mercury Marquis did not have a license plate. Hangar, now the Noble County sheriff, read the memorial’s mission statement at the start of the service.

People across Oklahoma City observed 168 seconds of silence to honor the dead. Later, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, who was the state’s lieutenant governor at the time of the bombing, read a congressional resolution commemorating the anniversary.

McVeigh was convicted on federal murder charges and executed in 2001. McVeigh’s Army buddy, Terry Nichols, was convicted on federal and state bombing-related charges and is serving multiple life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado.


The ISI (Zia-ul-Haq group) stages kidnap drama: Two ex-ISI officials and a dubious journo “abducted” by Taliban

[SEE:  Col Imam and Khalid Khawaja Nabbed by US Special Forces?]

[Here we see the two most famous of the legitimate Taliban leaders, Col. Imam and Khalid Khwaja, being sent on a shady “peace mission” to Waziristan by the Taliban’s most vocal defenders, Gen. Beg and Gul, suddenly being reported as “hostages” by a newly imagined pseudo-militant group, calling itself “Asian Tiger.”  There is no “Asian Tiger,” only American and Pakistani Special Forces creating a new false militant front.  This is all to lay the groundwork for the next act in this sham soap opera called “war on terror,” which leads American and allied forces deeper into Central Asia, thus the reference to Asian tigers.  This is a US/Pakistani psyop, part of the Taliban arrest deception, which is the culmination of the entire Taliban/mujahedeen operation.  American and Pakistan and their NATO allies have never really waged war against their own creation, the “Taliban” and “al Qaida.”  They merely worked very hard at creating the illusion of real war.

All of this is just drama, intended to destroy our ability to reason, and with it our ability to see through all the bullshit.]

The ISI (Zia-ul-Haq group) stages kidnap drama: Two ex-ISI officials and a dubious journo “abducted” by Taliban

The General Zia-ul-Haq group of Pakistan’s ISI has staged an apparently interesting drama by claiming that two of its visible assets Squadron Leader (retired) Khalid Khwaja and Colonel (retired) Imam as well as an invisible asset, Asad Qureshi, a dubious journalist, have been kidnapped by the Taliban.

A hitherto unheard of militant group called the Asian Tigers on Monday issued a video of two top former ISI officials and a journalist whom it claimed to have kidnapped in Pakistan’s volatile tribal belt.

The video, which was aired by Geo News channel, featured former Inter-Services Intelligence official Khalid Khwaja, Col (retired) Imam alias Sultan Amir Tarar and Asad Qureshi, a British journalist of Pakistani-origin. The three men had gone missing after travelling to North Waziristan on March 25 to interview Taliban leaders. Source

In the video, both hostages introduced themselves as former ISI officers. They claimed that they were visiting the tribal areas following an advice by former Army Chief General Aslam Baig and former DG ISI Lt.General Hamid Gul. Source

Actors and directors

Director of the drama: General Hameed Gul
Co-director: General Aslam Beg

Key performers: Khalid Khwaja and Colonel Imam

Side hero: British journalist Asad Qureshi

External aides: Khalid Ibrahim Paracha (Sipah-e-Sahaba), Shah Abdul Aziz (Taliban killer of the Polish engineer)

Propaganda agency: Geo TV/ Jang Group / Al Jazeerah

Aims of the drama

1. To divert attention from the UN Commission’s report which has recently indicted General Musharraf and the ISI for Benazir Bhutto’s murder.

2. To secure the release of two two arrested Taliban leaders, Mullah Kabir and Mullah Mansoor Dadullah.

3. To demonstrate a lack of connection between the ISI and their puppets (Taliban)

4. To divert attention from the Taliban’s attacks on innocent Pakistanis (school children, IDPs, Shias, ordinary citizens)

Here is the ‘official’ news item

Taliban release video of abductees
Updated at: 1600 PST, Monday, April 19, 2010

PESHAWAR: The video of former ISI man Sultan Ameer alias Col. Imam, Squadron (rtd) Muhammed Khalid Khawja and a British journalist Asad Qureshi, abducted by Taliban, has come out, Geo News reported Monday.

Taliban extremists released the video of the abductees who they lifted from Wana while on way to Waziristan from Kohat on March 25 on charges of spying.

Col. Imam, introducing himself in the video, said he came to Waziristan on advice from Gen (rtd) Aslam Baig.

Khalid Khawja said he came to Waziristan at the bidding of Gen (rtd) Aslam Baig and Gen (rtd) Hameed Gul.

The British abductee demanded the government of his release.

The abductees said they have been abducted by an organization Asian Tiger.

Imam has been a close friend of Taliban. Khalid is chief of Defence for Human Rights (a pseudo human rights group aimed at protecting Taliban’s right to kill innocent citizens and escape punishment).

According to sources, Khalid and Imam were in Waziristan in connection with peace negotiations.

Source: The News

Balochistan’s Depressed Press Symptomatic of Controlled Pakistani Media

[There is no free press within the borders of Pakistan.  There is a pale illusion of a free Pakistani alternative media among the Pakistani expatriate community, but from my own experiences with some of the more hard-hitting sites, they suffer regular harassment from government sources and from fellow expats who have been pressured from family members back home.  This is the main reason that it is nearly impossible for the outside world to know what is really happening in Pakistan, more so than the press blackout and the ban on foreigners travelling within the tribal war zones.  Whenever we find true reality sites for the other side of Pakistani news, like Baloch Hal and LUBP (Let Us Build Pakistan), then we should support them by sharing the news they risk so much to report to the outside world.  The following report is about several of those sites that have fallen along the way.]

Balochistan’s depressed Press

Daily Asaap. Abid Amin. Khuzdar Press Club. Malik Arif.

All these tags lead to divergent but equally disheartening conclusions which narrate an abysmal state of the press freedom in Balochistan. These tags help us to understand various dimensions of the threat journalists operating in the volatile Balochistan province constantly face. Consider:

Daily Asaap, an Urdu daily, was one of the most vocal and popular newspapers of Balochistan. It spoke against former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf’s antagonistic polices in Balochistan. The newspaper gave a dissenting voice to the people of the province. It encouraged the masses to dream differently by standing away from the mob. The newspaper gave birth to a generation of young Baloch writers who started writing about the problems of the marginalized section of the society. Understandably, the newspaper awfully perturbed the government. Its office in Quetta was besieged by the Frontier Corps (FC) in August 2009. The siege lasted for two weeks. Threats intensified as a military tank was stationed outside the newspaper office.  Guns were brandished over the newspaper staff. Disappointed over the increasing threats faced by its staff members, the newspaper finally decided to shut down. That was the end of Asaap.

Abid Amin is the Bureau Chief of Balochi language satellite channel, Sabz Bath Balochistan (SBB) in District Turbat. Like so many of his peers, he had been threatened not to cover the first death anniversary of three Baloch leaders— Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir and Sher Mohammad— who were allegedly kidnapped and subsequently killed by the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel last year.  Amin defied. Two weeks ago, he went on to cover the anniversary celebrations for his news channel. Soon, he was picked up allegedly by the FC as a punishment. The reporter went “missing” for three long days. Not a single “national” newspaper or news channel reported his disappearance. The poor reporter resurfaced after concentrated protests from the local communities. He had ended up as a “gentleman” once he was released by his captors.

The third story comes from Khuzdar District. Here, the local press club has been threatened in the recent weeks by a shadowy organization identifying itself as the Baloch Defense Group. The underground outfit has warned to “punish” all those journalists who venture to report the activities of Baloch nationalist parties and the armed groups. Thus, the fresh dictation restricts the reporters from filing stories about bomb blasts, target killings and political rallies of the nationalist parties. The local journalists say they do not know much about the command and structure of the newly formed organization. Nonetheless, they take the organization very seriously as it had recently claimed responsibility for a firing incident on a political rally in Khuzdar which killed two Baloch students and then a bomb blast at a Balochi cultural program inside Government Degree College Khuzdar that killed two more students.

Once the threats were reported in the media, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) officially expressed their concern over the situation facing the journalists in Khuzdar. On their part, the pressmen in the district say that they deem it their professional responsibility to report every event that takes place in their district regardless of the fact who masterminds these events. It is unethical to dictate journalists what to report and what not.

The fourth story is that of Malik Arif, a senior television journalist, who lost his life in Friday’s suicide bomb blast at Quetta’s Civil Hospital while performing his professional duty. He was covering an impending protest by the sympathizers of a prominent Shia bank manager at the hospital when a suicide bomber struck. Malik died on the spot while five more television journalists sustained severe injuries in the attack. Late Malik Arif undoubtedly spent a secularly gallant journalistic stint expanding fore more than thirty years. His was indeed a hero’s martyrdom.

The description given above shows the troika of threats the journalist in Balochistan face. Living between the proverbial devil and the deep blue sea, media men in Balochistan are currently confronted with threats from the government, predominantly its rogue force called the Frontier Corps (FC), the underground armed groups and the sectarian organizations. Fear, insecurity and uncertainty shroud Balochistan’s journalistic scene at the moment. Reporters find themselves trapped in a situation where almost every party in the conflict wants to dictate them and expect overt backing of their policies in the media by the journalists.

Balochistan government’s response to the tragic murder of Malik Arif in the suicide bomb blast was disgusting. The big guns in the provincial capital simply exploited his killing as a golden opportunity to make headlines with their statements of condemnation in the local newspapers. Out of 50 ministers in the provincial cabinet, no one turned up to attend the funeral of the slain journalist which indicated the provincial government’s lack of interest in fighting terrorism or admiring the media’s courageous role in bringing the truth to the masses. The journalists’ community in Quetta has been outraged over the little amount the chief minister has announced as compensation for the dead journalist and the injured reporters.

Criticizing the government perhaps will not help at this occasion, nor is it the biggest issue at the moment. There is a need for integration among all media organizations and groups striving for the rights of the journalists to cope up with the emerging challenges the journalists are facing in the wake of the war-like situation that has engulfed the whole country in its grip.

Media organizations, mainly the news channels, must arrange safety training programs for the journalists in order to acquaint them with techniques to grapple with emergencies. Similarly, groups striving for the rights of the journalists should press the owners of the media houses to give full insurance to their employees so that their families do not suffer too much in case of a journalist’s untimely death or injury.

In the current unchanged circumstances, the days ahead seem to entail more hardships for the pressmen of Balochistan and less relief from the other side(s).

Chaos as an Instrument of Control

“All in all, this was one of the most successful American information operations of recent years. The myth of “international terrorism” that was sold to the international community was transformed into a casus belli to justify aggression—first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq.”

“Modern geopolitical planning allows for the creation of chaos in a geopolitical space as an instrument for controlling it.”

“Interestingly, the main distribution centers for Afghan narcotics are in the same locations as American military bases. In Kosovo, for example, it is Camp Bondsteel. And in Germany it is the bases located at Bitburg, Sembach, Ramstein, Hahn, Zweibrücken and Spangdahlem. Or the US Air Force Base at Morón de la Frontera and the naval station at Rota in Spain.”

Alexander Knyazev: Chaos as an Instrument of Control

Who is “squeezing” the Taliban out into the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, and why are they doing it?

The situation in Afghanistan today is no longer simply alarming, as we have been accustomed to saying for the last several decades. It is critical. Kyrgyz Slavic University Professor ALEXANDER KNYAZEV answered questions posed by the Russian journal Odnako’s correspondent, Bakhtiyar Akhmedkhanov. Professor Knyazev is a member of the Russian Geographical Society, Director of the Regional Branch of the Institute of CIS Countries, and a Doctor of Historical Sciences.

– Would you say that the Americans are losing control of the situation in the country—assuming that they ever had control, of course?

– You’re right . . . The Americans have never had Afghanistan under their control. However, military bases and other facilities—embassies and so forth—are controlled by the Americans and units of the ISAF (in contrast to the U.S. forces, the International Security Assistance Force operates under UN mandate). I think the American and NATO forces have suffered relatively small losses because they aren’t very active when the risk is high, that is, at great distances from their bases, when they don’t have good air support, and so forth.

That is point control; not control of the country. In Afghanistan the very concept of “situational control” must be given special attention. Someone who is a peaceful farmer or a shopkeeper by day will carry an AK-47 or lay mines at night. Then there’s the concept of the “Taliban-for-hire fighter.” Men have no real work and they need money to feed their families . . . So they lay mines or take part in an attack on a convoy and collect a fee. And in the morning they go back behind a counter or out into their fields.

– And what percentage of the country’s territory do the Taliban control now? Is it true that they have formed parallel government bodies?

– I don’t think we can talk in terms of percentages of territory. Well yes, where they are free to operate, the Taliban establish some government bodies. To be more precise, they are reviving them. Since everything is based on Sharia, on adat law, for the populace it’s simply a return to the way of life they’re used to.

Let’s take a look at just who these Taliban are by and large, shall we? I distinguish several categories, or types.

Category one: international bands made up of non-Afghans—Arabs, Pakistanis, Indonesians, Uzbeks, Uighurs, natives of the North Caucusus, and so forth. They aren’t controlled and financed by Afghans, but rather by Pakistani, Arabic or international bodies. Many come with experience acquired while fighting in the former Yugoslavia, North Caucusus, Kashmir, Iraq and African countries. This category usually has stable ties to the intelligence services of Pakistan, some Arabic countries, the United States or Great Britain.

Category two: primarily Pashtun bands, that is, they are made up of Afghans but they have ties to the same foreign and international organizations. Veterans of all of the hot spots I listed are also represented here.

Category three: bands and groups composed of Pashtuns fighting for internal Afghan reasons, but also financed from outside the country—generally through Pakistani clerical and military circles and intelligence services.

And, finally, a category four: groups and bands who are also fighting for internal Afghan reasons and who have a strong social base in the areas where they are active, but who are financed primarily by profits from illegal drug manufacture and other local sources.

This classification system is obviously very relative. There are a lot of motivations, which complicate our picture of the phenomenon known as the “Taliban.” But another thing is important. Of the four categories I described, the first two aren’t large, but the third and fourth categories have a strong societal base. Representatives of the populace itself take part in these bands; they are incorporated into the ranks of the resistance movement against the government and the foreign occupiers that support it.

As in the first half of the 1990s after the fall of the Najibullah regime, after the chaos associated with the rule of the Mujahideen, a significant part of the populace saw the Taliban as a renewed political force that offered hope for stability and fairness. Indeed, during 1994-1997 the Taliban were all but welcomed with flowers: people need real power, law and order.

Now, the main reason for the increasing resistance is the excessive use of military force by the foreign militaries; it is inconsistent with local customs and traditional norms. Disenchantment with the Hamid Karzai administration and the spread of corruption and crime create good opportunities for the Taliban to restore their credibility among the majority of the population, at least in the Pashtun regions. In essence, a civil war is taking place in Afghanistan, with foreign occupying forces acting on the side of the government.

– What do you think about the recent statement by Mullah Omar that the Central Asian republics need not fear the Taliban, who have no intention of moving into neighboring territories?

– I think that Mullah Omar, or whoever is speaking for him, can be believed in this instance. The Taliban are only powerful on their own ground.

– Can NATO military operations in northern Afghanistan prompt a Taliban move into Tajikistan? Is it true that there are up to five thousand IMU militants in the area around the Afghan city of Kunduz—as ostensibly claimed by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence? Incidentally, has Yo’ldosh’s death been confirmed?

– I seem to recall that Yo’ldosh has been buried dozens of times. We’ll see . . .  But does it really matter? I don’t think this is a case where the role of personality in history is especially important. There was a split in the IMU back in 2003-2004, a kind of opposition, when the IMU militants were located in the western regions of Pakistan. Many Uzbeks and others from our region were not very clear on why they had to fight in Pakistan instead of against the hated regime in Uzbekistan. Then Tahir led some people into the Afghan Helmand region.

I have some doubts regarding the reliability of information about the concentration of IMU militants in the Kunduz area, especially in such numbers. It looks more like an approved leak. I’ve been in Kunduz on several occasions and spent quite a bit of time there, and I think that, if there really were such an impressive group in the area, all the boys in the local bazaar would know about it. The last time I was in the region was about half a year ago. The attitude of the local inhabitants is such that IMU militants would not feel very confident among them. In addition, the governor of Kunduz Province—Engineer Mohammad Omar—is a former Northern Alliance commander, and I doubt that he would wink at the presence of IMU people.

You know, during the second half of the 1990s (and especially before 2001) the Americans deliberately promoted the idea in international opinion and among experts that the Taliban movement had an international and even global agenda.

This gave rise to the conclusion that the Taliban intended to occupy Tajikistan and Uzbekistan right up to Bukhara and beyond—to the Volga region, to the Caucusus . . . This idea, which didn’t have any weight behind it and was perceived more on an emotional level, became very widespread. Especially in quarters that could influence political decision making—in Russia and in the Central Asian countries.

All in all, this was one of the most successful American information operations of recent years. The myth of “international terrorism” that was sold to the international community was transformed into a casus belli to justify aggression—first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq.

In reality, it was only a mythologem. The Taliban present no military threat to the countries of Central Asia or Russia. It is primarily a Pashtun movement which has an ethnic, nationalist component at its base. Religious radicalism is far from being the top motivation for the Taliban.

Therefore, the emergence of the Taliban in Tajikistan or Uzbekistan would be an intrusion into territory that is ideologically alien to them. Here, they can’t count on the support of the local inhabitants, especially considering the solidarity between the Tajiks and Uzbeks in Afghanistan and their fellow tribesmen in the former Soviet republics.

The power of the Taliban lies in the support of the population in the Pashtun regions and in their use of asymmetric warfare methods. It is a guerrilla movement that is strong on its home ground but is doomed to failure elsewhere. Incidentally, we note that before 2001 most of the Taliban’s military successes on the ground in Afghanistan itself came only as a result of direct military support by regular Pakistani forces. The military potential of the Taliban has never been comparable to the capabilities of the armed forces (with all their shortcomings) of the Central Asian countries, the less so when the possibility of Russian involvement is considered.

– Would you concede that squeezing the militants into the former Soviet republics of Central Asia may be part of some plan?

– That is a more interesting question. Higher levels of NATO and US activity in northern Afghanistan and the increased foreign military presence may strengthen the mood of protest there, and then more people, who for now are still engaged in peaceful labor, may join the fight against the occupiers and, in essence, the puppet government.

We shouldn’t forget that there are many Pashtuns in northern Afghanistan. There is a false preconception that says the Pashtuns are in the south and everybody else is in the north. There are many Pashtun enclaves in northern Afghanistan—from Herat and Badghis in the west to Badakhshan Ishkashim or Dzhurm in the east—and many Pashtuns live dispersed. They can serve as a link to the Pashtuns in the south. The well-known Afghan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is himself a native of a northern Pashtun enclave in the Imam Sahib region, which is right on the border with Tajikistan.

So it isn’t hard to stir up and destabilize the north when you consider the discontent with the recent, highly questionable election campaign that left Karzai as President.

Yes, it could be part of a plan. Look: we have the deployment of the newly arrived American forces and the expansion of the zones of military operations into Pakistan, where the weak administration of “democratically elected” Asif Zardari replaced General Musharraf, who could more or less control the country. It won’t be today or tomorrow, but Pakistan could spin out of control.

Modern geopolitical planning allows for the creation of chaos in a geopolitical space as an instrument for controlling it. And how is Tajikistan or Kyrgystan any better than Pakistan in this sense? And all this on the border with China and in Russia’s zone of vital interests.

– And how does all of this affect Russia?

– The very situation in Afghanistan is risky—it is an uncontrollable territory, which terrorist groups may use, albeit in small numbers.

Another real danger—and a much more serious one—is the use of Afghanistan’s territory for illegal drug production. This is a very powerful factor in the corruption and criminalization of society; it undermines defense capabilities and impacts the gene pool; it is a powerful strain on the economy and in the financial sphere, both for consumer countries and for the countries through which drugs are transported.

Drug trafficking also acquires political significance. An illegal business must be protected against government interference and competitors, and that means it must be involved with politics. Politicization of drug trafficking takes place on two levels. At the first level security (freedom from prosecution) is provided for manufacture, transportation and sale. At the second level drug organizations become instruments of entire governments.

How does Afghan heroin get to Europe? Central Asia and Russia constitute the main entry route to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries. It flows through Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan and Georgia, and then it goes on to the West through Ukraine. And it makes its way to Kosovo through Iran and Turkey. Interestingly, the main distribution centers for Afghan narcotics are in the same locations as American military bases. In Kosovo, for example, it is Camp Bondsteel. And in Germany it is the bases located at Bitburg, Sembach, Ramstein, Hahn, Zweibrücken and Spangdahlem. Or the US Air Force Base at Morón de la Frontera and the naval station at Rota in Spain.

And finally. Should the same artificial destabilization occur in countries bordering on Afghanistan, Russia will be forced to intervene, but by reacting after the fact. Although it would be better to be proactive. And indeed it may turn out exactly as Brzezinski described it so long ago.

Source: “Odnako,” No. 9, November 9, 2009 (in Russian).

Kyrgyzstan Destined To Become Another Narco-State?

Kyrgyzstan Destined To Become Another Narco-State?

Sun, Apr 18, 2010

Central AsiaEditorial

On April 13 the prominent US research center STRATFOR published an analytical brief‘Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Insurgence’. The main idea was spinning around the recent bloody riots in Kyrgyz’s capital Bishkek culminated with 84 dead, more than 1500 injured and the expulsion of the former President Bakiev and his corrupt family members. The report clearly states that the Russian authorities are behind the scene of the upraising in that remote and pauper Central Asian republic, once a part of the Russian Empire. Despite such allegations are apparently making credit to the emerging new Russian abilities in their traditional area of influence, few facts still contradict to the assumption of the Russian involvement and ‘success’ there.

First, Kyrgyzstan is indeed a country of unique geopolitical location. It encircles Fergana valley – a heavily populated oasis at the core of Central Asia, shared with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Besides the vital Russian interest to control Fergana as the first outpost defending vast and open deserts and steppes on the way to the Volga, all Chinese moves in Uyghur Autonomous Region can be easily monitored from Kyrgyz Tien Shan highlands as well. Perhaps that is the main reason why the USAF installed Manas military base few kilometers away from Bishkek soon after the start of NATO operations in Afghanistan in 2001. The base is still operating there in full fledge as the ‘US military transit centre’.

Another key point is that since then Kyrgyzstan became the most notable hub for distribution of the Afghan drugs to Eurasian ‘markets’, a business that had multiplied in times under the NATO guardianship in Afghanistan. The town of Osh, the ‘southern capital of Kyrgyzstan’, has long ago become a major cross-point for the Great Heroin Way through non-controllable mountainous Tajik-Kyrgyz border and transparent way to the north-west. Most likely the illicit profits proceeding from narco-trafficking were the main sources of spectacular enrichment of Bakiev’s clan during his presidency in 2005-2010. There were numerous evidences that the very arrival of Kurmanbek Bakiev to power in March 2005 as a result of ‘Tulip revolution’ was financed and supported by prosperous international narco-mafia. It is also notable that while in office Bakiev liquidated Kyrgyz Anti-Drug Agency.

As a matter of fact, Kyrgyzstan, once a ‘model Central Asian democracy’, as it used to be regarded in 1990s, and the first (!) post-Soviet state that joined WTO back in 1998, has ended up with two illegitimate coup d’etat in 5 years. It makes us believe that the events we witnessed in early April are only partly a result of mismanagement by the Kyrgyz ruling clan, their reckless appropriation of the state funds, international credits and national assets at the expense of their our people. We can assume that the tragedy in Kyrgyzstan reflects a wider diabolic strategy.

The theory of ‘manageable chaos’ as a perfect instrument for dominating the world ‘after tomorrow’ is thoroughly scrutinized by the leading Western minds and political practitioners. The old London’s and later Washington’s habit to impose ‘puppet’ dictators anywhere in the world has proved its ineffectiveness. Sooner or later the dictator starts playing his own game, as it was in case of Saddam Hussein. Much more promising are configurations with a sequence of weak and irresponsible ‘democratic’ governments holding office exclusively thanks to propaganda support from the media centers of global power. Such scheme allows maintaining ‘controllable conflicts’ in any zone, making up ideal environment for elusive ‘terrorist cells’ and drug cartels, targeting the strategic adversaries in the neighborhood.

Kyrgyzstan’s return to the Russian sphere of influence is irreversible. A country lacking any notable resource is living mostly on transfers from relatives who work in Russia (1 out of 5.5 million Kyrgyzs are doing unskilled jobs in the former metropolis). For some time the US rental payment for the base in Manas provided almost half of the national budget of the country. Oscar Akaev, the first president of Kyrgyzstan, once said: “Our mission is to survive until Russia gets richer”.

So now, when the time has come, the Washington’s task is to let Kyrgyz elect such ‘pro-Russian’ government, which would be unable to cope with the narco-cartels operating at theGreat Heroin Way and criminal-terrorist gangs of any nature. That would either prevent Kyrgyzstan from entering the new Customs Union being formed by Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus and effective since July 1, 2010 or make the policy of narcotization of Eurasia easier after customs procedures on its borders lifted once Kyrgyzstan accepted to the union. So at this time the geostrategic interests of the US and the international narco-mafia happily merged again. It was only logical for the US establishment to use the services of narco-barons to overthrow Bakiev, who demanded from the US more and more pay-offs for his loyalty and even dared engage with Chinese and Russians on multimillion investments in Kyrgyz economy.

Finally the last point of our analysis will be in finding a documentary proof that the ‘spontaneous’ riots in Talas and later in Bishkek on April 6-8 were lavishly sponsored and supplied by a ‘third party’. It did not take long. On April 7, 2010 the Daily Telegraph web-site published a photo report ‘Kyrgyzstan unrest in pictures: state of emergency declared in Bishkek after revolt’.

A protester carries an RPG and a riot shield in Bishkek.Picture: REUTERS

A Kyrgyz riot policeman’s vehicle burns near the government building in the capital Bishkek.Picture: AFP/GETTY.
You will not find Palestine-style stones and sticks in the hands of protesters. They carry RPGs and AKs, of the Russian origin, for sure. A small detail reveals the real source.

A Kyrgyz opposition supporter fires an automatic weapon near the main government building during a protest against the government in Bishkek. Picture: AFP/GETTY
The HWS (holographic weapon sight) attached to the AK gun in the hands of an opposition fighter is the product of the US L-3 Communications EOTech Corporation, 500 series, retail price 600 USD each one (four average monthly salaries in Kyrgyzstan). According to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the USA, the commercial sales and exports of this equipment requires a license issued by the US Department of State and Department of Commerce. These models were not officially delivered to Kyrgyzstan or Russia. Hence this AK with an advanced HWS could NOT be used by a regular Kyrgyz special unit officer and then captured by a protester at the ‘battlefield’. The Telegraph snapshot clearly indicates that the ‘pro-Russian revolt’ in Bishkek was surprisingly supplied from a US military site in Kyrgyzstan or, perhaps, Afghanistan.

Kyrgyz riot policemen try to protect themselves during clashes with opposition supporters demonstrating against the government in Bishkek. Picture: AFP/GETTY.

So the only pending question is the following: who is the dominant ‘third party’ in April events in Kyrgyzstan? Whether international narco-mafia is subject to the orders from Washington or maybe in reality the American administration is just a docile servant to those who generously invest into the US political campaigns?

Blowing Doors and Nuclear Deceptions

Blowing Doors and Nuclear Deceptions

eileen fleming

Last week’s two-day summit on nuclear security in Washington was attended by leaders of 47 countries. Iran was not invited, but did host a two-day conference in Tehran on nuclear disarmament with sixty countries represented.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement delivered at the conference stating that nuclear weaponry was “haram” meaning prohibited under Islam.

Oman’s Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that it is pursuing a peaceful, and not, as certain states claim, a military nuclear goal. We have taken part in the Tehran conference in a bid to reemphasize that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful.” [1]

President Obama’s drive for tougher sanctions on Iran picked up momentum at the D.C. nuclear security summit, which focused at finding ways to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on weapons-grade nuclear material.

Not much has changed since 1951, when the CIA told President Harry S. Truman, that the United States faced an enemy with “no scruples about employing any weapon or tactic” and that “nuclear weapons smuggled across porous borders threatened to devastate American cities. Sleeper cells…might already be inside the country.” [2]

In 1953, The New York Times reported that, “Officials regard the possibility of atomic sabotage as the gravest threat of subversion that this country, with its virtually unpatrolled borders, has ever faced,” and that the Eisenhower administration was preparing to alert the public to the danger from “valise bombs.” [Ibid]

Declassified documents from the 1950s, obtained by The New York Times from the FBI read like today, except Al Qaeda replaces the communist agents. During the Cold War, communism caused “Intelligence officials [to] fear that bomb parts might be delivered in diplomatic mail pouches, carried by international air travelers in their luggage or delivered by boat or submarine to an isolated beach. Communist agents already in the country might then assemble, plant and detonate the weapons.” [Ibid]

After the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian agents at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, American officials shifted focus to terrorists, which increased immeasurably after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, as it had been reported that Al Qaeda had actively sought a nuclear weapon since the early 1990s. We know that Al Qaeda leaders have said they would use a nuclear weapon, but they aren’t even close to building a bomb.

We also know that largely unreported is the fact that the United Nations General Assembly approved a draft resolution put forward by Iran on nuclear disarmament in October 2009, despite strong opposition from the U.S., Britain, France, Israel and a number of western countries.

“The resolution ratified in the first committee of the UN General Assembly calls on all nuclear countries to destroy their nuclear weapons under the supervision of international bodies…The resolution also urges Israel to join the NPT and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear facilities.” [3]

Many in America will blow off Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s flaming rhetoric as engaging in anti-American propaganda, but in the big world, his speech blew the doors off Israel’s nuclear ambiguity and American policy:

“If America’s claims of fighting the proliferation of nuclear weapons were not false, would the Zionist regime be able to turn the occupied Palestinian lands into an arsenal where a huge number of nuclear weapons are stored while refusing to respect international regulations in this regard, especially the NPT?

“There is only one government that has committed a nuclear crime so far. Only the government of the United States of America has attacked the oppressed people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in an unfair and inhumane war…using or even threatening to use such weapons is a serious violation of the most basic rules of philanthropy and is a clear manifestation of war crimes.

“The greatest violators of the NPT are the powers who have reneged on their obligation to dispose of nuclear weapons mentioned in Article 6 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. These powers have even surpassed other countries with respect to promoting nuclear weapons in the world. By providing the Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and supporting its policies, these powers play a direct role in promoting nuclear weapons which is against the obligations they have undertaken according to Article 1 of the NPT.

“We believe that besides nuclear weapons, other types of weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons also pose a serious threat to humanity. The Iranian nation, which is itself a victim of chemical weapons, feels more than any other nation the danger that is caused by the production and stockpiling of such weapons and is prepared to make use of all its facilities to counter such threats. We consider the use of such weapons as haram (religiously forbidden) and believe that it is everyone’s duty to make efforts to secure humanity against this great disaster.”[4]

President Obama’s negotiations with Russia is a new start, but if that day we call 9/11 taught us anything, it should be that America’s nuclear arsenal cannot defeat ‘terrorism’ or provide security from the actions of a few violent mad men who target and murder innocent people.

American money is imprinted with “IN GOD WE TRUST” but reality is we have become a nation of hypocrites, for by our foreign policy we expose that we live by the sword.

America has a nuclear arsenal of over 10,000 weapons and nearly 2,000 remain on hair-trigger alert ever since the end of the Cold War and American taxpayers provide over $54 billion annually to maintain a nuclear arsenal.

An estimated 150 – 240 tactical nuclear weapons remain based in 5 NATO countries and the United States is the only country with nuclear weapons deployed on foreign soil

The U.S. government is also a co-conspirator in international nuclear apartheid and a collaborator in Israel’s ineffective policy of nuclear ambiguity.
In April 2004, and just three days after Mordechai Vanunu was released from 18 years in jail for providing the photographic proof and telling the truth about Israel’s clandestine seven story underground WMD Program in the Negev, Uri Avnery wrote:

“Everybody understands that he has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?

“But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel’s nuclear armaments.

“This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for ‘arms control’, Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.

“The Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel’s nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world’s sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation.”[5]

The NPT/Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was created in 1968, and maintains that nuclear weapons proliferation can only be curtailed if nuclear countries move toward disarmament while the rest of the world is allowed to access civilian nuclear technology.

Iran signed the NPT, which allows them the right to have nuclear power and to enrich uranium. Israel has not signed the NPT.

The 185 non-nuclear states have agreed to give up the right to have nuclear weapons and the five nuclear powers that signed the NPT agreed to get rid of their nuclear weapons.

Iran is not in violation of the NPT, but America has been in violation ever since the day we signed it.

America will also continue to forfeit credibility by playing along with Israel’s ineffective nuclear ambiguity.

1. http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=624311

2. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/world/16memo.html?th&emc=th

3. http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=624311

4. http://www.juancole.com/2010/04/khamenei-us-only-nuclear-criminal-for-hiroshima.html

5. http://www.fromoccupiedpalestine.org/taxonomy/term/226