US Created Al Qaeda & $2 Trillion War In Afghanistan

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  1. The "Martha's Vineyard Birthday boy" and his "private jet friend Kerry" was willing to turn Syria into an ISIS Caliphate, so how much can imperialists really care about women's rights……

  2. Here's a long excerpt worth reading: "Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahiddin began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
    Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into the war and looked for a way to provoke it?
    B: It wasn’t quite like that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
    Q : When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against secret US involvement in Afghanistan, nobody believed them. However, there was an element of truth in this. You don’t regret any of this today?
    B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: “We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war." Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war that was unsustainable for the regime, a conflict that bought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
    Q: And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?
    B : What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
    Q : “Some agitated Moslems”? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today…
    B: Nonsense! It is said that the West has a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid: There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner, without demagoguery or emotionalism. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among fundamentalist Saudi Arabia , moderate Morocco, militarist Pakistan, pro-Western Egypt, or secularist Central Asia? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries…"

  3. Dear Richard, with the continual mass media lie coming up around"9/11", do invite Christopher Bollyn to chat with you and your viewers. The consequences include among all the last 20 years the horrific events . Other great researchers, Rebecca Roth and her books about the airplane fairy tales re the Towers on that day…and Laurent

  4. The US public has been suckered for a very long time on the myth of simplistic moral exceptionalism promoted by totally cynical administrations to cover the global money grab by the military- industrial complex which, of course, then funds the very same crocodile afldministrations.The devil always has the last laugh I'm afraid.

  5. The military industrial complex creates opportunities all over the world as does any good multinational. The only difference is that the body count is higher & profit comes via TAX revenue diversification. Thank the Sucka’s!

  6. Clinton says all this about the Mujahedeen and then promotes the distruction of Libya, which led to the murder of Gaddafi and Libya now has slave trading in the streets. Needless to say I didn't vote for her in 2016.

  7. I suppose I’m bias because I’m going to school for a career in emergency services but whenever I hear about secondary bombs or doubling back to target medical personnel or first responders it leaves such a pit in my stomach. Evil is the only word for it.

  8. Boy, you don't know what you are talking about and you haven't lived through these events to remember what happened, so I advise you to at least study that topic thoroughly. There are very few muricans who understand the complexity of the Middle East and that includes all those kids sent there, offered in sacrifice to Moloch, feeding the military industrial complex. Basically the US is responsible for reigniting the world jihad that was a thing of the past since the British campaigns in Sudan.

  9. Brother Richard US is going to pay dearly for its wars from 1945 to 2021 one day mark my words,with major Earth quakes, hurricanes,famine,pandemics,there will be constant hunger,painful illness,homelessness high unemployment and the wrath of must come whether they like it or not.

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  11. The Afghans have always been a collection of tribes, the Pashtuns in the south (and in Pakistan and even parts of India) being the biggest and generally dominant. Three different (now former) Soviet countries Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan form Afghanistan's north border, and these peoples also have tribal associations in Northern Afghanistan. Afghanistan was a secular, Westernized Soviet-like country in the 60's and '70s under a monarch, then a socialist government.
    The CIA overthrew the country by bringing in the religious Wahhabi extremists, mostly from Saudi Arabia (like Osama bin Laden) and funding Afghan extremists (like Hekmatyar) to goad the Soviets in 1979. The mujahideen used Pakistan for their bases much of the time (the Soviets did not cross that line) and eventually the Soviets withdrew (the government they supported only lasted three years after). The Americans (CIA) got what they wanted, a fundamentalist anti-women Sunni Sharia Law bulwark against neighboring Soviet countries and crazed religious terrorists to foment discord throughout the Mid East. The Taliban took over in 1994; Afghans, they had internalized much of the Wahhabi draconian doctrine, but hopefully have moderated. The US will not tolerate a secular Afghanistan (like Turkey), so expect them to intervene again if Afghanistan drifts in that direction.

  12. What about the Women, Children and innocent men Indian Occupied Kashmir, Palestine since about 70 years? How about women, children and innocent men of the minorities? How about Muslim women, children and men not allowed to dress the way the way they like and can't practice their religion in mosque!

  13. Even in that clip Hillary does not tell the whole truth.. the Soviets did not invade Afghanistan.. rather they were invited into Afghanistan by the then communist/socialist progressive govt of Afghanistan to save their asses after they assassinated their own leader Nur Tarakai in 1979 who was very unpopular with Afghans.. the prob was by assassinating Tarakai they weakened their own power.. USSR and Afghanistan had a standing treaty called "Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty" wherein the USSR agreed to provide economic and military aid to the government that came into power as a result of 1978 communist revolution in Afghanistan.. so the 1979 assassination triggered USSR to uphold the treaty and help the Communist govt regain power..

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