We are in our eighth year of conflict in Afghanistan now in October 2009 and almost nobody I talk to remembers much about how it started, or why we would still be there spending billions of dollars on our credit card with China. Just as a little memory jog here is the little article I wrote for the Tid-Bits metaphysical newsletter in April 2002, just after dealing with my taxes. People who don’t or won’t know history just keep making the same mistakes. Remember that nobody has ever conquered Afghanistan. Alexander the Great couldn’t do it. And in the war in 1842 the British, whose Empire was world wide, retreated from Kabul. There was one survivor from the army of 16,000.
Connecting Dots in the Mundane World.
A lot of my work with people is connecting dots that it takes an outsider to see. Often the person would be perfectly capable of connecting the dots, but they can’t see them because of the mass of information and misinformation coming from their friends, relatives, in-built programs, and of course the great mind-rotting diversion from what is really going on…TV. I have not watched any TV since 1958, so I often see dots that aren’t even in the universe of people who do.
Now, in April 2002 we have all paid our taxes, or are about to, I thought just once to go really mundane and mention some dots that most people have not noticed or heard about because the media in America is paid to avoid some topics. Or it doesn’t get paid if it does not avoid them. Same result. In the end, the taxpayers are the ones who foot the bills that the government and the corporations hide under smoke screens of celebrity court cases, flag waving opportunities and much else.
I, as a taxpayer living mainly on Social Security pay more taxes than many of the gigantic corporations who stick me with the bill via government subsidies. This is obviously also true of most of you as a tax-payer, financing the swindles of those who can do it. Here is my post tax time set of dots for April 2002. You connect them.
There are several ‘….stans ‘ around Afghanistan. One of them is Turkmenistan. It’s an inaccessible little republic BUT it holds most of the Caspian Sea oil reserves, about 270 billion barrels of oil and 576 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. This is one of the largest reserves of fossil fuel in the world.
In 1995 the California oil company UNOCAL made a $2 billion deal with Turkmenistan to build a twin pipeline for gas and oil that would take in 890 miles of Afghanistan and end up at the Arabian Sea, opening billions of dollars of sales to Pakistan, China and India, without going through Iran or Russia. Since 1999 the deal was on hold because the Taliban wouldn’t allow a US company to build the pipelines in its territory.
Since September 11th 2001 things have changed, and the US Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain told the Pakistani oil minister that “ in view of recent geopolitical events the UNOCAL deal is back on the table.”
Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik told the BBC that US officials informed him in July last year that America would launch military action against Afghanistan by mid-October.
Note that date in case you read past it. In July 2001 he was told of military action being planned against Afghanistan by the Americans.
Naik attended a UN meeting on Afghanistan in Berlin, where the US delegation told him that unless Osama BL was handed over, the USA would kill or capture both him and the Taliban leader Mullah Omar and install a new government. Did that get on TV or in the US daily press?
US delegate and former State Department official Lee Coldren confirmed this to the British paper Guardian. Naik was told then that American advisers were already in Tajikistan planning an operation. He was told that Uzbekistan would participate and that Russia had 17,000 troops on standby.
The only missing ingredient was US public approval for the operation, about which the majority knew nothing at all from the US corporate controlled media.
We know that there is a precedent for rallying the American people to the cause of fighting for oil under the guise of fighting for freedom. While our soldiers were fighting for the oil reserves of Kuwait against Saddam Hussein, our ex ally, during the presidency of another oil man, the Russians were being bled dry while fighting in Afghanistan for control of the Caspian Sea oil reserves.
They lost that war and it broke the bank of the communists. The men who were opposing them were trained and paid as anti-Russian terrorists as a short-term goal, by the CIA, and our Special Forces, and included Osama and his multi-ethnic, Arabic speaking Muslims.
The net result of the Russian retreat was that the Taliban came to power in Kabul, and the immense Caspian Sea region oil reserves were up for grabs, and Osama had a US trained group of Arabic speaking terrorists spread throughout the Muslim world to further his aims.
The 9/11 incident gave the administration the excuse it needed to become belligerent with public approval. They didn’t attack Saudi Arabia from which came 15 of the 19 people alleged to have been involved in the attack. Saudi Arabia controls the world's oil. They invaded Afghanistan on October 7th 2001 to get Osama and his crew of miscreants. Apparently a couple of weeks ahead of schedule because of the fortunate coincidence of the 9/11 attack.
Back to UNOCAL for just a moment. Remember they started their effort to get a pipeline in 1995. The current US installed Chairman of the Transitional Administration in Afghanistan, Hamid Kharzai, used to work for UNOCAL. UNOCAL retained Kharzai as a liaison with the Taliban regime. Why would they do that? Well, Kharzai, is reportedly a naturalized U.S. citizen, and a native Afghani Pashtun, and the Taliban are Pashtun. The implication is simple: he can make a deal. Unlike the Americans he can speak several languages of the area.
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, UNOCAL recommended that the Bush administration install Kharzai as a leader of the occupied country. In December 2001, Hamid Karzai became the Chairman of the Transitional Administration to the surprise of nobody. Zalmay Khalilzad the Washington emissary to the newly appointed government in Kabul also worked for UNOCAL. Now the UNOCAL plan to tap the oil that everyone wanted is beginning to take shape. What an astounding coincidence!
There’s lots of ways of connecting these dots, all of which are known and verifiable facts that were not headline news in this country. I’m not going to do it, since I am not allowed to vote, but I can say this, these dots are more important than the diversions in the papers and on TV. And anyone who switched off the US media anesthetic could have found them out. European papers are available on the Web and cover many stories that are not even mentioned here.
War is just politics by violent means. Politics is business in any country, and oil is very big business. And the energy business doesn’t give a fig for people, only for profits and influence. If you doubt me check with anyone who had a 401K with Enron, the company with 3,500 corporate entities. Maybe the enemies of the American people are not the terrorists, but the corporations that control the decision making functions that should belong to the people.
Do you think that an advertising revenue controlled institution like TV is going to suggest that, even if it is true? Look elsewhere for the unreported news. But look. Otherwise you are voluntarily submitting to brainwashing by people who do not have your best interests at heart.