"Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscows invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization
known as Maktab al-Khidamar - the MAK - which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war.
What the CIA bio conveniently fails to specify (in its unclassified form, at least) is that the MAK was nurtured by Pakistans state security
services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIAs primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscows occupation...
the Arab volunteers might well prove troublesome later, the agency reasoned, they at least were one-dimensionally anti-Soviet for now. So bin Laden,
along with a small group of Islamic militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestinian refugee camps all over the Middle East, became the
reliable partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow....
bin Laden had split from the relatively conventional MAK in 1988 and established a new group, al-Qaida, that included many of the more extreme MAK
members he had met in Afghanistan. "
"In the words of CIA's Milton Beardman "We didn't train Arabs". Yet according to Abdel Monam Saidali, of the Al-aram Center for Strategic Studies
in Cairo, bin Laden and the "Afghan Arabs" had been imparted "with very sophisticated types of training that was allowed to them by the CIA" 6
CIA's Beardman confirmed, in this regard, that Osama bin Laden was not aware of the role he was playing on behalf of Washington. In the words of bin
Laden (quoted by Beardman): "neither I, nor my brothers saw evidence of American help". 7
Motivated by nationalism and religious fervor, the Islamic warriors were unaware that they were fighting the Soviet Army on behalf of Uncle Sam. While
there were contacts at the upper levels of the intelligence hierarchy, Islamic rebel leaders in theatre had no contacts with Washington or the
What this all boils down to, is that the west used Bin Laden without him knowing it, there are claims that he had some close ties with the CIA but I
personally believe his war against the west is partly due to his anger at being fooled into supporting US interests, this may sound silly, but it
probably broke his heart.
Personally I see Bin Laden as a Keiser Sosa figure these days, he's probably dead. Bin Laden may despise the west, our beliefs and values, but I
don't think this proves he was behind the 9/11 attacks, he is simply the perfect scapegoat.
Lets look at who really has benefited from the attacks, Vice President Cheney's old company Bechtel (it could be Halliburton) Now, I read in the
private eye the other week, that in the five years previous to April 2002, Bechtel/Halliburton's profits or losses were -77%, in the period since
April 2002, profits are +88%. What an incredible coincidence, and how fortunate for Cheney that during his period in office his company has turned
over huge profits, except the problem is that Cheney himself made sure of this turn around by awarding them with contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. I
need some help getting my head around the legality of this, anyone?