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Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
reply to post by Agarta
Well without getting into the history of everything, people have written whole books on this
Al-Qa’ida was motivated by ideology, they were motivated by a belief that America’s foreign policy in regards to Israel was the direct cause of the deaths of thousands of their “Palestinian brothers”. They believed that the power behind America was its economic and military power so they attacked the Twin Towers, the symbol of American economic strength, the pentagon, symbol of its military power and flight 93 was either intended for the Capitol building or the White house. Bin Laden believed that the attacks would destroy the American military and cut the head of the snake so to speak as Israel would lose American financial and military support leading to the fall of Israel and America withdrawal form Islamic states such as Saudi-Arabia while at the same time dragging America into a war.
I must stress this is a very simplistic and quick explanation, there is a lot more to it but to really understand it you have to go and pick up the history books looking at Al-Qa’ida.
I do not discredit your post as it is possible and I can see where it is coming from. I only submit the possibility of the original information be tainted by the CIA and its secrecy in their projects(that's the conspiracy theorist in me). Of course there would be a denial of involvement or an omission of facts due to its nature. Of course I will do some more research into the origins and attempt to find information written prior to the 90s as well as looking into the credibility and origins of their supposed connection. I am more interested in finding the truth than I am in being right.
I then did a Google search for "Abdullah Azzam CIA connections" and came to this page which contains the original article I based my opinion of the connection with the CIA written by Robert I Friedman March 1995 www.currentviewpoint.com... . If you would please take the time to read the article(sorry it is long and informative) and give your opinion it would give me a better idea as to where to look for the truth. Thank you.
Al-Qaeda grew out of the Services Office, a clearinghouse for the international Muslim brigade opposed to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the 1980s, the Services Office--run by bin Laden and the Palestinian religious scholar Abdullah Azzam--recruited, trained, and financed thousands of foreign mujahadeen, or holy warriors, from more than fifty countries. Bin Laden wanted these fighters to continue the "holy war" beyond Afghanistan. He formed al-Qaeda around 1988.
The Alkifah Refugee Centre, in addition to providing a hangout for the disaffected, distributed pamphlets and videotapes on the rebel war in Afghanistan. On any given day, a visitor to the centre might take martial-arts classes, or sign up for an automatic-weapons training course taught by instructors from the National Rifle Association. The club even had its own T-shirts: A MUSLIM TO A MUSLIM IS A BRICK WALL. But the highlight for the centre’s regulars were the inspirational jihad lecture series, featuring CIA-sponsored speakers.
A former investigative counsel for the Senate Foreign Relatiosn Committee, now a private attorney in Washington, Jack Blum speaks bitterly but fatalistically. ‘After every covert war there is an unintended disposal problem,’ he says, as if he were talking about unexpected land mines and not potential Islamic terrorists living in Brooklyn. ‘We steered and encouraged these people. Then we dropped them. Now we’ve got a disposal problem. When you motivate people to fight for a cause – jihad – the problem is, how do you shut them off?’
The answer for the CIA was, you don’t. And then when the fanatical fervour you’ve whipped up leads to unintended consequences – the assassination of a Jewish militant leader in Manhattan, the bombing of the World Trade Centre, a terror conspiracy to blow up the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and other Manhattan landmarks – you try to discourage local law enforcement agencies and the FBI from looking into the matter too deeply.