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Posted January 5, 2007
Brilliant account of the state of the world
This fascinating book provides evidence that undermines the usual story of 9/11. Ahmed examines the `war on terror¿, the alleged intelligence and air defence failures of 9/11, the 9/11 National Commission inquiry, and the US ruling class¿s strategy for world domination. The US state has run Al-Qaeda assets for covert terrorist operations. It used Al-Qaeda against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, against Russia in Chechnya and against Yugoslavia in the Balkans. Between 1992 and 1995, US planes flew 10,000 mujehadin fighters into Bosnia to fight alongside Bosnian Muslims. In 1998, the US State Department described the Kosovo Liberation Army as a terrorist organisation funded and trained by Al-Qaeda. Yet the US state, through the CIA, and the British state, through the SAS, then funded, trained and backed the KLA when NATO illegally attacked Yugoslavia. US investigators knew that Osama bin Laden was involved in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Yet the CIA and MI6 played down the threat from Al-Qaeda. In 1996, MI6 funded an Al-Qaeda assassination attempt on Colonel Gadaffi of Libya, which killed six civilians. The US state is still protecting bin Laden and his sponsors the Pakistani and Saudi states. It only pretends to crack down on Al-Qaeda and to press Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to stop backing Al-Qaeda. It is using Al-Qaeda to destabilise China and India. The US and British states both made agreements with Al Qaeda that it would only conduct its terrorist activities abroad. But this backfired, resulting in the slaughter of innocent New Yorkers on 9/11 and innocent Londoners on 7/7. The US state needed a new Pearl Harbor. The Project for a New American Century said in 2000, ¿Any serious effort at transformation must occur within the larger framework of US national security strategy, military missions and defense budgets ¿ Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalysing event ¿ like a new Pearl Harbor.¿ As Jane¿s Intelligence Digest noted, ¿given the detailed intelligence ¿ and the fact that Bin Laden was making very clear threats to launch further strikes against US targets ¿ it seems bizarre, to say the least, that no high-level political decision was taken to focus US intelligence efforts on Al-Qaeda and its international network.¿ Ahmed observes that on 9/11 the White House systematically violated standard air force response procedures when at 9.25 am it ordered an unprecedented national stand down of all aircraft. Why? How can we trust states that sponsor terrorism to defeat it? If we want to be safe at home we must stop the British state from supporting terrorism abroad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2009
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