American officials estimate that, from 1985 to 1992, 12,500 foreigners were trained in bomb-making, sabotage and urban guerrilla warfare in Afghan camps the CIA helped to set up.
Since the fall of the Soviet puppet government in 1992, another 2,500 are believed to have passed through the camps. They are now run by an assortment of Islamic extremists, including Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist.
That is a small excerpt from a Guardian article published in 1999 titled Frankenstein the CIA created. It is a brief but detailed account about how the U.S. government created and funded radical Islamist groups, supposedly to push the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. Fast forward almost three years, the same groups and individuals funded with taxpayer dollars planned and executed the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
After a ten year plus war in Afghanistan and Iraq and an ongoing “Global War on Terrorism” to capture and kill the same terrorists the U.S. created; the military, CIA and Other Governmental Agencies have invested in a drone strike campaign to eliminate the threat from Al-Qaeda. President Obama has come under fire for shadowy military panels and secret kill lists to decide who lives and who dies in countries such as Somalia, Yemen and others.
Enter the Arab Spring, a movement that seemed to be Democratic and revolutionary at first, but was quickly co-opted by Western and Israeli influences. A New York Times report in 2012 stated the Obama administration “secretly gave approval of weapons shipments to Libyan resistance fighters, only to learn that the weapons ended up arming Islamist terror networks.” Did the U.S. government not learn any thing from meddling in conflicts or are they willfully ignorant?
According to Vali Nasr, a former State Department adviser who is now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies:
The US knew that Islamist terrorists operated in eastern Libya for years before Obama came into office. Al-Qaeda recruited heavily in the region for its fight against the US in Iraq.The Obama administration knew that the Islamist terror networks ended up controlling many if not most of these weapons, and had become much more dangerous as a result.
The same Islamist rebel fighters are now on the front lines of the campaign in Syria against the Assad regime, bringing all the U.S. connected weapons with them. They are getting plenty of supplies from the same Qatari and Saudi Arabian contacts that were used to give them arms in Libya. “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists”. With all of this coming out almost a year ago, it seems fitting that a major faction of the rebel group would make it official and pledged their allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Now that it is clear that Syrian rebels and radical Islamist terrorists are entangled beyond the point of recognition, history would suggest not supplying them with anymore aid. Enter Obama and his decision to directly supply Syrian rebels with weapons. The justification for this change in policy comes from an allegation that Syria used chemical weapons, crossing the red line. Considering all the facts, this move is a bit schizophrenic, and Shashank Joshi of the Guardian reports it perfectly:
US intelligence official told the McClatchy news agency that they had “low or moderate confidence” that the Assad regime had used sarin gas on a small scale. Not only did the plethora of US intelligence agencies differ in their assessments, but the White House itself acknowledged that “the chain of custody [of samples] is not clear, so we cannot confirm how the exposure occurred and under what conditions”.Two months on, the US intelligence community now believes that the Assad regime “has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times over the last year”, and that intelligence officials had “high confidence” in this finding.
Ben Swann puts into perspective the U.S. created terrorism and the direct intervention in the Syrian Civil War