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33,286. Every tribesman has a blood feud with his neighbour. Every man’s hand is against another. And all against the stranger. Winston Churchill
33,287. When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains
And the women come out to cut up what remains
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier. Rudyard Kipling, The Young British Soldier 1892
29,528. The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia. (Terrorism & Afghanistan) Graham Fuller, former Deputy Director of the CIA’s National Council on Intelligence
107,070. The purpose was not to defend Afghanistan, which could have been a legitimate purpose … it was to bleed the Russians; that’s not legitimate; in fact they were carrying out terrorist acts inside Russia in the 1980s. Noam Chomsky, Manchester 2004, Youtube Imperial War Strategy II
109,812. According to the New York Times there are 7-8 million people in Afghanistan on the verge of starvation. (War on Terror & Afghanistan) Noam Chomsky, The War on Terror, lecture MIT October 2001, Youtube 1.17.13
33,284. Mr President, we have an opportunity here to create a Soviet Vietnam. Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1979 memo to Jimmy Carter
33,285. We started to providing weapons to the Mujahideen. Zbigniew Brzezinski
33,288. An enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region. Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard
33,289. How Jimmy Carter And I Started The Mujahideen. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur January 1998
33,290. Your cause is right and God is on your side. Zbigniew Brzezinski to Mujahideen warriors
33,293. US National Security advisor Brzezinski flew to Pakistan to set about rallying resistance. He wanted to arm the Mujahideen without revealing America’s role. CNN news
33,297. This is a callous violation of international law. It is a deliberate effort of a powerful atheistic government to subjugate an independent Islamic people. Jimmy Carter
33,298. We waged a proxy war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. Hillary Rodham Clinton
33,299. The context is the desire of the United States to control these strategically crucial regions. Professor Robert Jensen
33,300. In December  the Soviets invaded. The Americans feared losing control of a potentially lucrative and strategically useful part of Eurasia. 7/7 The Big Picture
33,301. Their [Russians] overriding fear was that ... the chaos would be exploited by their enemies, the Americans. Robert Braithwaite, author, interview BBC News March 2011
33,302. In 1980 Ronald Reagan sent the CIA into Afghanistan. Their secret mission was to fund, train and arm the Mujahideen, a band of Islamic Afghani fighters. They were at war with the Soviet-backed People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan. The CIA was told to crush the Soviet force by any means possible. (Afghanistan & CIA & Reagan) Secrets of the CIA
31,540. The Soviet Union went to war: sending tanks and troops thundering into their southern neighbour Afghanistan. (Great Britain & England & Cold War & Afghanistan) Dominic Sandbrook, Strange Days - Cold War Britain III
33,291. 1979: in June that year the United States commenced covert operations in Afghanistan to exploit the potential for social conflict. According to Brzezinski, US involvement, he said, was designed to foster unrest and bog down the USSR into a costly and bloody invasion, and indeed to provoke the USSR into an invasion. This was just the beginning. Nafeez Ahmed
33,292. The United States ... Britain and various Western powers as well have been to this day connecting themselves in some way to the Majahideen, to Al Qaeda, in various different regions ... We are told that we disconnected ourselves from the Mujahideen completely when the Soviet Union collapsed - this is just not true. It’s well documented now. Nafeez Ahmed
100,210. The American neo-conservatives and radical Islamism … the two groups come together to fight the Soviet Union In Afghanistan … Both failed in their revolutions. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US & United States) Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares II: The Phantom Victory, BBC 2004
100,211. The strange world of fantasy, deception, violence and fear in which we now live. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US & United States) ibid.
100,212. The Americans were setting out to defeat a mythological enemy. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US & United States) ibid.
100,213. American money and weapons now began to pour across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US & United States) ibid.
100,214. Zawahiri and his small group settled in Peshawar … a military rejection of all American influence over the jihad, because America was the source of this corruption. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US & United States) ibid.
33,303. Then in 1987 the New Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev decided he was going to withdraw Russian troops from Afghanistan. Gorbachev was convinced that the whole Soviet system was facing collapse. He was determined to try and save it through political reform and this meant reversing the policies of his predecessors including the occupation of Afghanistan. (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Empire US) ibid.
100,217. But then the neo-conservatives began to reconstruct the Islamists. They created a phantom enemy. And as this nightmare fantasy began to spread, politicians realised the new power it gave them in a deeply disillusioned age. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares III: The Shadows in the Cave
100,218. Bin Laden had no formal organisation until the Americans invented one for him. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,219. Bin Laden had given this network a name: Al Qaeda … The focus of a loose association of dissident Muslim militants who were attracted by the new strategy. But there was no organisation … He was not their commander. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,220. He realised this was the term the Americans gave him. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,204. Now the neo-conservatives were all powerful … At its heart were Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, along with the vice-president Dick Cheney and Richard Perle was a senior adviser to the Pentagon. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
89,210. The neo-conservatives distorted and exaggerated the Soviet threat. They created the image of a hidden international web of evil run from Moscow that planned to dominate the world. When in reality the Soviet Union was on its last legs, collapsing from within. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Soviet Union & Neo-Conservative & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,221. All they [Northern Alliance] found were a few small caves which were either empty or had been used to store ammunition. There was no underground bunker system, no secret tunnels, the fortress didn’t exist. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,222. Many of the arrests that were dramatically announced as being part of a hidden Al Qaeda network were in reality as absurd as the cases in America. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Arrest & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
100,223. A simplistic fantasy of an organised web of uniquely powerful terrorists that might strike anywhere at any moment. But no-one questioned this fantasy. (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Fantasy & Illusion) ibid.
99,398. Increasingly we live in a world where nothing makes sense. Events come and go like waves of a fever leaving us confused and uncertain. Those in power tell stories to help us make sense of the complexity of reality. For those stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow. Adam Curtis, Bitter Lake
99,399. In 1946 American engineers along with their wives and families began to arrive at a dusty airstrip in Helmand in southern Afghanistan. They worked for the biggest construction company in the world … to build a giant planned new world, a complex of dams, canals, roads and even a new model city. The king’s aim was to harness the power of the giant Helmand river. ibid.
99,401. By the mid-1950s the American engineers had built the giant dams that would create they called a new wonderland. ibid.