Taliban, oil painting, 20x30cm, by German artist Bernhard Heller
Already in 2001 two French intelligence analysts claimed in a book that at the urgent request of US oil companies, the Bush administration initially blocked FBI investigations into terrorism, while it bargained with the Taliban for the delivery of Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition and economic aid. This happened before the nine-eleven attack. In the book «Bin Laden, la verite interdite» («Bin Laden, the forbidden truth»), which came out in Paris in November 2001, the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, writes that FBI deputy director John O’Neill resigned earlier that year to protest the policy. O’Neill, who became security chief at the World Trade Center, died in the Sept. 11 attack.
Brisard writes that O’Neill told him that «the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia.» The authors say the U.S. government’s main objective in Afghanistan was to consolidate the position of the Taliban regime and thereby obtain access to the oil and gas reserves in Central Asia. They say that until August 2001, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime «as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia,» from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. Until now, says the book, «the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia have been controlled by Russia. The Bush government wanted to change all that.» But confronted with the Taliban’s refusal to accept U.S. conditions, «this rationale of energy security changed into a military one,» the authors writes. We all now acknowledge the grave consequences of that «military one», one of the longest and bloodiest war in decades.
«At one moment during the negotiations, the U.S. representatives told the Taliban, either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs,» Brisard said in an interview in Paris at that time. According to the book, the Bush administration shortly after taking power in January 2001 began to negotiate with the Taliban. The US and Taliban diplomatic representatives met several times in February 2001 in Washington, Berlin and Islamabad. It is here important to emphasise that the Bush administration was not the first players here. THE INITIAL SUPPORT for the Taliban was from the Clinton administration and was based on the campaign against Iran, but even more on the region’s oil and gas. In 1996-98 the US government supported the Unocal oil company’s plans for a pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan. At that time al-Qaida were monitoring closely negotiations between the US and Taliban. In a 1998 memo written by al-Qaida military chief Mohammed Atef, he reveals that Osama bin Laden’s group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across that Central Asian country.
We now know more about this story on how this contact and the like came about, in the interest of US oil and resource greed, and that this type of «in our interest-no problem» policy also have taken place in Syria with «oil deals» with different groups in the war there. From an earlier article on this blog: «A good example is that EU and the U.S. are easing an oil embargo to allow oil imports from rebel-controlled oil fields directly benefits al-Nusra fighters who control those former government fields. This rebel group the United States has designated a terrorist organization because of its ties to al-Qaeda.» So we can surly state without making a grave mistake: That the biggest mouth on this globe when it comes to imperialistic demands for Western capitalist democracy all over, does not really care a shit for whom and where the thugs are, as long as deals suites «Uncle Sam’s» interests. What we then have left is anything but democracy in itself. Just Western capitalism suites fine!
Let us end this article with a saying from «that bastard» Dick Cheney:
Flames rise from oil tanker lorries set alight by Taliban militants. theguardian.com