US Support for Extremists Led to 9/11

by Laurence on 11/2/2004 · 1 comment

Amir Taheri argues in The New York Post that US support for Islamism began in the Carter administration with Zbigniew Brzezinski, who favored Ayatollah Khomeni as an anti-Soviet ally. He sought the “creation of a string of Islamic allies that, for religious and political reasons, would prefer the United States against the ‘godless’ Soviet empire.”

Taheri notes, “The second stage in Brzezinski’s grand strategy was to incite the Muslim peoples of the Soviet Union to revolt against Moscow and thus frustrate its global schemes.”

We can see residual effects of this policy in Central Asia today, as well as in some coverage of the region by RFE/RL and Eurasianet, IMHO.

Taheri concludes:

The slogan “America cannot do a damn thing” became the basis of all strategies worked out by Islamist militant groups, including those opposed to Khomeini.

That slogan was tested and proved right for almost a quarter of a century. Between Nov. 4, 1979, and 9/11, a total of 671 Americans were held hostage for varying lengths of time in several Muslim countries. Nearly 1,000 Americans were killed, including 241 Marines blown up while sleeping in Beirut in 1983.

For 22 years the United States, under presidents from both parties, behaved in exactly the way that Khomeini predicted. It took countless successive blows, including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York, without decisive retaliation. That attitude invited, indeed encouraged, more attacks.

The 9/11 tragedy was the denouement of the Nov. 4 attack on the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

[link from Instapundit]

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Tim Newman November 3, 2004 at 3:10 am

But how successful was thus strategy? I don’t recall the Muslims of the Soviet Union rising up against Moscow, and I don’t see too many signs of majority Muslim populations being very hostile towards Moscow now. What residual effects of this policy are you referring to, because I am not convinced that this policy ever existed?

The US used Islamic forces to counter the Soviet Union, in Iran and Afghanistan to name but two – but I don’t believe they put much effort into trying to cause the breakup of the Soviet Union by radicalising its Muslims. I’d need some more evidence if I’m going to be persuaded on this one.

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