Monday, September 18, 2006

Brzezinski: US aided Afghan guerrillas before Soviet invasion of 1979
From Lee Penn

Remember the psalm in which it is said that the one who digs a pit for others to fall into will fall into it himself.

From Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Henry Holt, 2004 (rev. ed.), p. xiii

Johnson says,
The USSR's invasion of Afghanistan was deliberately provoked. In his 1996 memoirs, former CIA director Robert Gates writes that the American intelligence services actually began to aid the mujahideen guerrillas in Afghanistan not after the Soviet invasion of that country, but six months before it. And in a 1998 interview with the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, former President Carter's National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, unambiguously confirmed Gates' assertion.

'According to the official version of history', Brzezinski told the
Nouvel Observateur, 'CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980, this is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion that aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention'.
When asked whether he regretted these actions, Brzezinski replied:
'Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: 'We now have the opportunity of giving the USSR its Vietnam War.'
Nouvel Observateur:
And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?
Brzezinski:
'What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?'

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