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A Diabolical Game

The US In Bed With Terrorists

By Nico Varkevisser *

[Posted on 3 February 2003]


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On October 16, the Stratfor Website reported that Islamist terrorists held a secret congress in NATO-controlled Bosnia.[1]


To summarize, Strafor reported that:


1)     “Russian and Yugoslav intelligence sources claim that more than 150 Islamic radicals from more than 50 countries held a secret congress in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 8..” Stratfor adds that, “a pro-government Russian media source,” also reported that the meeting had taken place “citing ‘well-informed diplomatic sources.’“


2)     The terrorists supposedly put aside all differences in order to declare a “jihad on the ‘European race’  - meaning both Americans and Europeans - because it has become ‘the willing slaves of Jews and Israel.’”


3)     Stratfor comments that, “The fact that the meeting purportedly was held in Bosnia suggests the country may become a center for international Islamic militants to coordinate operations in Europe. This seems especially possible in light of electoral victories by Bosnian Muslim nationalists earlier this month. Muslim Bosnia, unlike Republika Srpska, still is considered friendly to the West and might become an easy locale for Islamist operations as the United States focuses on hunting them in other regions.”

Stratfor develops this theme: “In Bosnia and the Balkans in general, Orthodox Christian Serbs remain pariahs to Washington and Western Europe, even after overthrowing former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic and installing a pro-Western regime. Thus, Serbs rather than Muslims command the main focus of U.S. and European intelligence agencies.”


Stratfor gives no sources that we can check for this report. However, we do know that 1) the NATO-backed side in the Bosnian war was fighting to set up an Islamic fundamentalist state; that 2) other Islamic fundamentalist governments were heavily involved in helping their Bosnian comrades and 3) that the Pentagon coordinated the work of these outside fundamentalists. (These points are discussed further, below.) So the idea that terrorists would find Bosnia a likely setting for a meeting is perfectly plausible.


Moreover, there are other reports that the meeting took place; it is mentioned, for example, in an Oct. 11 dispatch from Itar-Tass. Assuming the alleged meeting did take place,  Strafor has neglected some crucial points.


First, Strafor suggests that the Islamists held their meeting without the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies. But in fact Bosnia is the last place Islamist groups would be able to get together *on the sly.*


Indeed, we can hardly call Bosnia a country. It is merely an *area* controlled by NATO in general and the US in particular. At the top there is a Lord Protector under the disguised title, ‘Representative of the International Community,’ who wields virtually all power. He appoints ‘ministers’ and makes laws; he even chose the design of the ‘national’ flag. Nothing can happen without his approval. So when Stratfor says that “the country may become a center for international Islamic militants to coordinate operations in Europe”, we can hardly believe such a thing would be possible without the consent of the powers who control that area.


So, if the meeting took place, it did so with Great Power complicity. Which brings me to the second point: Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is not simply a problem of some isolated bands of extremists, dangerous only if they are unknown to western security forces.


On the one hand, Islamic fundamentalism is a real ideology (or several closely related ideologies) with totalitarian goals. It has many real adherents and it is trying to remake the world. But on the other hand, it has grown with a good deal of sponsorship from Islamic states, North America and Europe. 


If you believe that all the fears about Islam are simply propaganda to justify the war on terrorism, consider these words of the much-celebrated Bosnian leader, Alija Izetbegovic, portrayed in the Western media as a Muslim moderate:[2]

[Start Quote From Alija Izetbegovic’s Book]


“The exhaustive definition of the Islamic Order is: the unity of religion and law, education and force, ideals and interests, spiritual society and State, and all of it with the harmonization of spontaneity and obligation…the Muslim does not exist at all as an independent individual. If he wants to live and remain Muslim, he must create an environment, a society, and an order. He must change the world, or he will be the victim of change. History has not seen an Islamic movement that was not at the same time a political movement, because Islam is a religion, but at the same time a philosophy, an ethics, an order, a style, and an environment; that is, a total way of life.”


[End Quote From Alija Izetbegovic’s Book]


Izetbegovic favors Iranian-style fundamentalism, but the above applies to the Wahhabi school exported from Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates and  other Islamists as well.  I am not speaking of personal religious beliefs. Islam means ‘submission’ and Islamic fundamentalism regulates all aspects of life.  Islamic law, shariat,  does *not* distinguish between crime and sin. Or to put it differently, anything which the religious authorities interpret to be a sin becomes a crime.


There is much evidence that Western states have played a double game, sponsoring Islamic fundamentalism to crush secular forces in order to destabilize target nations while at the same time publicly condemning Islamic terror.


Even Stratfor cannot hide the fact that Islamic terrorists have a safe heaven in Bosnia. Thus in the above-quoted report, Strafor says, “Since Sept. 11, 2001, regional governments have rounded up several cells of foreign Islamic militants. But Bosnia has not been among those who succeeded in breaking those cells”.


“Not succeeded”? Or *deliberately* not succeeded?

And Straford says Bosnia is a likely center for “international Islamic militants to coordinate operations in Europe” because “In Bosnia and the Balkans in general, Orthodox Christian Serbs remain pariahs to Washington and Western Europe…Serbs rather than Muslims command the main focus of U.S. and European intelligence agencies.”


Perhaps to Strafor this is an explanation, but to me it just raises more questions.


*Why* do “Orthodox Christian Serbs remain pariahs to Washington and Western Europe”?


Since there is no evidence of organized terrorism among the Serbian population, whereas there are certainly hundreds of terrorists living among Bosnian Muslims, *why* would “Serbs rather than Muslims command the main focus of U.S. and European intelligence agencies”?


Unless of course these agencies wish to allow Islamist terrorists to function unhindered in Bosnia, which NATO directly controls!


That Western powers are supporting Islamist terrorism was suggested in an interview, given at the end of October, by the former Czech Foreign Minister, Jiri Dientsbier. (Dientsbier had also been a special UN Human Rights official in Bosnia.)


In the interview with the Prague newspaper, Pravo, Dientsbier said that

“terrorism, including the latest terrorist act in Moscow, did not break out last September when the United States was under attack, it started much earlier in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo.”


Dientsbier said further that, “not only the media but also the politicians, who divided the terrorists into ‘good ones’ and ‘bad ones,’ were doing service to terrorism. This is the case with the Chechens and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as well.”

“During the NATO-led bombardment on Yugoslavia, the Kosovo Liberation Army was used as a ground force. The KLA engagement during the NATO-led air strikes on Yugoslavia enabled this organization to rule in Kosovo and mastermind and carry out attacks in Macedonia, southern Serbia and Montenegro,” Dientsbier said. Further he said the Albanian extremists had also killed thousands of Albanians, adding that ongoing efforts to arrest those responsible had produced no results.[3]

Other sources also reveal the close co-operation between the US-military and Muslim terrorist groups. The Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) wrote in its official report last year on Srebrenica that the Pentagon in fact has armed Muslim terrorists. This is what Richard J. Aldrich wrote in The Guardian of April 22, 2002, in an article with the title, “US Sponsored Foreign Islamists In Bosnia”:[4] 


[Start Excerpt From “US Sponsored Foreign Islamists in Bosnia”]


“The official Dutch inquiry into the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, released last week, contains one of the most sensational reports on western intelligence ever published. Officials have been staggered by its findings and the Dutch government has resigned. One of its many volumes is devoted to clandestine activities during the Bosnian war of the early 1990s. For five years, Professor Cees Wiebes of Amsterdam University has had unrestricted access to Dutch intelligence files and has stalked the corridors of secret service headquarters in western capitals, as well as in Bosnia, asking questions.


His findings are set out in “Intelligence and the war in Bosnia, 1992-1995.” It includes remarkable material on covert operations, signals interception, human agents and double-crossing by dozens of agencies in one of dirtiest wars of the new world disorder. Now we have the full story of the secret alliance between the Pentagon and radical Islamist groups from the Middle East designed to assist the Bosnian Muslims - some of the same groups that the Pentagon is now fighting in “the war against terrorism.”


By 1993 these groups, many supported by Iran and Saudi Arabia, were anxious to help Bosnian Muslims fighting in the former Yugoslavia and called in their debts with the Americans. Bill Clinton and the Pentagon were keen to be seen as creditworthy and repaid in the form of an Iran-Contra style operation - in flagrant violation of the UN security council arms embargo against all combatants in the former Yugoslavia.


The result was a vast secret conduit of weapons smuggling though Croatia. This was arranged by the clandestine agencies of the US, Turkey and Iran, together with a range of radical Islamist groups, including Afghan mojahedin and the pro-Iranian Hizbullah. Wiebes reveals that the British intelligence services obtained documents early on in the Bosnian war proving that Iran was making direct deliveries.


Arms purchased by Iran and Turkey with the financial backing of Saudi Arabia made their way by night from the Middle East. Initially aircraft from Iran Air were used, but as the volume increased they were joined by a mysterious fleet of black C-130 Hercules aircraft. The report stresses that the US was “very closely involved” in the airlift. Mojahedin fighters were also flown in, but they were reserved as shock troops for especially hazardous operations.


The volume of weapons flown into Croatia was enormous, partly because of a steep Croatian “transit tax”. Croatian forces creamed off between 20% and 50% of the arms. The report stresses that this entire trade was clearly illicit. The Croats themselves also obtained massive quantities of illegal weapons from Germany, Belgium and Argentina - again in contravention of the UN arms embargo. The German secret services were fully aware of the trade.


Rather than the CIA, the Pentagon’s own secret service was the hidden force behind these operations. The UN protection force, UNPROFOR, was dependent on its troop-contributing nations for intelligence, and above all on the sophisticated monitoring capabilities of the US to police the arms embargo. This gave the Pentagon the ability to manipulate the embargo at will: ensuring that American Awacs aircraft covered crucial areas and were able to turn a blind eye to the frequent nightime comings and goings at Tuzla.

Weapons flown in during the spring of 1995 were to turn up only a fortnight later in the besieged and demilitarised enclave at Srebrenica. When these shipments were noticed, Americans pressured UNPROFOR to rewrite reports, and when Norwegian officials protested about the flights, they were reportedly threatened into silence.


Iranian and Afghan veterans’ training camps had also been identified in Bosnia. Later, in the Dayton Accords of November 1995, the stipulation appeared that all foreign forces be withdrawn. This was a deliberate attempt to cleanse Bosnia of Iranian-run training camps. The CIA’s main opponents in Bosnia were now the mojahedin fighters and their Iranian trainers - whom the Pentagon had been helping to supply months earlier.


Meanwhile, the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were busy arming the Bosnian Serbs. Mossad was especially active and concluded a deal with the Bosnian Serbs at Pale involving a substantial supply of artillery shells and mortar bombs. In return they secured safe passage for the Jewish population out of the besieged town of Sarajevo…”

[End Excerpt From “US Sponsored Foreign Islamists in Bosnia”]

The close relations between the US and the Muslim terrorist groups is not limited to the Balkans. In the eighties the US and Saudi Arabia sponsored them in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. Now the same Mujahideen who fought the Russians are back in power under direct US/European control; in other words, Afghanistan is basically in the position of Bosnia.

And, as happened in Bosnia in October, a month earlier Muslim groups from Central Asia held a meeting in US/NATO-controlled Afghanistan.

[Start report from Kyrgyzstan Security Chief][5]


Radical Islamites made an important step for joining their efforts in the struggle for establishing the state, which would be based on Shariat. The state is going to be established on the Fergana Valley. This was said by the chairman of the National Security of Kyrgyzstan, Kalyk Imankulov.

Mr. Imankulov advised that Muslim fundamentalists of the Fergana Valley decided to create a joint organization – the Islamic Movement of the Central Asia. This movement incorporates separatists from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Chechnya and even from China. The headquarters of the new association is reportedly in the Badahshan mountainous area of Afghanistan.


[End report from Kyrgyzstan Security Chief]

So, centered in Bosnia, Muslims apparently organize under NATO’s nose to destabilize Europe and in Afghanistan too they hold a unification congress to speed up terrorist actions against Russia.


Behind the farce that the US is fighting terrorism is the reality that they use fascist and reactionary groups as instruments to reshape the political map of the world.


Nico Varkevisser


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*  Nico Varkevisser is a member of the Editorial Board of Emperor’s Clothes, Chairman of Global Reflexions in Amsterdam, Director of the Cuban Review and Vice-Chairman of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic.

[1] You can read the full report from Strafor at

[2] Izetbegovic, Alija. 1999 [1980]. Le manifeste Islamique (original title: Islamska deklaracija). Beyrouth-Liban: Éditions Al-Bouraq. (pp. 75-76)




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