More important to Canadians, the facts uncovered by Internet journalism suggest that the war in Afghanistan has little to do with the attacks of Sept.11; that it's the result of lengthy failed negotiations between American businessmen and the Taliban over access to drugs and oil.
Mike Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned journalist, maintains that Wall Street, (from whom the CIA gets its strategists and directions) is heavily dependent on laundered drug money, which helps keep the Fortune 500 and the stock market afloat. The IMF recently estimated that about $1.5 trillion goes through the world's banks every year, at least $500 billion of it from drugs.
His documents show that in January, 2001, the Taliban destroyed their opium crops, which normally supply 70 per cent of the world's heroin. In May, the U.S. gave the Taliban $43 Million in mysterious aid. Sept. 11 was a turning point.
The U.S. bombed, invaded, captured the Taliban, and opium farms are now back in business. The Financial Times has reported that the next harvest will be a record breaking 4,500 tonnes, much of it headed to the U.S.A.
Ruppert and others have tracked the progress of an urgent pipeline, which American oilmen have been trying to build through Afghanistan since 1991. They stated publicly that they could not do it without a sympathetic Afghan government in place. Newly installed prime minister Hamid Karzai is a former employee of Unocal Oil.
Negotiations on the Central Asian pipeline resumed in October and an agreement to proceed with it was announced in February.
Ruppert also notes that Osama Bin Laden was treated for his chronic kidney disease at the American Hospital in Dubai last summer. Although wanted for the bombing of two U.S. embassies and eligible for execution by American agents, he flew away undisturbed. The sole coverage of these events in Canada has come from Barrie Zwicker, media critic at Vision TV.
If the work of Internet journalists is correct, then the war is neither a holy war, not a grand clash of civilizations between East and West, and our soldiers were lost to us and to their families to keep drugs and oil profits flowing in the U.S.
Until we know the truth, we should refuse to add one more Canadian body to the pile of dead in Afghanistan. Not one. Canada should get the truth or get out. (Lesley Hughes, April 2002)
In many ways Stephen Harper is his own worst enemy. His tyrannical move to shut down Parliament has awoken the apathetic. His attacks on Canada's experts and well educated, has cost him support. His nonsense about mining old tapes of Michael Ignatieff, moved me to start looking into his past and exposing his extremist roots. Normally, I couldn't care less what he did when he was young.
But revealing his cowardice in the handling of the Afghan Detainee issue, has led me to once again rethink this damn war. And with just a little bit of research, I've decided that as Hughes puts it: "Until we know the truth, we should refuse to add one more Canadian body to the pile of dead in Afghanistan. Not one. Canada should get the truth or get out. "
This government has far too many secrets.
The video is part one of a lecture series by a former CIA operative, Mike Ruppert (mentioned by Hughes above), as he uncovers the illicit drug trade in Afghanistan. The brother of one of Harper's potted plants, has covered this extensively and even briefed our ambassador on the Karzai government's involvement.
Now when it comes to the 9/11 truth movement, I'm on the fence. I guess I'm not willing to accept that Bush or anyone involved with him, engineered the whole thing; but I do question the official report. And I adamantly question why that led us to war in the Middle East.
They may have been right to remove the Taliban government, but they could have done that in a few weeks, with little loss of life. Instead they launched a full invasion and occupation, and unless we start to question why, this could be just the beginning.
According to the Afghan media, every time a civilian is killed, they lose more of their young men to the Taliban cause. So our actions are strengthening the 'enemy', whoever that is now.
A complacency is settling in because we believe we will be out next year anyway, so why bother? Well Peter Mackay has confirmed that we won't be out next year. Instead we will be spending huge amounts of money for 'private' security forces, and there is a suggestion that we could be there for decades.
It's time to RETHINK AFGHANISTAN!