Osama bin Laden - The Forbidden Truth


by Firoz Osman
It is becoming more apparent that the war in Afghanistan has nothing to do with terrorism, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban or the World Trade Centre. Realpolitik, the need and greed for oil and gas are, once again, the source of misery and tragedy. This time it is in Central Asia, just as it was in Iraq.

In a book entitled ?Unholy Wars?, ABC news correspondent John K Cooley reveals United States and multi-national oil companies intentions to establish pipelines to route the oil and natural gas of Central Asia and the Caspian Basin to the West. To this end the aims of the generals of the Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and their American counterparts, the CIA, converged. They saw in the Taliban the means by which they could achieve their objectives.

In 1993, Pakistan and Turkmenistan had signed an agreement to jointly develop their energy resources and build a pipeline between the two countries. UNOCAL, based in California, signed a protocol with the Turkmen government to explore the feasibility of building this pipeline. The one-year study cost $10 million for a huge energy project worth $18 billion, to transport Turkmen oil and gas by pipeline to the Indian Ocean. This trade and energy would run through Pakistan, America's ally, rather than through Iran, her adversary ever since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. This will also bypass Iranian ambitions to channel Turkmen energy.

A further objective of both the Taliban and Pakistan is the recovery of natural gas from northern Afghanistan's Shibergan province, pumped northward to Russia through Uzbekistan. Afghan estimates of the resources in the Shibergan gas fields run to 1,100 billion cubic meters. Export of the gas continued throughout the 1979-89 war, despite periodic sabotage orchestrated by the CIA and ISI.

Corroborating Cooley's findings, a book has just appeared in Paris entitled ?Bin Laden, La Verite Interdite' (Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth). The book claims that the Bush administration held extensive talks with the Taliban regime from February to August 2001 with the aim of securing control over the vast oil and gas reserves in Central Asia through the construction of an oil pipeline from the rich oil fields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakstan, to Afghanistan, Pakistan and onto the Indian Ocean.

The authors, Jean Charles Brisard and Guiliaume Dasquie, with long experience in intelligence analysis allege that if the Taliban had facilitated the construction of the pipeline and US control over Central Asian oil and gas reserves, the latter would have paved the way for economic assistance to, and political recognition of, the Taliban. Taliban's unwillingness to accept US conditions frustrated the Americans. According to co-author Jean Charles Brisard," At one moment during the negotiations the US representatives told the Taliban,' either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.'"

It is well established that the Bush administration, and the President Bush's family in particular, have a strong oil background with close oil corporate links. Vice-president Dick Cheney was until the end of 2000, president of Halliburton, a company that provides services for the oil industry. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice was a manager for Chevron between 1991 and 2000, while Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and Energy Secretary Stanley Abraham worked for oil giant, Tom Brown.

As John Pilger asserted, the Taliban were trained and supported by the CIA and SAS, agencies of the US and Britain. Soon after their take over of Kabul in 1996, their leaders were entertained by the executives of Unocal Oil Company in Houston, Texas. With secret US government approval, the company offered them a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped through the pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from Soviet Central Asia through Afghanistan. A US diplomat said: 'The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis did.' He explained that " Afghanistan will become a US oil colony; there would be huge profits for the West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. We can live with that," he said.

Although the deal fell through, it still remains an urgent priority of the administration of George W Bush. The Caspian Basin has the greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and enough, according to one estimate, to meet the US's voracious energy needs for generations. Only if the pipeline runs through Afghanistan can the US hope to control it. So, not surprisingly, US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is now referring to ? moderate" Taliban, who will join a US-sponsored " loose federation" to run Afghanistan. The " war on terrorism" is a cover for this. A means of achieving strategic aims that lie behind the flag-waving facade.

If the allegations and arguments contained in ' Bin Laden, The Forbidden Truth' and 'Unholy Wars' are true, it raises some fundamental questions about he US bombing of Afghanistan, and indeed, about the 11 September tragedy itself. Is oil the ulterior motive, the hidden agenda, behind the assault upon Afghanistan? Is the attack a vile attempt to gain control of the country and establish a pliant regime in Kabul, which will enable Washington to extend its tentacles over Central Asia and its oil wealth?

The world has the right to know the truth - for the sake of the innocent people who are being slaughtered in Afghanistan, and indeed, for the sake of the thousands who were killed in New York and Washington on 11 September.
I love trying to find out the truth about the world.
It fascinates me to no end.
So if you have arguements about this article, please tell me i would like to hear your opinions.

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I will have to split this thread. Sorry, but the two articles are unrelated, or at best hardly related to the same topic question. The latter will go to the University since it seems a handy article for those who need research on Holocaust and genocide studies.

In response to the first article, I happen to know that this analysis subject is indeed interesting from a political theory perspective, but it is not fair to solely accuse the US of extracting the oil from the Caucasus region. In fact, I happen to be quite fascinated with the efficiency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's ability to do just this.

Look up which nations are members, and how much of the world's oil supply they have.

Now that is an organisation worthy of scrutiny. If there ever is a new monopoly/oligopoly organisation which challenges the OPEC nations, it will be the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation nations.

Kudos for the article. I will be reading a lot about this in international relations class.
I thought everyone knew the main reason was oil?

C'mon the US wouldn't spend billions on invading Afghanistan and esp Iraq if they weren't getting something out of it.
I thought everyone knew the main reason was oil?

C'mon the US wouldn't spend billions on invading Afghanistan and esp Iraq if they weren't getting something out of it.

Yes, because we know the U.S. only gets involved in world affairs when it comes to money. :zaru forgetting somalia and kosovo? We have no economic interest in Afghanistan, even though we had one somewhat in Iraq even though I think to some extent Bush did really believe they had W.M.D.'s in the country. And what the U.K.? You guys followed into both countries with us *seems like the U.K. was wanting to get on in what you might consider a scam with us.*, and if your accusations were correct you guys are just as guilty.
I thought everyone knew the main reason was oil?

I doubt that it is the main reason, but it certainly does have quite an effect.

The thing is, unlike Iraq which has already developed an oil-industry, Afghanistan's petroleum and natural gas resources are largely judged by estimates - often by US specialists, actually - because there is no central authority which can clearly establish how much there is. And there exists no industry for extracting it yet.

The biggest industries in Afghanistan are copper exports and opium or poppy production. Neither are going to sustain a domestic industry of materials which can benefit the growth of the nation itself. For that reason developing a petroleum business there would be very profitable, but it will also be extremely hard.

In Iraq however this is hardly a challenge. Already US companies have bidded for and almost ascertained a form of dominance in the resurgence of the Iraqi oil on the market.
its probably true that the USA wants oil and gas pipelines but clearly 9/11 and the resulting panic and hysteria among the american people primarily motivated the wars in afghanistan and in iraq as well as a utopian belief in "spreading freedom" to help out israel, and reduce terrorism, and yes guarantee secure oil and gas supplies. economics is never the ONLY reason for war but it sure is a PART of the reason
Ok this is some realy good feedback and i thank you for your opinions.
Adressing some other people that lack the intellegence of a good feedback.

The name of the article is also the name of a book that widely influences this article. I bet if u actualy read the article u would figure out DETAILS that are not none as well.

ok good for the people that watch Fahrenheit 911, i for one don't and take more pleasure in finding out stuff on my own.
its probably true that the USA wants oil and gas pipelines but clearly 9/11 and the resulting panic and hysteria among the american people primarily motivated the wars in afghanistan and in iraq as well as a utopian belief in "spreading freedom" to help out israel, and reduce terrorism, and yes guarantee secure oil and gas supplies. economics is never the ONLY reason for war but it sure is a PART of the reason

I don't know if US gov (Bush & co) were really in histeria but the country certainly was and Bush gov took advantage of that histeria to justify his wars. I think you greatly underestimate the importance of securing oil ressource. In the next decades, the oil ressources will be significantly reduced and the result will be higher and higher price.

Securing most of world's oil ressources (Iraq + Saudi Arabia + eventually Iran) will have an immense positive impact on US economy in the next decades, while other regions like Europe & Asia might greatly suffer from the incoming energy crisis, and even drown in economical chaos.

IMO, the Israel factor wasn't of much importance compared to the immense oil ressource securing factor.
Just how forbidden is this truth when everyone knows it? :hehee

Everyone seems to know it, however, they also seem to ignore it or not care about it....that is even worse than not knowing.

Interesting article, however, I remember reading a similar in the past, all about Dick Cheney and his companies....wasn't Today's Afghanistan president a chairman in one of Dick Cheney's companies??
Down were all the oil is oldandpervy, stated in the article.
Lol yes it is a nice name isn't u, same to u.
YES! Someone recognizes the ignorance factor, you are wise my freind, I don't know the Afghanistan president part but it seems interesting, I will look into this, thank you. ^_^
I find it strange that the article attributes widely known facts as if they were secrets, then mixes it with damning yet unsourced quotes.

The fact is that terrorists organizations and other enemies are using oil and drug money to fund their operations. If you take away those resources then their ability to fight shrivels up, and if you can take control of the resources yourself you use them. It's Strategy 101.
Yes and a conspiracy that is hard to prove.
Terrorism is the main reason???
Prove it, lol.
Show something that will try to uphold the idea that terrorism is the main idea, something that is actualy creditable and intellectualy good. At least give a reason why u say this.
Proof is everything, but even more important is a good arguement to back it up.
Right, I agree with that.

ok then, name any terrorist group from iraq

notice how in between iraq and the country where al qaeda resides (afghenistan) theres a big piece of earth called iran

and notice how the U.S. goes into war against a country with one of the world's biggest oil reserves in the world during a petrol crysis
That music video aside from the constant use of the racial term we all know.
Was one of the best rap songs ive heard in ages.
Rep up for that, thank you, u made my day better.
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