The Legacy of Brzezinski – The rise of Taliban and the Islamic terrorism

I feel very much compelled to repost most of the Op-Edge article by Neil Clark, published at RT, called World in flames – the deadly legacy of Cold War warrior Brzezinski. The article takes a much needed look at the events surrounding the creation of Taliban, and the role that the newly-departed Brzezinski played in it, and, consequently, in the rise of the global Islamic terrorist threat, as well as in the scenarios for destruction of Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

It is said that history repeats itself, and in this regard the mind wanders to the very recent times (from the Russian historic perspective), when another Polish ex-pat by the name of General Michal Sokolnitsky was advising Napoleon on how easy it would be to conquer Russia, turning Crimea into a second French Reviere, while Poland getting the Western Russian counties… And we all know how that went. Those who don’t, should research the origin of the word “Bistro”.


2017 has been a very bloody year for Afghanistan, with the UN Assistance Mission reporting more than 2,100 civilians were killed or injured between January and March.

None of this was mentioned when the establishment eulogies to Brzezinski started pouring in.

“I was one of several presidents who benefited from his wisdom and counsel,” said Barack Obama.

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter also paid generous tributes. But while our condolences go out to Brzezinski’s family and friends at this difficult time, any objective assessment of what ‘Zbig’ actually achieved as US National Security Advisor would have to conclude that his influence was disastrous not just for the people of Afghanistan, but for the world as a whole. Put simply; the world would now be a much safer place if Brzezinski had used his considerable intellectual skills in pursuits other than global politics.

Zbig’s obsession in the late 1970s was with giving the Soviet Union their own Vietnam. Appointed President Carter’s National Security Advisor in 1977 Brzezinski found himself at loggerheads with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, a man of peace who genuinely wanted to strengthen detente with Moscow.

Brzezinski’s anti-Soviet strategy was two-fold. Firstly, to aggressively promote the issue of human rights, the so-called ‘third basket’ of the 1975 Helsinki Accords, as a means of destabilizing the eastern bloc.

“Brzezinski recognized the political advantage to be had from the human rights issue, for it put pressure on the Soviet Union and rallied opposition to Moscow,” said Jeremy Isaacs and Taylor Downing in their book Cold War. But there was great hypocrisy at play here, as ‘Zbig’ was quite happy to work with governments whose human rights records were far worse than that of the Soviet Union’s to achieve his objectives.

The second strand of his strategy was to try to entice the Kremlin to send troops into Afghanistan.

To understand how Afghanistan became a new and crucial front in the Cold War we have to go back to the summer of 1973. King Mohammed Zahir Shah, who had governed the country since 1933, was deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan with the help of Afghan communists. Daoud though continued his country’s non-aligned policy and liked to say by way of illustration that he was “ready to light his American cigarettes with Russian matches.”

However, the government in Kabul was increasingly courted by the US and tempted with offers of aid. Daoud banned the communist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan and dismissed Soviet-trained army officers. The result was the so-called ‘Saur Revolution,’ which brought the pro-Soviet Nur Muhammad Taraki to power in April 1978.

“The left-wing government initiated reforms of land ownership and encouraged women to join literacy classes alongside men,” record Isaacs and Downing.

Hardline Islamic clerics weren’t too happy and religious opposition to the left-wing government grew. Brzezinski saw a great opportunity to back the anti-government Mujahedeen or ‘Soldiers of God.’ It’s a commonly held, but erroneous view, that the US only started to support the fundamentalist ‘rebels’ after the Soviet tanks had rolled into Kabul at Christmas 1979.

In fact, US financial assistance for anti-government forces had begun BEFORE the invasion- and was expressly designed to provoke a Soviet military response. In 1998 Brzezinski admitted that he had got President Carter to sign the first order for secret aid to ‘rebels’ in July 1979 a full five months before the Soviets intervened.

“I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion, this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention,” Brzezinski said. Even before that, US officials had been meeting with ‘rebel’ leaders. While in 1977 Zbig had set up the Nationalities Working Group – whose goal was to weaken the Soviet Union by stirring up ethnic and religious tensions.

The Kremlin was faced with a terrible dilemma. It was damned if it did intervene to help the beleaguered Afghan government, and damned if it didn’t. There was a fear Islamic fundamentalism if prevailing in Afghanistan after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, could spread to the Soviet Union itself and on top of this NATO had agreed to site Pershing and Cruise missiles in Europe.

But still the Kremlin, perhaps suspecting a trap was being set for them, was reluctant to commit ground troops. Taraki pleaded with Moscow for more assistance and visited the Kremlin in September 1979. But not long afterward Taraki himself was toppled (and killed by suffocation with pillows) with his Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin, taking over as president. Moscow believed that Amin was getting ready to pivot toward the west.

The Kremlin finally decided to act, even though there was still opposition from within the Politburo. On 24th December 1979, Brzezinski got the Christmas present from ‘Santa’ Brezhnev that he had long wanted. “The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: ‘We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War,’” he later admitted. Cyrus Vance urged a diplomatic solution, but unfortunately, Carter listened to Zbig.

The national security advisor flew to Pakistan in early 1980 and posed, two years before the first Rambo film, for photographs holding a Chinese-made machine gun at the Khyber Pass. “Your cause is right, and God is on your side,” he told the assembled holy warriors.

Over the next decade, billions of dollars of aid and weaponry from the US and their allies poured in for the Islamist rebels, euphemistically labeled ‘freedom fighters.’

In 1982, Ronald Reagan even dedicated the Space Shuttle Columbia to the anti-government fighters.

“The struggle of the Afghan people represents man’s highest aspiration for freedom,” the President declared.

It wasn’t just Afghan ‘rebels’ who were fighting against the socialist government in Kabul. Encouraged and equipped by the US and their allies, between 25,000 and 80,000 fighters came in from other countries.

Hawks in Washington, following Brzezinski’s anti-Moscow lead, did all they could to prevent a diplomatic solution to the conflict. The aim, to use Zbig’s phrase, was to “make the Soviets bleed as much and as long as is possible.”

Mikhail Gorbachev’s warnings about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism and a hardliner takeover of Afghanistan having far-reaching global consequences went unheeded. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda grew out of the Mujahedeen and then many years later, the US led an invasion of Afghanistan to try and get rid of the Taliban. But the Taliban is still there (as is ISIS and Al-Qaeda) and has just launched a deadly new spring offensive.

Afghanistan has known nothing but war these last forty or so years and Brzezinski’s desire to give the Soviet Union “its Vietnam War” has an awful lot to do with it.

Not only that but his strategy of backing jihadists to destabilize and help bring down secular, socialistic governments friendly to the Soviet Union or Russia has been copied in other countries, such as Libya and Syria with such devastating consequences nationally and internationally.

Not that the ‘great man’ showed any remorse for what he had done. Far from it. In 1998 he was asked: “Do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?” Brzezinski replied: “What was more important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”

When his interviewer then countered with “Some agitated Moslems”? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today, Brzezinski’s response was to say ‘Nonsense.’

In 2008 when he was asked again about his Afghanistan policies Brzezinski said “I would not hesitate to do it again.” When we look back at the disagreements in 1979 and 1980 between Zbig and the more cautious Cyrus Vance, who labeled Brzezinski “evil” time has surely shown us who was right and who was wrong. If only Vance and not the too-clever-by-half academic had prevailed.

Inadequate news from Ukraine, false flag in Avdeevka, plus an answer to a reader

Ever since the 2014 coup d’etat Ukraine was descending deeper and deeper into the state of self destruction and utter madness, and when you just start to think that they hit the bottom, somebody knocks from below…

In her article Heil Poroshenko! Ukraine junta bans Russian SM, prepares to ban Russian Orthodox Church, Lada Ray tells about the last week’s bouts of madness, when Russian social media, search engine, anti-virus software, accounting software, and church where outlawed in Ukraine.

But not only Ukraine is out with the fairies, the collective West is encouraging it and has come to believe its own propaganda to such a degree that they are actually following in the Ukraine’s footsteps.

I was expecting some outbreaks and false flags during the grandest celebration time of the Russian world – the Victory Day of the 9th of May, and OCSE and Kiev delivered.

First, according to an article from Arguments and Facts, OCSE observers classified the unarmed retro machinery of WWII participating in the Victory Parade in Donetsk for violation of the Misnk agreement. Never mind that those Katjushas and T-34s would never fire again… Never mind that OCSE observers were invited to inspect the machinery that was going to participate in the parade – they ignored the invitation.


The legendary WWII T-34 tank


ZiS-5 with a division cannon ZiS-3


Katjusha

However, what OCSE observers stubbornly DO NOT notice is the constant shelling of Donetsk from the heavy Grad artillery by the Ukro-Nazis.

As for the false flag, that happened too at Avdeevka village. Read this Graham Philips report for the reality on the ground: Avdeevka Shelling: Who Did It? The Real Story, here is a fragment:

“It is another provocation ordered by the commander of the Donetsk operations and tactical group with involvement of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the Right Sector (a far right group banned in Russia), Ukraine’s National Guard along with foreign media outlets in the run-up to the Minsk talks,” the Donetsk news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying.

The DPR explained how the provocation was staged.

“The 72nd brigade opens fire on the DPR position, whereas the Right Sector is shelling Avdeyevka and foreign media are recording,” he said.

Meanwhile, well-known blogger Colonel Cassad analysed the photos of the shelling, concluding that it had actually come from the Ukraine-held settlement of Vodyane, around 5km from Avdeevka –


A few weeks ago I published a translation article Roman Dmowski – “The Ukrainian Question” political prophecy of 1930 coming true, and reader Peter left a comment, some the points therein I want to reply to:

The Ukrainian Russian refugee problem in Russia is huge. According to the Duma there are between 2.5 and 3 million Ukrainian refugees in Russia, but it is thought to be in excess of 3 million. But they aren’t sure because no real records have been kept; only the financials relating to those who have applied for ‘displaced persons pension’ (whatever that is).

A lot of people in Ukraine have relatives not only in Russia, but also across of the whole former USSR and the artificial borders of today mean that many families became torn apart. Thus many in Ukraine (who have not succumbed to the brainwashing) and want to leave the mad house, simply go to their relatives, and not only to Russia, without registering anywhere, so the numbers are much higher – only since 2014 Ukraine lost about 10 million people of its population.

ADDITION: I want to add here a translation of a fragment from Alexander Rogers’ article Ukrainianism means death, regarding the population numbers and the emigration from Ukraine.


However many people would say nasty things about the Soviet Union, its population grew steadily (not counting the periods of wars that were caused by external circumstances). Take any period of peace, and see that the population grows – that from 1922 to 1941, from 1946 to 1989. The increase of the population is not only an economic factor. People have children when they:
a) healthy values, not affected by extreme selfishness and consumerism (of various “childfree” kinds);
b) there are goals in life and confidence in the future.
And it’s safe to say that in the USSR both were present.

The population of the Ukrainian SSR also grew steadily while in the USSR. Ukraine of 1913 had a population of 35 million inhabitants, and by 1991 it grew to 52 million (if not for the civil war after the announcement of the UPR, in which Ukraine lost 9 million inhabitants, and the invasion of the Nazis in the Great Patriotic War, which killed about 9 million of Ukrainians, it would be even more).

However, after gaining independence, Ukraine’s population has been steadily declining. If at the beginning of the “independence” the population exceeds 52 million people, then by 2001 (data for the only census for all years of Ukraine’s existence as a state) it decreased to 48.4 million. Of which that that moment already over 3 million were “temporarily missing”, that is left for work or permanent residence abroad.

After the 2001 census no more were carried out, so that “dead souls” could be used for election fraud, and the real statistics of population decline would not frighten the thinking people. In 2013, Ukraine came up with a formal population of 45.4 million people (actually less, but it is hard to say for sure by how much).

After “revolution of a worthiness” the population began to fall catastrophically. About 2 million people left for Russia, together with Crimea. More than 4 million separated with LDNR. Only a little over 38 million were left. Of whom over 1.2 million are already issued or are in the process of obtaining Russian citizenship. At least another 3 million are in Russia on earnings, and not going back. Roughly comparable number left to relocate or work in the West (only Poland last year issued over a million work visas).

In general, the real number of the remaining population of Ukraine today is estimated by experts to be at about 28-30 million people, which is confirmed by data on the consumption of bread. And out of this number, 12 million are pensioners.

Continuing with answering Peter’s comment:

Have you read: https://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-conflict-with-russia/ It goes into some of the historical background of the Jewish ‘grudge’ against the Slavic peoples. I’m not sure of its accuracy but it makes for very interesting reading and seems to back up what you have translated here.

I have read that article now, and it seems to be more of a half-truth, which is often more dangerous than an outright lie. I disagree with their presentation of Scythians/Sarmatians. For that I’d recommend you watching the following documentary that I newly translated: Yes, Scythians Are Us! (Documentary with EngSubs). It has an angle, which is much more in accordance with the old Russian historical documents that I’ve read so far. I know that you read Lada Ray’s works. In that regard, I’d highly recommend reading her Earth Shift Report 6 – NEW KHAZARIAN KHAGANATE? as it is presenting the historic development in those parts in a truthful way.

There has been one consistent idiom behind most of the wars over the last twenty fire years since the folding of the USSR; and I mean the wars in the Balkans, the Caucuses, and the Middle East; and now in Ukraine; and that is an attack on the Slavic peoples and their interests. It is so clear. So blatant. So consistent. Everywhere Russia and the Slavic peoples have interests, the West foments discord in order to try and upset the status quo.

You are right there! That was the main reason the the destruction of Yugoslavia, for example – among all the other attacks on all things Slav. I think the it was last political prisoner of Europe – Radovan Karadzhic, who said that he is imprisoned for saying that Yugoslavs (South Slavs) are just Southern Russians…

What an amazing find. And it was written eighty years ago. Gold. Absolute gold.
I’d love to read more stuff like this; and the article about Donbas etc. This stuff just isn’t available via the MSM; and Google deliberately doesn’t index it accurately.

Here it is always best to go to the source, to the publications that have journalists on the ground. Or lacking such, turn to the freelance journalists. You probably already know of RT and Lada Ray’s Futurist Trendcast.

I can recommend following the posts and the YouTube channel of Graham Philips.

Another freelance journalist on the ground, reporting from Donetsk through his Twitter channel is Patrick Lancaster. You’ll hear daily reports from him.

There are several English-language Russian newspapers out there. Russia Insider is a croud-funded edition, run by the Western journalists, who did not succumb to Russophobia and the degradation of the journalistic standards. Then there is an English edition of the ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency. And finally, Sputnik News – and English edition of RIA News (Russian Information Agency).

Russian soldier saved the world – WWII memorial song by Artjom Grishanov

Now that the Victory Day – the 9th of May – is drawing close, we constantly see the ever-increasing attempts to re-write the history of WWII and to erase the Russian-Soviet victory which cost us 21 million people’s lives.

So does grow the importance of remembrance and of not allowing to have this memory to become sullied. Song has always been one of the strongest conduits of people’s emotions and memory, and the song below is a very emotional tribute and reminder.

Artjom Grishanov has the talent for condensing the essence of a topic that he sings about into a few well-selected strong words, backed by equally concise and poignant imagery. Russian soldier saved the world shows in no uncertain terms what the West wants to have remaining of the memory, and what we really should be remembering. Please, take a moment to listen to it (with English subtitles) and to remember.


The motto of the 9th of May: I Remember. I Am Proud. In the colours of the St. George Ribbon.