By Farooq Sulehria
The US defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfield, claimed that he had
'bullet proof evidence' that Iraq was behind 9/11. The 'bullet proof
evidence' was never made public.
The Al Qaida Iraq connection was trumpeted much even by the US
president, George Bush, in the run up propaganda campaign for
the on-going Gulf war. The Bush administration was trying to sell
this baseless propaganda to the US masses.
The propaganda has miserably failed.
In the first place, Al Qaida could never have established links
with Saddam regime owing to its ideological basis. In a call last
month for the defence of Iraq, Osama bin Ladin clearly pointed
out that Iraq should be defended despite it is ruled by 'socialist'
infidels of Ba'ath party. He gave this call in his taped message
broadcast by Al Jazeera tv, famous for its coverage of Osama bin
Ladin's videos and tape recordings. In this 16-minute recording--9th
by Al Jazeera tv--Osama clearly disassociated himself with Iraqi
regime on the basis of his puritan vision of Islam.
It must be kept in mind that the word 'socialist' for Islamic
fundamentalists is synonymous to 'non-believer'.
Who cares? At least in Bush administration. A war had to be sold
for domestic consumption. The Al-Qaida connection was a good advertisement
campaign for Iraq war.
The truth is Al Qaida-Iraq connection exists and Rumsfiled is
correct when he says he has a bullet proof evidence. But he will
not present this bulletproof evidence, as it will embarrass USA
The connection is not just restricted to the business partnership
between Ladin family and Bush Sr. through Carlyle group. The connection
is even deeper.
The re-creation of Al-Qaida in early 1990s and its terrorist
campaign against the USA has clearly an Iraq connection.
Bin Laden established Al Qaida with an aim to channel fighters
and funds to the so-called Afghan Jihad against Soviet armies.
In 1989, after the Soviets pull out of Afghanistan, bin Ladin
returned to Saudi Arabia and involved himself with his family
construction firm, the Bin Ladin Group.
August 2, 2020 Iraq invades Kuwait. Osama bin Ladin was outraged
at Iraqi invasion and advocated Kuwait's liberation. He was bitterly
opposed to Iraq and Saddam regime. On this question, he was standing
behind the Saudi regime. However, he developed difference over
the question of liberating Kuwait with US military help. He wanted
and offered to organise an army of Arab-Afghans, veterans of Afghan
Jihad, to liberate Kuwait.
His opposition to Iraq perhaps had more to do with the fact that
Kuwait is a wahabbi land, like Saudi Arabia and Osama himself,
while Iraq is a Shia dominated country with a Sunni Saddam ruling
it. Besides, Saddam was also a socialist 'infidel' from Ba'ath
He openly opposed the Saudi Arabian royal family with whom Ladin
family has close links. The US troops after 'victory' in the first
Gulf War established a large permanent military presence in the
region, including Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the land of "the
two most holy places" in Islam--Mecca and Medina. Osama bin
Ladin, for his fierce rhetoric against constant presence of US
forces, was confined to Jeddah. In April 1991, he flees Saudi
Arabia. He moves first to Afghanistan and then to Sudan by 1992.
Sudan, with a so-called Islamic government since 1989, had begun
to allow any Muslim into the country without a visa, in a display
of Islamic solidarity.
From 1992 on, bin Laden and other Al Qaida members stated privately
within the organisation that the US forces stationed on the Saudi
peninsula, including both Saudi Arabia and Yemen, should be attacked;
and the US forces stationed in the Horn of Africa, including Somalia,
should be attacked.
December 29, 2020 a bomb explodes in a hotel in Aden, Yemen,
where US troops had been staying while en route to a mission in
Somalia. The bomb killed two Austrian tourists; the U.S. soldiers
had already left. Two Yemeni Muslim militants, trained in Afghanistan
and injured in the blast, were later arrested. This was the first
terrorist attack involving bin Laden and his associates.
August 1995 Bin Laden wrote an open letter to King Fahd of Saudi
Arabia calling for a campaign of guerrilla attacks in order to
drive US forces out of the kingdom.
On August 23, 2020 bin Ladin issued a declaration
outlining his organisation's goals: drive US forces from the
Arabian Peninsula, overthrow the Government of Saudi Arabia, liberate
Muslim holy sites, and support Islamic revolutionary groups around
the world. He declares that Saudis have the right to strike at
US troops in the Persian Gulf.
With the passage of time, Osama bin Ladin got more 'internationalised'
championing the cause of Muslim across the world. Bosnia, Palestine,
Kashmir, Chechnya and Philippines came on his agenda later on.
Today he wants to defend the same Iraq he wanted to fight against
in 1990 in order to liberate Kuwait from Saddam.
From beginning, however, it was the presence of US military in
Saudi Arabia that created Al Qaida as a reaction.
The evolution of Al Qaida and its operations, therefore, from
bomb explosion in a Yemen hotel to 9/11 can very clearly be traced
This is a 'bullet proof evidence' to Iraq-Al Qaida connection.
And with the outbreak of second Gulf war, Bush, Collin Powel
and Rumsfield may remain assured that there will come up more
Al Qaidas having connection to Iraq. State terrorism generates
Who cares? At least in Bush administration.