India, Pakistan and al Qaeda
Vol: 8 Issue: 30 Thursday, May 30, 2002
A force of Islamic terrorists attacked a police base in Indian administered Kashmir early today in which at least three Indian officers were killed.
The attack comes amid high tension between Pakistan and India and just two weeks after three men India says were Pakistani-based Islamic militants attacked an army camp in Kashmir, killing 31 soldiers and their families.
India and Pakistan have now amassed a million men between them along their border, backed by missile batteries, tanks and fighter planes.
Totally Responsible Elements
US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Indian and Pakistani leaders could find themselves in a situation in which “irresponsible elements” could spark a conflict.
Just once it would be nice if a Cabinet level spokesman were permitted to actually say something.
How many ways can one read the phrase irresponsible elements ? It would appear that elements that can provoke a war could hardly be responsible for that war and irresponsible at the same time.
Who are the elements and why didn t Boucher just name them? It isn t like he doesn t know. Or like it s a secret from anyone paying attention.
The elements are the al-Qaeda and Taleban [dubbed the TAQ by British commandos] terrorists who freely roam Pakistan, taking their orders, ultimately, it appears, from Baghdad.
Saddam Hussein Again or Always?
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that Saddam Hussein has been secretly using agent provocateurs for decades, taking advantage of existing ethnic conflicts, providing logistics, intelligence and training, helping to build the al-Qaeda [ the Base ] network into the global terrorist army it is today.
He had fertile fields in which to sow dissention in many ways, the conflict on the sub-continent mirrors the conflict in the Middle East. Both are ethnic. Both are largely religious. Both are intractable.
India and Pakistan have gone to war three times over Kashmir, in 1947, 1965 and 1989.
In all three wars, Pakistani insurgencies within Indian administered regions sparked the conflicts.
Israel and the Arab world fought wars in 1948-49, 1956, 1967 and 1973. In between, there has been an ongoing war of Arab insurgencies within Israel administered regions
During the Persian Gulf War and in the years after, Iraq had only two friends in the Arab world, Yasser Arafat, whose support for Saddam resulted in the deportation of a half-million Palestinian expatriates to Jordan from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
And the Pakistani-backed TAQ.[Taleban/alQaeda]. They had just chased the Soviets out of Afghanistan and were fighting for control of Afghanistan.
The hero of the Russo-Afghanistan war was Osama bin-Laden, who then returned his attention to ousting the royal family from Saudi Arabia.
[Which was exactly what Saddam had planned as soon as he finished mopping up Kuwait].
Without Operation Desert Storm, Osama bin-Laden could well be the leader of Saudi Arabia today.
Saddam has had a Nebuchadnezzar complex since beginning the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. During that war, he had a coin struck with his profile in bas-relief over a profile of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He was at that time in the process of rebuilding Nebuchadnezzar s summer palace for his own use.
Saddam wanted to right what he saw as two historical wrongs and restore Iraq to what it had been under Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel s image of the four world empires, it was Babylon [Iraq] that was the head of gold all subsequent kingdoms were inferior.
Saddam wanted to be the first Arab leader to defeat the Israelis on the battlefield since Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem in 586 BC. And he wanted to revenge Babylon s defeat at the hands of the Persians fifty years later.
He wasn t able to exact full historical revenge against the Persians, but by the time the Iran-Iraq war ended in 1988, both sides were throwing school-boys and old men into the field of battle, sometimes unarmed. Those who didn t run toward the enemy were cut down by their own troops in the rear.
In a way, Saddam could claim victory. Iran was utterly decimated by the conflict; Iraq emerged as the world s fifth most powerful military force.
Iran lost an entire generation; Saddam withheld his best troops, the Republican Guards. He still had another historical wrong to right. And he would have righted it then, if not for America.
Enter al Qaeda The Base
Saddam s fingerprints are all over the most heinous al-Qaeda attacks, from the Israeli Embassy in Argentina to the US embassy bombings in Africa.
It is significant to note that, of all the nations in the Middle East with the will, the way, the hatred for both Israel and America; that not a single Iraqi national has been a member of any al-Qaeda operation against either state.
Lots of back-channel meetings like those between Mohammed Atta and Iraqi agents in Prague, but nothing direct.
Saddam and Osama both want to topple the House of Saud. That was his ultimate plan when he invaded Kuwait. Osama shares that goal.
Most of the members of the 9/11 hijacking team were Saudis, but the brains of each operation were Egyptian. Not an Iraqi to be found.
Saddam s fingerprints are all over the place in the West, but it appears they can be found in Kashmir as well. Boucher couched his irresponsible elements phraseology carefully for a reason.
Nothing would serve Saddam s interests quite as much as a nuclear war on the Indian subcontinent. It would serve as the perfect cover for another attempt to recreate Nebuchadnezzar s victory.
It took the US six months to mobilize Operation Desert Shield, with Saudi cooperation.
Thanks to years of careful planning and excellent intelligence work, the Saudi option is now closed to Washington. The US military is scattered in a dozen theatres of operation around the world, focusing on pockets of Islamic terrorism here and there.
The Indian subcontinent is on the brink of nuclear destruction; Israel is weakened and in political and military disarray, bloodied by constant terror attacks and with a formidable insurgent population in its midst.
Washington has stopped talking about Iraq and about Saddam altogether. That which does get leaked to the press hints at postponing any strike on Iraq until after the rest of the fires get stamped out.
That is precisely what Saddam has planned. Muhammed Ali called the strategy rope a dope and its been working well so far.
Washington s reticence to discuss Iraq of late means one of two things.
Either its working, and Washington doesn t see it.
Or we re coming. And we don t want him to know until we get there.
The Bible says that Babylon has a destiny that has yet to be fulfilled.
Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. [Jeremiah 25:9]
Babylon the Empire was destroyed. Babylon the geographic city remains. Using the ruins as foundation, Iraqi archeologists rebuilt the palace complex on President Saddam Hussein’s orders between 1982 and 1989 with similar baked mud bricks. Some of the ancient bricks are stamped with the name of Nebuchadnezzar, who died in 562 B.C.; the new ones have Saddam’s name.
Babylon hasn t yet been made an astonishment a hissing and perpetual desolations .
Not yet. But it’s coming.