The CIA "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule." -- Friedrich Nietzsche Most US citizens do not appear to know what atrocities the CIA has been visiting on large parts of the world in recent decades, and they also do not show much understanding of how either the people in "the third world" or they themselves are used as pawns and cannon fodder in the deadly games the CIA plays in the service of the real superpower of today, the military-industrical complex of the US.
Excerpt from the book "The CIA's Greatest Hits" by Mark Zapezauer During the Reagan years, the CIA ran nearly two dozen covert operations against various governments. Of these, Afghanistan was by far the biggest; it was, in fact, the biggest CIA operation of all time, both in terms of dollars spent ($5-$6 billion) and personnel involved. Yet it not only generated little controversy, but enjoyed strong bipartisan support. That's because its main purpose was to "bleed" the Soviet Union, just as we had been bled in Vietnam. Prior to the 1979 Russian invasion, Afghanistan was ruled by a brutal dictator. Like the neighboring Shah of Iran, he allowed the CIA to set up radar installations in his country that were used to monitor the Soviets. In 1979, after several dozen Soviet advisors were massacred by Afghan tribesmen, the USSR sent in the Red Army. The Soviets tried to install a pliable client regime, without taking local attitudes much into account. Many of the mullahs who controlled chunks of Afghan territory objected to Soviet efforts to educate women and to institute land reform. Others, outraged by the USSR's attempts to suppress the heroin trade, shifted their operations to Pakistan. As for the CIA, its aim was simply to humiliate the Soviets by arming anyone who would fight against them. The agency funneled cash and weapons to over a dozen guerrilla groups, many of whom had been staging raids from Pakistan years before the Soviet invasion. Today, long after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan (and, in fact, has ceased to exist), most of these groups are still fighting each other for control of the country. Besides tossing billions of dollars into the conflict, the CIA transferred sensitive weapons technology to fanatical Muslim extremists, with consequences that will haunt the US for years to come. One notable veteran of the Afghan operation is Sheik Abdel Rahman, famous for his role in the World Trade Center bombing. The CIA succeeded in creating chaos, but never developed a plan for ending it. When the ten-year war was over, a million people were dead, and Afghan heroin had captured 60% of the US market. Source: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA%20Hits/Afghanistan_CIAHits.html
Recently the Bush government gave money to the Taliban government, purportedly for their support in the "War against Drugs". Osman bin Laden, who enjoyed the support of the Taliban for years, has been suspected as the mind behind a number of attacks on US installations in the world. The Taliban are brutal in their oppression of women and disregard for other human rights. But the US waited until now to take action against the Taliban. What is the hidden agenda of the US? And who supplied the Taliban with weapons and mines? Afghanistan: Taliban's War on Women Physicians for Human Rights newsletter, October 1998 The extent to which the Taliban regime has threatened the freedoms and needs of Afghan women is unparalleled in recent history. Taliban policies of systematic discrimination against women seriously undermine the health and well-being of Afghan women. Enveloped by the shroud-like burqas (a head to toe covering for women that have only a mesh cloth to see and breathe through) that they are forced to wear or else face beatings, the women and girls of Afghanistan are today facing a crisis that threatens their very survival. Most Afghan women are prohibited by the Taliban from working, from going to school, from moving anywhere outside their homes without an immediate male family member as chaperone, restricted from visiting doctors, hospitals or clinics, and from collecting humanitarian aid. Recently, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) carried out an unprecedented health and human rights study of women under Taliban rule. The results of 200 interviews were devastating: the vast majority reported a decline in their physical and mental state during the past two years of the Taliban's reign. But their deteriorating mental health was the most disturbing impact of the Taliban's gross gender discrimination. A striking example of this discrimination is the Taliban's insistence that women may only visit a few designated hospitals in Kabul. PHR received testimony from a young mother who, with her two-year-old daughter suffering from diarrhea, was turned away from a "men's only" hospital because of their gender. The little girl died and the woman spent the night with the child's body, huddled within the rubble of a bombed building because it was after curfew. Women who make it to the few facilities designated for them do not fare much better. The Rabia Balkhi hospital has no oxygen, clean water, intravenous fluids, medicine, or x-ray machines. The maternity hospital appeared to offer only beds for women to lie in - six to seven per room, poor treatment, and no medication. Even visits to doctors, dentists, and clinics have been severely restricted. Male doctors are prohibited from seeing any unaccompanied women. Women doctors have been largely prohibited from working at all. The source of women's anguish, despair, and poor health is evident in the streets of Kabul. Women who were administrators, nurses, and teachers (fired from their jobs because of their gender) have sold everything they own to feed their children. They now beg on the streets. Those caught on the street without a close male relative as -a chaperone or caught revealing an ankle, face, or wrist, risk being beaten on the spot by fervent religious police who wander the city brandishing metal cables in search of dress code violators. Girls over eight may not go to school. Younger children may attend classes limited to teachings of the Koran. The city's 30,000 widows are particularly helpless. A further explanation for the extraordinary high rates of depression and trauma experienced by Afghan women is the climate of terror that the Taliban has created in Kabul. Every Friday night, the regime carries out punishments handed down by courts devoid of due process. The citizens of Kabul are summoned to the sports stadium where they watch beheadings, hangings, or amputations of alleged criminals. Such sights terrify and traumatize women and their children who have already suffered the loss of family members, dislocation, landmine injuries, and the mortaring and shelling of their homes. Source: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Life_Death_ThirdWorld/Taliban_WarWomen.html