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Monday, August 15, 2005

Was Bin-Laden's right hand man, Zawahiri, trained by the KGB?

By Aussiegirl

I've been reading more reports of the possible connection between Zawahiri and the KGB. I'll be posting more information as I pull it together. Also interesting in this analysis is the perspective on the recent threats by a Chinese General - I wrote about this earlier on UT and said at the time that there was no way that this general was simply speaking out of turn and voicing his own personal opinionl. Anhyone who believes that is foolish.

Global Politician:

Russian FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko, who defected in the 1990s, is reporting that, in 1998, the FSB trained Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden's right-hand man, at an FSB camp in Dagestan. This was just before Zawahiri decided to merge Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was, according to some, founded with assistance from Soviet intelligence.

There has been a lot of attention devoted, over the years, to Zawahiri's apparent links to Marxism and the former East Bloc intelligence services. However, the details bof the relationship remain murky, and beg further investigation.

Regarding China, we were disappointed when US observers, and even the US government, barely reacted to General Zhenghu's comments, stating that China would use nuclear weapons if the US intervened in a war with Taiwan. Apparently, the US prefers to naively maintain that this statement is just one man's position, as opposed to it representing a larger, calculated strategy on the part of the Chinese government, as a whole.

The general claimed that China was prepared to suffer the destruction of all its cities east of Xian, but the US must likewise prepare to lose hundreds of its cities. It is highly unlikely that this was not a calculated statement. In fact, it bears the classic hallmarks of Chinese strategy: issuing a threat through a spokesperson, while being able to officially distance itself from the threat, so as to maintain a pretense of stable relations with the US.

China is living an aggressor's dream: China's primary enemy is China's primary source of technology and power. As US factories and technology relocate, inexorably, to China, China becomes stronger and the US becomes weaker. China appears to have a very promising future due to the US's inability to prioritize long-term geopolitical advantage, before temporary economic prosperity.

Obviously the Chinese are diligently applying the timeless strategic wisdom of their ancient general, Sun Tsu: “A wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own.” Such wisdom, the West would do well to heed.


At 10:15 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Great post, Aussiegirl, although I can`t say I`m surprised. I`ve always thought that these terrorists have been a little too savvy for a bunch of rag-wearing desert rats.


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