European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.
December 2001 Newsletter
John S. Torell
Instead of going bad, the war in Afghanistan so far has been very successful for the United States. The Taliban regime has lost most of the land of the nation and has been driven into a small pocket in the south, with only one city left, Kandahar. The final stage for the destruction of the Taliban regime and Al-Qaida forces has now been instigated by US marines who set up a base just south of this city, controlling an air field. The hunt for Osama bin Laden is now under way and according to a news release from the Pentagon, it is just a matter of time before he is killed or captured. And the best news of it all, the Christian aid workers arrested by the Taliban regime were set free, and the two American women in the group have been able to tell their testimony world wide via television. Their latest appearance was in the Rose Garden with President Bush. Is this a time to start cheering and believing that the victory is here and life is back to normal in the United States? The reality is this, the United States has been successful in the opening salvo of this WAR, but this is just the beginning.
The above paragraph was written at the end of November, and due to personal circumstances with sickness in the family, I was not able to finish this newsletter. I am trying to finish it today (December 11) and there has been more good news coming out of Afghanistan. The last province and the city of Kandahar controlled by the Taliban has been liberated by the American led Afghan forces. The concentration now is on the last stronghold of Osama bin Laden and his fighters, Tora Bora.
Let us now examine what has happened and where things are likely to move.
IN BED WITH THE DEVIL
(Najibullah had studied to become a medical doctor, but he never practiced as a doctor, Instead he joined the Afghan communist party in 1965, and when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, he was made the head of the secret police in Afghanistan, and became known for his extreme brutality. The Soviets made him president in 1986, but he was ousted in 1992, and lived as a refugee in the Red Cross compound in Kabul. When the Taliban took power, they arrested Najibullah and executed him in 1996).
Dostum is known for betrayals and double crossings, and in 1992 Dostum and his militia turned on Najibullah and drove him from office. For the next four years Dostum and his Russian controlled militia joined forces with other local warlords in Northern Afghanistan and ruled out of Kabul. Thousands upon thousands of Afghans were arrested and murdered by these forces, who now became known as "The Northern Alliance." When Taliban forces marched on Kabul in 1996, the population in the city welcomed the Taliban as liberators and Dostum and his forces were driven out, and he retreated west to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where he built up a power base. But in 1997 Dostum was betrayed by one of his own commanders who had been bribed by the Talibans. Dostum and his forces were driven further west, but in 1998 Taliban forces captured the entire region and Dostum fled to Turkey via Uzbekistan.
Dostum is a ruthless cold blooded murderer and he is greatly feared even by his own soldiers. A favorite punishment that he has used against people who have crossed him is to have the person tied to the top of the steel track on a tank. Then the tank will slowly move forward and keep on rolling until the person is reduced to small chunks of meat and bones. To put fear into his soldiers he forces them to watch the execution.
Dostum was rehabilitated by the Russian military establishment, and brought back to a small enclave in Northern Afghanistan, which was still controlled by left over Northern Alliance forces. A new military force under the command of Dostum was now built up, using Russian military equipment and money to pay the Afghan soldiers and controlled by the Russian Federal Security Service (formerly known as the KGB). Dostum was now given the title "General." The Soviets had wanted to take Afghanistan since 1979, but failed, and the Russian bear has been waiting for an opportunity to go back into Afghanistan.
The September 11, 2001 attack on the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon became a bonanza for the Russians. Dostumís forces were beefed up with 2000 Russian Spetznaz forces (Russian equivalent to American Green Berets) and elite special Uzbek forces, numbering 6,000 men. The Uzbek forces were ordered into Afghanistan by the Uzbekistan president, Islam Karimov. Since 1996 when the Taliban took power in Kabul, the Russian secret services had infiltrated its agents deep into the Taliban power structure, using Uzbek, Kazakh and Mongolian agents to penetrate the Taliban military chain of command. These agents were to provide intelligence about the Taliban and when the fighting was to break out, to convince local Taliban commanders to surrender their men and weapons.
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
LEADERSHIP OUTSMARTED BY THE RUSSIANS
As all of us have lived through this time period, we remember the call up of the reserves and the moving of ships, air planes and troops into the region surrounding Afghanistan. We also remember the time when the air attack began on the Taliban forces. President Bush had been trying to build up a world coalition so that the US would not be alone in going into the battle. The plan was to dislodge the Taliban regime and then bring in an international force that under the umbrella of the United Nation would take over Kabul, once it had been liberated and then slowly build up a new national government in Afghanistan. British forces were to secure the air field outside Kabul, so that other international forces could come in. But the Russians had different plans, and General Dostum, time and time again, thundered that he wanted no British troops in Kabul.
On November 7, 2001 the Russian president was the guest of President Bush. The former head of the KGB, now president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, informed the American president, that the Northern Alliance forces could break through the Taliban defense lines in hours and not only take Mazar-e-Sharif, but march on Kabul itself. So President Bush and his staff decided to drop the American war plan, and go with the Russians. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell were left in the dark. This was going to be another "BLITZKRIEG," copying German strategy from World War II. Before we go any further, it is very important that the reader knows more background on Afghanistan.
THE COUNTRY OF AFGHANISTAN
There is no real industry in Afghanistan, which is mostly an agricultural economy. Its biggest crop for export is heroin, derived from vast poppy fields. Thus, the different intelligence services in the world would like to control this nation, since most drug smuggling is done by intelligence services. Most of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims, but many are pragmatic Muslims, just like a lot of people are not really Christian just because they live in the United States. Each ethnic region is divided into clans, and a clan can consist of up to half a million people, descendants from a certain family centuries ago. Each clan usually has a "warlord," who is ruling them. People do not usually marry outside their own clan.
Since there are very few jobs in the nation, thousands of young men sell themselves into the service of a warlord as a soldier, and this is how soldiers are able to make a living, marry and have a family. In order to be successful, a warlord must be able to raise enough money to pay his soldiers and purchase military hardware, food, supplies and ammunition. Thus, most of the Afghan soldiers have no personal conviction or political preference, they will fight for the one that pays them the best, and they do not want to fight to the death for a cause. If a better paymaster comes along, they will switch sides. There is no loyalty, just a bunch of mercenary soldiers trying to make a living.
The reason that the Taliban was able to take over the whole nation is that they had the finances to buy fighters. The money came from Osama bin Laden, who had access to millions of dollars which went a long way in the poor nation of Afghanistan. The core group under Mullah Mohammed Omar wanted to establish a "pure Islamic" state, but did not have the money. Bin Laden had the money but needed a country to work in to set up his terrorist network. Thus, Mullah Omar and bin Laden entered a "marriage," not because they loved each other, but because neither one could do what they wanted without the other.
Now enter Pakistan and India into the conflict. These two nations have been at war with each other since the British left India in 1947 and divided up its colony into two nations, India (Hindu) and Pakistan (Muslim). India has been a client state of the Soviet Union and China, while Pakistan has been a client state of the United States.
When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the Pakistan government started to support the Afghans fighting the communists, and the American CIA was deeply involved in this endeavor. When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, much of the American support evaporated from Pakistan and this caused deep bitterness both by the Afghans and Pakistanis who had been fighting for the United States. Therefore, when the Russians set up a puppet president in Kabul, the Pakistanis opted to support the Taliban movement with money, supplies, food, weapons and soldiers. Also, the intelligence service of Pakistan infiltrated itself deeply into the Taliban infrastructure.
Also involved was the Iranian government who infiltrated its under cover agents into the different factions in Afghanistan. Loyalty is not a virtue in Afghanistan. Whoever has money can buy anyone, except a few devoted extremist Muslims, like the core group of the Taliban.
PUTINíS RUSSIAN PLAN
Each prospective Taliban commander willing to defect would be given a code name and a cash advance. The Russian agent would then return back through the front lines with some Taliban officers who were going to be held as a surety until the defection was completed. Once the shooting started, the bribed Taliban commander would defect with his entire unit and just switch sides.
American special forces were to be flown in and work with the Russian Spetznaz units as the battle was to start. The Americans would call in air strikes and direct the aerial bombardment. The rest is history; once president Bush had accepted the Russian plan, the Taliban regime was rolled over and it is now down to the hunt for Mullah Omar and bin Laden, and mopping up Al-Qaida fighters.
PATCHING IT UP WITH PAKISTAN
WHAT IS THIS TELLING US?
Since America bombed Afghanistan, it will be up to the American taxpayer to pay for the rebuilding of that nation, under the supervision of Russia. In the meantime the Pakistan president and his government are fuming over the double cross by America.
Already the drumbeat is on to go into Somalia and then Iraq. The problem is this, we have been in Somalia before and lost a number of troops. Iraq is a client state of Russia, and Putin has told president Bush that under no terms will Russia allow us to take out Saddam Hussein.
But the government of Israel is bound and determined to force the United States into a war with Iraq, and the only way to get that war going, is to have more biological attacks in America that will outrage the American people and force Bush to go after Hussein and his biological laboratories. This is not boding well for us as Americans. Just when we think that things are pretty well wrapped up in Afghanistan, we will discover that this was just the first war to be fought.
THE RUSSIANS ARE DEMANDING
PAYMENT FOR THEIR HELP
The Russian president is now seeking direct access to all NATO deliberations and the right to vote on each issue. If President Bush caves in to this demand, it will mean a further weakening of the United States. That some kind of a deal has been struck, can be seen in the opening of an information bureau in Moscow and an expected NATO liaison mission in the Russian capital in the near future. This has not been announced in the American media, but was released in the Russian media.
That President Putin is not a friend of the United States can be seen in the policies of the Russian government. The Russians are increasing their ties and military support with nations the U.S. has labeled as terrorist nations, like Libya, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Iraq.
Indeed, America got into bed with the devil and we are finding out that the "sweet victory" in Afghanistan came with a high price. It is becoming a nightmare that will stay with us for sometime to come.
President Bush has now found out, that there is indeed a World Government, and that this entity is not a friend of the American people. Mullah Mohammed Omar and 22 of his top leaders, according to US military officials, were able to flee to Pakistan where they will be sheltered. When Mazar-e-Sharif fell to the Northern Alliance, some 500 hard core Al-Qaida troops, who could not be ferried out on the Russian military transports, bribed local Afghan commanders and Iranian officials and were allowed to disappear into Iran.
Here is the naked truth, Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida organization are needed in the future by the World Government to further destabilize the United States and force the U.S. to engage in more battles in the Middle East. Osama himself might be sacrificed to give something to President Bush, in order for him to show the nation that we had some kind of success in this first battle against terrorism. But as I have stated before in previous newsletters and writings, the final goal for the World Government at this time is to destroy the Mosque that sits on the temple ground in Jerusalem and to drive out or kill as many Palestinians as possible from the Gaza strip and the West Bank. To do that, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Egypt must be neutralized.
A biological attack on the United States will be blamed on Saddam Hussein, and the drum beat will be as hard in the U.S. as after the New York City bombing Ė take out the terrorists. World War III is now in progress!
FALL OUT IN AMERICA
It was reported December 2, 2001 that the U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft was ready to relax restrictions on the FBI"s power to spy on religious and church-based political organizations. This proposal was leaked to the New York Times by upset FBI agents. The news was squashed in the United States, but published in England.
Under Edgar J. Hoover the FBI had infiltrated agents into churches and political movements in the United States, but when this practice was revealed at the time Hoover died, restrictions were put in place where the FBI was forbidden from infiltrating churches, synagogues or mosques, unless they found "probable cause of evidence" that someone in them had broken the law.
It is noteworthy, that as of this writing some 1,200 persons in America with a connection to some kind of Islamic group have been arrested and are being held in Federal custody, without being charged with a crime, and there are no plans to release any of these people soon. These people have no access to lawyers, cannot be visited by family, and they are not allowed any contact with people outside the Federal prisons in which they are held. They have virtually disappeared and no one knows what is happening to them, how long they will be held, etc. Regardless of terrorism, this is a frightening development. Who is going to be next? At the present time, there is no law protecting an individual in America. If someone does not like you, they could trump up charges and you will just disappear.
A FRIGHTENING DEVELOPMENT IN
When the American Senate and Congress recently passed the new anti-terrorist laws, signed into law by President Bush, it gave sweeping power for surveillance of Americans. Another piece in the Anti-Christ system is now in place, both in Europe and the United States, all in the name of "National Security."
What probably most Americans have now forgotten is that there was a debate some time ago in the United States concerning security for personal computers. The Federal Government used some of the existing laws to force all manufacturers of computer programming to give the FBI access through all security systems built into different security programs sold to the public. Thus Federal Law Enforcement agents can access any personal or business computer via the Internet connection and search and retrieve any information they want, without the person even knowing that he or she has been searched.
Any computer connected to the Internet is open for the FBI or the CIA to tap into and see what is there.
And do not forget about "ECHELON." 1
All telephone calls, faxes, e-mail and any other electronic communication is monitored day and night by this huge federal spy organization.
IS THERE ANY HOPE?
As we are coming down to the end of times, let us know and proclaim that God is still on His throne, there is no crisis in heaven and God has a solution to every problem that you and I will meet on this earth. God has told us that before Jesus comes back things will get bad in the world, but this should spur us to share the good news about Jesus even more. Currently, in the United States, the Christian book stores have never sold as many Bibles as are sold today, and Christian worship music is selling like hot cakes. Let us use these dark times to win the lost for Christ, knowing that God will never leave us nor forsake us.
1. The Dove, Spring 2001, Pages 29-32
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