Thursday, August 14, 2003
Here is one possible way to connect some of the dots (U.S. - Al-Qaeda - Saudi Arabia):
a.) The U.S. sells arms all over the world in a variety of transactions, sometimes legit, sometimes questionable, and private individuals do all sorts of deals under the table.
b.) Some of these deals, as brokered by guys like Adnan Khashoggi, involve selling arms to questionable "allies" such as Saudi Arabia (reference: Seymour Hersh's article in the March issue of the New Yorker, available here).
c.) Thanks to the May cover article in the Atlantic Monthly (among others. Not available online, unfortunately. Index of the May issue is available here), we have some insight into how the Saudi royal family works. We know, for instance, that Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden receive support from some members of the Saudi royal family.
d.) Thus weapons sold to the Saudis can end up in the hands of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. We also know that the U.S. (thanks to yesterday's New York Times we have a very recent reference to this) sent all sorts of weapons to Afghanistan in the 1980's to support the resistance to the Soviets. Al-Qaeda members, including Osama Bin Laden, participated in these resistance movements and thus were able to secure arms and support from the U.S. directly along with support they later received (and possibly currently receive) from Saudi Arabia.
Andrew 9:42 AM : |
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