Sherman H. Skolnick
by Sherman H. Skolnick 01/09/02
Sometimes when you know a lot of the facts and details, it is difficult to escape the idea that you are looking at a sinister scheme. Of course, skeptics and deniers will quickly label you a "conspiracy theorist", even if you are not, thus dismissing what you say.
What high level powers do, on a regular basis, cannot simply be a device concocted for a one-time trick. The ultra-rich obviously "breathe together". So, it fits the historical definition of to "conspire". What they do, day by day, year by year, and century by century, is simply their method of operation. Their way of enriching themselves and controlling those of the middle income. Once in a while, their natural collusion is interrupted, sometimes only temporarily, by an upheaval led by the better educated group, the middle class, a Revolution.
Starting in the 1990s, even before that, two groups made their plans as to the Caspian Sea energy area, Afghanistan, and the southern Balkans. Oil engineers obviously knew that in a few short decades, the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia will be played out. A growing market for oil and natural gas is Pakistan, Red China, and points east, like Japan.
The Caspian area is there to be exploited. Oil, natural gas. One pipeline was planned through the southern Balkans, the split-apart area formerly called simply Yugoslavia. Standing in the way was a strongman, Slobadan Milosevic, who took over more or less with the demise of long-time dictator Marshal Tito who with an iron fist kept the ethnic and religious groups in check. Milosevic was once considered charming and popular. Toppling him started with the Henry Kissinger design of wrecking the Yugoslav banks. Kissinger & Associates have been a nest of clever snakes fronting for Big Oil and dictators and butchers worldwide.
So, building on the natural friction between ethnic and religious groups in Yugoslavia, became the excuse for the U.S./British attack on the Belgrade government. The supposed justification, trumpeted in the oil-soaked, spy-riddled monopoly press, was the primarily fraudulent stories of "massacres". In the Spring of 1999, that became the reason for bombing and invading Serbia and their province of Kosovo.
If not so bloody and tragic, the whole event would be laughable. Mighty military and economic forces of the West pulverized a once united nation which had no air force or navy worth noting, and an army no match for the invaders. Furthermore, Serbia was traditionally pro-U.S. if not also pro-British. In thousands of years, Serbia never attacked or invaded any other country.
In violation of the Geneva Convention, to which the U.S. and Britain are signatories, U.S./British forces knowingly bombed and missile-attacked hospitals, schools, and churches. They bombed structures on the Danube, for months thereafter blocking river commerce for a whole section of Europe. The Serbian Radio/Television Building in Belgrade was directly targeted and many of those inside slaughtered.
Who would rightfully dare prosecute the U.S./British leaders as war criminals? The International tribunals, made up of yesmen and cowards, are a dead letter.
Think about it. If Serbia had an air force and a navy like the U.S., surely they had the right, yes, the duty, to in return, bomb and missile attack the United States. Fair is fair. Hey, the press fakers said it was a WAR.
The attack on Serbia benefitted, some say intentionally, the Kosovo/Albanian dope traffickers. Whether you like or dislike what he says or does on other matters, notice something U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D., Conn.), became the unregistered lobbyist for the dope-traffickers, the KLA, the Kosovo Liberation Army. Lieberman, who also ran for Vice President in the year 2000, made speeches fronting for the KLA. [I have rejected the strong warning of Lieberman's cohorts, who demanded I shut up about this, yet they know I am an independent, a loyalist for neither political party.]
The blitz against Serbia began right after President Bill Clinton, impeached by House of Representatives resolutions, was turned loose from an Impeachment trial by the U.S. Senate. Some contend key Senators caved in after having been blackmailed. Head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Orrin G.Hatch (R., Utah), reportedly was about to be caught up in the Olympics bribery scandal. The monopoly press covered up this and financial and other scandals implicating several U.S. Senators which would have dirtied up Senators at the time of the Impeachment Trial. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, conducting the Senate hearing in an imperial gold-stripped robe, was himself subject to being blackmailed, such as with his hushed up past as an anti-black, anti-latino bigot, such as how he in the Justice Department covered up the army spy scandals of 1970.
[Some background to the Senate Impeachment hearings is in David Schippers book "Sell-Out", Regnery Publishers, 1999.]
[As a warning to the House and Senate not to go beyond the sexual charges, Clinton in November, 1998, just as the House Resolutions were in process, ordered the CIA Inspector General to release the second report on CIA, documenting that the spy agency WAS, IN FACT, implicated in domestic and foreign dope trafficking. Naturally, the press whores were silent. Whatever you think of Sludge Willy, he is a masterful blackmailer. Congressman Henry Hyde (D., Ill.) then head of the House Judiciary Committee, got the message. Hyde, as we have pointed out in exclusive prior stories, is also head of CIA's "black budget", funds for political assassinations and other dirty, bloody tricks, here and overseas. Hyde, thus wearing two hats, violates the U.S. Constitution's mandate of Separation of Powers, by sitting in the legislative and executive department at the same time.]
Milosevic was grabbed and put in custody of a purported "International Tribunal". In danger of his life, he has made little-noticed statements that would incriminate the British in what went on in Serbia. So, with the southern Balkans pipeline plan thus safely in U.S./British control, the next item was the other pipeline plan, as a short-cut through Afghanistan.
For some years two different groups each as rivals, had their own pipeline plan through Afghanistan, such as for natural gas from the former Soviet province of Turkmenistan. One pipeline consortium was headed by Union Oil of California, UNOCAL, tightly linked financially to the Bush Family.
"A senior delegation from the Taleban movment in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan. A spokeman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas. Unocal says it has agreements both with Turkmenistan to sell its gas and with Pakistan to buy it." As published by BBC NEWS, under a headline "World West Asia, Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline", December 4, 1997.
And the BBC story continued "But, despite the civil war in Afghanistan, Unocal has been in competition with an Argentinian firm, Bridas, to actually construct the pipeline. Last month, the Argentinian firm, Bridas, announced that it was close to signing a two-billion dollar deal to build the pipeline, which would carry gas 1,300 kilometres from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, across Afghanistan. In May, Taleban-controlled radio Kabul said a visiting delegation from an Argentinian company had announced that pipeline construction would start 'soon'. The radio has reported several visits to Kabul by Unocal and Bridas company officials over the past few months."
As the BBC story added about Unocal, "It has commissioned the University of Nebraska to teach Afghan men the technical skills needed for pipeline construction. Nearly 140 people were enrolled last month in Kandahar and Unocal plans to hold training courses for women in administrative skills. Although the Taleban authorities only allow women to work in the health sector, organisers of the training say they haven't so far raised any objections."
Top Taliban officials, on behalf of Osama bin Laden, continued to negotiate with the George W. Bush White House right up to within a few weeks of September 11, 2001. Basically, Osama and his cohorts were demanding a bigger slice of the pipeline deal crossing Afghanistan than offered by the Bush White House jointly with Unocal. Under these circumstances, it is foolish for Bush and his underlings to claim that did not know where Osama bin Laden was. Hey, they were negotiating with him! So the alternative stories in the U.S. and in the foreign press of PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of the attack September 11, 2001, have to be considered.
Pertinent details of the Bush/Osama bin Laden pipeline negotiations are in a book that is a sensation in Europe. Thoroughly-researched and heavily-documented by two known French authors, the book, so far printed in French, is "Bin Laden The Forbidden Truth" by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie. A few points made in the book
1. The authors interviewed John O'Neill, originally from Chicago, Deputy Director of FBI. O'Neill was ordered by Bush to back off terrorist-related investigations while the oil pipeline negotiations with Osama bin Laden were underway. O'Neill was considered the leading counter-terrorist expert in the U.S. government. Disgruntled by the Bush order, O'Neill resigned in July, 2001, and soon thereafter became the head of security---get this---of the World Trade Center in New York. His first day of work, September 11, 2001. [Other sources contend he was lured into the FBI's semi-secret WTC facilities where they kept secret paper records of pending terrorist investigations. Some contend there was actually an explosion on one of these lower floors and O'Neill was killed BEFORE that Tower collapsed.]
At all times George W. Bush knew where Osama was, with whom he was negotiating, and could have at any time had him arrested.
2. Bush conveyed to Osama bin Laden that if he and the Taliban accepted the Unocal pipeline offer [in which the Bush Family had a heavy stake], that Osama would get "a carpet of gold" or if he refused, "a carpet of bombs". [Notice that the U.S. bombers later carpet-bombed Afghanistan.] Some details about the French book are in the Village Voice, week of January 2-8, 2002 [www.villagevoice.com] entitled "The French Connection". According to this story, the book points out that Bush told other countries, during the summer of 2001, that he is planning to go to war against Afghanistan in October, 2001.
Reportedly continuing, however, after the Bush/Unocal/Osama deal went sour, were the negotiations of Osama and Taliban with the rival consortium headed by the Argentine firm, Bridas. Some background necessary to understand the Argentina connection.
The International Monetary Fund, IMF, is a mostly misleading title. It is primarily an adjunct and creature of the U.S. Treasury and the White House, jointly with the London money center banks. In the past, numerous requests for bail-out funds were granted by IMF, that is, by the U.S., to Brazil, to Argentina, and to others.
Remember. At one time England had an armlock on the infrastructure and finances of Argentina, such as in their capital, Buenos Aires. The subway there, the waterworks, the public utilities, originally were owned and exploited by British absentee owners. Then came 1982. Argentina seized the Falkland Islands, which they called the Malvinas, contending they belonged historically to Argentina. Between Argentina and the Falklands were discovered great sources of offshore oil, claimed by Argentina.
Expecting a war, the Vatican Bank had given billions of dollars to Argentina, disguised as from Banco Ambrosiano, a major Italian bank. The purpose was for Argentina to purchase, as they did, from France and elsewhere, Exocet missiles and other exotic weapons with which the Argentines later attacked the few major warships that the British still had. A certain area in and around the Falklands was designated by both sides as the "war zone". In violation of designated NEUTRAL territory, the British, using U.S. satellite imagery, had one of their submarines (maybe actually a U.S. submarine) torpedo and sink the major ship of the Argentine fleet in the NEUTRAL ZONE, the cruiser "Belgrano". Over eight hundred unsuspecting Argentine sailors were thus killed.
In violation of the Geneva Convention, to which Great Britain is a signatory, the British tortured and slaughtered numerous Argentine Prisoners-of-War on the re-taken Falklands.
The head of Banco Ambrosiano, blamed for not keeping the Vatican Bank-Argentine funds adequately secret, was found murdered, hanging under Blackfriars' Bridge, London. In the U.S., network television reporter, Jessica Savitch, did a documentary on the murder and related matters of the Italian banker. Later, she herself was murdered along with her boyfriend, a top media executive. The press whores explained it away as a supposed accident, as if their car somehow fell into a canal and they drowned. One problem. The canal was dry. [Some details are in the book "Golden Girl The Story of Jessica Savitch" by Alanna K. Nash, paperback edition.]
By December, 2001, here was the situation. As to Argentina, "Most major utilities in the country are Spanish-owned...The largest oil company in Argentina is Spanish-owned. In all, Spanish companies have some $39 Billion invested in Argentina, more than those of any other country." New York Times, January 8, 2001, under a headline "Argentina Devalues, and the Spanish Feel the Loss".
So, to damage the OTHER pipeline consortium headed by the Argentine firm Bridas, George W. Bush was adamant. Argentina would get no help from the IMF.
The rivalry between the Vatican/Spain/Catholic business interests and Great Britain has been going on for centuries. So, when Argentina needed to be bailed out, as in the past, by the IMF, well, Unocal/Bush decided to withhold IMF help from Argentina which went into default of about 132 Billion Dollars of foreign debt.
[Visit our website series "Greenspan Aids and Bribes Bush", attached to which are the secret Federal Reserve wire transfer records, under the authorization code of Greenspan, showing the 25 secret worldwide accounts of the Bush Family. Included is an account through which has been laundered HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS in illicit dealings, a joint account of the Bush Family and the Queen of England in her PRIVATE bank, Coutts Bank London. Note also, the World Trade Center, where several thousand died, had principally financial firms operated by Irish Catholics and Jews, such as Cantor Fitzgerald, way up toward the top of one of the towers; not a single person of some 700 in those offices survived. Others have documented the Nazi business links of the Bush Family. Such as "The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush" by Webster Tarpley. So, did George W. Bush really give a damn for what happened to Irish Catholics and Jews in those collapsed WTC buildings? Do we have to re-invent history that the Queen of England, with a joint account with the Bush Family, hates Irish Catholics?]
The Argentine firm, Bridas, heading up the consortium competing with Unocal/Bush, was still ready to go ahead with their Afghanistan pipeline plan AFTER the Unocal/Bush plan with Osama bin Laden and Taliban went sour just prior to September 11, 2001.
How do you wreck a pipeline deal for Afghanistan of a competitor group? Simple. You wreck Argentina/Vatican Bank/Spain/Catholic Business Interests. Call it a natural happening. Call it sinister. Whatever. The new Afghan interim strongman selected by the U.S. and Great Britain is Hamid Karzai. Should it surprise savvy sorts that HE has been a consultant to Unocal. Referred to in the major French newspaper LeMonde, just before Christmas, 2001, as translated as they said of Karzai, "...in the USA, where he acted, for a while, as a consultant for the American oil company Unocal, at the time it was considering building a pipeline in Afghanistan...."
Hey, are the U.S. and Great Britain so stupid to think the Vatican/Argentina/Spain/Catholic Business Interests are not capable of revenge?
Also to be mentioned. Richard Cheney and his firm Halliburton are reportedly implicated in the Afghanitan pipeline dirty business. Remember, he was CEO of Halliburton up to August, 2000. Halliburton is big in oil patch machinery and such. Also reportedly implicated George W. Bush/Richard Cheney/Enron.
More coming. Stay
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