30 July, 2021

Jehadi Chickens Coming Home

The US lit the fires in West Asia. India must learn from its errors.

Jehadi Chickens Coming Home

Who was the 20th century catalyst for the global jehad, which is now on a rampage? Sayyid Qutb, Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-zawahiri or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? No, it was Zbigniew Brze­zinski, President Jimmy Carter’s Nati­onal Security Adviser, who died on May 26, 2017.

In January 1998, Brzezinski boasted to the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur that he was responsible for Carter’s July 3, 1979 order asking CIA to provide secret aid to topple the Communist regime in Kabul by using Afghan extremists (Mujahideen). As a result, CIA and allies raised and directed (1979-89) the largest army of Islamic radicals (50,000) in recent history for anti-Soviet jehad and equipped them with 65,000 tonnes of arms. Global jehadi high priest Osama bin Laden was prominent among them.

The US and allies made big mistakes. The 9/11 Commission called it a failure of ‘insight’ and ’imagination’. First, they underestimated the destructive jehadi potential. Brzezinski downplayed it even in 1998 by asserting that the collapse of Soviet...

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