The US-Al Qaeda Alliance: Bosnia, Kosovo and now Libya
One of the the things that struck me most forcefully about the Wars of the Yugoslav Succession, which started just about 20 years ago, was that “The West” showed no sign of wanting to halt the conflict, but rather seemed to have a stake in fanning the flames even further. This was patently obvious through all the spin; in fact it was the spin that made it obvious. The barrage of propaganda we were subjected to, concocted by Western spin-doctors, was clearly calculated to facilitate conflict.
Hat-tip to Neil Clark for drawing attention to this article, which points out that this is still going on.
The pattern of U.S. collaboration with Muslim fundamentalists against more secular enemies is not new. It dates back to at least 1953, when the CIA recruited right-wing mullahs to overthrow Prime Minister Mossadeq in Iran, and also began to cooperate with the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood.3 But in Libya in 2011 we see a more complex marriage of convenience between US and al-Qaeda elements: one which repeats a pattern seen in Bosnia in 1992-95, and Kosovo in 1997-98. In those countries America responded to a local conflict in the name of a humanitarian intervention to restrain the side committing atrocities. But in all three cases both sides committed atrocities, and American intervention in fact favored the side allied with al-Qaeda.
The cause of intervention was fostered in all three cases by blatant manipulation and falsification of the facts. What a historian has noted of the Bosnian conflict was true also of Kosovo and is being echoed today in Libya: though attacks were “perpetrated by Serbs and Muslims alike,” the pattern in western media was “that killings of Muslims were newsworthy, while the deaths of non-Muslims were not.”4 Reports of mass rapes in the thousands proved to be wildly exaggerated: a French journalist “uncovered only four women willing to back up the story.”