by Zahir Ebrahim
To: BBC Radio 4 Document Series
Dateline: Saturday August 16, 2008, 2:28 PST
Subject: Mike Thomson's documentary in the“Uncovering Pakistan” season titled “USA and Pakistan in the 1970s” on “Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program and the plan by the US military to destroy it” being re-broadcast today (August 16, 2008).
There are many omissions and inaccuracies in Mike Thomson's program on Pakistan's bomb. Apart from the fact that the attitude and tenor of the program reflected the "White mans burden" quite clearly – obviously as heard with only “non-white” ears – it lacked information on the shenanigans of the real sponsors of terror in the world regarding the removal of Z. A. Bhutto, and the Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan.
To correct this in a followup program – please refer to the following three references:
1) Profiles of Intelligence by ISI Director Brig Tirmazi. Published 1996. A detailed excerpt from this memoir regarding how Z. A. Bhutto was “judicially assassinated” by the United States in the words of Pakistan's own chief spymaster can be found in my essay discussing who killed Benazir Bhutto: “Who Killed Benazir Bhutto? In her own words!”
2) There is something propagandistic about the continued allegations in the West that A. Q. Khan “stole” the bomb secrets – when a Dutch court presumably exonerated Khan. The court verdict is reproduced in a Khan biography titled Pakistan's Bomb or Islamic Bomb by Zahid Malik. The biographer is editor and owner of the Observer newspaper in Islamabad which is reputed to have been funded by A. Q. Khan. What is the real truth of the matter? Is the court verdict whose photocopy is included in the book a forgery? Or was the court verdict also merely a superpower's “convenience”? If the court verdict is genuine, then didn't BBC just re-slander Khan and Pakistan by continuing to echo the CIA/Pentagon propaganda?
While trying to uncover the real truth of the matter, please also address the details of how Israel got its nuclear weapons through clandestine assist from the French and Israeli covert operations and theft upon the Pentagon by covering J. Pollard et. al., and the Israeli whistleblower Vanunnu who languished in the Israeli jail for 18 years. A contrasting of Pakistan's and Israel's bombs and West's attitudes towards each would make for a far more revealing documentary on nuclear bombs and the West's continued white mans burden. Most listeners of the BBC will surely find such accurate and analytical perspectives [far] more interesting than rehearsal of deliberate propaganda. Perhaps Mike Thomson and the BBC producers are themselves victims of such?
3) Regarding the “surprising” Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan which Mike Thomson suggests magically came to Pakistan's rescue as it serendipitously turned the superpower's relations with Pakistan 180 degrees around, please refer to the interview of Zbigniew Brzezinski from 1998, and the present head of Pentagon Robert Gates's autobiography From the Shadows. A snippet from Brzezinski's interview to “Le Nouvel Observateur” is reproduced below, and it is quoted at length in my essay where you may glean the grotesque reality of the “islamic fundamentalism” and “radical islam” and “islamofascism” that is deliberately distorting the world today: “Saving Pakistan from Synthetic 'Terror Central'” here.
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Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Question: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?
Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
When Brzezinski cold-bloodedly confesses to the “secret operation” as Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, then the speech of Jimmy Carter reproduced by Mike Thomson in which Carter two-facedly condemns the Soviet intervention makes this BBC series an undeniable exercise in propaganda that would make Edward Bernays and Goebbells proud! Surely this is only inadvertent? And to forensically link the past to the present, in case you wish to do a documentary on Russian Intervention in Georgia, please see my essay: “Georgia-Russia: It's a Classic Brzezinski Project!”
There are unfortunately no [“secret”] documents available at the present time to validate the informed speculation on the Russian Intervention in Georgia apart from a rational reading of available facts and connecting of the dots based on the hindsight of history and declared doctrines of conquest – just wait another 20 years for memoirs, confessions, and much redacted de-classified documents upon which at least more accurate documentaries can be made. But history has been relegated to mindless rehearsals of spinned documentaries for mass entertainment from its (theoretical) lofty perch as the “responsibility for the future”! I hope the BBC will choose to sit on that perch!
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