Sunday, September 11, 2005

Nutmeg, Heroin, Oil,,1565477,00.html

The Banda Islands in eastern Indonesia were once the world's only source of nutmegs and mace.

The Dutch wanted these spices.

The Dutch:

1. murdered many of the islanders

2. carved up the land

3. organised a brutal slave-owning plantation economy.

4. carried out regular floggings and mutilations

5. made a 12,000% profit from their spices

The book 'The Spice Route: A History', by John Keay, tells us all about the spice trade.

What happened to the Banda Islands has also happened to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The CIA put the Moslem militants into power in Afghanistan.

However, the Taliban was not cooperative with the Americans over oil pipelines and Afghanistan's opium yield dropped by 91% just prior to 9 11.

After the invasion of Afghanistan, the CIA's friends, the Northern Alliance, took control of the Heroin trade. Drug profits continued to prop up Wall Street.

Iraq has oil reserves of 113 billion barrels, which is the second largest reserve in the world. America wants that oil.

The Guardian reported on 29 October 2004:

"About 100,000 Iraqi civilians - half of them women and children - have died in Iraq since the invasion, mostly as a result of airstrikes by coalition forces, according to the first reliable study of the death toll from Iraqi and US public health experts.

"The study, which was carried out in 33 randomly-chosen neighbourhoods of Iraq representative of the entire population, shows that violence is now the leading cause of death in Iraq. Before the invasion, most people died of heart attacks, stroke and chronic illness. The risk of a violent death is now 58 times higher than it was before the invasion."


Wayne Madsen reports:

"Osama bin Laden has been a major kingpin in drug shipments to Europe and North America since 1991, when he established a major drug smuggling network in Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

"When Bin Laden moved to Afghanistan in 1996, he re-established the drug smuggling networks initially set up by the CIA during the Mujaheddin war against the Soviets.

"The drug baron who headed up the Afghan heroin supply network for Bin Laden was code named 'Kandahar.' The drug smuggling operations were based alongside Bin Laden's terrorist training and weapons of mass destruction procurement activities in Osama Bin Laden's 'Arab enclave' located at Khalden in Paktia province.

"According to a French intelligence report marked 'CONFIDENTIEL DEFENSE/USAGE STRICTEMENT NATIONAL' (Defense confidential, 'French Eyes Only'), U.S. and British intelligence elements continued to control Osama Bin Laden and his Khalden-based terrorist corps as of 1995, fully two years after 'Al Qaeda' was found to be involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and one year prior to the Khobar Tower bombings in Saudi Arabia, the point at which the late FBI counter-terrorism agent John O'Neill began linking Al Qaeda to the Saudi royal family and certain American 'interests.'

"The Al Qaeda drug supply network remains in operation and continues to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Bin Laden's global operations. All during the rule of the Taliban, Afghan drug mules hauling heroin abroad received a standard request for assistance letter from Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader. Mullah Omar dispatched a number of envoys to Washington, DC to have talks with senior Bush administration officials prior to 911. They all carried the same assistance request letter.

"The Bin Laden drug network also intersects with Geneva-based financial entities established by George H. W. Bush while he was CIA director and Vice President and President of the United States.

"Bin Laden and Bush money are held in some of the same financial tranches in Switzerland, the Isle of Man, and the Bahamas."


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