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Isn't that strange?

The Russians got into their Vietnam right after we got out of
ours? Isn't that strange?

We supported Bin Laden and the Taliban for years, and viewed
them as freedom fighters against the Russians? Isn't that strange?

As late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taliban
official in Afghanistan? Isn't that strange?

There is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than in Saudi Arabia, but
you need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil out. Isn't that
strange?

UNOCAL, a giant American Oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1000 mile long
pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea. Isn't
that strange?

UNOCAL spent millions of dollars on geological surveys for pipeline
construction, and very nicely courted the Taliban for their support in
allowing the construction to begin. Isn't that strange?

All of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with UNOCAL
in 1998. Isn't that strange?

1998-1999 the Taliban changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of
the country and awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina.
Isn't that strange?

John Maresca VP of UNOCAL testified before Congress and said no pipeline
until the Taliban was gone and a more friendly government was established.
Isn't that strange?

1999-2000 The Taliban became the most evil people in the world. Isn't that
strange?

Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American
officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go
ahead by the middle of October. Isn't that strange?

9/11 WTC disaster.

Bush goes to war against Afghanistan even though none of the hijackers
came from Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?

Bush blamed Bin Laden but has never offered any proof saying it's a
"secret". Isn't that strange?

The Taliban offered to negotiate to turn over Bin Laden if we showed them
some proof. We refused; we bombed. Isn't that strange?

Bush said: "This is not about nation building. It's about getting the
terrorists." Isn't that strange?

We have a new government in Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?

The leader of that government formerly worked for UNOCAL. Isn't that
strange?
Bush appoints a special envoy to represent the US to deal with that
new government, who formerly was the "chief consultant to UNOCAL". Isn't
that strange?

The Bush family acquired their wealth through oil? Isn't that strange?

Bush's Secretary of Interior was the President of an oil company
before going to Washington. Isn't that strange?

George Bush Sr. now works with the "Carlysle Group" specializing
in huge oil investments around the world. Isn't that strange?

Condoleezza Rice worked for Chevron before going to Washington. Isn't
that strange?

Chevron named one of its newest "supertankers" after Condolezza. Isn't that
strange?

Dick Cheney worked for the giant oil conglomerate Halliburton before
becoming VP. Isn't that strange?

Halliburton gave Cheney a multi-million dollar farewell gift when he left
Halliburton. Isn't that strange?

Halliburton is in the pipeline construction business. Isn't that strange?

There is $6 Trillion worth of oil in the Caspian Sea area. Isn't that
strange?

The US government quietly announces Jan 31, 2002 we will support the
construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. Isn't that strange?

President Musharref (Pakistan), and Karrzai, (Afghanistan -Unocal) announce
agreement to build proposed gas pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan via
Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?

"It's the Oil, Stupid!"

(Irish Times 02/10/02)

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