Hawkish Russophobe Zbigniew Brzezinski Passes
by Stephen Lendman
He served as geopolitical counselor to Lyndon Johnson, later as Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor.
At Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, he was Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy.
He was a Center for Strategic and International Studies counselor, trustee, and advisory board member.
He directed master spider David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, created to address the crisis of democracy – too much of it, along with pursuing America’s imperial agenda.
His 1997 book titled “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives” was a blueprint for advancing America’s imperium.
He was militantly Russophobic. In an earlier Washington Quarterly article titled “Putin and Beyond,” he said “(t)he West’s strategy should not be built upon making things pleasant or convenient for Russia. Making Russia a partner at any cost is not what the West needs today.”
In 1979, he got Jimmy Carter to sign a secret directive, authorizing aid for Afghanistan Mujahadeen fighters (today’s Taliban) combating the pro-Soviet Russia government in Kabul, aiming to induce Moscow’s military intervention which followed, what he called “the Afghan trap.”
He later explained, saying “(a)ccording 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.”
“We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.”
Asked in hindsight if he regretted his action, he responded saying:
“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.”
“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”
Supporting Afghan Mujahadeen fighters was prelude to America’s global war on terror, creating and supporting ISIS, al-Qaeda and likeminded groups, using them as imperial foot soldiers in multiple US war theaters.
Brzezinski’s “Afghan trap” began it all. What he had no regrets for led to millions of casualties in US imperial wars – ongoing in multiple theaters, raping and destroying countries, risking possible cataclysmic nuclear war.
On May 26, Brzezinski died at age 89. A special place in hell awaits him.
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