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DID THE PLANNED OIL PIPELINE THROUGH AFGHANISTAN INFLUENCE AMERICA'S DECISION TO INVADE AND INSTALL A NEW GOVERNMENT THERE?

Is the War on Terror influenced by oil or financial motives, rather than simply national security issues?
    Read the evidence and then sign the petition to ask for an explanation from the American government.


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There is some evidence that America could have had an economic motive for replacing the government in Afghanistan. Did this influence America's decision to invade Afghanistan and replace the government? The evidence presented below may be sufficient to raise serious questions about the motivations behind U.S. President Bush's decision to invade Afghanistan, especially in light of Bush's substantial links with the oil industry. Furthermore, recent reports indicate that the September the 11th disaster, which triggered the "war on terror" military campaign, could have been prevented. If there is enough public support, we will issue a formal request for a public statement from the American government. In the meantime, we invite you to consider the evidence below and form your own opinions.

IN 1998 AMERICA WANTED NEW GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF OIL PIPELINE

America has wanted a new government in Afghanistan since at least 1998, three years before the attacks on 11 September 2001. The official report from a meeting of the U.S. Government's foreign policy committee on 12 February 1998, available on the U.S. Government website, confirms that the need for a West-friendly government was recognised long before the War on Terror that followed September 11th:

    "The U.S. Government's position is that we support multiple pipelines...
    The Unocal pipeline is among those pipelines that would receive our
    support under that policy. I would caution that while we do support the
    project, the U.S. Government has not at this point recognized any
    governing regime of the transit country, one of the transit countries,
    Afghanistan, through which that pipeline would be routed. But we do
    support the project." [ U.S. House of Representatives website ]


    "The only other possible route [for the desired oil pipeline] is across,
    Afghanistan which has of course its own unique challenges."
    [ U.S. House of Representatives website ]


    "CentGas can not begin construction until an internationally recognized
    Afghanistan Government is in place."
    [ U.S. House of Representatives website ]

The Afghanistan oil pipeline project was finally able to proceed in May 2002. This could not have happened unless America had not taken military action to replace the government in Afghanistan.

AMERICA DEPLOYED MILITARY FORCE TO INSTALL INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED AFGHAN GOVERNMENT

The American-driven invasion of Afghanistan swiftly captured of the country's capital Kabul, enabling the removal of the former Afghanistan government and the establishment of a new government.

WAS THERE A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR BUSH'S U.S. GOVERNMENT DECISION TO INVADE AFGHANISTAN?

There have been suggestions that Bush's decision to invade Afghanistan could have been influenced by oil money. This is the unlimate reason why we are now offering everyone this opportunity to sign the petition calling for George Bush (Junior) to make a public statement confirming that his decision was not influenced by the oil pipeline issue.

HOW MUCH INFLUENCE DOES THE OIL INDUSTRY HAVE ON BUSH AND THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT?

George W. Bush's connections with the oil industry are well established. There is evidence of surprisingly close ties between Bush's U.S. Government and big oil companies, partly brought to light through recent high-profile cases of alleged corruption involving U.S. government officials and major oil companies.
    "During the 2000 elections, oil, gas and other energy interests donated
    more than $40 million to Republicans, including the Bush presidential
    campaign..." [ League of Conservation Voters website ]

    "Condoleezza Rice, the [U.S.] National Security Adviser, has a Chevron
    oil tanker named after her."
    [ BBC News website ]

    "The White House has acknowledged that US President George W. Bush
    failed to follow the law and disclose details of shares [in a Texas oil
    company] he sold when he was a company director." [ BBC News ]

    "US oil services and engineering firm Halliburton is being investigated for
    its accounting practices when US Vice President Dick Cheney was at the
    helm." [ BBC News, 2002 ]

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE CONTROVERSIAL AFGHANISTAN PIPELINE PROJECT?

The CentGas consortium was formed in 1997 to build the controversial Caspian Sea oil pipeline. The American oil company, Unocal, had the largest stake (46.5%) in CentGas's Afghanistan pipeline project. Unocal, currently an ex-member of the CentGas pipeline consortium, is now trying to distance itself from the pipe-line controversy and perceived conflict of interest.
    Dr Rice, a director of Unocal, served as Secretary of the Air Force in the Bush Administration. He earlier served in the U.S. Defence Department as deputy assistant secretary for resource analysis and director of cost analysis. Ties between the Whitehouse and the oil industry are so close that winners of a competition organised by Unocal won a prestigious visit to the Whitehouse to receive an award from President Bush himself.

THE TALIBAN GOES SHOPPING IN AMERICA WITH AMERICAN OIL COMPANY BOSSES!

Did you know that the Taliban regime in Afghanistan were offered more than $100 million a year by the American oil industry to submit to the pipeline project without a fight?
    "On at least one occasion, in December 1997, Unocal officials played host to
    high-ranking Taliban leaders in Texas. The American oil executives reportedly
    wined and dined them and took them on a shopping spree."
    [ Boston Herald Newspaper ]
If a secret deal was struck between the Americans and Taliban officials, might this explain why the troops invading Afghanistan never seemed to find the enemy?

There were only a handful of casualties among the Coalition troops invading Afghanistan. A BBC News report on 27 July 2002 said: "About 40 American soldiers have been killed in combat and non-combat incidents and more than 340 have been wounded in the US operation in Afghanistan that began last October." It is not clear where these figures come from but, if correct, they include "non-combat" casualties, such as the helicopter accidents which killed U.S. soldiers near Bagram or the crash at the Bande Sardeh dam, or accidental explosions, or one of the "friendly-fire" incidents. Overall losses seem small considering that a whole country was conquered in this campaign, especially in view of current opinions that the enemy are supposedly so willing to die fighting the west.

REPORTS SUGGEST U.S. GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE DONE MORE TO PREVENT SEPTEMBER 11TH TRADGEDY

If undeclared economic factors were involved in America's decision to invade Afghanistan and install a new government, this would invite a closer investigation of reports that more could have been done to prevent the disastrous attack on the World Trade Center, which was declared to be the reason for invading Afghanistan.
    Why are both the FBI and the CIA suspected of hindering the investigations that might have prevented the 9/11 catastrophe? How much did the CIA know about the al-Qaida hijackers operating in the U.S. who allegedly orchestrated the 11 September attack?
    The most serious reports claim that senior U.S. intelligence officials "hindered enquiries". An official investigation was launched but "the hearings are secret in order to protect sources." Many people are also concerned about the well-documented evidence suggesting that Osamir Bin Ladin and the al-Qaida network were set-up and funded by the U.S. intelligence agency, the CIA.
    "The White House says it received intelligence reports in the months before
    the 11 September attacks that Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network was
    plotting to hijack US passenger planes." BBC News, 2002.

    "The national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice, says the President [Bush]
    was briefed in August last year that Osama bin Laden planned to hijack
    American aircraft." BBC News, 2002.

    "FBI agent ... expected to publicly tell a Senate committee ... bosses hindered
    enquiries into the man now suspected of being the would-be 20th
    hijacker.

    "The United States Congress has begun hearings into possible US intelligence
    failures in the run-up to the attacks of 11 September.

    "The hearings are secret in order to protect sources."

    BBC News, 2002.

    "Ms Rowley, an FBI agent for 22 years, said senior personnel put 'roadblocks'
    in the way of Minneapolis staff trying to investigate Zacarias Moussaoui,
    now alleged to be the '20th hijacker'." BBC News, 2002.

AL-QAEDA WAS CREATED, ARMED, FUNDED AND SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

The US government trained, armed, funded and supported Osama bin Laden and his followers in Afghanistan during the cold war. With a huge investment of $300,000,000 (three billion US dollars), the CIA effectively created and nurtured bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network using American tax-payers money. Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, where such an enormous sum sum of money would have had extraordinary value.

    "In the 1980s, bin Laden left his comfortable Saudi home for Afghanistan to participate
    in the Afghan jihad, or holy war, against the invading forces of the Soviet Union - a
    cause that, ironically, the United States funded, pouring $3 billion into the Afghan
    resistance via the CIA."
    [ ABC News, 2001 ]

    "...Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 to fight against the Soviet invasion of
    Afghanistan. The Afghan jihad was backed with American dollars and had the blessing
    of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He received security training from the
    CIA itself."
    [ BBC News, 2001 ]

    "...[Osama bin Laden] received military and financial assistance from the intelligence
    services of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States."
    [ Forbes news, 2002 ]

WHAT IS THE FUTURE THE NEW WEST-FRIENDLY GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN?

The United Nations indicated that the 'temporary' administration, which they established in Afghanistan following the American-led NATO conquest, will soon be replaced by a permanent democratic government. But when the new head of state for Afghanistan was announced it was simply the Chairman of the existing United Nations 'provisional' administration.
    "The loya jirga is expected to elect the current interim leader, Hamid Karzai, as head
    of state." [ BBC News, June 2002 ]

    "This is not a democracy; it is a rubber stamp - everything has already been decided
    by the powerful ones." Seema Samar, Women's Affairs Minister, Afghanistan
    Provisional Government [ BBC News, June 2002 ]

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