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FTR #723 Doin’ the Earth Island Boogie

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Introduction: (NB: This description contains important information not included in the original broadcast.) Highlighting maneuvering in the vast, strategically critical portion of the world known to generations of geopoliticians as “The Earth Island,” this program suggests that intelligence agencies, Islamist and Pan-Turkist elements are attempting to shift the political, economic and social order in that area. In particular, forces at work in the Central Asian states that emerged from the former Soviet Union give indications of attempting to control fossil fuel and [possibly] key strategic transit points for those resources and Afghan heroin as well.

The program begins by noting the proximity in time [4] between a US/Russian diplomatic rapprochement and the breaking of a Russian spy scandal. On the heels of President Obama’s meeting with Russian president Medvedev in which progress on various matters appears to have been achieved, a “Russian spy scandal” dominated the headlines.

In FTR #706 [5], we examined John Loftus’ contention that there are two CIA’s–one Democratic that serves the interests of the United States and one Republican, which serves the interests of the trans-national corporations. Is the “Republican CIA” working to poison relations between the two countries, thereby weakening Obama’s administration?

The incident brings to mind the U-2 incident of 1960, in which the CIA’s apparently deliberate sabotage of a U-2 spy plane deep-sixed a proposed summit conference between President Eisenhower and Premier Khruschev of the U.S.S.R. (This was discussed in Part I of “The Guns of November.” [6])

Also interesting to contemplate in this context is a December 2009 pro-jihadist conference in Georgia, held with apparent U.S. support, discussed in FTR #710 [7]. Part of the rapprochement achieved between Medvedev and Obama concerned America’s placement of a jihadist terrorist on the international terror watch list, as desired and requested by Russia.

Did this run counter to the wishes of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-jihadist element associated with transnational petroleum companies? Are they, in turn, seeking to separate the Caucasian and Central Asian fossil fuel resources from Russia? Will it serve the interests of the Underground Reich [8], seeking to manifest traditional German Ostpolitik [9], while exacerbating tensions between the U.S. and Russia? Will it serve the interests of the GOP, by weakening Obama’s foreign policy?

[10]In the former Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, ethnic tensions have flared [11]between the government and the Uzbek minority in the key towns of Osh and Jalalabad. Seeking to take advantage of this tension, Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Hizb ut-Tahrir [12] has promised that the installation of a caliphate would promote social justice.

Of strategic significance in this context is the fact that the Ferghana Valley (dominated by Osh and Jalalabad) is a key transit area for Afghan heroin and the presence of a key U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan, a facility that is essential for the Afghan war effort. Indeed, the government of Kyrgyzstan is blaming the trouble on Islamists [13].

Another consideration to be weighed in the context of “The Earth Island Boogie” is maneuvering around the Afghan heroin crop [14], which NATO forces have refused to destroy. (The poppy is one of the few subsistence crops available to Afghan farmers, and destroying the harvest could alienate the population and drive them toward the Taliban.)

[15]Russia has requested that the crop be destroyed [16], because heroin originating in Afghanistan is causing enormous problems in Russia. This rejection has led Russia to charge that NATO is aiding the production of Afghan heroin [17]. Is it possible that a Saudi/Safari Club/petroleum/Underground Reich milieu may be profiting from Afghan heroin, while using the drug as a weapon to subvert Russian influence in a new “Great Game?” Are these networks supplying some of the product that has been transported by the milieu investigated by Daniel Hopsicker?

The broadcast concludes with examination of the flotilla incident–the profound involvement of Turkish government elements with the affair. Seen by some analysts as an attempt at re-asserting its primacy in the Muslim world, the Turkish maneuvering is reminiscent of the Turkish hegemony over the Arab world during the Ottoman Empire. Conceptualized by the Muslim Brotherhood as an ideal state of affairs, the “Caliphate” is something it has worked to restore.

Are we seeing a renewed Pan-Turkism in places like Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan–areas with Turkophone populations? We will be seeing a dovetailing of the Islamist movement and traditionally secular Pan-Turkist movement (which has adhered to the rigorous standards adopted by Kemal Attaturk at the end of World War I.) In FTR #721 [18], we saw how Pan-Turkist elements working first for Nazi Germany and later for the Federal Republic and elements of Western intelligence were linked to the burgeoning Muslim Brotherhood. Are people like Ruzy Nazar “doin’ the Earth Island Boogie?” (Nazar is pictured above, at left).

Program Highlights Include: The devastating wildfires happening in Russia; review of the Islamists’ use of forest fires as weapons of jihad; review of the Safari Club network; review of the links between the Bank al-Taqwa milieu and the party of Turkish prime minister Erdogan; the profound links between the IHH organization that sponsored the flotilla incident and the Muslim Brotherhood; a 1997 Turkish government investigation that revealed IHH to be a jihadist organization, seeking, among other things, to overthrow Turkish secularism!

1. The program begins by noting the proximity in time [19] between a US/Russian diplomatic rapprochement and the breaking of a Russian spy scandal. On the heels of President Obama’s meeting with Russian president Medvedev in which progress on various matters appears to have been achieved, a “Russian spy scandal” dominated the headlines.

In FTR #706 [20], we examined John Loftus’ contention that there are two CIA’s–one Democratic that serves the interests of the United States and one Republican, which serves the interests of the trans-national corporations. Is the “Republican CIA” working to poison relations between the two countries, thereby weakening Obama’s administration? Are the petroleum industry, Underground Reich, Islamist networks and Pan-Turkist networks [21] seeking to blunt that U.S./Russian rapprochement?

The incident brings to mind the U-2 incident of 1960, in which the CIA’s apparently deliberate sabotage of a U-2 spy plane deep-sixed a proposed summit conference between President Eisenhower and Premier Khruschev of the U.S.S.R. (This was discussed in Part I of “The Guns of November.” [22])

Also interesting to contemplate in this context is a December 2009 pro-jihadist conference in Georgia, held with apparent U.S. support, discussed in FTR #710 [7]. Part of the rapprochement achieved between Medvedev and Obama concerned America’s placement of a jihadist terrorist on the international terror watch list, as desired and requested by Russia.

Did this run counter to the wishes of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-jihadist element associated with transnational petroleum companies? Are they, in turn, seeking to separate the Caucasian and Central Asian fossil fuel resources from Russia? Will it serve the interests of the Underground Reich [8], seeking to manifest traditional German Ostpolitik [9], while exacerbating tensions between the U.S. and Russia? Will it serve the interests of the GOP, by weakening Obama’s foreign policy?

With the strange timing of the surfacing of this Russian spying scandal, are we seeing ‘U-2, II”?

2. Recently, Russia has been plagued by drought and wildfires. In FTR #667 [23], we looked at Islamist elements pursuing wildfires as weapons of jihad. Are the jihadist elements referred to above involved in any way with the setting of these fires?

3. In the former Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, ethnic tensions have flared [11]between the government and the Uzbek minority in the key towns of Osh and Jalalabad.

Seeking to take advantage of this tension, Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Hizb ut-Tahrir [12] has promised that the installation of a caliphate would promote social justice.

Of strategic significance in this context is the fact that the Ferghana Valley (dominated by Osh and Jalalabad) is a key transit area for Afghan heroin and the presence of a key U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan, a facility that is essential for the Afghan war effort.

4. Indeed, the government of Kyrgyzstan is blaming the trouble on Islamists [24].

5. Another consideration to be weighed in the context of “The Earth Island Boogie” is maneuvering around the Afghan heroin crop [14], which NATO forces have refused to destroy. (The poppy is one of the few subsistence crops available to Afghan farmers, and destroying the harvest could alienate the population and drive them toward the Taliban.)

Russia has requested that the crop be destroyed [16], because heroin originating in Afghanistan is causing enormous problems in Russia.

6. This rejection has led Russia to charge that NATO is aiding the production of Afghan heroin [25]. Is it possible that a Saudi/Safari Club/petroleum/Underground Reich milieu may be profiting from Afghan heroin, while using the drug as a weapon to subvert Russian influence in a new “Great Game?”

7. The shifting and maneuvering taking place on the Earth Island involves some significant political posturing by Turkey. In the recent, lethal incident in which Israeli forces interdicted a Turkish-based flotilla attempting to pierce the blockade of Gaza, one can readily discern Turkish diplomatic and political overtures to the Arab population of the Middle East and the world’s Muslim population in general.

Far from being moderates, the organization behind the flotilla has strong links to the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist elements. [26]

In 1997, the Turkish government itself raided offices of IHH [27]and revealed the organization’s true nature.

8. Disclaimers to the contrary notwithstanding, the Turkish government and that country’s political elite are directly tied to the IHH.

The Turkish charity that led the flotilla involved in a deadly Israeli raid has extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite, and the group’s efforts to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza received support at the top levels of the governing party, Turkish diplomats and government officials said.

The charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, often called I.H.H., has come under attack in Israel and the West for offering financial support to groups accused of terrorism. But in Turkey the group has helped Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shore up support from conservative Muslims ahead of critical elections next year and improve Turkey’s standing and influence in the Arab world.

According to a senior Turkish official close to the government, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political delicacy of the issue, as many as 10 Parliament members from Mr. Erdogan’s governing Justice and Development Party were considering boarding the Mavi Marmara, the ship where the deadly raid occurred, but were warned off at the last minute by senior Foreign Ministry officials concerned that their presence might escalate tensions too much.

When leaders of the charity returned home after nine Turks died in the Israeli raid, they were warmly embraced by top Turkish officials, said Huseyin Oruc, deputy director of the charity, who was aboard the flotilla.

“When we flew back to Turkey, I was afraid we would be in trouble for what happened, but the first thing we saw when the plane’s door opened in Istanbul was Bulent Arinc, the deputy prime minister, in tears,” he said in an interview. “We have good coordination with Mr. Erdogan,” he added. “But I am not sure he is happy with us now.”

The raid has caused a rupture between Turkey and Israel, and heightened alarm in the United States and Europe that Turkey, a large Muslim country and a major NATO member, is shifting allegiance toward the Arab world. Turkey has warned that its cooperative ties to Israel could be irreparably damaged unless the Israelis apologize and accept an international investigation, steps Israel has so far refused to take.

The charity’s mission, political analysts said, has advanced Mr. Erdogan’s aim of shifting Turkey’s focus to the Muslim east when its prospects for joining the European Union are dim.

The government “could have stopped the ship if it wanted to, but the mission to Gaza served both the I.H.H. and the government by making both heroes at home and in the Arab world,” said Ercan Citlioglu, a terrorism expert at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul.

Turkish officials said that the charity operated independently and that its leadership had refused to drop plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, despite requests from the government. The officials said they had no legal authority to stop the work of a private charity.

Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s minister for European affairs, said in an interview that the charity and the Justice and Development Party, called the AK Party, had no substantive ties, even if people in politics often became involved in charitable groups. “The I.H.H. has nothing to do with the AK Party, and we have no hidden agenda,” Mr. Bagis said.

But critics say such statements belie the close connections between the party and the charity, as well as the extent to which Turkish officials were closely attuned to the details of the flotilla’s mission before its departure. . . .

“Sponsor of Flotilla Tied to Elite of Turkey” by Tyler Hicks; The New York Times; 7/15/2010. [28]

9. Prior to the flotilla incident, the Erdogan government was doing poorly in pre-election polls.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) won about 39% of the vote, according to unconfirmed results – down from the 47% general election landslide of 2007.

“This is a message from the people and we will take the necessary lessons,” said a sombre Mr Erdogan.

At least five people were reportedly killed in election-related violence.

The deaths came in the predominantly Kurdish east of the country, as supporters of rival candidates for a non-party position of village chief fought armed battles.

In Sunday’s elections, the governing AKP lost ground to both opposition and Kurdish rivals, who had focused on growing economic difficulties and corruption allegations.

“Turkish PM’s Party Slips in Polls”; BBC News; 3/30/2009. [29]

10. As seen in FTR #408 [30], Erdogan’s party is very close to the Muslim Brotherhood and the milieu of the Bank al-Taqwa.