Michael Meacher has written an interesting article on the links between British support and funding of Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan and Bosnia, and the current London bombings (and wider context of the "war" on "terror"). Although the lines he sketches are far from definitve, they do give us pause to imagine that Islamic radicals supported by the British Government, just as happened with the US, could have turned round and bitten the hand that fed and supported them. Meacher (a labour MP by the way), even suggests that our secret services could then even play a game of cat and mouse with the police obscuring the original organising forces behind the London bombers to hide their "men".
Posted by Ian at September 10, 2005 12:04 PM | TrackBack
According to a recent report by the Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation, a contingent was also sent by the Pakistani government, then led by Benazir Bhutto, at the request of the Clinton administration. This contingent was formed from the Harkat-ul- Ansar (HUA) terrorist group and trained by the ISI. The report estimates that about 200 Pakistani Muslims living in the UK went to Pakistan, trained in HUA camps and joined the HUA's contingent in Bosnia. Most significantly, this was "with the full knowledge and complicity of the British and American intelligence agencies".