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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Bin Laden explained?

Here's a fascinating comment from international relations expert, Scott Burchill:

"I cannot verify this but the source is former Pentagon and highly respected. It's a variation on Chalmers Johnson's 'blowback' thesis, but one I haven't heard before. It is worth an investigation.

"The Bechtel Corporation essentially stole a lot of construction business from Bin Laden's father's construction company in the 1980s - by out-bribing the Saudi royal family. This is really where Bin Laden's hatred of US came from. Interestingly, this hatred was implanted in Osama well before the CIA helped Osama's adventures in Afghanistan against the Soviets.

"Casper Weinberger (Secretary of Defence, Reagan Administration) and George Shultz (Secretary of State, Reagan Administration) migrated to Bechtel's board in late 1980s after they left government, and Bechtel is owned by Haliburton."

If I had the time, I'd investigate myself. Any thoughts or insights in comments.


Anonymous michael said...

A lot of derogatory adjectives come to mind when contemplating Bin Laden, but 'stupid' ain't one of them. So if he hates Bechtel so much, why would he implement a strategy that is almost guaranteed to provoke a response from the US government that benefits Bechtel?

Trying to corrupt them further with wealth and power perhaps?

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I know, it sounds madness, but it's a theory and like most theories may be wrong. But,understanding Bin Laden's modus operandi is key, I reckon. He doesn't simply hate the US because it's the US, as we all know...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 1:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think George Shultz worked for Bechtel between Nixon and Reagan as well.
Bechtel is central to American foreign policy.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 3:21:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't it our own ,Douglas Woods,who was an employee of this famous/imfamous company for eight years?

Thursday, July 07, 2005 12:05:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Wood worked for Bechtel? Have I missed this piece of info? Any links?

Thursday, July 07, 2005 4:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Antony no links. Heard it on Aunty, I'm pretty sure. Believe that they mentioned that he had that position before he set up his own business.

Can't do any better than that.

Friday, July 08, 2005 12:14:00 pm  

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