Friday, May 12, 2006


by Jim Glover

When Clinton relentlessly bombed the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovar) throughout much of the 90s, it was, of course, a "humanitarian" intervention.

By pure coincidence, the U.S. also gained a couple of large military bases in a very strategic location just in case there might ever be a war for oil and gas.

Anyway, it turns out our presence there also offers another great opportunity -- to smuggle 200,000 machine guns into Iraq. Or maybe not Iraq, since the 200,000 Kalishnikovs have disappeared. see,,1773106,00.html

It's hard to tell the U.S. from the official terrorists in stuff like this. The "complex web" of firms used includes an air company that was reportedly engaged in diamond smuggling, and others that "were also engaged in illegal arms shipments from Serbia and Bosnia to Liberia and to Saddam Hussein four years ago."

It's also interesting to note that, while the new and improved "international government" of Serbia has tried to disarm the place after its bloody civil wars, none other than the U.S. -- peacekeeper to the world -- has BLOCKED the effort.(see paragraphs 6-8)

Two questions present themselves: where did the guns go, and why? And two answers, I think, are equally likely. One is that they are going to the mysterious Iraqi "death squads" we've heard about. If an occupation is not going well, the fall-back position is to get the occupied people to fight among themselves. The U.S. was so good at this in Central America that it has come to be called the "Salvador Option." It's been talked about for a couple of years now. (see, for example: "John Pilger Detects the Salvador Option,"

The other possibility is that they are going to the officially-designated terrorist organization that the U.S. has employed in the first phase of our Iran invasion. That would be the "MEK," an acronym for Mujahedeen-e Khalq (see ; ;

The last story has an interesting quote regarding the U.S. use of the kind of terror group we're supposedly fighting. An unnamed intelligence source says: "These guys are nuts."

But you can't tell if he's talking about the terrorist group or the Americans employing them.