By Camilla Webster & Mike Sanders
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
Sept. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a phone call to a
grief-ridden President Bush. The first foreign head of state we know of to make
contact with Bush after the terrorists' attack on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon. Putin, after sending traditional condolences, to everyone's surprise
also expresses his guilt at the incidents that cost thousands of innocent lives
and launched a war on terrorism.
Vladimir Putin, the man that may be able to offer Russia a future – wasn't a
politico by practice – his resume is dominated by the role he played as a KGB
mastermind. Men like Mohammad Atta succeeded in their task to bring down the
Twin Towers using the training methods of KGB cell operations for the relevant
background needed in the planning stages in the United States.
While the failing operations of the FBI and CIA regularly make the front
covers of U.S. publications, KGB training tactics are now the staging weapon of
choice in Islamic fundamentalist terrorist operations. Maybe Putin feels guilty
because of the role the Soviet Union played in making the plot to destroy
America a possibility during their relationship with the Middle East during
their Cold War era operations. There is the possibility KGB files contained not
only the names of the men they trained in the '60s and '70s, but also their
present-day recruits who perpetrated the attacks in September.
Now, Russia works as a U.S. ally in the war in Afghanistan, but the
ramifications of KGB activity in the past is being felt internationally by
counter-intelligence units trying to unravel the covert operations of al-Qaida
America may be talking about where to strike next in the world. Saddam
Hussein may be prepping for another invasion, but when we leave Afghanistan
behind – keeping the war on terror on the move – don't be surprised to find the
Russians will be dominating the region in full force. In fact, in the northern
border provinces, Russia is already in control. Russia supported the Northern
They agreed to assist America, they're sharing secrets on smallpox, anthrax,
weapons of mass destruction and terrorist cells, but Putin wants his just
rewards. Putin needs them – no matter how guilty he feels – because it protects
his southern Islamic providences like Chechnya from terrorism, shows some
tangible results to his military for supporting the Americans, ensures he can
help his allies Iran and India, and empowers him to control the drug trade –
among other things.
It's a worrisome business. If it weren't enough that holiday gift giving is
being challenged by white powder at the post office, the economy has kicked
itself in the butt. Thousands of our young men and women's lives are in jeopardy
in the face of maiming mines, hand to hand combat and nuclear warheads. Even
Arafat appears to be afraid for the first time of rebellious "terrorists" in his
own land – and now German intelligence confirms 70,000 people were trained in
the Afghan al-Qaida camps.
The famous garbled Osama bin Laden tape – produced in the style of an MTV
real-world documentary – confirms their KGB methods are at work and it also
offers the possibility of a growing reference for a twisted appreciation of
Islamic fundamentalist violence at this moment.
So where are the 70,000 cell members today? It's a daunting thought. We've
only managed to round up or kill a few hundred.
Don't forget, they are trained in terrorist techniques, bomb making, chemical
warfare, KGB type sleeper operations and cell cut-outs. The sleepers were not
meant to be frontline soldiers fighting the Northern Alliance, they were
visitors trained and then encouraged to travel around the world sowing mayhem in
Nor do they need to be so sophisticated after Sept. 11. A well-placed phone
call from a stolen cell phone can close down the Empire State Building, stop
flights leaving an airport or have a school district on full alert. Obviously
they have also become masters of disinformation. The governor of California
issued a statewide alert and panicked drivers around San Francisco to avoid
bridges based on "communications intercepts." Governor Ridge issued nationwide
alerts based on "communication intercepts." In plain English, Osama bin Laden
and his boys play silly buggers with their satellite phones causing millions, if
not billions, of dollars worth of economic damage for no cost in danger or in
The bottom line: We still know that millions of people around the world hate
us and thousands of people can do something about it. The question is, after a
successful military campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan:
What next? Is it time for their other foot to drop, or ours?
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Camilla Webster is a writer and producer at Fox News, and is included in
the "International Who's Who" in Television News 2001 for her supervision of
Campaign 2000 Affiliate coverage at Fox, and international news experience at
CBS "60 Minutes," "The World News Roundup" and CBS Newspath International. She
contributes to U.S. and British newspaper publications and holds a masters
degree in modern history – including Arab Studies – from the University of St.
Michael S. Sanders is well known as an explorer and biblical scholar. Today,
Mike serves regularly as an adviser to Middle East experts and commentators.
Sanders' long-term experience as a resident of the Arabian Gulf – and his
friendships and business relationships with leaders and influential businessmen
in the region – add to an intimate and fresh perspective on the origins and
solutions to the ongoing crisis.