Ahsan will probably send me a characteristically irate email for stoking the fires of ignorance, but I can't resist.
In his book 'Profiles of Intelligence', former ISI officer and Sitara-i-Imtiaz recipient Brigadier Syed A.I. Tirmazi writes:
"Next on the list [of countries that Tirmazi beleives the United States wants to impose it's will upon] is Yemen. Yemen not only supported Saddam during the Gulf Crisis but also has its geo strategical importance as it borders Saudi Arabia, controls the Red Sea at Bab-ul-Mandab, and new oil fields have been discovered in Jazen Area in Northern Yemen. There being no economic problems in Yemen, Americans are attempting to employ the 'Islamic Card' there. The CIA has infiltrated the Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) and have supported them to win a few seats in the cabinet.""Usameh Ben Laden, a Saudi national of Yemeni origin, has been selected to direct the CIA operations there. It would be recalled that Usameh, who establsihed Qaada and controlled all the Arab mercenaries in Peshawar- Afghanistan and played a mysterious role in the Jalalabad battle of 1989, has reappeared in Peshawar after an absence of two years. Reportedly he is arranging to shift his Qaada and the Arab mercenaries to Yemen to fight a holy war against h e Yemen Regime, As soon as he reaches there and established his Qaada we will see a CIA instigated insurgency between the troops of Sheikh Sindani and Arab mercenaries led by Usameh.""Equally under threat is the regime of General Omar-al-Bashir of Sudan. Usameh has made a number of visits to Sudan too and has offered his services, funds and fighters to help President Bashir to fight Christian insurgents of South Sudan. President Bashir knows that he had sided with Iraq during the Gulf War and that Egypt and Israel are already helping Colonel Garang against him, therefore, Usameh's offer is an attempt to infiltrate the fight column in Sudan. He there fore declined the 'good offer'. However, he cannot go very far because for implementation of the New World Order, both Sudan and Bashir have to be sorted out, it is only a matter of time."
1. The paragraphs quoted above may not fully demonstrate this, but Tirmazi's book is written in a style that does not really reflect well upon its credibility. And that is putting it mildly.
2. There is currently no shortage of people clamouring that 9/11 was an 'inside job' and that Bin Laden was/is an agent for the CIA.
Having set out the unremarkable aspects of Tirmazi's account, the reason it is somewhat noteworthy is because the book was published in 1995. Tirmazi was therefore asserting that Bin Laden was a CIA operative well before 9/11 or Kenya, at a time when he was relatively anonymous. Moreover, Tirmazi's suspicions are aroused not in relation to Bin Laden being a CIA created bogeyman who enables/justifies American military intervention, but rather in relation to what he perceives to be Bin Laden's direct efforts to overthrow regimes in opposition to America's 'New World Order'. Either way, he is probably amongst the earliest, and the most consistent proponents of the 'Bin Laden is a CIA puppet' conspiracy theorists.
Tirmazi's account is also noteworthy for his hilarious passage on Dr. Andrew V Corry, a previous US Counsel General who was based in Lahore:
"It is interesting to note that Dr. Corry, a chronic bachelor, was a passive homosexual. When he would get the urge and had not arranged for a partner, he would go crazy. He would take off his clothes, bend over and even beg his domestic servant or his driver to satisfy his perversion. His driver Ashraf, mostly close at hand, was not in an enviable position but financially he gained a lot. ISI could have exposed Dr Corry's perversion but our moral stands, decency and ethics dissuaded us."
Doesn't sound passive at all. And very kind indeed of the ISI not to expose Dr.Corry in the way that Brig Tirmazi exposed him.
I feel bad for Ashraf actually. He was just a pawn in this Great Passive Homosexual Game. He certainly did not deserve to be outed by Brig Tirmazi's lame non-attempt at discretion. I hope he sued for libel.