Former London Mayor: The West Created Radical Islamism

Mar 16, 2017

The humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Middle East, the Gulf region, and Northern Africa represents the harvest of what was sown by Washington decades ago,contended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone in an interview with RT News.

“You have to go back to the 1980s when America started funding Muslim fundamentalist groups, and the Saudis were funding the most extreme, like al-Qaeda,” Livingstone declared. “The West is in denial about Islamist terrorism, as its origins go right back to the 1980s,” he continued. “There were instances when President Carter, who was briefed by the CIA in 1979, saying that if we [meaning the US] give arms to the mujaheddin in Afghanistan, Russia will have to intervene to actually stop that and it will create Russia’s Vietnam.”

The strategy described by Livingstone was outlined in boastful detail by Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission and one-time National Security Adviser to Carter.

When Carter approved the scheme presented to him by Brzezinski, “It never occurred to him he was lighting the fuse that would lead to 9/11,” laments Livingstone, giving Carter the benefit of the doubt. Now “the West has got to come to terms [with] the fact that we funded the creation of Islamist fundamentalism and the terror that has come from that. And we’ve got to make sure we stop, that means pressure on Saudi Arabia, which remains the principal funder of the extremist terrorist groups in the Muslim world.”