Ben Swann Reality Check: Did the U.S. Government Create Al Qaeda? [video]_Featured_, Videos, War on Terror Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at how the United States government created Al Qaeda and yet in some countries is still fighting them while in others is supporting them.
Swann presents evidence for the following facts:
- There is no question that al Qaeda fighters are part of the opposition forces attempting to overthrow Syria’s government.
- The creation of al Qaeda wasn’t Islamic fundamentalism, it was the CIA.
- Hundreds of civilians in Yemen have been killed by U.S. air strikes aimed at al Qaeda fighters.
Swann concludes: “What you need to know tonight is heavy. Our government is bombing sites around the world in an on-going war with al Qaeda. In Iraq, where al Qaeda had no presence before the U.S. war, al Qaeda is now thriving – the same al Qaeda, yes, created by the U.S. government in order to harm the Soviets. And today, at least 13,000 civilians in Afghanistan are dead as a result of that war with al Qaeda… This is not propaganda. Rather, it is a question that every American should be demanding answers on from Congress and from this president: why are we giving al Qaeda money and weapons to overthrow yet another government in the Middle East? Today, our government claims they are freeing the people of Syria. Tomorrow, if history tells us anything, we will be killing and wounding civilians in air strikes, and then referring to them as collateral damage – in a war with an enemy who we brought to power.”