"International Terrorism Does Not Exist"
By General Leonid Ivashov
Axis for Peace
From Brussels (Belgium)
17 January 2006
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General Leonid Ivashov was the Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces when the September 11, 2001, attacks took
place. This military man, who lived the events from the inside, offers an analysis which is very different to that of his
American colleagues. As he did during the Axis for Peace 2005 conference, he now explains that international terrorism does not exist and that the September 11 attacks were the result
of a set-up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this terrorism would not exist without them. He affirms
that, instead of faking a “world war on terror”, the best way to reduce that kind of attacks is through respect
for international law and peaceful cooperation among countries and their citizens.
General Leonid Ivashov (left) at the Axis for Peace Conference 2005 in Brussels,
with Webster Tarpley
As the current international situation shows, terrorism emerges where contradiction aggravate, where there is a change
of social relations or a change of regime, where there is political, economic or social instability, where there is moral
decadence, where cynicism and nihilism triumph, where vice is legalized and where crime spreads.
It is globalization what creates the conditions for the emergence of these extremely dangerous phenomena. It is in this
context that the new world geo-strategic map is being designed, that the resources of the planet are being re-distributed,
that borders are disappearing, that international law is being torn into pieces, that cultural identities are being erased,
that spiritual life becomes impoverished...
The analysis of the essence of the globalization process, the military and political doctrines of the United States and
other countries, shows that terrorism contributes to a world dominance and the submissiveness of states to a global oligarchy.
This means that terrorism is not something independent of world politics but simply an instrument, a means to install a unipolar
world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite.
It is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world terrorism, its ideologist and its “godfather”.
The main target of the world elite is the historical, cultural, traditional and natural reality; the existing system of relations
among states; the world national and state order of human civilization and national identity.
Today’s international terrorism is a phenomenon that combines the use of terror by state and non-state political
structures as a means to attain their political objectives through people’s intimidation, psychological and social destabilization,
the elimination of resistance from power organizations and the creation of appropriate conditions for the manipulation of
the countries’ policies and the behavior of people.
Terrorism is the weapon used in a new type of war. At the same time, international terrorism, in complicity with the media,
becomes the manager of global processes. It is precisely the symbiosis between media and terror, which allows modifying international
politics and the exiting reality.
In this context, if we analyze what happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States, we can arrive at the following
1. The organizers of those attacks were the political and business circles interested in destabilizing
the world order and who had the means necessary to finance the operation. The political conception of this action matured
there where tensions emerged in the administration of financial and other types of resources. We have to look for the reasons
of the attacks in the coincidence of interests of the big capital at global and transnational levels, in the circles that
were not satisfied with the rhythm of the globalization process or its direction.
Unlike traditional wars, whose conception
is determined by generals and politicians, the oligarchs and politicians submitted to the former were the ones who did it
2. Only secret services and their current chiefs – or those retired but still having influence inside
the state organizations – have the ability to plan, organize and conduct an operation of such magnitude. Generally,
secret services create, finance and control extremist organizations. Without the support of secret services, these organizations
cannot exist – let alone carry out operations of such magnitude inside countries so well protected. Planning and carrying
out an operation on this scale is extremely complex.
3. Osama bin Laden and “Al Qaeda” cannot be the organizers
nor the performers of the September 11 attacks. They do not have the necessary organization, resources or leaders. Thus, a
team of professionals had to be created and the Arab kamikazes are just extras to mask the operation.
11 operation modified the course of events in the world in the direction chosen by transnational mafias and international
oligarchs; that is, those who hope to control the planet’s natural resources, the world information network and the
financial flows. This operation also favored the US economic and political elite that also seeks world dominance.
use of the term “international terrorism” has the following goals:
- Hiding the real objectives of the forces deployed all over the world in the struggle for dominance and control;
- Turning the people’s demands to a struggle of undefined goals against an invisible enemy;
- Destroying basic international norms and changing concepts such as: aggression, state terror, dictatorship or movement
of national liberation;
- Depriving peoples of their legitimate right to fight against aggressions and to reject the work of foreign intelligence
- Establishing the principle of renunciation to national interests, transforming objectives in the military field by giving
priority to the war on terror, violating the logic of military alliances to the detriment of a joint defense and to favor
the anti-terrorist coalition;
- Solving economic problems through a tough military rule using the war on terror as a pretext. In order to fight in an
efficient way against international terrorism it is necessary to take the following steps:
- To confirm before the UN General Assembly the principles of the UN Charter and international law as principles that all
states are obliged to respect;
- To create a geo-strategic organization (perhaps inspired in the Cooperation Organization of Shanghai comprised of Russia,
China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) with a set of values different to that of the Atlantists; to design
a strategy of development of states, a system of international security, another financial and economic model (which would
mean that the world would again rest on two pillars);
- To associate (under the United Nations) the scientific elites in the design and promotion of the philosophical concepts
of the Human Being of the 21st Century.
- To organize the interaction of all religious denominations in the world, on behalf of the stability of humanity’s
development, security and mutual support.
General Ivashov with journalist Christopher Bollyn.
General Leonid Ivashov is the vice-president of the Academy on geopolitical affairs. He was the chief of the department for General affairs in the
Soviet Union’s ministry of Defense, secretary of the Council of defense ministers of the Community of independant states
(CIS), chief of the Military cooperation department at the Russian federation’s Ministry of defense and Joint chief
of staff of the Russian armies.