Given the Qatari connections to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, terrorism, and the Arab Spring (which was a deliberate program to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda), it is disturbing enough that the American military presence in the Gulf has been adopted by the ruling al-Thanis. But the clear line from Qatar to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and the incredible manifestation of corruption within the US military and NATO is even more glaring.
The NLC, the same Taliban heroin smugglers who work at the behest of the Pakistani ISI, are not only in a joint venture with Qatar, but are also NATO subcontractors. In August 2012, The Express Tribune published a business-orientedarticle regarding the NLC, and their expansion into various non-Pakistani military areas. These include construction, real estate, and stock market speculation. Additionally, the NLC has entered into a joint venture with a Qatari construction company, and “pay[ed] off 10 million Qatari riyals to the other company, and to inject fresh capital to start work independently.” If it weren’t bad enough that the Qataris hired heroin smuggling terrorists to build for them, consider that construction in Qatar is notorious for its use of slave labor. Because they are scheduled to host the World Cup in 2022, labor conditions in Qatar have been the subject of international scrutiny and outrage, to a point where FIFA may rescind the invitation, pending a probe.
Warning: If you’re not sitting down already, now would be the time to find a chair.
About that contracting with NATO, you may be glad to learn that the NLC does it at cost. According to the article, “To a question whether the NLC’s revenues also include fees charged from Nato containers transiting through Pakistan, Shaikh claimed that Nato was not paying a fee to any entity in the country. The roughly $235 charged per container was on account of handling, scanning and toll charges, he added.”
Although we have the Taliban moving our supplies into a warzone (ahem, to fight the Taliban), we are getting this remarkable service at cost. How do the casualties look in Afghanistan since Obama took office? 74% of all casualties in Afghanistan have come since Obama ordered an increase in the number of troops. Allow me to scream… OK, where were we?
Oh, that’s right. The NLC, the Taliban truckers, are very proud of their relationship with Qatar, even going to far as to call it a “brotherly country.” In fact, Qatar was the first international destination of the heroin-smuggling, terrorist folks at the NLC. On their website, NLC boasts that,
“After setting firm foothold [sic] in the construction sector in Pakistan, time had come to explore vast opportunities on the foreign shores. Qatar became the first destination, where overseas subsidiary of the outfit by the name of Pearl NLC was formed. Since then Pearl NLC has significantly contributed to the development of the brotherly Country. Pearl NLC has executed construction projects worth QR 900 Million including earthworks, blasting and infrastructure development projects.”
How warm and fuzzy those two are…
Suspension of Disbelief NOT REQUIRED
Shortly after the publication of Hersh’s article, there was an article published on the website of the Fourth International (that would be the Trots) that asked the question: why hasn’t Hersh’s work been picked up by the press? It’s not like Seymour Hersh hasn’t been around forever… he does, after all, have a Pulitzer to his name. It’s a great question. Answer? Qatar is entrenched, deeply, in the American establishment.