An ABC news piece that ran yesterday morning attracted attention
after four Pakistanis who were being interviewed about the attitudes
and life of young people in Pakistan declared Osama Bin Laden
to be a creation of western intelligence and stressed that Islamic
extremist attitudes towards the west were virtually non existent
in their country before 9/11.
ABC have since pulled the video footage from their
website, but an industrious prisonplanet forum member grabbed
the footage and uploaded it to youtube.
"Who is Osama Bin Laden?" One girl asked
Chris Cuomo, "He's just a character created by America"
Another of the young people, all in their twenties
picked up the conversation stating "I would say that 98%
of Pakistanis would follow along the same lines, they believe
that Osama is basically a CIA agent who is working under cover
to put over a bad image of Islam."
Here is the footage interspersed with other evidence
to back up the claims of the four young Pakistanis:
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After looking shocked and surprised, Cuomo attempted
to rescue the interview by suggesting that many people within
Pakistan do indeed support the ideals of bin Laden.
Not according to a a third young Pakistani who was
quick to correct the ABC host stating "To be quite honest
that is a very marginalised section of Pakistan. The Islamic extremism
that you find did not really exist in Pakistan pre 9/11 or pre
the Musharraf government.
People in Pakistan in particular are very well informed
on this reality due to the fact that the ISI
is deeply involved with such CIA activities. Bin
Laden even had an ISI
Running Officer, who also worked closely with the
Taliban in Afghanistan who were heavily
sponsored by ISI operatives before 9/11.