In mid-1975 a jet departed Charleston, SC into an international picture. Twenty-six years later four fuel laden airliners emerged from that same picture and killed 3,000 innocent Americans. This is the painful story connecting the events.
The more complete Blog article is HERE.
The United States was about to be tested in Angola in faraway Africa, and it would fail that test comprehensively due to decisions made by the 1975 US Congress. President Carter would subsequently be repeatedly tested and would equally repeatedly fail. To quote Soviet UN Ambassador Dobrynin,
Having suffered no major international complications from its interference in Angola, Moscow had no scruples about escalating its activities in other countries, first Ethiopia, then Yemen, a number of African and Middle Eastern states, and then, to crown it all, Afghanistan.
And there we have it straight from the horse’s mouth. It all started with Angola in 1975.
As a natural product of the Soviet-made and US-neglected upheavals in first Angola, and then the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan took note of Bill Clinton’s perfunctory response to the embassy bombings of 1998. Then came the bombing of the USS Cole on 12 October 2000 in the harbor of Aden, Yemen (See Dobrynin’s List quoted above). Incredibly, it elicited zero response from the United States. With this calibration regarding the will of the United States, Osama bin Laden set in motion his plans for the 9/11 attacks.
The failure of resolve on the part of the United States Congress on the matter of Angola in 1975 led directly to the upheaval in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and those upheavals gave us Osama bin Laden, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, and 9/11. In the process it also ultimately resulted in an advanced Western country like South Africa being today little more than just another classic African Basket Case and Hell Hole.
And this is how it came to be that a Lockheed C-141 Starlifter cargo jet departed Charleston on 29 July 1975 into an international picture, and how four fuel laden airliners returned out of that very same picture on a beautiful blue sky morning in the East of the United States and killed 3000 innocent Americans (above). Perhaps the surviving members of the 1975 US Congress can explain their thinking to the rest of us and to the loved ones of those who died.
To quote an honorable man and president of the United States on the subject of the US congressional failure in Angola,
A great nation cannot escape its responsibilities. Responsibilities abandoned today will return as more acute crises tomorrow.
Gerald Ford, President of the United States (1975)
He was right;…. painfully right. Read the more comprehensive Blog page HERE.
The above series of events may be studied in more detail in the book AmaBhulu, which also provides all of the required references for all facts stated.
— Harry Booyens