Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Trip to Abbottabad & the Future of Terrorism

Global American Series

5 May 2011

The discovery that Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in Abbottabad, Pakistan came as a surprise to me for a different reason – I’ve been there. Actually, I was taken there on a trip to Islamabad, Pakistan when I was working for an oil service company in 1980. It’s a wild drive through mountains with thousand foot drop offs (and no guard rails) to get to that sleepy tourist town. That was the time bin Laden was beginning his career fighting Russians who had invaded Afghanistan.

That was before I went on TV as a Mideast expert during the first Gulf War in 1991 and before I spent all day at a local TV station as a terrorism expert on 9/11 (and after). It was before I did a TV program on the potential of a terrorist attack on the U.S. in 1994. (Copies of some of these are still available on YouTube if you search for “Fjet2020” – one video has over 680,000 views, but be warned, a lot of the conspiracy comments will make you wonder about our educational system.)

This week on Global American radio we talk about the beginning and the end of Osama, what made him hate the U.S. after we helped him and the Mujahedeen beat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, and what his killing does to the future of terrorism.

We talk about what is happening in Pakistan, a nuclear power with a weak government, which could allow the world’s No. 1 wanted terrorist to live a hundred yards from Pakistan’s West Point! Pakistan poses a greater risk than Iran (only a wannabe nuke power), Afghanistan and Iraq ever did.

We talk about the “Arab Spring” and why it is nothing like the Iran Khomeini revolution of 1979. We discuss Libya’s Gadhafi, the other terrorist who killed 270 with the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1988 – and why no one in America seems to remember that, although people can recite sports scores going back to Babe Ruth and the details of Charlie Sheen’s movie career or Snooki’s love life.

Can America lead a world if our people don’t remember history? What will terrorism look like in the future without Osama bin Laden? Who will take his place?

We also want your opinion of whether or not the death photos of Osama bin laden should be released. Your comments are welcome on our blog/mirror site at:

My producer Ron says our program is unlike anything else he has heard on talk radio. It’s not ideology. It’s based on personal experience and facts. That makes a difference.

Check it out for our special edition of Global American radio this Saturday, May 7 at 9 am Central time, streamed at and podcast 24/7 at

Michael Fjetland

Global American Series

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