-Watch Paul and Liz’s 8/11/20 discussion on Magical Thinking and the US War in Afghanistan. -Watch the interview clip with Dr. Charles Cogan former Chief of the Directorate of Operations for the Near East, South Asia Division of the CIA from 1979 to 1984 admitting that Zbigniew Brzezinski told him that the “Afghan Trap Thesis” is authentic. -Read Valentine Moghadam’s summary of the discussion.
A film about understanding the creation of the Osama bin Laden as a phenomenon of the interplay between history, politics, global economics and the media. The film highlights the historical background that led to the fatal link between post-Cold War politics and the emergence of new forms of terrorism that succeeded in establishing their own economy. It shows the connection between privatization, deregulation and free market and the globalization of terrorism. Paul Fitzgerald is one of the interviews that gets to the heart of the film, especially at the end.
URLs for OPEDs by GOULD&FITZGERALD
—New York Times Strikes Out Again on Afghanistan published 11/6/2017.
—What have they done to our fair sister? An Epitaph published 10/6/2017.
—The Neocon Takeover of America Series published 8/24/2017.
Part 1: Darkness at Noon
Part 2: The West is Disintegrating
–The Universal Empire Series, an examination of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II, published April, 2017
Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for ‘Unconventional Warfare’
Part 4: The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America
—America, an Empire in Twilight Series published 11/7/2016 Part I: When America Became the Dark Force Part II: How Guilt, Innocence & Facts Have Been Rendered Irrelevant Part III: Neoconizing the Just War Doctrine in the service of American Empire Part IV: The End of Illusion FINALE: The Trump Card is played! Never Underestimate THE FOOL
—Psychological Warfare and the American Mind Series published 9/9/2016 Part I A Campaign Where the Lie Became the Truth and the Truth Became the Enemy of the State Part II Building the Afghan Narrative with Black Propaganda, the People, the Process & the Product Part III A Clockwork Afghanistan Part IV Willie Wonka & the National Security State ——————————————————————————————————-
—America’s Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan analyzes the Cold War effects on today’s economy published on Counterpunch 9/14/2011
published on Sputnik News 6/16/2016
—America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest published on Sputnik News 6/2/2015
URLs for FILMS on YOUTUBE by GOULD&FITZGERALD
–Afghanistan and Mystical Imperialism: An expose of the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy , a 2012 presentation with a Q&A following the talk. Afghanistan bedeviled by ‘Mystical Imperialism , a review from Examiner.com.
Afghanistan Between Three Worlds is on YouTube – A 1981 film from behind Soviet Lines and those first few moments in a conflict that still rocks the world
The Arms Race and the Economy: A Delicate Balance, a documentary with economist John Kenneth Galbraith and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II) negotiator Paul Warnke in 1979 that is still relevant today.
About the authors–
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team, began working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul’s television show, Watchworks. Called, The Arms Race and the Economy, A Delicate Balance, they found themselves in the midst of a swirling controversy that was to boil over a few months later with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Their acquisition of the first visas to enter Afghanistan granted to an American TV crew in 1981 brought them into the middle of the most heated Cold War controversy since Vietnam. But the pictures and the people inside Soviet occupied Afghanistan told a very different story from the one being broadcast to Americans.
Following their exclusive news story for the CBS Evening News, they produced a documentary (Afghanistan Between Three Worlds) for PBS and in 1983 they returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline with Harvard Negotiation Project director, Roger Fisher. They were told that the Soviets wanted to go home and negotiate their way out. Peace in Afghanistan was more than a possibility, it was a desired option. But the story that President Carter called, “the greatest threat to peace since the second World War” had already been written by America’s policy makers and America’s pundits were not about to change the script.
As the first American journalists to get deeply inside the story they not only got a view of an unseen Afghan life, but a revelatory look at how the U.S. defined itself against the rest of the world under the veil of superpower confrontation. Once the Soviets had crossed the border into Afghanistan, the fate of both nations was sealed. But as Paul and Liz pursued the reasons behind the wall of propaganda that shielded the truth, they found themselves drawn into a story that was growing into mythic dimensions. Big things were brewing in Afghanistan. Old empires were being undone and new ones, hatched. America had launched a Crusade and the ten year war against the Soviet Union was only the first chapter.
It was at the time of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 when Paul and Liz were working on the film version of their experience under contract to Oliver Stone, that they began to piece together the mythic implications of the story. During the research for the screenplay many of the documents preceding the Afghan crisis were declassified. Over the next decade they trailed a labyrinth of clues only to find a profound likeness in Washington’s official policy towards Afghanistan – in the ancient Zoroastrian war of the light against the dark – whose origins began in the region now known as Afghanistan. It is a likeness that has grown visible as America’s entanglement in Afghanistan threatens to backfire once again.
Afghanistan’s civil war followed America’s Cold War while Washington walked away. A new strain of religious holy warrior called the Taliban arose but at the time few in America cared to look. As the horrors of the Taliban regime began to grab headlines in 1998 Paul and Liz started collaborating with Afghan human rights expert Sima Wali. Along with Wali, they contributed to the Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future book project published by Palgrave Macmillan (2002). In 2002 they filmed Wali’s first return to Kabul since her exile in 1978. The film they produced about Wali’s journey home, The Woman in Exile Returns, gives audiences the chance to discover the message of one of Afghanistan’s most articulate voices and her hopes for her people.
In the years since, much has happened to bring Paul and Liz’s story into sharp focus. Their efforts at combining personal diplomacy with activist journalism are a model for restoring a necessary dialogue to American democracy. Their book, Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, published by City Lights (2009), lays bare why it was inevitable that the Soviet Union and the U.S. should end up in Afghanistan and what that means to the future of the American empire. Their book, Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire, published by City Lights (2011), lays out the paralyzing contradictions of America’s AfPak strategy. It clarifies the complex web of interests and individuals surrounding the war and focuses on the little understood importance of the line of demarcation between Afghanistan and Pakistan called the Durand line. Their novel The Voice , first published in 2000, is the esoteric side of their Afghan experience
Gould and Fitzgerald’s articles and blogs have been published in numerous online and print journals and newspapers such as The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, The New York Times, GlobalPost World News, Middle East Institute’s Viewpoints, CounterPunch, Sputnik News and OpedNews. They have been interviewed by major media outlets such as MSNBC, RealNews TV, Democracy Now and numerous commercial and PBS radio stations from Boston to LA. They have also made presentations that have aired across the country on C-Span Book TV and the Cambridge Forum (WGBH Forum Network). Their presentation-Afghanistan and Mystical Imperialism: An expose of the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy–was filmed by Zev Deans & Jacqueline Castel and is viewable here. A review of the presentation titled Afghanistan bedeviled by ‘Mystical Imperialism’ is available here.
Reviews and Praise for Gould & Fitzgerald’s Books
“Readers with a serious interest in U.S. foreign policy or military strategy will find it helpful… Bob Woodward’s recent Obama’s War focuses on the administration’s AfPak deliberations, but this book provides a wider perspective—Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., NY Library Journal
“Journalists Fitzgerald and Gould do yeoman’s labor in clearing the fog and laying bare American failures in Afghanistan in this deeply researched, cogently argued and enormously important book. “ —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A probing history of the country and a critical evaluation of American involvement in recent decades . . . A fresh perspective on a little-understood nation.” —Kirkus
“The Voice takes its audience on a quest for the real Holy Grail, entwining scientific mythology with geopolitical intrigue in an esoteric thrill-ride Dan Brown couldn’t dream up…” — Michael Hughes Huffpost Books
“Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould have seen the importance of the ‘Great Game’ in Afghanistan since the early 1980s. They have been most courageous in their commitment to telling the truth—and have paid a steep price for it.” —Oliver Stone
“Fitzgerald and Gould have consistently raised the difficult questions and inconvenient truths about western engagement in Afghanistan. While many analysts and observers have attempted to wish a reality on a grim and tragic situation in Afghanistan, Fitzgerald and Gould have systematically dug through the archives and historical record with integrity and foresight to reveal a series of misguided strategies and approaches that have contributed to what has become a tragic quagmire in Afghanistan.” –Professor Thomas Johnson, Department of National Security Affairs and Director, Program for Culture and Conflict Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California
“A ferocious, iron-clad argument about the institutional failure of American foreign policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” — Daniel Ellsberg
“Crossing Zero is much more than a devastating indictment of the folly of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould demonstrate that the U.S. debacle in Afghanistan is the predictable climax of U.S. imperial overreach on a global scale. Like their earlier work documenting the origins of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Cold War, Crossing Zero deserves the attention of all serious students of U.S. foreign policy.” —Selig S. Harrison, Co-author with Diego Cordovez of Out of Afghanistan: The Inside Story of the Soviet Withdrawal
“I loved it. An extraordinary contribution to understanding war and geo-politics in Afghanistan that will shock most Americans by its revelations of official American government complicity in using, shielding, sponsoring and supporting terrorism. A devastating indictment on the behind-the-scenes shenanigans by some of America’s most respected statesmen” —Daniel Estulin, author of The True Story of the Bilderberg Club
“Americans are now beginning to grasp the scope of the mess their leaders made while pursuing misguided military adventures into regions of Central Asia we once called ‘remote.’ How this happened–and what the US can do to extricate itself from its entanglements in Pakistan and Afghanistan–is the story of Crossing Zero. Based on decades of study and research, this book draws lines and connects dots in ways few others do.”—Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah’s Men and Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future
“In this penetrating inquiry, based on careful study of an intricate web of political, cultural, and historical factors that lie in the immediate background, and enriched by unique direct observation at crucial moments, Fitzgerald and Gould tell ‘the real story of how they came to be there and what we can expect next.’ Invocation of Armageddon is no mere literary device.” —Noam Chomsky
“A serious, sobering study… illuminates a critical point of view rarely discussed by our media…results of this willful ignorance have been disastrous to our national well-being.” —Oliver Stone
–Alexandra Bruce, the creator of ForbiddenKnowledge TV, interviewed us about how we came to understand the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy.
1. An Encrypted Monologue’ – Forbidden Knowledge TV March 2017 interview we discuss how we came to understand the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy.
‘The Voice: An Encrypted Monologue’ Gould and Fitzgerald’s E book of The Voice
2. The History of the Neocon Takeover of the USA – Forbidden Knowledge TV May 2017 interview we discuss how the deep state will maintain the neocon narrative through dream control, and what we can do about it.
–Kevin Barrett’s May 14, 2017 Truth Jihad Radio Show : Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould discuss their article “The History of the Neocon Takeover of the USA.” What precisely is neo-conservatism, and how did it come to power? Most of the scholarship focuses on Leo Strauss and his cult followers – the hard line Zionists who seized power in the wake of the 9/11 coup d’état. But Gould and Fitzgerald have sketched an alternate history.They focus on Machiavellian “ex-Trotskyite” James Burnham – whose real-life example inspired the dystopian vision of George Orwell. They also name Zbigniew Brzezinski as a key neocon, arguing that this hard-line Machiavellian philosophy took over during first term of Jimmy Carter, long before the arrival of George W. Bush.This is historical revisionism at its finest! Listen to the broadcast here.
—Listen to our interview on WZBC’s EXPANDING AWARENESS with Victor Venckus January 9th, 2017 Victor Venckus is one of the most famous psychics in Boston. As host of the radio show “Expanding Awareness” since 1974 he continues to reach out to the community of people who are in the front of paranormal and personal development. Listen to the one hour interview from 1/14/17 here.
BLOGS & OPEDs
–“Universal Empire Four Part Series”—an examination of the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War ll by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
–America, an Empire in Twilight Series by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
PART IV: The End of Illusion
–Psychological Warfare and the American Mind Series by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
Part I A Campaign Where the Lie Became the Truth and the Truth Became the Enemy of the State
Part II Building the Afghan Narrative with Black Propaganda, the People, the Process & the Product
Part III A Clockwork Afghanistan
Part IV Willie Wonka & the National Security State
–House of Mirrors Series by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
Part I: House of Mirrors Series Mystical Covert Agendas America’s New Role as the Dark Force
Part IV– The Twilight Lords
June 16th, 2016 by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest Essay October 14th, 2015 by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest Op-Ed June 2nd, 2015 by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
02/17/2016 by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
America’s Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan is an article we wrote that goes more deeply into the Cold War effects on today’s economy.
YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF FILMS
Afghanistan Between Three Worlds is on YouTube – A 1981 Film from behind Soviet Lines and those first few crucial moments in a conflict that still rocks the world by Paul Fitzgerald & Elizabeth Gould
WATCH our presentation-Afghanistan and Mystical Imperialism: An expose of the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy Read a review from Examiner.com: Afghanistan bedeviled by ‘Mystical Imperialism’.
We made a documentary with economist John Kenneth Galbraith and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II) negotiator Paul Warnke on the eve of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The Arms Race and the Economy: A Delicate Balance can be viewed here.
Why the Rock Musical HAIR matters today as told by Paul Fitzgerald, Claude in the 1970 Boston production of HAIR May 17th, 2016 A Rare 20 Minute Video of the Boston Cast of HAIR 1970 Benefit Performance Filmed at Boston City Hospital on YouTube Why HAIR matters today as told by Paul Fitzgerald, a participant in the performance
A very thoughtful review of our multi-dimensional novel, The Voice! August 17th, 2015
Zbigniew Brzezinski and Ahriman, The Demon of the Lie by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould
Master Mystical Imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, Afghanistan and Winning the Cold War by Paul Fitzgerald & Elizabeth Gould
The tangled web leading up to Afghanistan
We made a documentary with economist John Kenneth Galbraith and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II) negotiator Paul Warnke on the eve of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Our timing with this issue made the Soviet invasion seem all too convenient. As we point out at the very end, it was President Carter who asked the Senate to hold back on ratification of SALT II following the invasion while having secretly authorized Brzezinski’s black project to lure the Soviets into Afghanistan in the first place. The Soviet invasion enabled the military/industrial/congressional complex to shift the political discussion permanently away from the civilian sector and towards the need for an unending military escalation of all sectors of the economy. It’s the basis of the false narrative of triumphalism our country is dying from today.
The Arms Race and the Economy: A Delicate Balance can be viewed here. We included America’s Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan, an article we posted last September that goes more deeply into the Cold War effects on today’s economy is available online here.
Here is a link to a 53 minute program we created titled, Crossing Zero: The History of The Durand Line
About this episode
Afghanistan has always contained an esoteric element known to insiders. Now that “hidden” Afghan story is available to all who seek it. Our INN World Studio presentation of Afghanistan and Mystical Imperialism: An expose of the esoteric underpinnings of American foreign policy was filmed by Zev Deans & Jacqueline Castel and is available here. It will open the world to an Afghanistan most have never seen.
The Voice, the esoteric side of our Afghan experience as a novel
“Mysticism is just tomorrow’s science dreamed today.” Marshall McLuhan March 1969
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