It may be surprising to hear, but it is a plain historical fact that
modern international jihad originated as an instrument of US foreign
policy. The “great menace of our era” was built up by the CIA to wage a
proxy war against the Soviets.
A 1973 coup in Afghanistan installed a new secular government that,
while not fully communist, was Soviet-leaning. That was a capital
offense from the perspective of America’s Cold War national security
state, at the time headed by Henry Kissinger.
Conveniently for Kissinger, the dirt poor country was sandwiched
between two US client states:
Pakistan to the east and Iran (then still
ruled by the CIA-installed Shah) to the west. Immediately after the
coup, the CIA and the clandestine security agencies of Pakistan (ISI)
and Iran (SAVAK) began regime change operations in Afghanistan,
orchestrating and sponsoring Islamic fundamentalist insurrections and coup attempts
Due to these efforts, as well as the government’s own oppressiveness, a widespread rebellion broke out in Afghanistan in 1978.