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Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S.
by Ahmed Rashid
Sunday Sep 16th, 2001 10:07 PM
Ahmed Rashid of Pakistan is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity. He is the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Daily Telegraph of London. This is an excerpt from his book "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia" (Yale University Press).
Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S.
Helped Midwife a Terrorist

Ahmed Rashid of Pakistan is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity. He is the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Daily Telegraph of London. This is an excerpt from his book \"Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia\" (Yale University Press).

By Ahmed Rashid

In 1986, CIA chief William Casey had stepped up the war against the Soviet Union by taking three significant, but at that time highly secret, measures.
He had persuaded the US Congress to provide the Mujaheddin with American-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to shoot down Soviet planes and provide US advisers to train the guerrillas. Until then, no US-made weapons or personnel had been used directly in the war effort.

The CIA, Britain\'s MI6 and the ISI [Pakistan
by Pissed off Kike
Monday Oct 1st, 2001 9:20 PM
Your viewpoint is idiotic and imflammatory. Blaming the U.S. for bin Laden is like blaming the Beatles for Charlie Manson.
by world peace
Tuesday Oct 2nd, 2001 1:24 AM
Excellet analogy....
CIA has been involved in fucking up the entire world and the hypocricy with which American Media has been playing to the tune of the American Government and hypnotising the Ignorant common Amercian public is laughable.

What happened on Sept 11 is sad and is not to be forgiven, having said that Americans should ask few candid questions to BUSH.

1. Why did the CIA chief not resign.
2. Why did CIA create TALIBAN with American taxpayers money
3. Follow the money trail, who is going to benefit from the US 40 billion
4. Why is CNN not showing OSAMA pre-1990.

there are 100 other rhetorical questions

THINK AMERICA....THINK
by wandering by
Thursday Oct 4th, 2001 3:18 AM
Suggests that root of the problem has as much to do with an incipient revolt against the Gulf leaders as hatred of Israel and resentment against the west.
by Susan Harnisch
(suzy [at] leland.stanford.edu) Thursday Oct 4th, 2001 2:26 PM
This is truely a clear, concise history of the terrorist activities and US involvement. Thank you for this information. It will be used to educate many more.
by TJ
Wednesday Oct 10th, 2001 4:07 PM
I thought it was well known, at the time, that the United States supported the Mujahadden vs the Soviets? Even the mainstream media recorded Reagan voicing support for the "freedom fighters", as he called them, and mentioned that the United States was supporting them?

by bob
(bob [at] bob.com) Friday Oct 12th, 2001 2:10 PM
I'm curious as to the actual root of the word imflammatory. Are you always so precise with your counter criticism's? Judge not, the U.S. has got some dirt beneath its fingernails.
by ObjectiveOne
Sunday Oct 14th, 2001 7:42 AM
No one, including America, has ever denied that we trained bin Laden. But, who can claim that training people to oppose a military invasion & takeover of their country is an evil act? Would failing to provide training and supplies to an oppressed people have been the moral thing for America to do? Training a child to protect themselves at school from bullies is not bad, but one must accept the reality that a minority of some children will themselves then become bullies from such training. America's action benefited the Afghan people, and the fact some have turned that training into evil is a fact of life.
by haha
Sunday Oct 14th, 2001 9:47 AM
"morality" had nothing to do with it. if "morality" did, then the u.s. would not recruit and train the most violent, most fundamentalist, most oppressive regimes and then give them all the arms they need to form their own "Taliban" club. there are organizations fighting for democracy, but many of them find organizations like the world bank and IMF to be undemocratic as the taliban, so the u.s. cant support them. as it stands, the only "friends" the u.s. can get for their fucking profit plans are other just-as-evil organizations that end up building worldwide terrorist networks that kill me and you. but hey! unocol CEOs need 3rd and 4th homes, so its worth it right? and CEOs never get killed during war ...

by pete
Saturday Jul 13th, 2002 6:02 AM
the u.s. is the most vile and ungodly organization ever.
i am an atrocity away from joining the jihad myself
by Pakistani Boy
(pakbrain [at] HOTMAIL.COM) Wednesday Apr 16th, 2003 1:43 AM
we are to clear image in th whole world of muslims .pls Write us to our website " http://WWW.THEPAKISTAN.CJB.NET"
by zig
Monday Jul 2nd, 2007 4:23 PM
Abdul Haq (who was killed by the Taliban shirtly after 9/11) was our best hope for a stable Afghaniztan. Haq went to unite the warlords against the Taliban at the request of the Bush administration. Haq who was and is held in esttem by the majority of afghans. Remember both Thatcher and Reagon were admires of this man. Unfourtunatly the ISI (Pakistan Inteeligence) informed the Taliban if Paks location in Afghanistan. The US was unnable or unwilling to help when informed them of his peril. Like so many true heros in world history their story is known little and told less

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