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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 02:06 PM
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73. Many RW politicians supported giving aid to Osama bin Laden....
and other Islamist psychos during the 1980s, simply because they were fighting the Soviet Army in Afghanistan. The CIA knew those guys were absolute psychos...many of whom committed outright terrorist attacks against pro-Soviet Afghan civilians, not to mention women who refused to wear a veil.

Pretty much everybody on this forum knows that the Afghan Mujahideen were given advanced surface-to-air missiles (most notably the Stinger) to shoot down Soviet Mi-24 attack helicopters and fixed-wing strike jets such as the Su-25 (basically the Russian equivalent of the A-10). What most people don't know is that they shot down a CIVILIAN airliner with those missiles in Kabul in 1985, killing about fifty innocent people.

Afghan resistance members were taught by the CIA how to attack and raid convoys, since Soviet tanks and armored vehicles often went along the narrow roads. Many of them went on to become the Taliban and al-Qaeda and are using what they learned against our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan today. The CIA also taught them how to make roadside bombs...yet another threat our troops have to face today. The CIA partially funded the expansion of cave complexes, not unlike Tora Bora, where Osama bin Laden was hiding in 2001.

Many CIA agents knew that a lot of these guys were total nutcases. This was relayed to top government officials, which were nearly all GOP during the Reagan days. In fact, some even feared giving the Stinger to the Afghan Mujahideen, for fear that a few would turn up in Iran and be used against Western interests. But since the Islamists were fighting the big bad Russkies at the time, it was deemed all right to give them the most advanced hand-held weaponry in the U.S. Army arsenal. And that's why we still have to deal with a lot of those psychos today.
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