Thursday, February 14, 2008

Afghanistan: We Can't Do What The Taliban Didn't


skdadl said...

Well said. Couldn't agree more. said...

Relationship with Osama bin Laden
In 1996, Osama bin Laden moved to Afghanistan from Sudan. He came without any invitation from the Taliban, and sometimes irritated Mullah Omar with his declaration of war and fatwa to murder citizens of third-party countries, and follow-up interviews,[83] but relations between the two groups became closer over time, and eventually bonded to the point where Mullah Omar rebuffed its patron Saudi Arabia, insulting Saudi minister Prince Turki and refusing to turn over bin Laden to the Saudis as Omar had reportedly promised to earlier.[84]

Bin Laden was able to forge an alliance between the Taliban and his Al-Qaeda organization. It is understood that al-Qaeda-trained fighters known as the 055 Brigade were integrated with the Taliban army between 1997 and 2001. Several hundred Arab Afghan fighters sent by bin Laden assisted the Taliban in the slaughter at Mazar-e-Sharif.[85] Taliban-al-Qaeda connections, were also strengthened by the reported marriage of one of bin Laden's sons to Omar's daughter. During Osama bin Laden's stay in Afghanistan, he may have helped finance the Taliban.[86] [87] Perhaps the biggest favor al-Qaeda did for the Taliban was the assassination by suicide bombing[51] of the Taliban's most effective military opponent mujahideen commander and Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud shortly before September 9th, 2001. This came at a time when Taliban human rights violations and extremism seemed likely to created international support for Massoud's group as the legitimate representatives of Afghanistan.[51] The killing, reportedly handled by Ayman Zawahiri and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad wing of al-Qaeda, left the Northern Alliance leaderless, and removed "the last obstacle to the Taliban’s total control of the country ..."[88]

After the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, Osama bin Laden and several al Qaeda members were indicted in U.S. criminal court.[89] The Taliban protected Osama bin Laden from extradition requests by the U.S., variously claiming that bin Laden had "gone missing" in Afghanistan,[90] or that Washington "cannot provide any evidence or any proof" that bin Laden is involved in terrorist activities and that "without any evidence, bin Laden is a man without sin... he is a free man."[91][92] Evidence against bin Laden included courtroom testimony and satellite phone records.[93][94] Bin Laden in turn, praised the Taliban as the "only Islamic government" in existence, and lauded Mullah Omar for his destruction of idols like the Buddhas of Bamiyan.[95]

taken from wikipedia wich has a neutrality policy!!!! now you have showd evry one how stupid you are!!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't say the Taliban never protected terrorists. So I don't understand this whole excert and it's relation to my post. Further, your last comment there is really ironic:

"taken from wikipedia wich has a neutrality policy!!!! now you have showd evry one how stupid you are!!!"

Anonymous said...


You are so out of touch with reality it truly is amazing.

Do us all a favour and stop blogging...forever.

Anonymous said...

The Taliban are not terrorists. The US says they are not terrorists, the UN says they are not terrorists, Canada says they are not terrorists. Now you can swear for emphasis all you want. You called me a name, okay, now you do it again I'll delete your comment.

Anonymous said...

So we believe Scott Ross that we're losing the war against terrorist in Afghanistan, or we believe a top general that actually sees what is happening first hand in that country?

I'll side with the General vs. a young naive liberal blogger.

Anonymous said...

In this specific post I never said we were losing any war.

Anonymous said...

Yeah let's sit down and talk with Osama and gang Scott.

That sounds like a great solution.

I would never worry about them doing something crazy like chopping our heads off while 'talking and trying to figure out a solution.'

Refer to Jack Layton for more of these stupid unrealistic ideas. Must be nice to brain storm hypothetical situations in that nice big cozy house of yours. With you nice big cozy Coca Cola sweater might I add.

Kudos to showing your support for big multi-national corporations though...can't fault you on that one ;)

Anonymous said...

I never said sit down and talk with terrorists or Osama. I sais we should really look at the root of terrorism instead of just its effects.

I don't support all Multinational coorporations. I like the product Coke.

Anonymous said...

"I sais we should really look at the root of terrorism instead of just its effects."

What good would that do Scott?

Really, tell me what good that would do?

If that's all it takes I applaud you for creating world peace.

Think i amy submit your name for a Nobel Peace Prize now.

Anonymous said...

What good would that do? What good would stopping terrorism do? If knowing terrorism was motivated by US presence in Saudi Arabia after the first Iraq war, then perhaps there is a better means to stopping terrorism then increasing US and NATO presence in the region.