Re: Aid for Afghanistan

From: John Clark (
Date: Tue Jan 01 2002 - 22:15:14 MST

Geraint Rees <> Wrote:

>I'm not sure that this is either false or irrelevant. [...] the CIA & ISI throughout
>the 80s explicitly encouraged, financed and trained militant Islamic groups in
>Afghanistan as a way of fighting a proxy war against the Soviet Union.

Yes, because in the early 80s it was felt, quite correctly I think, that the Soviet
Union was a greater danger than Islam, but at this late date it's of academic
interest only. When a man has taken a sacred vow to kill you it's silly to ponder
why he has done this, you should put all your mental resources at work figuring
out how to kill him before he kills you. leave the "why" to the next generation,
they will have more perspective and the luxury to think about it at their leisure.

      John K Clark

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