Re: Aid for Afghanistan

From: Geraint Rees (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 12:50:09 MST

On 1/3/02 6:14 PM, "J. R. Molloy" <> wrote:

> The US has provided military training to many individuals, but only bin Laden
> and his minions used this training in unanticipated terrorist actions... Hence
> the actions did help to expose the terrorists, who might not have been so
> brazen without the US training.

You're suggesting that without US training, the terrorists might not have
attempted brazen acts (like crashing airliners into buildings); and that
this is a good thing, because it helped expose them. But the brazen acts
they did attempt were a pretty bad thing as bad things go; over 3000 dead in
NYC. Doesn't this suggest that encouraging terrorists to do something brazen
is a woefully misguided way of exposing them? In any case, it's hardly as if
bin Laden et al needed exposing; their involvement in terrrorist attacks pre
9-11 is well documented and their locations and training camps well known.

Best wishes,


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