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Old 09-30-2001, 09:53 PM   #31
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Its not a fact that everything the Rebels in Afghanistan used came from the CIA. It is of course widely reported that the Stinger Anti-Aircraft rocket was provided to the Afghan rebels. Beyond that though, its difficult to name any US weapons that were in the use of Afghan rebels. In nearly all documentary footage, Afghan rebels are shown with AK-47s not M-16s, and RPGs not the Dragon or US grenade launchers. Of course the US helped, but not to the extent that the media suggest.
Also, Bin Laden was primarily a business man who supplied money during the war for the rebels, not a famous military figure that many in the media have claimed him to be. In fact, Bin Laden was only involved in maybe four battles during the entire Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan. He only only played a very minor role.
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But they just don't know. They hadn't even knew where Afhganistan is, until the recent events. Maybe if I was in their position, I wouldn't know it either. I wouldn't really care. The media wouldn't bother me with images of miserable people dying of starvation and poverty.
Hey, I posted a new thread entitled Bush Authorizes Aid For Afghan Refugees.



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Good one speedracer. Radiodivision, do you have a number as far as financial info, list of weapon systems, agents stationed in Afghanistan, that would support the idea of large US involvement in Afghanistan prior to 1978. Sure the USA was involved in even a small way in nearly every anti-communist movement on the planet at that time. But the massive support for the Afghan rebels during the 1980s, or as you say before 1980, is overblown by the media. It was sure there, but not to the extent that the media suggest. The Afghans deserve far more credit themselves for their resistance to Soviet Ocupation.
The Soviets Invaded Afghanistan because the Communist Government there was fragile and could fall at any time. This would have been the case with or without small amounts of US aid to anti-Communist forces there.
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The purpose of my post was to correct the statement you made regarding US involvement in Afghanistan (you claimed that there was US involvement only AFTER the Soviet attack). I did not say that the involvement was large only that it was there. Specifically, Zbigniew Brzezinski (national security adviser to Jimmy Carter at the time) has admitted in a 1998 interview that the official story that the US provided military aid to the Afghanistan opposition only after the Soviet invasion in 1979 was a lie. What actually happened was that the US began helping the Islamic fundamentalist Moujahedeen six months before the Soviet Union invaded, even though he believed (and told this to Carter) that "this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention." (source is Le Nouvel Observateur (France) Jan. 15-21, 1998, p. 76)

Now, you can argue whether the US aid was THE cause of the invasion or not, but there is no doubt that US involvement was present.

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Radiodivision,
My main point really is that the aid we provided Afghan Rebels before or after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan did not substantialy alter the conflict. Tensions between Islamic Fundamentalist in rural area's and the government in Kabul existed years before the Soviet Invasion.
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Regarding the "dumbing down"...a couple things come to mind :

1."Numb" by U2

2. "1984" -- I forget the author, but it was written in 1948...things aren't to the extreme described in the book, but it's getting there...

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2. "1984" -- I forget the author, but it was written in 1948...things aren't to the extreme described in the book, but it's getting there...

George Orwell.

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My main point really is that the aid we provided Afghan Rebels before or after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan did not substantialy alter the conflict. Tensions between Islamic Fundamentalist in rural area's and the government in Kabul existed years before the Soviet Invasion.
Hmm, why didn't I check this thread out before. I just saw the thread and I do want to give my opinion on a couple of statements. But first this. I read in a Dutch newspaper about three weeks ago that, when the Sovjets left Afghanistan, the USA reduced military support in two years to $300 million a year, which was a third of its original budget. A few years later (we're talking around 1992 now) they stopped funding altogether. Now, I don't have any military report about the consequences of all this, but I still think $300 million a year is a lot.

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But then the article takes a nose dive and attempts to discredit US Foreign Policy and US Foreign Policy "Elites". This I think Is what the author is really going after. The Author suggest that US support for the regime in Saudi Arabia is why Sept 11 happened. This of course is utter BS. The Hijackers did not do this for democracy in Saudi Arabia!
Well, I disagree with you here Sting. The way I interpreted the original article was that he was showing some anomalies in US policy. They always boast that they stand for freedom and civility, but in the meanwhile they support dictorial and even criminal regimes. Of course the hijackers didn't do this for the democracy in Saudi-Arabia, but they did have other reasons that resulted from (dubious) US actions in the world.

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The USA takes a very careful approach to policy in the Middle East and the reason why we support certain regimes that are not democratic is because the alternative would be worse and would definitely not be a democracy. Those that seek to overthrough many of the moderate Arab regimes in the reason, want to, not for democracy, but for radical political reasons.
I strongly disagree with this statement. I think the USA isn't careful at all! I think they often don't take into consideration all the factors/powers influencing a situation in which they want to intervene. And I think they often don't pay enough attention to the long-term effects of their actions.

A current example may be Pakistan, although that isn't an Arab government. A few years ago there was a military coup in Pakistan and the democratic government was overthrown. I believe it was 2 years ago when Pakistan had a successful nuclear test. The USA placed some economic sanctions on Pakistan because of this (the nuclear test that is).
Now, the USA is almost forcing Pakistan to fully cooperate in killing Bin Laden. There is the rhetoric of 'Those who do not support us are against us'. The USA 'asked' Pakistan immediately to cooperate. Of course they complied. What else could they do? When they said no they would have had the wrath of the USA. A large population of Pakistan is of the same ethnic origin as the Afghan population. They also have a large presence in the army. They are against actions against their Afghan people.
The leader of Pakistan is of another ethnic origin. He now has to try to calm that ethnic population who are against US military actions and at the same time he has to support the USA in their military actions. He is a general himself and he needs the support of the army to rule. Pakistan has nuclear weapons.
I hope you see the difficulty of the whole situation. I hope you also see that even with the slightest US misstep it could all escalate and the USA would have another enemy in the world.

I just read an interesting article on a (Bruce Springsteen) newsgroup. I was looking in this forum to see if there was a thread I could place it. But considering its size I think I'll post it as a separate thread. It also addresses some of the statements you made. Look for it in a short while.

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Most of the world has a stereotypical view of the united states and that is especially true in socialistic countries since their whole media does go against a lot of what the usa is.
I would not say that the view is stereotypical. It's true that many countries are more on the left side of the political centre than the USA, but I wouldn't call them socialistic. The USA has always been quite 'right'. They were always more afraid of the collectivistic view socialism has than the suppressic side fascism has. But this change of perspective does not warrant the statement that the media in those countries goes against anything the USA does. But they often look at both sides and then tell what the ramifications are for both sides.

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look at kyoto deal, europe wanted it, but the real reason they wanted a specific version was because it would give the EU (european union) more economic power in the world and of course usa wouldn't do that.
The real reason the EU wanted a specific version was because they wanted real improvements to the environment and not some worthless words. The real reason the USA did not agree on the original version which called for real improvements to the environment was because it meant the USA had to take some real measures. The USA has the lowest energy productivity in the industrialised world (ie. they use the most energy to produce an item). Would they have agreed to the original Kyoto agreement it would have meant that they had to restructure their industry so that it would be more energy efficient (which is cheaper in the end as less oil would be consumed) and less poisonous. The US government thought it was too expensive with regard to the environment (and that there will be an environment no one can live in is not important). The EU has many of these measures already in place (environment is an important subject on the political agenda). So yeah, maybe the USA will be a bit less dominant in the world economy, but does that matter/hurt?

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And here i heard over and over again usa was being ignorant to the concerns of the world when it was actually protecting its own ass. usa said it would agree on a different version of a kyoto, just one that didn't give europe more power. Isn't that ignorance too of all the other countries looking at the usa with stereotypical views?
The USA would only agree to a version where the USA would not have to do anything anymore to protect the environment. Maybe giving some cash to Third World countries, but not facing their own problems. I won't call that ignorance of all the other countries, but arrogance of the USA.

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I don't think American school children are any less ignorant of geography than other nations......

Ask a child in Hungary where Colorado is...

Ask a child in Greece where Oklahoma is....

Ask a child in Iran where Michigan is....

These are all states that are the size of some countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, etc...

America always gets a bad rap. Why? Because we are the leaders of the world.

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