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Originally posted by ADVISOR
All the sources used in the book are not even contradicted online. Show me the errors or inaccuracies, and I'll reconsider the book. Until then, and from what I have seen it is useful.
Do you have a personal issue on this, some bad blood between you and the author or publisher? You seem a bit emotional in your responce.
Please provide sources that this publication is baseless and trash, I would like to see why your attacking the and discrediting a potential tool. The diclaimer is if you read anything else, is because he personally interviewed terrorists.
It would be their info that would be speculative at best isn't it?
Not a man who is and has be involved in multi national advise on terrorism.
I can remember when we financed them back in '79, it was on the news.
Originally posted by Manouche
You did finance Al Qaeda in 1979 and it was in the news ?
Considering it was founded in the late 80's according to all sources, it's simply amazing !
Yes, you should remember them. They were the people the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson, and even Ronald Reagan promoted them as Freedom Fighters and Liberators.
Well, here are just some of the 'moral values' of the people that would later create Al Qaeda and the Taliban:
A "favorite tactic" of the Afghan freedom fighters was "to torture victims by first cutting off their noses, ears, and genitals, then removing one slice of skin after another", producing "a slow, very painful death". The Moujahedeen also killed a Canadian tourist and six West Germans, including two children, and a U.S. military attaché was dragged from his car and beaten; all due to the rebels' apparent inability to distinguish Russians from other Europeans.
Washington Post, 11 May 1979, p. 23. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that Islamic rebels killed Soviet male and female civilians and mutilated their bodies, New York Times, 13 April 1979, p. 8.
New York Times, 11 September 1979, p. 12.
Originally posted by masonwatcher
reply to post by dragonridr
I agree with your information but I also think that bin Laden's activities were self evident and transparent to the US. No one, at the time, objected to any group or individual to go to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets; in fact it was encouraged by the US.
Also there is no such thing as a jihadi or jihadist. This is part of the lexicon of the War on Terror. In the 1980s they were known as mujahideen and considered to be freedom fighters.
The radicalisation of Osama bin Laden is based on his anger of foreign soldiers in his country. The Taliban are fighting Nato forces in their country because they view there presence as an invasion.
If bin Laden is guilty of 9/11, it should have been dealt with as a police matter with military support. In fact I think most Muslims would have supported this action and helped. Everyone was appalled by 9/11. Instead we get the Clash of Civilisations as if the US is the first place in the world there has been an atrocity. There is a 9/11 every year and this year we had two, in Gaza and Sri Lanka.
Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam (1941–1989) is often credited with creating enthusiasm for the Afghan mujahideen cause in the Arab Muslim and greater Muslim world. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Shaikh Azzam issued a fatwa, Defense of the Muslim Lands, the First Obligation after Faith  declaring defense jihad in Afghanistan fard ayn (a personal obligation) for all Muslims. "Whoever can, from among the Arabs, fight jihad in Palestine, then he must start there. And, if he is not capable, then he must set out for Afghanistan." While Jihad in Palestine was more important, for practical reasons, "It is our opinion that we should begin [Jihad] with Afghanistan before Palestine."