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Originally posted by PrisonerOfSociety
... much like the CIA paid the taliban to fight the Russians.
When the Soviet Union invaded in 1979, a group of Afghan Muslims declared a holy war. They were known as the Mujahedeen. "The term Mujahedeen derives from the word jihad - the holy struggle," said Michael Semple of the Kennedy School of Government. They shared a common enemy with the United States and both the Carter and Reagan administrations gave the Mujahadeen $3 billion in military aid to fight the Soviets
The CIA paid large sums of money to local commanders to persuade them to go home
Originally posted by Laurauk
At the end of the day we are all in the same boat!
Some countries will not commit thier troops to the most dangerous regions.
I say those countries within NATO, should be named and shamed, I do not care if it causes friction, it is about high time those countries within NATO put up, or withdraw from NATO Alltogether.
It is funny we and our american counterparts argue over this, who are the one's we should be arguing this with?
Those from the countries whom are not contributing enough or, getting involved.
Does that not tell us all something!
Originally posted by PYak1234
Thats why the Brits and the US do have what I believe is a genuine back each other against all others if need be.
Regarding the Flying Tigers being non sanctioned mercenaries, I personally don't think thats true, but its ONLY MY opinion.
The bloody Chinese didn't do us ANY favours 5 yrs later in the Korean war, bloody dishonourable Commie BAS****s. Killed thousands of our boys, when if they had been left alone to the Japanese I believe China would have been overwhelmed. But hey we CAN'T Change History only learn from it.
I may be misremembering my history here. Weren't the Flying Tigers an independent mercenary outfit, under Claire Chenault? Granted, they put a hurt on the Imperial Japanese troops, but they weren't under official US sanction.