posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 10:16 AM
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Phoenix, we're closer to ol' Purvais M. than most can imagine. And not necessarily Pakistan in general. Remember, it was the CIA trained, Pakistani
intel apparatus (ISI) that funneled $100,000 to Mohammad Atta in the weeks leading up to 9-11.
I certainly agree the ISI is rife with Jihad sympathisers that definitely are working against the interest of both Pakistan and US policy for many
years. Correct me if I'm wrong in believing that the original support and training was to counter the Soviet Unions invasion of Afganistan and to
help the muhadajeen put up a fight.
20/20 hindsight does show that we made a deal with the devil to accomplish a goal that needed doing in the political climate of the day unfortunatly
Pakistans nuclear build-up was winked at to maintain cooperation in the waning days of the cold war.
The muhadajeen's goal of ending all influence by infidel western nations was ignored to our peril by the larger issue of containing the Soviets and
preventing their move on the middle east which was the strategic danger at the time.
In making policy to fight the cold war many examples of shortsighted decisions can be found that we are now haunted by including Iraq and Saddams long
run in power, Pakistans proliferation and backdoor support of terrorist
groups, Afganistans muhadajeen morphing into a widespread terror oganization etc. etc. etc.
What I am skeptical about is jumping to the conclusion that because we backed these countries/groups, using them as proxies to grind down and defeat
the Soviets - how that leads to a belief that a conspiracy on the part of the US existed to attack itself. I am leaning more to the theory that policy
makers used these entities to achieve that days goal without giving the future much thought or if they did it was a case of dealing with the larger
problem first and picking up the pieces later - only they forgot to pick up those pieces in the euphoric 90s when everyone only wanted to give and
recieve nothing but good news that kept their stock portfolios up.
The pawns in that chess game between the US and USSR got tired of being pawns once the players left the table, we're dealing with the results today -
yes stupidity, greed and deriliction of duty all played their part - conspiracy? I'm not there yet.