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How the US has changed its tune on the Taliban

Back in the 80s, the Taliban [aka mujahedeen] were fighting the Soviets, the enemies of our enemies, [so the Taliban were] thus, our beloved friends, our trusted, financed and backed allies. Based on the report by FAIR:
“The press coverage of this era was overwhelmingly positive, even glowing, with regard to the guerrillas’ conduct in Afghanistan. Their unsavory features were downplayed or omitted altogether…Virtually all papers favored some amount of U.S. military support; and there was near unanimous agreement that the guerrillas were “heroic,” “courageous” and above all “freedom fighters.” ”

“According to the L.A. Times (6/23/86): “The Afghan guerrillas have earned the admiration of the American people for their courageous struggle…. The rebels deserve unstinting American political support and, within the limits of prudence, military hardware.’’ ”

During the 80s our foreign policymakers couldn’t care less about adjectives such as extremists, terrorists, fanatics, anti-west…They were the beloved enemies of our enemies, and we’d do anything to support and use them. And this wasn’t necessarily about we the people of the US or our benefits or our best interests. After all, in the end the American people were the ones to pay the price for those unholy alliances where we selected, trained and backed the evildoer Bin Laden, our enemies’ enemy, thus, our beloved friend.

And this goes to the heart of our ‘real’ foreign policy practices showing our ‘real’ stand on Taliban years after the end of the Cold War and the first World Trade Center bombing:
“Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – former White House Special Assistant to President Reagan and now Senior Member of the House International Relations Committee – declared that ‘this administration has a covert policy that has empowered the Taliban and enabled this brutal movement to hold on to power’. The assumption is that ‘the Taliban would bring stability to Afghanistan and permit the building of oil pipelines from Central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan’. US companies involved in the project included UNOCAL and ENRON. As early as May 1996, UNOCAL had officially announced plans to build a pipeline to transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through western Afghanistan.”

[Excerpt of an article by Sibel Edmonds]

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One Response to “How the US has changed its tune on the Taliban”

  1. The Taliban went to Texas in 1997. They refused to build the pipeline to Halliburton investments to the Caspian Sea after Unocal had hosted them in hoping for their cooperation. The failure of the Taliban to allow the pipeline gave Dick Cheney motive for 911. Then Cheney was a member of PNAC when they put the idea of the need for a new Pearl Harbor on their website in 2000. Cheney had both motive and knowledge of 911.


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