"Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection."
— Rabindranath Tagore
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oh, good job there......
Photo:This is an undated photo of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The U.S. cruise missile strike on an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan in 1998 was meant to kill Osama bin Laden. But he apparently left shortly before the missiles struck, and U.S. documents declassified on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 suggest the attack cemented an alliance with his Taliban protectors.(AP Photo)
Yes, apparently the bombing runs that Clinton ordered in 1998 served to deepen ties between bin Laden and the Talliban.Good job, there!Killed a bunch of people, mostly innocents, and succeeded in insuring bin Laden’s support in Afghanistan.From the AP article:
“The State Department documents released Wednesday provide details of the evolving relationship between Taliban leader Mullah Omar and al-Qaida chief bin Laden over four month in 1998. The period begins Aug. 21, 1998, one day after the missile attack — retaliation for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on Aug. 7 of that year.Omar said publicly on Aug. 21 he would continue to protect bin Laden.
…… By the end of that October, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was concerned the tables had turned and Omar was falling under bin Laden's political and philosophical sway. The U.S. once had believed the Taliban's ambitions were confined to turning Afghanistan into a Sunni Muslim theocracy. Now, however, there were signs that Omar's association with bin Laden was driving him toward a greater goal — pan-Islamism, the unification of all Muslims under a single Islamic state.”
Well, I guess this is insignificant in comparison to the assistance we gave to bin Laden’s group in the first place, including helping them fight the Russians that were in the country of Afghanistan.I know a US Air Force pilot who delivered the Stinger missiles that they used to bring down Russian helicopters.He is now retired and has a beautiful home in the mountains.He went on to be a commercial airplane pilot.
Today, we know that the bombing in 1998 actually helped bin Laden to prosper.And the Stinger missiles we gave bin Laden in the 1980’s actually got him established.
And people claim that being a pacifist is not a ‘workable’ solution ….. well, take a look at what violence SOLVES!!HA!!!
Oh, I wish it were funny.The very same people who claim that I am a dreamer are they themselves busy creating a living nightmare, and God only knows how this will end. Recently, the US forces have actually gone into Pakistan, and now the Pakistani army is authorized to shoot at any American troops inside Pakistan, and I guess that means that they can shoot down those drone planes too - and use the F-16s we sold them (or gave them?) to do it.
And this weekend - we're going to party like it is 1929.
And meanwhile, our politicians on the national stage will talk about lipstick or something.