Tuesday, August 23, 2005

From blog member Lee Penn
From May 2001: Bush’s Faustian deal with the Taleban
Lee: FYI, I unearthed this while going through some old files.

Here are the four lead paragraphs, emphases by Lee:
Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you line up as an ally in the drug war, the only international cause that this nation still takes seriously.

That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this administration's attention.

Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.

Sadly, the Bush administration is cozying up to the Taliban regime at a time when the United Nations, at U.S. insistence, imposes sanctions on Afghanistan because the Kabul government will not turn over Bin Laden.
So John Walker Lindh wasn’t the only American fan of the Taleban.

Lee: Remember that we set Bin Laden up to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan after 1979; we installed Noriega in Panama (and deposed him in 1989); we sold arms (including gas and germs) to Saddam in the early 1980s to fight the Iranian Menace.

Wouldn't it be an interesting change to have a war against some person or regime that had not previously been on the CIA or Pentagon payroll?

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