...except for that World Trade Center thingy and a few other attacks..., outright intimidation, subjugation of women and outright bloody cowardly murder...If there was a button to make them all disappear, there would be people crushed in the scrum.
If you paid attention to the news you'd probably notice that it's going to end up being the Taliban again anyway.
That may be true but he was the best applicant for the job. It's him or the Taliban.
Karzai is a corrupt, incompetent sleazebag and a back stabbing cock nozzle. WTF are we sacrificing our troops' lives for to keep him in power for?.
And what was wrong with the Taliban anyway? Sure, they didn't go to your church, but after an exhaustive civil war process they were selected by the people.
If the government had been permitted to run for a while and sort out some of the mayhem left over from 15 years of war, I'm sure there would have been an organic and natural progression towards a more familiar style of government.
These things don't happen overnight, and bombing them some more doesn't help.
If you guys had gone and got some evidence rather than going all rambo, you would have saved yourself a decade:
Religious law always leads to the basest examples of human exploitation.
Keerysssst. You're officially on the douche list.
It's probably not correct to conflate the Taliban with Al Qaeda. There has never been any evidence that he let Mullah Omar in on the 9/11 plot, or any of the other ones, and much anecdotal evidence to the contrary.
They brought law and order, and that was the reason they prevailed in the Afghanistan of the 90's, which was just plain nuts. So bad, many people were willing to support them, some may even have known how puritan the brand of Islam would be. That, with Paki funding and arms, and religious organization giving them cadres of young, committed men, made them all but unstoppable despite their low numbers.
They, like most puritanical orders, were inward focused. Much more interested in fencing the rest of the world out than evangelically spreading a "message". Contact with the unclean outsiders they tended to avoid whenever possible.
It's entirely possible some combination of disbelieving, about what the consequences would be (they did think of themselves as tough guys) or in Bin Ladens guilt, and adherence with Sharia laws of hospitality, shaped their decision making process.
They ran to Palistan, but being a refugee can really suck. They eventually decided to take a shot at going back home, and since we had done squat-all about anticipating and preventing that, it was pretty easy for them to move back in with family among the Pashtun mountain tribes. http://www.thedailyb...-own-words.html