A Cheat Sheet to Understand South-Central Asia
First there was the Second World War.
It gave rise to present day Israel, and the Cold War.
The USSR invaded Afghanistan (1979) and installed a puppet government at Kabul
(the capital city of Afghanistan).
During the 1980s the USA funneled billions dollars to locals to combat the
Soviets. These were called the Mujaheddin (or Holy Warriors).
These Afghan rebels (of whom Osama Bin Laden was a prominent one) caused heavy
damage to the Soviets (over a million killed in either sides) and the Soviets withdrew in
1989, submerging Afghanistan into utter chaos.
Meanwhile the Jews had built a formidable nation, a powerful army, and had
made a large number of Arabs homeless especially in Lebanon, and in Palestine. In the subcontinent, India and Pakistan could not live with peace
with each other and had fought three wars.
Osama bin Laden took up the cause of the Islamic states -- notably Palestine
and Pakistan. He was funded, had recruited many young Muslims, had access to a devoted army of hardcore professionals,
and he preached religious fervor.
Then the cold war ended (1991) and Pakistan and Afghanistan lost
Egypt and Saudi Arabia (both Islamic nations) became friends of the West.
Osama Bin Laden unleashed his powers against the West and its allies.
Trouble broke out in Chechnya, Algeria, Kashmir, and Lebanon. Under pressure,
many countries deported Osama Bin Laden, but Taliban,
the ruling faction of Afghanistan sheltered him in exchange for his resources.
President Clinton bombarded the hideouts of Osama Bin Laden in 1999.
In revenge, Osama Bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon in the
Pet Peeve:Osama Bin Laden is not a new problem.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, September 18, 2001|
Last Modified: 1/29/2003