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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 America's patronage.
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 911-01 attacks.

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

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