|QUOTE (Arvarden @ Mar 5 2004, 01:01 PM)|
| "Did bush give the taliban the arms, NO"|
Prob not directly but many Govermants inc yours helped Osama out during the afghan war (another FACT for the un educated).
Don't get all your information from political cartoons in the Guardian and from spittle spraying opinion wonks on the Beeb.
Osama had his own money, as well as money he gathered from OPEC nations to support the Mujhadeen against the Soviets. Western governments never supported the al Qaida organization in any way, shape or form. While they supported the Mujhadeen, it was a separate organization, with specific goals - not all of them were even Taliban (try a history lesson not steeped in partisan rhetoric, for a change). Indeed, there was, ever so briefly, a progressive government in charge, and the number of Taliban was incredibly low, numbering in less than the tens of thousands - they controlled through force and intimidation. People were afraid because the Taliban, though few in number, had numerous informants and regularly and publically went after violators of their extreme and twisted Sh'ria laws.
Have you ever even heard of Wahabbism? Do you know the differnece between Sunni and Shiite Muslims?
Our government's only involvement with bin Laden was in legitimate dealings with his family's business, the biggest in the Middle East, before he even hit the radar maps as a terrorist leader.