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  •  Moral relativism as a defense is no defense at all (0+ / 0-)

    Our original beef was with Al Qaeda, not the Taliban.

    "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

    by Superskepticalman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:21:03 PM PDT

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    •  Al Qaeda would not have had (0+ / 0-)

      training camps were it not for the Taliban. The Taliban made Afghanistan into a protected haven for terrorists from which the 911 attacks and others were hatched. So our beef was with the Taliban almost as much as it was with al Qaeda. This is new information for you?

      •  Wahabbi fundamentalist Abdul-Rab Sayyaf (1+ / 0-)
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        is at least as connected to to bin Laden as anyone else, including running training camps.

        He was a mentor to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as well.

        He has a present day Designated Terrorist Organization, in the Philippines, named after him and taking inspiration from him. The Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is in the news pretty frequently.

        But he gets very strong U.S. backing. We originally gave him control of the Supreme Court. We recently gave him control of the secret police.

        The United States giving Sayyaf control of the Afghan secret police. What the hell kind of thing is that?

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