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  •  attacked from Afghanistan? or Saudi Arabia? or? (1+ / 0-)
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    notcaesar

    As I recall, not only is Osama Bin Laden a Saudi, but so were almost all the 911 hijackers and their financial backers. True they received substantial support and a territorial base from the Taliban. But the Holy Warriors also received their original impetus and huge support & training from the United States, as we all know, when the CIA cooked up the idea of an Islamic crusade against the Russians in Afghanistan.

    So the arguments used to make war on Afghanistan in fact (and this not a joke) apply no less to Saudi Arabia or the United States itself. The need to "take out" the Taliban is no more compelling than the need to "take out" the most reactionary elements of the Saudi elite, and the covert government at home. If only one is removed, the others will remain malignancies festering away, unleashing new horrors in the future.

    •  Regardless of nationality... (0+ / 0-)

      bin Laden claimed responsibility and is held responsible for 9/11

      bin Laden was physically in Afghanistan and the Taliban-Afghan government protected him.

      When we invaded Afghanistan bin Laden escaped during the Battle of Tora Bora.  That has just been confirmed by Kerry's recent report.

      15 to 6. Pulled ahead as soon as the gate opened and never looked back....

      by BobTrips on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 11:32:47 PM PST

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      •  There are of course various reports (0+ / 0-)

        that Osama was offered up to the Bush administration by the Taliban before 9/11 -- and even after.

        Bombing a country like Afghanistan to chase down, unsuccessfully as it turned out, Osama bin Laden remains an act as open to a charge of criminality as refusing to turn him over.

        "All day long I felt like smashing my face in a clear glass window, but instead I went out and smashed up a phone booth round the corner." --Yoko Ono

        by notcaesar on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 12:01:29 AM PST

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