Feel free to cite a source if you care to - this I want to read.klapauzius wrote:I think you are confusing something here.AndyH wrote:Al-Qaeda and Osama were born from the Mujahideen - the Afghan fighters fighting the former USSR. We helped them, then left them to be slaughtered, then helped them, then pulled away again. The amazingly sad part of all of this is that 'we' created Osama bin Laden's hate.timhebb wrote:The terrorists clearly won.
See 'Charlie Wilson's War' and Operation Cyclone...
Al-Qaeda, bin laden and the like always hated both, the West and the Soviets. They took the West's help, because it was convenient (and needed) at the time, but the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend. It was naive back then to not see this.
OBL was one of the leaders, financiers, and liaison with the CIA during the Soviet era. He made clear the last straw for him was when his family built bases for American troops in Saudi - being jerked around during war was bad enough, but defiling the holy land was too much.