Another example of how our gov't ignore the Islamofacist threat for so many years.
May he rest in peace.
Interestingly enough, I acquired an autographed letter from the Ambassador written not long before his assassination. In it, he highly praised and urged the person he was writing to on the positive aspects of a career in the diplomatic corps. Long may the Ambassador rest in peace.
1978 : (REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN, COMMUNIST COUP OVERTHROWS DAOUD, INSTALLS TARAKI AS PRESIDENT AND KARMAL AS HIS DEPUTY PM; TARAKI SIGNS TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE USSR) Daoud is killed, Taraki is named President, and Karmal becomes his deputy Prime Minister in a bloody communist coup. Tensions rise.; Mass arrests, tortures, and arrests takes place. ; Afghan flag is changed. ; Taraki signs treaty of friendship with the Soviet Union.
SEPTEMBER 1978 : (THE LIBYA CONTROVERSY : PRESIDENT CARTER’S BROTHER, BILLY CARTER, VISITS LIBYA TO MAKE DEALS; LATER BILLY HOSTS LIBYAN OFFICIALS SEEKING TO ESTABLISH A TRADE MISSION IN THE US; BILLY MAKES STUPID, BUT REVEALING COMMENTS)
NOVEMBER 1978 : (SOVIET-BACKED AFGHANS INFILTRATE IRAN-—— See 1970sIRAN, 1970sAFGHANISTAN) By November 1978, there was an estimated 500,000 Soviet backed Afghanis in Iran where, among other activities, they set up training camps for terrorists. - “Carter Sold Out Iran 1977-1978” by Chuck Morse
FEBRUARY 14, 1979 : (ADOLPH DUBS IS KILLED DURING A SHOOTOUT BETWEEN HIS ABDUCTORS AND AFGHAN POLICE)
MARCH 1979 : (USSR SENDS 500 ADVISORS & MILITARY AID TO AFGHANISTAN’S COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT; ABOUT THIS TIME THE AFGHAN SOCIALISTS IN POWER BEGAN TO TURN ON ONE ANOTHER) Under the Brezhnev Doctrine, established by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1968, “When forces that are hostile to socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country towards capitalism, it becomes not only a problem of the country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist countries.”  [10. Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. Cited online on December 1, 2004 at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brezhnev_Doctrine] As such, in March 1979, Moscow sent 500 advisors and massive military aid to Kabul.
By that time, Afghan socialists had already turned on each other with President Nur Mohammed Taraki and Hafizullah Amin allegedly trying to kill each other, despite their alliance just a few months earlier. -——— “Afghan Fundamentalism: The Role of the U.S., Russia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” Global Politician ^ | 12/12/2004 | David Storobin Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 2:14:25 PM by robowombat
JUNE 1979 : (AFGHANISTAN : AHMED SHAH MASSOUD LEAVES KABUL AND RETURNS HOME TO PANJSHIR; FORMS A RESISTANCE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT & SOVIETS — HE WOULD BE ASSASSINATED BY AL QAEDA SUICIDE BOMBERS ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2001)
1979 fall : (THE SOVIETS BEGIN MASSING FORCES IN THE SOUTHERN USSR IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR UPCOMING INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN ; ABOUT THIS TIME, AFGHAN PRESIDENT TARIKI DIES UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AND AMIN IS BLAMED )
DECEMBER 24, 1979 : (USSR : BREZHNEV DECIDES TO INVADE AFGHANISTAN WHEN HAFIZULLAH AMIN TRIED TO TURN TOWARDS THE USA; THE SOVIETS PLANNED TO INSTALL KARMAN IN AMIN’S PLACE)
DECEMBER 27, 1979 : (AFGHANISTAN : AS COMMUNIST BABRAK KAMAL/KARMAL SEIZES CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE SOVIETS INVADE )