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To: tex-oma; UnBlinkingEye
answer my entire question

On occasion, I put a fragment of the original post in italics, just like I did now, to explain which part of the post my comments refer to. This practice shouldn't be novel to you.

Usually, it is sufficient, when responding, to point out a thing or two in the original post and not repond word-by-word. Many do that: put the entire original post in italics and sort of annotate it but I find this practice very irritating. If you think that I do not address something in your post as I should, feel free to focus on that and ask again.

TRAINED [...] What does that mean?

That is the word used by UnBlinkingEye but I heard it before. I am sure you can't just give a Stinger to someone and expect him to be able to use it without training, so I assume some training of the mujahedeen by us did take place.

Concrete purpose?

The purpose was "to facilitate their fighting the USSR", as my post #18 says. That is concrete enough, to my mind. It is true that now they use the acquired skills and some of the materiel against us, although I haven't heard of them having any success with the Stingers lately. Why they do it? Beats me. I don't think they should. I think they're wrong.

Legitimate purpose

The USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979 after their attempt to install a pro-Soviet government there ended up in a coup. The mujahedeen were a classic case of indigenous guerilla trying to repel a foreign invasion; assisting such group is of course, legitimate. Besides, any effort to thwart the advances of Soviet Communism was a legitimate effort in the Cold War context.

Let me know if I left anything unanswered.

33 posted on 10/31/2001 5:57:46 AM PST by annalex
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To: annalex
From prior posts on this thread:

You: That is because what is currently termed "rogue nation" has a precise connotation: a nation that would assist terrorists is a rogue nation;

Me: We assisted and trained the Taliban and Bin Laden not to mention the KLA.

My point was that your above definition of a rogue nation could be applied to the United States given the fact that we assisted, armed and trained the Taliban, Bin Laden and the KLA. I can understand the thinking in assisting the fighters in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, although now it has come back to haunt us, but our association with the KLA and the attack on Serbia is a national disgrace and war crime.

36 posted on 10/31/2001 6:41:26 AM PST by UnBlinkingEye
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