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Thu Nov 19, 2015, 04:43 PM

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden

Excellent Piece. The historical pictures are worth a look alone! Reagan sitting with the Taliban. This period of history is remarkable (and tragic)


[font size=3]We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s[/font]

Jingoists conveniently forget the West's Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida
Ben Norton

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/17/we_created_islamic_extremism_those_blaming_islam_for_isis_would_have_supported_osama_bin_laden_in_the_80s/


Osama bin Laden, reported on favorably in the U.K.’s The Independent in 1993 (Credit: Imgur)

SNIP>>>>>>>


Gore Vidal famously referred to the USA as the United States of Amnesia. The late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai put it a little more delicately, quipping, “One of the delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely no historical memory.”

In order to understand the rise of militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida; in order to wrap our minds around their heinous, abominable attacks on civilians in the U.S., France, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Yemen, Afghanistan and many, many more countries, we must rekindle this historical memory.

Where did violent Islamic extremism come from? In the wake of the horrific Paris attacks on Friday, November the 13, this is the question no one is asking — yet it is the most important one of all. If one doesn’t know why a problem emerged, if one cannot find its root, one will never be able to solve and uproot it.

Where did militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida come from? The answer is not as complicated as many make it out to be — but, to understand, we must delve into the history of the Cold War, the historical period lied about in the West perhaps more than any other.


How the West cultivated Osama bin Laden


Continued: http://www.salon.com/2015/11/17/we_created_islamic_extremism_those_blaming_islam_for_isis_would_have_supported_osama_bin_laden_in_the_80s/

We needn’t reach back far into history, just a few decades.



(Credit: U.S. government)

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Response to newthinking (Original post)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 05:35 PM

1. Part amnesia and fear accomplishes a great deal..you can see it here on DU

regarding the refugees. Some comments are down right racist in nature.

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Fri Nov 20, 2015, 12:08 PM

2. The Russian invasion of Afghanistan helped a lot.

The CIA-backed overthrow of a democratically elected prime minister of Iran was a good start, though.

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Fri Dec 4, 2015, 05:25 PM

3. K & R !!!

 


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