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Eveline Lubbers on Thu, 20 Sep 2001 13:11:18 +0200 (CEST)


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http://alexconstantine.50megs.com/the_cia_osama.html
                BIN LADEN COMES HOME TO ROOST

http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,551971,00.html
Blowback chronicles 

Giles Foden on the murky deals that fuelled international terrorism

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, US officials passed billions in funding and training 
to the mojahedin. The CIA, in particular while under the direction of William Casey - head of the 
agency during the Reagan administration - was the main manager of these operations. With the 
Russian withdrawal in 1989, the CIA "celebrated its victory with champagne". So says Unholy 
Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (Pluto Press, 12.99), the definitive 
account by ABC journalist John Cooley.  

The celebrations, under the presidency of George Bush senior (himself a former CIA director), 
were premature. The sophisticated methods taught to the mojahedin, and the thousands of 
tonnes of arms supplied to them by the US - and Britain - are now tormenting the west in the 
phenomenon known as "blowback", whereby a policy strategy rebounds on its own devisers. 
The sins of the father, it might well be said, are being heaped on the head of the son.   

http://alexconstantine.50megs.com/the_cia_osama.html
                BIN LADEN COMES HOME TO ROOST

                His CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story
                By Michael Moran
                MSNBC
                        
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 At the CIA, it happens often enough to  
have a code name: Blowback. Simply defined, this is the  
term that describes an agent, an operative or an operation
that has turned on its creators. Osama bin Laden, our new
public enemy Number 1, is the personification of blowback.
And the fact that he is viewed as a hero by millions in the
Islamic world proves again the old adage: Reap what you

                               sow.



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