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What disgusts a lot of people, and not just Muslims anymore, is the U.S. attitude that they can do whatever they please simply because they have the fire power.

Neo, you are in a much better position to know about this than most of us. Prior to Sept 11, such an attitude on the part of the US would be arrogant in everyone's eyes. After that day, how can the actions of the US be a surprise to anyone? Do they really think that we can negotiate with someone like bin Laden, or that the Taliban would have negotiated? I think AC has accurately described the Taliban. In fact, it now looks like the Taliban is falling back to protect the only asset they care about, bin Laden, while letting the rest of the country fall to the Northern Alliance.

And the U.S. is arrogant to use nazis to defeat stalinists.

I don't think that anyone in the US is happy with this. However, it's hardly our fault that the Taliban was engaged in a battle with one enemy when they decided to go out and attack a much bigger enemy. That's just a bad strategy. Perhaps it was a calculated risk on their part, and perhaps they have a few more cards to play.

They are not heroes, they are not to be viewed romantically, they are as bad or worse than the Taliban.

The Northern Alliance wouldn't be overrunning Afghanistan if the Taliban's goal is defending Afghanistan. To me, it looks like the Taliban's goal is defending bin Laden.


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