Discover the Real Bush War

Written by Scot Aaron

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FACT: America provided Bin Laden andrepparttar "Afghan Jihad" fighters with weapons and military training!

The US used their weapons and military technologies to fight against Russian Communists in their war against Afghanistan from 1979-1989. In other words, in an indirect way, certain American policies led torepparttar 126041 terrorist attacks of September 11th. Afterrepparttar 126042 Afghan war was over, what would these Muslim, US-trained soldiers do? They had to fight for some cause! Bin Laden happened to inspirerepparttar 126043 soldiers to fight againstrepparttar 126044 spread of Americanism and western culture which seemed to go against Islamic values.

The first few facts can be read in many history books about modern Middle East. Interpretations ofrepparttar 126045 events will vary though. To help establishrepparttar 126046 US and Bin Laden, I will quote fromrepparttar 126047 introduction of my current book, "Love Your Neighbors? Discoverrepparttar 126048 Real World Religions."

[The situation concerningrepparttar 126049 1993 WTC bombing and events behindrepparttar 126050 September 11th attacks are more complex than most recognize. In order to "fight" against communism, three presidential administrations (Carter, Ford and Reagan) performed covert activities throughrepparttar 126051 CIA. A key element was to train Islamic men inrepparttar 126052 war againstrepparttar 126053 communists in Afghanistan (1979-89), aptly referred to asrepparttar 126054 "Afghan jihad,"repparttar 126055 holy war in Afghanistan. America's activities helped establishrepparttar 126056 Taliban regime and allowed bin Laden to gain his supporters. Bin Laden stated: "To counter these atheist Russians,repparttar 126057 Saudis chose me as their representative in Afghanistan. ... I settled in Pakistan inrepparttar 126058 Afghan border region. There I received volunteers who came fromrepparttar 126059 Saudi Kingdom and from all overrepparttar 126060 Arab and Muslim countries. I set up my first camp where these volunteers were trained by Pakistani and American officers. The weapons were supplied byrepparttar 126061 Americans,repparttar 126062 money byrepparttar 126063 Saudis. I discovered that it was not enough to fight in Afghanistan, but that we had to fight on all fronts, communist or Western oppression." (Ahmed Rashid, "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia," Yale University Press: New Haven, 1999, p. 132) It was, "A strange love affair which went disastrously wrong:repparttar 126064 alliance, duringrepparttar 126065 second half ofrepparttar 126066 twentieth century, betweenrepparttar 126067 United States of America and some ofrepparttar 126068 most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam." (John K. Cooley, "Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism," Pluto Press: London, 1999, p. 1) Seerepparttar 126069 books quoted from more information.]

I hope thatrepparttar 126070 facts I have presented are stimulating enough to openrepparttar 126071 pathways of discovery. Stay tuned for my next sections of "Discoverrepparttar 126072 Real Bush War!" After this introductory article, I will go torepparttar 126073 imperialistic mindset Bush adopts in his War. The follow up article will go allrepparttar 126074 way back to Plato and his "Republic." Discover why Bush is choosing to spend trillions of dollars and multiplyrepparttar 126075 US deficit (what you and your children will have to pay back). Here I will trace a popular economic theorist who was a British delegate atrepparttar 126076 foundational 1944 United Nations' Bretton Woods Conference.

Scot Aaron has a University degree in Religious Studies. He also created Independent Travel-Study Programs and spent years "backpacking" through many countries to learn about religion, history and culture. Love Your Neighbors? Discover the Real World Religions (ISBN 1-58916-777-5) is his most current book. Please visit his web pages at

5 Tips To Keep Happy ... Even In Wartime

Written by David Leonhardt

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3. Learn a new skill. Imaginerepparttar sense of accomplishment andrepparttar 126040 power of mastering a new skill. Like mesquite cooking. Like whittling. Like pterodactyl breeding. Oh well, two out of three. And if you learn that skill in a classroom setting, full of other energized new-skill-masterers, you getrepparttar 126041 bonus of seeing that positive face ofrepparttar 126042 world, complete with smiles and busy dentists.

4. Study history. Bad things happen. Good things happen. That's history. Today will one day be history that somebody reads about. So don't sweat it. (Editor's note: If nobody is left to read about it, scratch this tip.)

5. Volunteer. One ofrepparttar 126043 scariest things aboutrepparttar 126044 world today is not just that it seems to be going downhill, but that we feel powerless to stop it. Worse still, politicians and diplomats are in charge. But we CAN take control and sendrepparttar 126045 world uphill right in our own neighborhood. We can helprepparttar 126046 local animal shelter. We can work atrepparttar 126047 food bank. (That's my personal favorite, and NO you do NOT get free samples.) We can help little old ladies acrossrepparttar 126048 street. We can make a difference right in our own communities whererepparttar 126049 politicians and diplomats won't interrupt.

Sorry about those five tips. If you wish to ignore them and return torepparttar 126050 regularly-scheduled misery-wallowing, please go ahead. After all, in wartime nobody really wants to be happy, do they?

David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, even in wartime (he hopes!) and author of "Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at, or visit the Self-actualization Resource Center at

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