DooDoot wrote: ↑Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:51 am
JeffR wrote: ↑Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:20 am
The world trade center was destroyed by Al-qaeda, which was lead by Osama bin Laden and supported by the Taliban government in Afghanistan; Sept. 2001.
What did Osama bin Laden & the Taliban government in Afghanistan hope to gain by doing this?
Good question. Figuring that out would probably be akin to figuring out the workings of kamma, one of the four imponderables.
Osama bin Laden's stated reason for doing this was to get the USA to remove it's military presence from KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). I can understand why anyone would not want a foreign military presence in thier country, but his claim that the presence of an infidel foreign army was soiling the purity of the keeper of the two great shrines [of Islam] is, in my view, pure propaganda in order to recruit minion soldiers for his mercenary army.
-OBL (Osama bin Laden) put together a guerilla army mainly of bedoin mercenaries that defeated the Soviet military in Afganistan. Quite a feat, defeating the Soviet army, the German Nazi's failed on the Russion front, the American army failed in Korea, along with pretty much any other army that tried.
-Once the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, the USA immediately cut off ALL support to OBL, financial and militarily.
-OBL opposed American involvement in mid-East conflicts.
To my knowledge, the majority of mideast people and governments where grateful to the American military for ousting Sadam from Kuwait. But, they did not like the treachorous bombing of everyone in Iraq, nor have any appreciation for the Americans sticking around with their bases or the continued sanctions and military action (no-fly zones) in Iraq once the original stated goal was acheived.
OBL must have been swelling with pride and ego after defeating the Soviets. It's pretty well accepted that the Americans cutting of all aid and asking him to fade into obscurity pissed him off. Many career military men in positions of power when coming off an astounding victory will seek out the next good fight. There were a number of reasons the American military action in Iraq during the 1991 gulf war could be taken as a complete disregard for Arab life. Together with the occupying forces, this created a fantastic recrutment oppurtunity. Another fact: OBL was able to gain a lot of financial and volunteer soldier support within KSA via an easy propoganda campaign based on America's disregard for 'muslim' life and defiling sacred land (religious propoganda works well, the USA uses it all the time) this propoganda campaign took off with a life of its own in the KSA.
He just wanted to kick some American Ass. Another militarialistic sociopath.
Taking out the world trade center showed he could do something; it was considered quite a victory for a small time guerilla army to achieve such a successful military attack on the US on our own soil. It served as a means for continued support, power, and feeding his grandious ego.
A fool to not consider the future ramificaions and the defeat in Afghanistan that would follow.
As for the Taliban, without Al-qaeda they did not have the muscle to support their oppressive government on the Afghan people. So they gave OBL the refuge and training grounds he requested in exchange for financial and military aid from Al-qaeda.
As pointed out in the OP; Bush Jr. and those who supported the invasion of Iraq were even bigger fools than OBL; Not only did the act of invading Iraq become a major distraction from achieving stability in Afghanistan; by creating a huge power vacuum in Iraq, it lead to the horrific situations across the mid-east and northern Africa we have today; along with the suffering and instability citizen people like ourselves have been subjected to for the past 15 years. It's possible some of the military atrocities in other parts of Africa over the past 15 years have also spawned from this (Clearly what occured in Timbuktu a few years ago was).