That brings the entire Al Qaeda origins back to Square One, where it was none other than the American government that helped it get off the ground in the 1980s.

The United States was afraid that the Soviet Union was conducting a campaign to expand its power. To help the Afghan Muslims, including some of the most radical Islamists, the CIA conducted Operation Cyclone to funnel money for the anti-Soviet terrorists.

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The smell of blood attracted other jihadists

A Muslim group was formed in Pakistan to help finance the war, It was headed by bin Laden and a Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Abdullah Yusuf Azzam.

Bin Laden used his Saudi connections with oil  sheikhs to turn the organization into a major terrorist operation.

The Muslim Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) organization then set up operations in – three guesses – the United States  of America.

The American government later withdrew its support.

Bin Laden and Al Qaeda no longer needed them, and the rest is history –  a very dark history.

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  1. The real problem is there are no good guys in the Syrian conflict. The sides are terrible.

    The “good guys” are the children who are being endangered and murdered by both sides. How about a kindertransport to get the children out of that war zone.

    Many of the World War II Kindertransport children were not formally adopted because their parents were still alive when they left. Very few had parents after the war, and sometimes reuniting parents and children after 1945 was problematic. Some children felt abandoned when, in fact, the parents were doing the only thing they could to save their children’s lives.

    I’m suggesting we get the children out of harm’s way until the civil war is over—if it ever is. Arab civil wars have a tendency to start, become furious, hibernate, and then start again.

    There is no certainty the Arab parents would even put their children on a kindertransport. Rabbi DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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