[lit-ideas] Re: Hitchens on Moore's flick

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 19:22:43 +0100


Friday, July 2, 2004, 5:06:55 AM, John McCreery wrote:

JM> While it doesn't involve countries per se, one particularly disturbing
JM> example was the sale of Stinger missiles and other bits of nastiness to
JM> Mujaheddin (including Osama Bin Laden) who were fighting the USSR in
JM> Afghanistan.

this is what I meant -- I thought the US gave the missiles away, I
should have known better...

these have found their way onto the black market (and, yes, are in Al
Qaida hands)

JM>  Besides the economic benefits to arms suppliers, there was
JM> the national security interest articulated by Zbignew Brezinski, "We'll
JM> give the USSR, its own Vietnam!"  As Clarke notes, however, sales 
JM> continued uninterrupted for quite a while after the USSR accepted 
JM> defeat and withdrew. Once the floodgates were open, they were hard to
JM> close again.

JM> Cheers,

JM> John

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