ErikLaurence wrote:If you read UBL's declaration of war on the US that is very clearly stated.
And just where did that idiot come from? When Carter sent that "harmless man of God" back to Terhan, he gave us UBL.
Dude, what are you talking about? -- UBL fought the Russians with CIA support in Afghanistan. UBL became radicalized when the Saudi's spurned his offer to defend the kingdom from the Iraqis with his mujaheddin in 1991 and instead invited the "infidels" (meaning the US) onto "holy" soil to defend them.
The whole region has been having civil wars for 1000 years. When 3rd parties stick their noses in (because they want oil or in the Brits case, for empire) they get bloodied. It's not personal and it's not a "winnable" situation. It may cool down and heat up, but it's not going away and it is not in the control of a 3rd party.