It’s very interesting that Al Qaeda just endorsed McCain. Maybe it’s because McCain referred to Bin Laden’s mujahideen as freedom fighters in both debates. John McCain said, “After we were able to help the Afghan freedom fighters drive the Russians out of Afghanistan we washed our hands of the the region.”
Al Qaeda’s endorsement of McCain is significant in that both of them need each other for support. Al Qaeda needs McCain as the evil American to rally their jihad on and McCain needs Al Qaeda’s terrorist threat to keep America scared and submissive.
McCain has admitted to helping Bin Laden. These ‘freedom fighters’ were also known as mujahideen. The US and CIA trained and recruited Muslim extremists from all over the world. 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries would get training with the Afghan mujahideen. One of the first non Afghan volunteers to join the mujahideen was Osama bin Laden, a businessman from a wealthy Suadi family. Bin Laden would assist the mujahideen by recruiting over 4,000 Saudi nationals and working closely with the CIA to raise money from private Saudi citizens starting the Maktab al-Khidamar, an organization that sent money arms and fighter to the mujahideen.
By referring to the mujahideen as ‘freedom fighters,’ McCain exposes the root of his foreign policy, a misguided view on good and evil. Since the Russians were bad, the mujahideen must be freedom fighters. So in funding and helping the ‘freedom fighters’, we actually created Al Qaeda and the Taliban. This parallels his policy in Iraq since Al Qaeda is bad and Muqtada al-Sadr and the Mahdi army fighting them, the Mahdi army must be good and we should fund them, creating one villain to fight another villain.
In fact the mujahideen was mostly controlled by warlords who were fighting for their own land and power which the Soviets were threatening, not freedom and democracy at all. The mujahideen would engage in many acts that would be considered terrorism. They would blow up government buildings, air terminals, hotels and cinemas, many of the tactics Al Qaeda uses today. They would also use land mines and enlist child-soldiers, assassinate government officials and shoot down commercial airliners. So McCain and his like were actually condoning and supporting the very acts of terrorism that would come back to hurt the US.
The outdated, interventionist US foreign policy has cost a lot of money an created many unjust regimes. McCain has once again shown how out of touch he is with reality by still calling the mujahideen, Freedom Fighters, when their leaders and members have gone on to form some of the most deadliest organizations on the planet. The mujahideen was not fighting for freedom, they were fighting for the same islamic extremism that threatens us now.