Frank Lindh writes of his son, John, a convert to Islam who’s been in custody since 2001 after fighting with the Taliban before and after 9/11…

Rohan Gunaratna, an international terrorism expert and author of the book Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, conducted a lengthy interview with John, and prepared a written report for the American court to which John was brought for trial. Gunaratna is an expert consultant to the US government itself on terrorism matters. “Those who, like Mr Lindh, merely fought the Northern Alliance,” he wrote, “cannot be deemed terrorists. Their motivation was to serve and to protect suffering Muslims in Afghanistan, not to kill civilians.”

I think Mr Lindh was either idiotic or immoral to join the Taliban but if it’s a criminal offence when will the U.S. be arresting this man…

That’s Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – a man whose moral compass is more off-key than his singing voice – fighting alongside the mujahideen in 1988. If it’s criminal to aid such theocratic militants, indeed, what does it say for this man‘s posthumous reputation?

In March 1982, President Reagan declared: “Every country and every people has a stake in the Afghan resistance, for the freedom fighters of Afghanistan are defending principles of independence and freedom that form the basis of global security and stability.” In March 1983, he cited “the Afghan freedom fighters” as “an example to all the world of the invincibility of the ideals we in this country hold most dear, the ideals of freedom and independence”.

What does it say, indeed, of the entire U.S. state…

In all, the United States funneled more than $ 2 billion in guns and money to the mujaheddin during the 1980s, according to U.S. officials. It was the largest covert action program since World War II.

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration delivered several hundred Stingers to Afghan resistance groups, including the Taliban.

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

It’s hard to deny that some of the U.S.’s “interventions” have been as naive – and more cynical – as Mr Lindh’s sorry endeavours.

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