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9/11 report omission

The 911 Commission report (www.gpoaccess.gov/911) has at least one glaring omission. It mentions President Bush’s ultimatum to the Taliban in Afghanistan to, among other demands, turn over Osama bin Laden. What isn’t mentioned is the fact that the Taliban offered to negotiate regarding bin Laden. They proposed trying bin Laden in Afghanistan under Islamic law, and later offered to turn bin Laden over to a third country for trial, if only the U.S. provided evidence of bin Laden’s 9/11 involvement.

President Bush flatly rejected any negotiation, and the report even indicated he decided he would “have to invade Afghanistan with ground troops” even before his ultimatum was delivered! Had negotiation occurred, there is the tantalizing possibility bin Laden would have stood trial, the world would have seen how he twisted the Islamic faith to justify his violent political agenda, and he may have been executed for his crimes.

Instead, Bush rejected reason and demanded war, and now bin Laden is at large, Afghanistan is in chaos (Doctors Without Borders is the latest aid organization to flee), and Taliban resistance groups are waging increasingly deadly attacks in Afghanistan. Bush’s blind desire for revenge has brought bitter fruit.

Ken Schumacher

Grass Valley

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