Re: U.S. soldier kills up to 16 Afghan civiliansMar 17th, 2012
The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11. They even officially condemned it. They were focused on a civil war at the time and had no interest in "piddling on the machinery". In fact they even offered to help the US bring those responsible for 9/11 to justice. All they wanted was the same the US would want before handing over visitors to the US over to the Taliban.... supporting evidence linking accused to the event., which the US refused to consider. Instead the US and their allies attacked the Taliban. They weren't our enemy until after the US (and Canada) went to Afghanistan and drew Taliban blood:
Taliban condemn 9/11
CNN.com - Attacks draw mixed response in Mideast - September 12, 2001 (external - login to view)
Officials described the U.S. decision to reject Taliban offers as a missed opportunity. Former CIA station chief Milt Bearden told the Post, “We never heard what they were trying to say…. We had no common language. Ours was, ‘Give up bin Laden.’ They were saying, ‘Do something to help us give him up.’” Bearden added, “I have no doubts they wanted to get rid of him. He was a pain in the neck,” but this “never clicked” with U.S. officials.
Michael Malinowski, a State Department official involved in the talks, acknowledged, “I would say, ‘Hey, give up bin Laden,’ and they would say, ‘No…. Show us the evidence’”, a request U.S. officials deemed unreasonable.
According to the BBC, the Taliban later even warned the U.S. that bin Laden was going to launch an attack on American soil. Former Taliban foreign minister Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil said his warnings, issued because of concerns that the U.S. would react by waging war against Afghanistan, had been ignored. A U.S. official did not deny that such warnings were issued, but told BBC rather that it was dismissed because “We were hearing a lot of that kind of stuff”.
Indeed, underscoring Muttawakil’s stated reasons for having delivered the threat warning to the U.S., a State Department document from June 2001 obtained by INTELWIRE.com showed that the U.S. had warned the Taliban “that they will be held directly responsible for any loss of life that occurs from terrorist actions related to terrorists who have trained in Afghanistan or use Afghanistan as a base of planning operations.” The Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef responded that “the Taliban do not see Americans as their enemies and that there are no threats to Americans coming from the Taliban. Nontheless, said Zaeef, ‘We will do our best to follow up and stop’ any threat.” With regard to bin Laden, “Zaeef emphasized that the Taliban’s relationship with UBL [Usama/Osama bin Laden] and others is based not on enmity against the United States, but on ‘culture.’”
* Newly Disclosed Documents Shed More Light on Early Taliban Offers, Pakistan Role:** Information Clearing House: ICH (external - login to view)