America in Afghanistan. The Backlash of the 1980s. Where is Afghanistan?. Background to Afghanistan. April 1978 - People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) supported strengthening relationships with the USSR
The Backlash of the 1980s
Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, equip troops with weapons President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser
Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998 Posted at globalresearch.ca 15 October 2001
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
B: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam.Brzezinski Interview
Overall, the U.S. government looked favorably on the Arab recruitment drives. ... Some of the most ardent cold warriors at [CIA headquarters at] Langley thought this program should be formally endorsed and extended. ... [T]he CIA "examined ways to increase their participation, perhaps in the form of some sort of international brigade," ... Robert Gates [then-head of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence] recalled. ... At the Islamabad station Milt Bearden felt that bin Laden himself "actually did some very good things" ... But nothing came of it ...[Steve Coll, Ghost Wars (Penguin, 2005 edn), pp.145-6, 155-6.]