Soviet/Afghan war: We backed the Afghans...nice return of the favor there.
Iran/Iraq war: We backed Iraq against Iran. Arab over Persian. Again, nice return of the favor from the Arab world.
Not sure how backing the Muj and Iraq in their escapades would have earned their hatred...we were on their side.
As I've said in earlier posts...read the book "Cobra II" and you'll find out why the administration thought they would be welcomed as liberators. And, if you actually bother read any of the accounts of the early days of the invasion, you would see that the Coalition were welcomed as liberators (ref the scene of pulling down Saddam's statue after the second Thunder Run into Baghdad). The Fedayeen just proved to be a factor that was underestimated by some key decision makers...they are the ones who sowed the seeds of the current insurgency. Without the Fedayeen, there would still be civil strife due to the Sunni/Shi'a rift in Iraq, but the level of violence would likely be quite a bit lower and more progress would certainly have been made in building the government there.
Not saying mistakes WRT the Phase IV ops werent' made...they certainly were.
But we can't be bothered with facts when we have plenty of rhetoric supplied by arm-chair quarterbacks and biased media (on both sides). If you weren't there, weren't involved in the planning or execution of the operation (ie, don't have first/second- hand knowledge of the decisions made and why), you are speaking authoritatively from a position of ignorance. That never turns out well.
And as to hypocracy of govt (any govt) or fairness: It's not about fairness or anything else. It's about interests. And those interests change constantly...hence the perceived hypocracy and unfairness. That's why all the politicians seem alike: it takes a certain kind of person to be able to bury their "golden rule" gene. That's also why many of the truly good ones (JC Watts, for example) leave before they get too jaded.
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