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The urgent thing was communism, but the next target was America …”61 Osama bin Laden is different than most other Islamic religious leaders. He does not focus on the individual sects of Islam as much as he encompasses the whole. 62 He views this society as having been shamed and humiliated by the Western nations, as led by the United States. Consequently, his focus is that of bringing back honor to Islam, as a whole, by shaming the west. He blames the West for all the ills that have befallen this great Muslim society, and most importantly, he blames the West for the failure of Muslim culture to live by the rules set out in the Quran.
In desperation Amin might turn to the United States as Egyptian President Sadat and Somali General Siad had done. Alternatively, he would likely be swept away by a populist Islamic national movement. In response, the Kremlin ordered Soviet troops in Afghanistan put on alert and increased deployments along the border. The following day Soviet troops crossed into Afghanistan. Resistance Arnold, A. (1983), Afghanistan’s Two-Party Communism: Parcham and Khalq, Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 47.
Raymond Garthoff asserts that by the eve of the invasion: The real Soviet fear was that Amin was neither reliable as a partner nor subject to Soviet guidance, and at the same time was ineffective in controlling the growing resistance. In desperation Amin might turn to the United States as Egyptian President Sadat and Somali General Siad had done. Alternatively, he would likely be swept away by a populist Islamic national movement. In response, the Kremlin ordered Soviet troops in Afghanistan put on alert and increased deployments along the border.
America's War on Terror by Tom Lansford, Robert P. Watson, Jack Covarrubias