Originally posted by AThousandYoung
This was what really seemed to upset bin Laden. How would things have played out without Western intervention at that time?
Well, it wasn't going to happen. As weak as the UN is sometimes, it wasn't going to let one of its member states just disappear.
But I think Bin Laden would have been just as bloodthirsty no matter what. He was angry over the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and fought them. His followers, many of them, don't distinguish between the Soviet Union and the rest of the west.