Charlie Wilson dead at 76
February 11, 2010 11:00 AM Subscribe
posted by Burhanistan (24 comments total)
Former US Congressman Charlie Wilson
, popularized in the book
and movie "Charlie Wilson's War"
, died at 76
Wilson was credited with being a key player in helping the Afghans oust the occupying Soviets in the late 1980s. Recently, he was a vocal opponent
of the Irar war and questioned
the direction of the war in Afghanistan.
As for docudrama "Charlie Wilson's War", there is dispute
over who actually received the aid that Wilson secured. The movie indicates that Amad Shah Massouh
(Northern Alliance leader) received the bulk of weapons and aid, but many who participated
say that Bin Laden associate Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
was the primary beneficiary, thereby sowing the seeds for a strong Al-Qaeda.
Wilson was dismayed
that the US did not stay and fund Afghanistan development, and credited this to the rise of the Taliban.