October In 2001 Taliban offered to turn over Bin Laden

  1. From October 2001

    "President Bush rejected an offer from Afghanistan's ruling Taliban to turn over suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to a neutral third coutnry yesterday as an eighth day of bombing made clear that military coercion, not diplomacy, remains the crux of U.S. policy toward the regime."
    Taliban have agreed to hand Bin Laden over to a third country without the evidence being presented in advance


    Taliban renews, U.S. rejects bin Laden offer
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    i wonder how much truth there is in this = it seems that we would have heard of this before now
    going to watch a special on ben laden tonight i wonder if they will have something about this
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    It was in the paper in October 2001.

    Wednesday October 17, 2001 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/waronterro...575593,00.html

    Aired October 14, 2001 - 22:00 ET - http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP.../14/se.03.html

    October 14, 2001 - http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/10/1...aliation.facts
  5. by   weetziebat
    Sorry to be so cynical, but I believe our government has had its own agenda all along. Sheesh, if they were given bin Laden, what excuse would we have had to bomb Afghanistan all to pieces, and then decide it was really Saddam we needed to be afraid of? Send all our young people off to fight and die in Iraq - for what cause again? I must have forgotten? Gee, sure it must have been important, wasn't it?

    If they'd really wanted bin Laden they could have found him on their own. And what good would that have done - only point out that he as well as 15 of the 19 hijackers were supposedly Saudi. And you know the U.S. wouldn't be going after Saudi Arabia. We like their oil far too much for that. Osama seems to be out of the picture these days. Lots more territory in that ole 'axis of evil' to go after.

    Just my
  6. by   ZASHAGALKA
    We were not offered OBL. The Taliban offered, just a month after 9/11, to turn OBL over to a nation of THEIR choosing. It wasn't even clear if they had custody of OBL. What the did have, was their immiment downfall clearly displayed to them. The fact that they said anything and everything to avoid the fate they so well-deserved is frankly not a matter of serious discussion.

    Even Hilary Clinton, a year before, in her Senate Campaign of 2000, suggested that the U.S. gov't should actively involve itself in the human rights abuses of women being carried out by the Taliban.

    And the American Citizens, so soon after 9/11, would not have tolerated OBL receiving a sham trial in a favorable venue.

    This wasn't 'hidden' from the American Public at the time. The OP is quoting actual news articles of the day. Nobody had much sympathy in the days after 9/11 for OBL to have a field day in a protected court.

    5 yrs later, this subject, offered now as a 'conspiracy', is completely out of context to the context of that time.