I have heard some people say that the Mujahideen was not the same as the Taliban is this true ? Or did many Mujahideen members became members of the Taliban ? Some say if the Soviet Union was allowed to stay in Afghanistan that the Taliban would of never took power ?
Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan
Uploaded by trodas on Aug 1, 2007
Todays the Taliban, Al Qaeda and terrorists - yestarday the big American allied forces. In 1982, Ronald Reagan dedicated the Space Shuttle Columbia to the resistance fighters in Afghanistan. Just as the Columbia, we think, represents man's finest aspirations in the field of science and technology so too does the struggle of the Afghan people represent man's highest aspirations for freedom. I am dedicating, on behalf of the American people, the March 22nd launch of the Columbia to the people of Afghanistan.
Proclamation 5034—Afghanistan Day, 1983
By the President of the United States of America, 21 March 1983
The tragedy of Afghanistan continues as the valiant and courageous Afghan freedom fighters [The Taliban] persevere in standing up against the brutal power of the Soviet invasion and occupation. The Afghan people are struggling to reclaim their freedom, which was taken from them when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979.