82. 12/25/1979

"After Russian tanks rolled into the Afghan capital of Kabul on Christmas Day 1979, the incoming Reagan administration strategized that a surrogate battle against the Soviets might hasten an end to the Cold War. The same president who turned tail in the face of Islamic terrorists in Beirut [Lebanon], now began arming their spiritual 'brothers,' the mujahadeen rebels. The Saudis matched the U.S. contribution dollar for dollar."

 – Peter Lance, Triple Cross, 18

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