In March 2003, a representative of the Taliban spoke at an event organized by the Muslim Student Association of the University of Southern California. At the event, he defended the Taliban’s policies and even Osama bin Laden, condemning Western justice while playing up the Taliban’s version of the rule of law and “civil rights”. At the time the announcement of the event sparked protest, although very little was written about what the Taliban representative actually said. Now that the videos have come out on Youtube, it’s possible to see how the Taliban represented itself to American college students less than a year before the U.S. would go to war with them.
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