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How Ronald Reagan Brought Us the 'Islamic Bomb' -- and Hid it From Congress

Both Congress and the public would have erupted, had they known that the price for sticking it to the Soviet Union was for fundamentalist Pakistan to become a nuclear power.

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But the reason to keep the "Islamic bomb" information secret is that both Congress and the public would have erupted, had they known that the price for sticking it to the Soviet Union was for fundamentalist Pakistan to become a nuclear power:

Zia understood, however, that if he were ever caught red-handed, the White House could not protect him from the wrath of Congress. ( ibid.)

Indeed, had the Congress known, the Solarz Amendment would have required all aid to be cut off.

The right wing, and some others, give Reagan "credit" for ending the Cold War. The concept, I believe, is that the Soviet Union's economy could not keep pace with Reagan's defense build-up. I believe the demise of the Soviet Union was due more to the courage of a union leader and movement in Poland that forced Gorbachev’s hand, and the inability of a closed economy to keep pace with personal computers and fax machines, but the matter is debatable, and not highly relevant anymore. The implosion of the Soviet Union was inevitable, U.S. policies since George Kennan and Harry Truman played a critical role, and it was certainly not the doing of one person or one policy.

The Islamic bomb is.

Paul Abrams is a board member of the Washington Progress Alliance, the Women's Bioethics Project, the Apollo Alliance (Washington State) and the Economic Opportunity Institute.

 
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