One quick thing: the interviewer states that al Qaeda was created by the US after “the Russian invasion of Afghanistan”. That’s not entirely accurate. The Afghanistan Mujahideen was created by the US at that time and al Qaeda stemmed from that for one thing. Most importantly, Russia did not invade Afghanistan. The new Afghan government at the time was building closer ties to Russia and looking to them for assistance. They came in by invitation of the Afghanis, it was not an invasion. So our actions back then were similar to what is going on in Syria. We were not just attacking Russians in Afghanistan, but also the Afghan government at the time. It’s a small difference, but I think a critical one to note.