The Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)

What role did the U.S. play in the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989), and what led to the rise of Osama bin Laden in the early 1990’s? What do you think could have been done differently given what you read in the textbook and what you know about recent history.
Practical Criminologists argue offenders are rational. They choose places, targets, and even times that are often advantageous to them or make it easier to commit the crime. How can you apply this thinking to the kidnappings for ransom problem in Colombia? How are kidnappers rational, based on the graphs in the lecture? In other words, what patterns do you see and how could we explain it?