I met some Afghans that were there pre 9/11. The Taliban weren't so bad, however under the Northern Alliance blood was running in the streets. Northern Alliance were our mercenaries against Russia. Chomsky's narrative is correct. The student gets his news from the US.
We used to have a poster here that urged us to add http://www.eurotrib.com/ to our sources of information. He was right, add as much diversity as possible, because you aren't getting the story unless you look. What is handed to you is not the story, but it saves you from having to look. Some choices: [The Buggles would have Paris and Munich but Boston and Britain work]