A Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today.
Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian
Editor says, what if NATO had approved the use of air-dropped GATOR mines at the Battle of Tora Bora? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Alternate Nations thread.
In 2001,on this day Osama Bin Laden's attempt to flee to the safety of the unguarded Pakistani border was thwarted by the use of air-dropped, timed GATOR mines which sealed his Al-Qaeda forces inside the caves of the Tora Bora area.
Game ChangerDelta Force Commanders had been monitoring his increasingly desperate radio calls for three days. Clearly under duress, Bin Laden had told his fighters, "Our prayers were not answered. Times are dire and bad. We did not get support from the apostate nations who call themselves our Muslim brothers. Things might have been different. I'm sorry for getting you involved in this battle, if you can no longer resist, you may surrender with my blessing".
Bin Laden was right, Islamic countries had universally condemned the September 11th attacks with public demonstrations of support for United States in capital cities such as Tehran. And just one week later, a long missive from Tim Guldimann, the Swiss Ambassador to the Iranian Government showed up on a fax machine at the State Department. It quickly became known as "the offer", a proposal to restore a formal diplomatic relationship between the United States and Iran.