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The Gamer Changer by Steve Payne

Author says: the number of novels predicting a Christian-Muslim war of the future makes depressing reading. Could that future have been very different with perhaps just one decision being taken differently? we wonder. So lets change the dynamics, and imagine what might have happened 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).

On December 16th 2001, 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.

Delta Force Commanders had been monitoring his increasingly desperate radio calls for three days. Clearly under duress, Bin Laden had told his fighters, "We did not get support from the apostate nations who call themselves our Muslim brothers""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.

Author says original content has been repurposed from two books, Dalton Fury, "The Battle of Tora Bora" and David E. Sanger, "The Inheritance: The World Obama confronts and the challenges to American Power"

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Steve Payne

Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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