Down the AfPak Rabbit Hole

March 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm (Global Issues, History, Media, Politics) (, , , )

BY THOMAS H. JOHNSON, M. CHRIS MASON

Source: Foreign Policy Magazine

The release of Tim Burton’s new blockbuster movie, Alice in Wonderland, is days away. The timing could not be more appropriate. Lewis Carroll’s ironically opium-inspired tale of a rational person caught up inside a mad world with its own bizarre but consistent internal (il)logic has now surpassed Vietnam as the best paradigm to understand the war in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan, as we have written here and in Military Review (pdf), is indeed a near replication of the Vietnam War, including the assault on the strategically meaningless village of Marjah, which is itself a perfect re-enactment of Operation Meade River in 1968. But the callous cynicism of this war, which we described here in early December, and the mainstream media’s brainless reporting on it, have descended past these sane parallels. We have now gone down the rabbit hole.

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Captured Jundullah leader confirms US sponsorship of exporting terror is Iran

February 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , )

The captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, has confessed that the US administration had assured him of unlimited military aid and funding for waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic of Iran

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The mental scars of soldiers

February 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , )

By James Denselow

Source: Guardian

   

Last week in the United States an army sergeant was accused of waterboarding his own four-year-old daughter after she refused to recite her ABCs. This story emerged as the Guardian reported that during a time of critical stress for military hospitals, there was little concrete information about soldiers’ mental health.

This difficulty of collecting statistics about post-traumatic stress disorder – the likely cause of such dysfunctional behaviour as waterboarding your own daughter – is a critical deficit in addressing the human impacts of the long wars that the UK is currently engaged in.

While stories of soldiers surviving horrific physical injuries and recovering from the loss of limbs attract most attention, we must not forgot the far more subtle but equally devastating impacts that war wreaks on soldiers’ minds. Perhaps controversially, I believe that those who have engaged in acts close to or constituting torture must be at the front of the line when it comes to treatment when they return to civilian life.

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US terrorism in Afghanistan

January 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , , )

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Militants Strike Convoy With NATO Supplies in Karachi

January 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

By Salman Masood

Source: The NewYork Times

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A convoy of trucks carrying supplies destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan came under attack on Thursday in the southern port city of Karachi, leaving three people wounded, police officials said.

The attack came as the convoy left Port Qasim for Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Gunmen on motorcycles intercepted three trucks southwest of the city and threw a grenade inside a vehicle, wounding three Pakistani civilian employees.

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Alqaeda exists because of injustice in MiddleEast- Robert Frisk

January 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , , )

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Taliban strike back

January 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , )

By ROBERT H. REID and RAHIM FAIEZ

Taliban Attack 

KABUL — Taliban militants wearing explosive vests launched a brazen daylight assault Monday on the center of Kabul, with suicide bombings and gunbattles near the presidential palace and other government buildings that paralyzed the city for hours.

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A primer on the war in Afghanistan

January 14, 2010 at 12:22 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , )

By John Chuckman

Recently unemployed terrorists, let go without pension

The most fundamental realities of the war in Afghanistan include the following.

The Taleban is not an invading guerrilla force. The word “insurgents” nicely hides the fact that they are natives of the land we have invaded.

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NATO troops shoot protesters in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province- Eight demonstrators killed

January 14, 2010 at 12:08 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, )

Source: Reuters

Civilian deaths and injuries caused by Western and government troops are among the most sensitive issues in Afghanistan and have sparked several demonstrations in recent weeks.

Some 100 to 200 Afghans were invited into a Marine combat outpost to hold a shura — a traditional Afghan meeting — with local Marine commanders, a spokesman for U.S. troops in the area said.

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AMERICANS MUST ASK; WHO IS BREEDING TERRORISM?

January 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm (Global Issues, History, Islam, Politics) (, , , , , , )

Source: Pakalert

The above-captioned article was written by John Pilger in the daily The Yumiuri Shimbun, of Japan, dated 30th August, 1998. He says “In recent years Muslims have been the greatest sufferers from state terrorism.” The excerpts of his above-mentioned article are as below.

“By knowingly killing innocent people, for political ends, President Clinton is a terrorist. By supporting his actions, the Prime Minister and the Defense Secretary, of Britain, are accomplices. The dictionary meaning of terrorism allows no other interpretation; the rest is willful obfuscation, or propaganda. What matters now is our informed reaction.

In 1986, there was an ‘evil’ Colonel Gaddafi, whose country President Reagan bombed from bases in Britain, killing mostly women and children, including Gaddafi’s 16- month-old daughter.

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US and NATO Expand Afghan War To The Horn Of Africa And Indian Ocean

January 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , , , )

By Rick Rozoff
Source:Global Research

In parallel with the escalation of the war in South Asia – counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and drone missile attacks in Pakistan – the United States and its NATO allies have laid the groundwork for increased naval, air and ground operations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.

During the past month the U.S. has carried out deadly military strikes in Yemen: Bombing raids in the north and cruise missile attacks in the south of the nation. Washington has been accused of killing scores of civilians in the attacks in both parts of the country, executed before the December 25 Northwest Airlines incident that has been used to justify the earlier U.S. actions ex post facto. And, ominously, that has been exploited to pound a steady drumbeat of demands for expanded and even more direct military intervention.

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Russia, NATO, Afghanistan – High Stakes Great Game

December 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , )

By Eric Walberg

US President Barack Obama’s now expanding war against the Taliban is garnering support from liberals and neocons alike, from leaders around the world, even from Russia. “We are ready to support these efforts, guarantee the transit of troops, take part in economic projects and train police and the military,” Russian President Dmitri Medvedev declared in a recent press conference with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Moscow and Washington reached an agreement in July allowing the US to launch up to 4,500 US flights a year over Russia, opening a major supply route for American operations in Afghanistan. Previously Russia had only allowed the US to ship non-lethal military supplies across its territory by train.

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In coalition of Kufr

December 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm (Interview, Islam, Khilafa, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , )

The other side of story….

part 1

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