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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US hidden hand in war mongering

February 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Pakistan, Politics) (, , )

For years, Iran has fought with the militant group Jundallah and now they claim to have the leader in custody. So where was he before the capture? Some say in an American Military base in Afghanistan.

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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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Live with Talat -22 Feb 2010

February 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm (Media, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , )

The role of Zionist controlled media in forming world opinion, war on Afghanistan, Israel’s hidden hand and Pak-US ties

part 1

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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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Intelligence agencies behind terrorism: Edhi

February 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

By Shahid Husain

Source: The News

Eminent social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi says that it was not the Taliban but the Intelligence agencies, including foreign Intelligence agencies that were responsible for most of the acts of terrorism in the countrty.

“I launched a peace mission some two months ago and went to Waziristan, Swat and other war-torn areas of Pakistan and the Taliban told me they respected me a lot and were not involved in terrorist activities in the country,” Edhi told The News.

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Crosstalk on Afghanistan

January 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , )

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US terrorism in Afghanistan

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

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- The Last Crusade

January 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm (Allama Iqbal, History, Islam, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , )

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The US scam behind the flight 253 bomber

January 22, 2010 at 1:00 am (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, )

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Gog and Magog- The Documentary

January 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm (History, Islam, Politics) (, , , )

part 1

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Pakistan snubs US over new Taliban offensive

January 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, , )

Source: BBC

Pakistan’s army has said it will launch no new offensives on militants in 2010, as the US defence secretary arrived for talks on combating Taliban fighters.

Pakistan army soldiers near Multan on 18 January 2010

Army spokesman Athar Abbas told the BBC the “overstretched” military had no plans for any fresh anti-militant operations over the next 12 months.

Our correspondent says the comments are a clear snub to Washington.

The US would like Pakistan to expand an offensive against militants launching cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for his first visit since US President Barack Obama took office last year.

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Afghanistan’s US sponsored democracy

January 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm (Global Issues, Governance, Politics) (, )

Source: The New York Times

Afghans paid $2.5 billion to bribe public officials over 12 months ending late last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report. The report said one person in two had to pay at least one kickback to a public official — whether a police officer, politician, judge or government official, between the fall of 2008 and the fall of 2009. Many paid to cut through red tape or to get help with poor service. Western officials have been urging President Hamid Karzai to crack down on corruption in the government, but they have raised questions over his commitment to do so.

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US sponsoring terror in Iran

January 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , )

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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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How Americans provoked civil war in Iraq- A lesson for Pakistan

January 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm (Governance, Politics) (, , )

By Robert Frisk

iraq civil war picture

In Syria, the world appears through a glass, darkly. As dark as the smoked windows of the car which takes me to a building on the western side of Damascus where a man I have known for 15 years – we shall call him a “security source”, which is the name given by American correspondents to their own powerful intelligence officers – waits with his own ferocious narrative of disaster in Iraq and dangers in the Middle East.

 His is a fearful portrait of an America trapped in the bloody sands of Iraq, desperately trying to provoke a civil war around Baghdad in order to reduce its own military casualties. It is a scenario in which Saddam Hussein remains Washington’s best friend, in which Syria has struck at the Iraqi insurgents with a ruthlessness that the United States wilfully ignores. And in which Syria’s Interior Minister, found shot dead in his office last year, committed suicide because of his own mental instability.

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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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Blackwater/XE behind terrorist bombings in Asia and Africa?

January 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , )

By Wayne Madsen

WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.

Fingers are being pointed at Blackwater/XE and Mossad operatives for the motorbike bomb in Tehran that killed Tehran University nuclear physicist Dr. Moussad Ali-Mohammadi.

On January 12, a bomb attached to a motorbike outside of Ali-Mohammadi’s house went off while the professor was leaving for work. The bomb, which instantly killed pro-reform Ali-Mohammadi, was remotely triggered by a team that was later linked to a U.S.-base group called the Iran Monarchy Association, which favors restoring the son of the late Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi II, to Iran’s “Peacock Throne.” The Iran Monarchy Association is believed to be a CIA front organization.

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Nir Rosen- If you don’t want Muslims to attack you then stop killing them!

January 17, 2010 at 12:10 am (Global Issues, Interview, Islam, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , )

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CIA drone strike missed Mehsud, say Pakistani Taliban

January 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, , , )

By Declan Walsh

Source: Guardian

Leader left Waziristan compound before attack, say insurgents, while intelligence source concedes it is highly unlikely he died

Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud 

The Pakistani Taliban have denied reports that their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a American drone strike in Waziristan this morning.

Twelve militants were reportedly killed in the attack on a remote compound on the border between North and South Waziristan, prompting rumours that Mehsud was among them.

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