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Afghanistan: Blood Orgy for ‘Hearts and Minds’

Posted by terres on February 24, 2010

NATO Forces Kill 48 Civilians in 9 Days

If I can’t win Afghan hearts, I’ll rip them out of their chest cages instead: Gen McKristallnacht

U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered an air strike that killed at least 27 civilians and critically wounded another 12 in southern Afghanistan, Afghan and coalition officials were reported as saying.


Gen. Stanley McChrystal tears. The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan said he was “extremely saddened.” All he wanted was winning Afghan hearts, one way or the other. Credit: S. Sabawoon/EPA. Image may be subject to copyright. See RTSF Fair Use Notice.

The NATO commander,  U.S. Gen Stanley McChrystal, went on Kabul television yesterday to shed crocodile tears for the  “mistaken” air strike in Gujran district of Daykundi province on Sunday, which killed 27 Afghan civilians and wounded 12 others. Most of the dead and injured victims were women and children. [The government said only four women and a child were among the civilians killed. You don’t believe them?]

  • The air strike came just days after a NATO rocket attack on a house killed nine Afghan civilians.
  • An earlier NATO bombing raid in the northern province of Kunduz killed seven Afghan police officers on February 17, reports quoted hospital and government officials as saying.
  • Two day earlier, NATO admitted that their Feb. 15 air strike in southern Afghanistan had killed five civilians “accidentally” and wounded two others.

It’s difficult to believe so many civilians can be killed by “mistake” almost on a daily basis. It’s far more likely that these are calculated military tactics designed to strike fear in the hearts and minds of civilians and to dissuade them against opposing NATO occupation forces in their country.

In countries like Afghanistan, as the “Taliban” have demonstrated, fear is the ultimate weapon of “winning hearts and minds.”  That’s clearly what matters to Gen Stanley McChrystal:  Winning Afghan hearts, one way or the other!

He is not worried about committing war crimes, right now. Where would you prosecute him, in a NATO country?

Meanwhile, “a suicide bomber killed an influential Afghan leader and 13 other people in a relatively peaceful eastern province on the Pakistan border Monday, police said.”

And the US toll in Afghanistan war of occupation reached 1,006 (NATO total 1,661) with the number of soldiers killed doubling since 2009.

“As you’ve all been seeing, we’re making steady, if perhaps a bit slower than anticipated, progress [we can’t kill them all in one day,]” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, reportedly told a news conference.

An estimated 30,000 to more than 100,000 civilian Afghans have been killed in the 9-year war of occupation imposed on them by the U.S-led NATO forces.

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US troops are dying in a foreign civil war

Posted by terres on October 27, 2009

As 14 more US personnel are killed in 3 helicopter crashes, AND another 8 troops lose their lives in southern Afghanistan, senior U.S. official resigns over ‘pointless war’

‘US troops are dying for what is essentially a foreign civil war’

Matthew Hoh, a former Marine Corps captain and the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province resigns.

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“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” Matthew Hoh wrote in his resignation letter. Photo: Gerald Martineau / The Washington Post. Image may be subject to copyright.

Hoh, 36, is the first U.S. official to publicly resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe fueled the civil war in Afghanistan.

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”

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Two Straws that Broke Barack’s Back

Posted by terres on October 3, 2009

Obama, ISAF kill another round of civilians

ISAF Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills at least 9 Civilians

ISAF forces (US and NATO troops)  in western Afghanistan are reviewing reports that their precision airstrike killed at least nine civilians, mostly women and children.

ISAF admitted that one of its aircraft dropped a precision-guided bomb in Helmand province’s Nad Ali district.

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The two war criminals Obama and McChrytal
meet on the same day the Olympics Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic games. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza). [Obama and his First Lady are unaffordable liabilities, as far as the people of Chicago are concerned.]

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force have visited the area to observe the extent of casualties,  AFP reported.

The latest airstrike occurred amid “new guidelines” recently issued by General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and ISAF commander in Afghanistan,  to limit civilian casualties.

The General was reported as saying in London on Thursday that the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating and that foreign forces have little time to reverse the momentum.

General McChrystal has asked the  White House to send thousands of additional troops to the “AfPak” region by the end of the year, at a time when the US should withdraw from Afghanistan.

“U.S. forces are being increased by 21,000, to 68,000, bringing the coalition total to 110,000. About 9,000 are from Britain, where support for the war is waning. Counterinsurgency theory concerning the time and the ratio of forces required to protect the population indicates that, nationwide, Afghanistan would need hundreds of thousands of coalition troops, perhaps for a decade or more. That is inconceivable.” Washington post said.

War criminal Obama has already sent 21,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan this year. Gen McChrystal had reported earlier that his mission was likely to fail unless he was given even more troops. [Until the next similar report.]

According to “analysts”  McChrystal may have asked for up to an additional 40,000 troops to “win” the unwinnable  war.

McChrystal must have borrowed the defective calculator that the Soviets used to their ultimate demise.

  • Total No of Soviet Troops who fought in Afghanistan over the 9-year period: up to 700,000
  • Total number of troops occupying Afghanistan at any one time (1985) :  120,000
  • Soviet Troops Killed in Afghanistan: 15,000
  • Wounded in action: 54,000
  • Troops fell sick: 470,000

[Note: Large number of troops fell ill because of unsanitary conditions and rapid spread of infectious diseases.]

Monetary cost of war: about $100 billion

Other Losses:

  • 451 aircraft (includes 333 helicopters)
  • 147 tanks
  • 1,314  (other fighting and armored vehicles)
  • 433 artillery guns and mortars
  • 1,138 command vehicles
  • 510 engineering vehicles
  • 11,369 trucks and petrol tankers

Afghan Casualties and Damage to Afghanistan

  • Total number of  Afghan civilians killed in the 9-year conflict: at least 1.2 million, possibly as many as 2 million.

War Refugees:

  • 5 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and Iran (30 percent of the prewar population of Afghanistan.
  • 2 million more people were displaced within the country.
  • During the 9-year  war, one out of two refugees in the world was an Afghan.

Other casualties

  • 1.2 million Afghans disabled (Mujahideen, government troops and civilians)
  • 3 million more were maimed or wounded (mostly civilians).
  • Afghanistan irrigation systems, vital to its agriculture, were destroyed by aerial bombing and strafing both by the by Soviet or government forces.
  • In Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city, the population was decimated from 200,000 before the war to about 25,000, by way “months-long campaign of carpet bombing and bulldozing by the Soviets and Afghan communist soldiers in 1987.”
  • 25,000 Afghans were killed by land mines during the war. Another 10 million land mines, mostly planted by the Soviet and government forces, were left scattered throughout the countryside to kill and maim even more people.
  • Children were the primary victims of the land mines which maimed and disabled  3-4% of the Afghan population.
  • In 1985 child mortality rate reached 31%.  Some 67% of the survivors were severely malnourished, with malnutrition increasing with age.


Pullout of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. 1988. Photo by Mikhail Evstafiev.  For licensing details click here.

Iraq, Obama’s War in Afghanistan: The Two Straws that Broke the US Camel’s Back

  • The heavily underestimated cost of war in Afghanistan:  $228,204,281,888 [and mounting]
  • The cost in your community: National Priorities

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Obama’s “Killing Fields”

Posted by terres on September 25, 2009

5 More US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan—Obama’s “Killing Fields”

Five more U.S. troops were killed in three separate attacks  in Afghanistan, Reuters quoted the military as saying on Friday.

Two were killed and a third died of wounds sustained from a roadside bomb attack, the military said in a statement. The fourth and fifth died of wounds sustained during insurgent attacks. All three attacks took place on Thursday.

Number of International occupation forces killed in Afghanistan : 1416

Currently, more than 100,000 Western troops occupy Afghanistan, about 70 percent of them American.

Their commander, U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, is expected to ask for thousands more in a request he will deliver to Washington this week. He has said that without additional forces, his mission is likely to fail.

According to General Stanley McChrystal more than 500,000 troops would be needed over five years to win the war.

This year has been the bloodiest year for the US forces in Afghanistan. Of the 849 US forces killed in Afghanistan in the last 8 years, 219 were killed this year, and the death toll is mounting.

How many more US and Coalition forces must die before the Trojan-War President calls it the day?

The “Afghan War” is unwinnable militarily. A sane congress would press for a non-military US policy in Afghanistan before the war escalates even further.

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US Soldier Escapes Death Penalty

Posted by terres on May 22, 2009

US Soldier Found Guilty of Iraqi Rape and Murder Escapes Death Penalty

See background: More Psychopaths in Uniform

And: Pvt Green Guilty of Rape and Murder, GW Bush Still Free

The Kentucky jury, who found Pvt Steven Green, 24, guilty on all 17 counts of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murder of her family, was unable to reach a unanimous decision on his punishment.

Four other soldiers who took part in the 2006 military-style rape and murder orgy in Iraq are serving sentences of between 5 and 110 years for their crimes.

Three of the soldiers had admitted holding down their victim, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, raping her and then murdering her, her parents and her younger sister at the family’s home in Mahmudiya before torching the building.

The fate of Pvt Green would probably be decided by a judge who would formally sentence the “Born-to- Rape-n-Murder soldier in September, 2009.

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The Old Military Ploy of Targeting Civilians

Posted by terres on May 8, 2009

The Great Opium ‘Curse!’

Image of the Day: The Old Military Ploy of Targeting Civilians

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Up to 100 civilians were killed in the U.S. air strikes in western Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. Houses were reduced to rubble in Bala Boluk. The majority of dead were said to be women and children, with many more, such as this child injured. The violence happened on Tuesday after Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint in Farah province. The civilians were said to have been killed as they sheltered from the fighting. Villagers raked through the rubble to find survivors and bodies with their hands. About 25 militants were also said to have died. The U.S. said it would send a military team to investigate the claim of civilian deaths, and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai  also ordered an investigation. Image: AFP. Caption: BBC News. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Afghanistan: 4 Canadians Killed, 8 Seriously Injured

Posted by terres on March 21, 2009

submitted by a reader

Running out of indigenous people to kill at “home,”  Canadian troopers venture abroad

4 Canadians playing soldiers were killed, and 8 others seriously injured in two separate incidents outside Kandahar City on Friday, media reported quoting military officials.

Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the local apologist for the Canadian military in Afghanistan, also announced that one Afghan interpreter had been killed and another injured at  a news conference in Kandahar.

“Please do not think of these incidents as a failure on the part of any person or the mission itself,” Vance said.

“These wonderful Canadian men were, at the moment of their deaths, engaged directly in the continuing work to keep the insurgency sufficiently at bay to ensure safety for the population and to preserve our ability to meet the objectives of the Afghans, the international community, and the government of Canada,” he said.

“And those objectives are intended to meet the needs of a desperate Afghan population. Success in war is costly.”

Canada’s Prime Apologist, Stephen Harper, offering his condolences to the families of the soldiers whose life he could have saved had he withdrawn the Canadian forces out of Afghanistan, said:

“Canadians and the Government of Canada stand proudly in support of our Canadian Forces members as they strive to bring safety and stability back to Afghanistan. Master Corporal Vernelli, Trooper Bouthillier, Corporal Crooks and Trooper Hayes’ sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

“I join with all Canadians in wishing a prompt and full recovery to the other eight soldiers injured in these incidents,” he said.


A “wonderfully” decorated Canadian walking tattoo trains in the Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the Zhari district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan March 16, 2009.  Image: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini. Image may be subject to copyright.

The latest toll brings the number of Canadian military fatalities in George Bush’s “War on Terror!” in Afghanistan to 116 since  2002.  One diplomat and two aid workers have also been killed, media reported.

Eyes of the Tiger NO More!

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Mothers, tell your children not to do what we’ve done!
Photos of dead Canadian soldiers: Canada’s Department of National Defence [sic.]

“Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif, who commands NATO’s 22,300-strong International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan, expects ‘a significant spike’ in violence as fresh U.S. and NATO forces enter the region ahead of Afghan elections due in August.” Reuters reported.

“I think that what we are doing now is actually planting the seeds and that we’ll view a significant increase in the security situation across southern Afghanistan next year,” Kruif told Pentagon reporters.


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Who the hell was this war for?

Posted by msrb on March 7, 2009

Mission Accomplished: 20 percent casualties!

Brain-injured GIs Could Number 360,000

Associated Press [March 5, 2009]

WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. troops who have suffered wartime brain injuries may be as high as 360,000 and could cast more attention on such injuries among civilians, Defense Department doctors said Wednesday.

The estimate of the number injured – the vast majority of them suffering concussions – represents 20 percent of the roughly 1.8 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where blast injuries are common from Defense Department and other explosives, the doctors said.

The estimate came in a Pentagon news conference on activities planned this month to bring attention to brain injuries. The doctors said the number could be as low as 180,000, based on estimates that between 10 percent and 20 percent of troops might have received such injuries.

The previous high estimate offered publicly was 320,000 in a study released a year ago by the private Rand Corp. It was based on about 1.6 million who had done tours of duty in the wars from late 2001.

Though so-called “traumatic” brain injury can range from a mild form such as concussions to severe forms with penetrating head wounds, officials said the majority of injuries among troops are the mild form.

The overwhelming majority heal – and heal without treatment – but an estimated 45,000 to 90,000 troops have suffered more severe and lasting symptoms, said Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, the head of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Army alone spent $242 million last year for staff, facilities and programs to serve troops with brain injuries, said Lt. Col. Lynne M. Lowe of the Army surgeon general’s office.

Sutton said that, as in previous wars, the research and other work being done by the military will eventually benefit the civilian world. Whether the injuries occur while people ride bicycles, play football, skateboard or ski, “we know that this is an issue across the country,” she said.

“In the past … it was difficult to get this on the radar screen,” said Dr. James Kelly, director of the National Intrepid Center for brain injuries and psychological health. “Brain injury was not recognized as a problem … of any consequence and was, especially in the sports community, often dismissed or trivialized.”

“I think that now you’re seeing it being taken very seriously,” Kelly said. “The wartime experience has been a big part of that.”

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We need more food, NOT soldiers

Posted by terres on February 24, 2009

In the north, Afghans fight hunger, not the Taliban

23 Feb 2009

By Jonathon Burch

(Reuters) SANG-I-KHEL, Afghanistan. The United States’ decision to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan will mean little to the people of northern Sang-i-Khel village whose fight is not against Taliban insurgents but against hunger.

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered 17,000 additional U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan to tackle an intensifying insurgency across the south and east of the country.

Yet in the relatively peaceful north, Afghans face a different struggle. Severe drought and soaring food prices have left hundreds of thousands of people facing a daily battle to survive the winter.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says some 280,000 Afghans in the north of the country are suffering from the drought, the worst in a decade, and are unable to meet their basic food needs.

Although not normally part of its mandate, the ICRC has distributed food with the Afghan Red Crescent to some of the worst affected areas, reflecting not only the scale of the crisis but also the lack of aid in this part of the country.

“The ICRC got involved because the need was so great. This is affecting thousands and thousands of people,” said Azim Noorani, an ICRC delegate in northern Afghanistan.

THE “RICH” GET RICHER

While Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, dependent on billions of dollars in foreign aid every year, poverty varies by region. Some areas are much better off than others.

Southern Helmand province, where more than two-thirds of the country’s illicit opium is produced and where the insurgency is strongest, is among the top three richest provinces by most indicators, according to a 2008 report by the United Nations.

Helmand has the highest rate of car ownership in the entire country.

Yet southern provinces such as Helmand get most of the aid despite their relative affluence and their role as the centre of Afghanistan’s estimated $3 billion illicit drugs trade industry.

The U.S. international development agency (USAID) is by far the biggest aid donor in Afghanistan and has pumped millions of dollars into Helmand. If Helmand were a country it would be the fifth largest recipient of USAID funding.

Helmand was pledged $403 per person in aid between 2007-2008 compared to $153 in Balkh, aid agencies said. Neighbouring Sari-i-Pol and Kunduz provinces fared much worse with $53 and $55 per person.

For the people in Sang-i-Khel and surrounding Chemtal district in Balkh province, hundreds of kilometres north of Helmand, life has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. Contact with the outside world is rare and help even rarer.

“We haven’t had any government assistance. They promised us they were going to give us food but they didn’t,” said Mohammad Rafi, 25, at an ICRC food distribution site in Sang-i-Khel.

Although the NATO-led military force has a presence in Balkh, international soldiers are rarely seen in Chemtal, said Rafi, and then only to inquire about security.

Rafi, along with hundreds of other Afghans from the surrounding area, came to Sang-i-Khel last week, some travelling for hours on foot, to collect emergency food rations of rice, beans, oil and tea, donated by the ICRC.

VICIOUS CIRCLE

The ICRC is distributing food to some 30,000 people across three northern provinces where last year’s harvest failed.

“Life is not good. There was nothing last year. No water. No wheat. If there is no water this year, I will have to leave and go to the city. I will become a migrant,” said Habibullah, 45, a farmer in Sang-i-Khel and father of 10.

His face weathered by a lifetime of hardship, Habibullah tells his story while waiting patiently to receive food handouts. Behind him lie fields where the furrows from last year’s ploughing are still visible as nothing grew there.

Afghans have survived drought and famines for centuries. But without long-term development, millions of Afghans are unlikely to break the cycle of poverty and could be susceptible to militant groups that exploit the discontent of poor Afghanis.

The people of Chemtal are locked in a vicious circle. No water means no harvest which means no seeds for planting the following year. Many have left to find work in the city or have either killed or sold what little livestock they had left.

“If we didn’t have this food (handout), I would die,” said Chari, 35, making a cutting gesture across his neck with his finger. (Editing by Megan Goldin). Copyright author or the news agency.

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Time to Abolish the War Racket

Posted by terres on February 6, 2009

More soldiers Committed Suicide than Killed in Combat

The Army has released figures showing as many as 24 soldiers may have committed suicide in January 2009. [Only five soldiers committed suicide in January 2008.]

The suicide count for last month, if confirmed, would exceed the number US soldiers killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period.

“In January, we lost more soldiers to suicide than to Al Qaeda,” said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “If we lost this many soldiers to an enemy weapon, the entire country would know about it and we would demand defensive measures.”

The Suicide rate among soldiers rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, with at least 128 soldiers killing  themselves last year (compared to a previous record of 115 in 2007). With an additional 15 deaths suspected as suicides, the toll for 2008 could reach 143.

“The Army said the figures equal a rate of 20.2 suicides for every 100,000 soldiers. That is higher than the last available civilian rate of 19.5 suicides per 100,000 people with similar age and demographic backgrounds, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported for 2005.” Reuters reported.

The U.S. Marine Corps reported a 24 percent increase in suicides among the Marines, a total of 41 cases in 2008, up from 33 in 2007.

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War starts from Europe!

Posted by terres on October 28, 2008

14-15 November 2008: European day of action against military infrastructure.

Europe is at war!

The bombs are not falling in Europe. They are falling several thousands of km away in Iraq and Afghanistan. But still war is waged from Europe. Europe serves as a launch pad for military interventions worldwide. The frameworks differ: NATO, EU, US coalition of the willing, UN. The targets also vary: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chad, etc. But the departure points don’t: military bases and civilian airports and harbors in Europe.

Europe hosts a large military intervention machinery.

The Iraq war made this very visible. The US and the UK waged war from their European bases. In 2003, there were 54,000 Europe-based US military personnel who were directly involved in the war against Iraq. For example, the US Army was deployed out of Germany and Italy., Bombing flights departed from UK bases and aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean. Marines were inserted into northern Iraq from Crete and Bulgaria. And this is still going on. In 2006 two-thirds of the Europe based US military were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, preparing to depart or had just returned. Since January2003, over 1 million US troops have passed through Shannon Airport in Ireland en route to Afghanistan and Iraq. Airports across Europe have been used for ‘rendition’ flights. Without Europe the Iraq war was impossible.

European countries themselves are participating in the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 25,000 European soldiers fight under NATO command in Afghanistan. EU forces are intervening in Africa. Both NATO and the EU are developing rapid intervention forces. Several European countries have military bases outside Europe to support their interventions.

We make war under the labels of ‘military humanitarian intervention’ and ‘war against terrorism’. Behind these PR labels, the military intervention machinery protect economic interests and sustain the existing global order.

War Starts from Europe. Let’s Stop War from Europe.

We call for a European day of nonviolent direct action against war on 14-15 November 2008. This day of action is not being organized by any one organization ― the idea is that anti-militarists across Europe can adapt the action day to their local context. This call originated in discussions amongst anti-militarist activists from across Europe at the ‘NATO GAME OVER’ action in March 2008.

It is important that we encourage and support each other. It can also be useful when doing media work to be able to say how widespread the day of action is across Europe. Log in to http://europeanpeaceaction.org to be inspired by others ideas and to post your planned action in advance (unless the action is a ‘surprise’). After the action day please post reports/pictures/videos.

Take action at your local military bases and installations used for military interventions! Let’s resist military globalization together!

Would your group be interested to participate in the “War starts from Europe” action day on 14-15 November 2008? This is a European day of action against military infrastructure. Aim of the action day is to make visible that Europe hosts a wide infrastructure for military interventions worldwide and that wars thousands km away are waged from Europe.

You find the call on http://europeanpeaceaction.org/european-day-action-against-military-infrastructure in several languages and pasted below.

Would your group be interested to participate? We hope to have groups all over Europe to organize an action or manifestation at their local military base or infrastructure. At this moment we are aware of actions being planned in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK. And probably more are still to be announced.

A lot of groups are struggling anyway against their local base. The “War starts from Europe” action day is meant to give local groups an opportunity to add their voices in one common message. By grouping a lot of local actions into one action day with a common message, you have more chance to get both the common message spread widely and the local message in the local press. It also gives the opportunity to show that a certain base is not an isolated problem but part of a military network of bases. And that the resistance is widespread all over Europe.

This day of action is also useful as preparation for the mobilization against the NATO summit in 2009.

Please react to international@bombspotting.org and announce your action (if possible) or report on http://europeanpeaceaction.org.

Greetings,

Hans Lammerant
Bombspotting – Vredesactie
www.bombspotting.org www.vredesactie.be www.mcmilitary.org

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Protecting the Crown’s Extrafinancial Investments in Afghanistan?

Posted by terres on September 12, 2008

submitted by a NZ reader:

Heaven knows what the New Zealand SAS are doing in Afghanistan

The British journalist Robert Fisk visiting New Zealand this week to promote his new book spoke to a local journalist in Wellington about western military presence in Middle East:

Concerning New Zealand’s special forces, who are based in Afghanistan, he said:

“Heaven knows what they (the SAS) are doing and Afghanistan is a disaster anyway.”

He said New Zealand was under no threat from any country in the Middle East.

“There are no Syrian soldiers on the streets of Wellington.

“(Western nations) have no business to be there, historically it is a disaster. We never have any business there, we’re always going to the Middle East with huge armies.

The morally castrated New Zealand “Defence Minister”, Phil Goff, immediately declared: “I’d say Mr Fisk should talk to the Hazara people whose civic leaders were executed in the market place, whose 2000-year-old cultural heritage, the Bamyan statutes of Buddha, were destroyed.”

Ah, so the New Zealand SAS are not there to protect the poppy fields and the thriving opium business and the drug warlords, they are there playing Bamyan Buddha dolls with the local kids!

The following is an excerpt from The SAS (SPECIAL AIR SERVICE): Prince Philip’s manager of terrorism,  by Joseph Brewda.

SAS methods and procedures

According to the British Army handbook, the SAS is “particularly suited, trained, and equipped for counter-revolutionary operations,” with a specialization in “infiltration,” “sabotage,” “assassination,” as well as “liaison with, organization, training, and control of friendly guerrilla forces operating against the common enemy.” From its inception in World War II, Special Air Services was detailed to run sabotage behind enemy lines and to organize popular revolt, at first in North Africa, and then in the Balkans, where another Stirling cousin, Fitzroy Maclean, ran British operations.

At the end of the war, SAS was disbanded, but it was soon revived to crush the Malay insurgency in Malaysia, and the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya. The principle employed was to take over the insurgency from within, and use it to destroy the native population. In his 1960 book Gangs and Countergangs, Col. Frank Kitson boasted that the British were covertly leading several large-scale Mau Mau units, and that many, if not all Mau Mau units had been synthetically created by the colonial authorities. As a result of this practice, 22 whites were killed during the insurgency, as compared to 20,000 natives.

Based on this principle, SAS emphasized recruitment of natives, as it received increasing responsibilities for overseeing counterinsurgency within the postwar empire, as well as organizing insurgencies elsewhere. In New Zealand, 30% of SAS was drawn from the indigenous Maori tribes, later supplemented by Sarawak tribesmen from Indonesia. By the 1960s, New Zealand SAS was active throughout Southeast Asia, organizing tribal revolts against the Burmese government, and stirring similar movements in Northeast India. Similarly, SAS squadrons based in Rhodesia ran the 1960s tribal separatist insurgency in Zaire. They later recruited and deployed natives in terrorist raids in Mozambique and Zambia.

Today, there are three known SAS regiments, comprising 4,500 highly trained commandos in total. Training exercises for 15-man teams simulate terrorist assaults, in order, it is said, to “know the mind of the terrorist.” Such teams are often sent abroad, to train British Commonwealth and other military units in the techniques of terrorist assault, as well as the use of tribal auxiliaries in covert warfare. Through such means, SAS has built an extensive terrorist control capability, especially in its former colonies. Its soldiers currently serve officially in some 30 countries.  Full article is available here.

Afghanistan, Opium and the Taliban

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (February 15, 2001 8:19 p.m. EST)
(Source)
U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan — once the world’s largest producer — since banning poppy cultivation last summer.

A 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation’s largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they do not expect any opium to come out of Afghanistan this year.

“We are not just guessing. We have seen the proof in the fields,” said Bernard Frahi, regional director for the U.N. program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He laid out photographs of vast tracts of land cultivated with wheat alongside pictures of the same fields taken a year earlier — a sea of blood-red poppies. (Full report)

End of Taliban will bring rise in heroin

By Richard Lloyd Parry in Islamabad
The Independent (Source)
Date: 19 October 2001

The defeat of the Taliban would result in a surge in opium production, which has beenvirtually halted in Afghanistan by the Kabul regime over the last year, United Nations officials have warned.

A new UN survey reveals that the Taliban have completed one of the quickest and most successful drug elimination programmes in history.


Vice creeps back to Kandahar. Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press – (Source) Image may be subject to copyright.

The area of land given over to growing opium poppies in 2001 fell by 91 per cent compared with the year before, according to the UN Drug Control Programme’s (UNDCP) annual survey of Afghanistan. Production of fresh opium, the raw material for heroin, went down by an unprecedented 94 per cent, from 3,276 tonnes to 185 tonnes.

Almost all Afghan opium this year came out of territories controlled by America’s ally in the assault on Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance. Because of a ban on poppy farming, only one in 25 of Afghanistan’s opium poppies was being grown in Taliban areas. (Full story)

Fisk on Israel-led US Foreign policy:

Having studied for 30 years the United States’ Middle East policies, I can tell you that regardless of whether Barack Obama or John McCain won the upcoming American presidential election, the new president would not bring peace to the area, Fisk said.

“Every time there’s an American presidential election the Arabs say `Ah, maybe there’ll be change in the Middle East. Maybe America will be fairer, maybe it will concern itself with the security of the Arabs as well as the Israelis’.

“And then afterwards there’ll be a war in the Middle East and the President will call upon both sides to exercise restraint and there’ll be billions of dollars of weapons sent to Israel to bomb Lebanon, or whoever they are bombing.

“My experience over 32 years is whoever’s in the White House, the bombs go on falling. And they will.”

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END NATO NOW!

Posted by terres on August 19, 2008

Send this message to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Congressional Leaders, the United Nations, NATO Command, and major U.S. corporate media:

Sign the petition

U.S. Hands Off Georgia and Russia – END NATO NOW!

TELL BUSH, CHENEY, RICE AND CONGRESS: U.S. HANDS OFF GEORGIA AND RUSSIA – NO NEW WAR – END NATO NOW!

It is with growing concern that we observe that the U.S. government is threatening new military moves that carry the danger of another war-this time against Russia.

The Bush regime and the corporate U.S. news media have launched an anti-Russia hate campaign. Yet just as with the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the threats on Iran, the threatened military confrontation with Russia is also based on a lie.

The truth, hidden by most of the corporate news media, is that Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili, unleashed his U.S.- and Israeli-armed and-trained forces on the tiny autonomous region of South Ossetia, murdering civilians and attacking Russian peacekeeping troops stationed there. Only then did Russian troops respond.

Saakashvili is the president who sent 2,000 Georgian youth to join the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. The U.S. supplies the weapons to his army. U.S. Special Forces and Israeli advisers and mercenary contractors direct the Georgian military, which just held three weeks of joint exercises with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in July. We must take note that like Iraq and Iran, Georgia itself is a prize for U.S. oil companies, as it is a major transit point for Central Asian oil.

There is little doubt that U.S. arming of Georgia and its push to get Georgia into NATO set the scene for the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia and created the threat of a new major war. Now Washington also threatens Russia by placing missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the people there. Surrounding Russia with this military alliance of new NATO members is the greatest danger to peace and stability on a global scale.

It is time to remember that NATO was established as an anti-USSR military alliance aimed at reinforcing capitalist control and preventing socialist revolutions in the colonialist powers of Europe weakened by World War II. Since the end of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the U.S. has attempted to vastly expand NATO and turn it into a military instrument to consolidate U.S. corporate power, surround Russia and China and re-conquer the former colonial world.

Consider these examples:

Yugoslavia. Based on the lie that NATO was defending small nations, U.S.-NATO intervention and bombing destroyed multinational Yugoslavia and turned the Balkans into a collection of dependent ministates ruled by the U.S. and Western Europe powers.

Afghanistan. Based on the lie that this was a police action against terrorists, U.S.-NATO have carried out a seven-year occupation leaving the country in ruins and enslaved.

Iraq. Here the lie about weapons of mass destruction was so blatant, and the U.S. position so weak, that most NATO countries refused to join the occupation and utter destruction of Iraq.

No one can believe Bush is promoting peace in Georgia. It is time not only to stop this expansion but to end the NATO war machine completely by dissolving NATO.

It is encouraging to anti-war people worldwide that Georgians themselves have issued a statement condemning the Saakashvili machine. “The entire responsibility for this fratricidal war,” the Georgian Peace Committee says, “for thousands of children, women and elderly dead people, for the inhabitants of South Ossetia and of Georgia falls exclusively on the current president, on the Parliament and on the government of Georgia.” (Aug. 11)

We cannot do less than the people of Georgia who oppose the current president and want no part of NATO. We demand from Washington:

(1) Stop interfering in Georgia and the Caucasus

(2) Stop attempting to expand the NATO military organization into the countries of Eastern Europe and those that border on Russia.

(3) End the aggressive NATO military alliance

(4) No new wars!

Sign the Petition at http://www.iacenter.org/anti-war/handsoffcaucasus

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It’s 4th of July!

Posted by terres on July 4, 2008

Original Entry:

It’s the Independence Day again and what have we done?

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Kucinich Moves to Impeach Bush

Posted by terres on June 11, 2008

US Congressman Moves to Impeach Bush

By Belfast Telegraph

10/06/08 “Belfast Telegraph” – Former Democratic presidential contender, Dennis Kucinich, has called for the impeachment of George W Bush claiming that the president set out to deceive the nation, and violated his oath of office with the Iraq war.


Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich called for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush for launching the war of aggression against Iraq.

The Ohio representative yesterday introduced 35 articles of impeachment against Bush on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

Kucinich unveiled a list of alleged illegal and improper acts by Bush, including war crimes.

He accused Bush executing a “calculated and wide-ranging strategy” to deceive citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States.

He went on to say that Bush and Cheney lied to Congress and the American public about the reasons for invading Iraq in 2003 and abused their offices in order to conduct the “War on Terror” following the 9/11 attacks.

“Bush misled the American people and members of Congress to believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction so as to manufacture a false case for war. President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office,” Kucinich said.

He has already introduced a similar impeachment resolution against Vice President Cheney.

Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com, said: “We’ve waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died.

“We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot.

“We congratulate him on his historic leadership, and pledge to do everything in our power to persuade Congress to adopt all 35 Articles and put George W Bush on trial before the Senate of the United States, exactly as the Founding Fathers wanted.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that there will be no consideration of impeachment proceedings against Bush and said the idea was “off the table.”

Kucinich’s case: the 35 points

Article I –  Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq

Article II –  Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression

Article III  –  Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War

Article IV  –  Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States

Article V  –  Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression

Article VI  –  Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114

Article VII  –  Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.

Article VIII  –  Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter

Article IX  –  Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor

Article X  –  Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes

Article XI  –  Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

Article XII  –  Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation’s Natural Resources

Article XIIII  –  Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries

Article XIV  –  Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency

Article XV  –  Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq

Article XVI  –  Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors

Article XVII  –  Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives

Article XVIII  –  Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy

Article XIX  –  Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to ” Black Sites” Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture

Article XX  –  Imprisoning Children

Article XXI  –  Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government

Article XXII  –  Creating Secret Laws

Article XXIII  –  Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act

Article XXIV  –  Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment

Article XXV  –  Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens

Article XXVI  –  Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements

Article XXVII  –  Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply

Article XXVIII  –  Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice

Article XXIX  –  Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Article XXX  –  Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare

Article XXXI  –  Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency

Article XXXII  –  Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

Article XXXIII  –  Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.

Article XXXIV  –  Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Article XXXV  –  Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

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