Afghanistan & Pakistan

For More Than Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

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McChrystal, Petraeus, Obama: the Imperial Bloodbath Continues

By Chris Floyd

 
Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis.
 
It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama did about Stanley McChrystal.

What really matters is this:
 
Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday.

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US Drone Attacks on Pakistan: Smaller Missiles, More Strikes

by Jason Ditz

 
At least six more people were killed today and several wounded in the latest US drone attack against Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency. The attack brought the 2010 total from US attacks to 274 killed in 41 attacks.
 
The attack was the latest in what analysts say is a strategy of using smaller missiles, aimed at reducing the massive number of civilians killed in 2009’s drone attacks.

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Free Fire Zone Afghanistan: 5 Civilians Killed, 18 Wounded in Attack on Bus

Afghanistan civilians killedFrom American Leftist

 
 
American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near Kandahar on Monday morning, killing as many as five civilians and wounding 18 and sparking anger in a city where winning over Afghan support is considered pivotal to the war effort.

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Made in America: The Gardez Massacre

by Larry Everest

On the evening of February 12, some 25 friends and relatives gathered at the home of Hajji Sharaf Udin in the village of Khataba, a few miles outside Gardez, the capital of Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan.
 
They were there to celebrate the naming of Udin's newborn grandson. "Sitting together along the walls of a guest room, the men had taken turns dancing while musicians played," The Times (UK) later reported. Before sunrise five innocent Afghan civilians, all relatives, would be murdered.

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Why World Can’t Wait Demands U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan Now

Afghan RefugeesOCTOBER 7, 2001: the U.S. attacked Afghanistan. Many lies have been used to justify the continuation and escalation of this war. President Obama sent 34,000 more troops to occupy Afghanistan, and is considering sending as many as 45,000 more, not including tens of thousands of private U.S. contractors.

 
LIES USED TO JUSTIFY THIS INCLUDE:
 
Afghanistan is a “good war” against the “real terrorists” who attacked Americans
 
Barack Obama referred to the war as the "the central front in our battle against terrorism." According to our the new president, "I think one of the biggest mistakes we've made strategically after 9/11 was to fail to finish the job. …We got distracted by Iraq."
 
The war in Afghanistan had nothing to do with responding to the 9/11 attacks. It was launched to defeat reactionary Islamic fundamentalist trends and groups that have posed obstacles to U.S power and to restructure the Middle East and Central Asian regions in order to deepen U.S. domination.
 
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The Case Against the Continued Occupation and Escalation of the War in Afghanistan

 

by Camillo "Mac" Bica

Despite some subtle nuances regarding a timetable for the phased withdrawal of at least a portion of the combat troops from Iraq,(1) the positions of both John McCain and Barack Obama regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are quite similar. Under both their plans, American young men and women, despite their eventually being withdrawn from Iraq - "with honor" for McCain, "responsibly" for Obama - will not be returning home but, rather, redeployed to another battlefield upon which to continue to kill or be killed. Both candidates have promised a surge in Afghanistan, and a commitment to continue the "war on terrorism" until our enemies, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, perhaps Iran, are defeated and Osama Bin Laden is killed or captured. Consequently, while promising the American people real change from the politics of gunboat diplomacy and militarism of the last eight years, all we are truly being offered by either candidate is more of the same.

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Pakistan on the Brink

by Dennis Loo

As I've written previously, Pakistan concentrates the present contradictions in the world more powerfully and dangerously than perhaps anywhere else. See here as well.

As the article below from The Independent UK shows, the failure of the "war on terror," and its viciously, spectacularly, counter-productive nature, are being played out in dramatic ways in Pakistan. If Obama becomes president, he will get the chance to continue these horrible policies that his predecessor, W., implemented on Obama's recommendations!

Look at what's happening to Pakistan and then ask yourself if this is the change we need and the change we can believe in.

 
Endorsing and defending the Empire, which Obama has made no secret is his credo in foreign policy, leads logically and inevitably to these policies and to these consequences. Is this the world you want? Is this the country you stand with?

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