* New Articles added, 10/10/06
My stat-counter informs me that many Canadians are searching for articles detailing the “whats” and “whys” of the growing Canadian war and occupation in a nation many Canadians could not find on a map.
The following articles could be helpful in determining the facts running counter to our Neoconservative government’s increasingly convoluted fictions presented as the reasons for Canada entering a multi-billion dollar, multi-generational lost cause in Afghanistan.
More articles and opinion will be added to this list in the coming days.
Canada/NATO Invasion of Afghanistan Sows Destruction and Misery*
"Deepening resistance U.S./NATO officials say they are surprised by the scope and success of the resistance to their latest offensives. "The fighting is extraordinarily intense," said the commander of British forces in Afghanistan. "The intensity and ferocity of the fighting is far greater than in Iraq."
But the reasons for deepening resistance are not difficult to understand.
The Senlis report states:
"During the past five years, there have been some limited achievements in Afghanistan.... Yet these visible achievements, frequently lauded in the West, mask the [Afghan government's] lack of independence and the growing irrelevance of the Afghan government to the Afghan people."
The Afghan puppet government and its police and army forces are deeply resented by much of the population for their corruption and abuse. Looting and wanton destruction by foreign and puppet forces routinely follow in the wake of their military operations.
On May 29, a popular uprising occurred in the streets of Kabul following yet another in a long line of civilian deaths caused by reckless driving of a U.S. military convoy. Protesters marched on the presidential palace chanting "Death to America." The protest was brutally suppressed, with Agence France-Presse reporting at least 14 protesters killed.
Canadian soldiers have killed civilians, including children, during patrols in Kandahar. Scores of civilians were killed during the recent "Operation Medusa" bloodletting."
Afghanistan: Wrong Mission for Canada
"The coolly reasoned case made by a leading expert in international law."
How the West Destroyed Afghanistan
Murray Dobbin - The Tyee
"In order to sell Canadians on our war-fighting mission in Afghanistan, the Harper government resorts to using language that reduces the debate to an adolescent level.
By constantly repeating phrases like "we can't cut and run" and we won't leave "until the job is done," or "we have to support our troops" or we "can't let the terrorists win" Harper hopes to frame the debate so that nothing substantive ever gets discussed.
These are the kind of arguments you find amongst adolescent boys fighting in schoolyards: too immature and too driven by their testosterone to actually think straight about the consequences of their actions.
It might be productive if every conversation about Afghanistan had to begin with a quotation from Benjamin Franklin: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." At least it might lead those discussing the war to delve a little deeper, to examine Afghanistan's social and political structures, its history and, most importantly, the record of the West in creating the current horrors.
As is stands now, we proceed as if Afghanistan was created from nothing on Sept. 11, 2001."
On Appeasement and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
“Two charges are regularly made against those who advocate the withdrawal of western armies from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The first, that they are craven because they would “cut and run” is nothing more than the usual excess of testosterone displayed by those who think that any brawl they get into must end with the annihilation of their opponents.
The second charge is that those who would withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan are appeasers following in the footsteps of Neville Chamberlain at Munich.
The second accusation is more serious because it raises the question of what we can
learn from history to prepare us to deal with the dilemmas of the present.”
Canadian death toll reaches 40
The image from Afghanistan seen almost daily by Canadians:
Will it harden us into accepting Harper’s fallacious and juvenile reasons for ramping up Canada’s war against a nation that did nothing to us or will it see Canadians demand an end to the continuously lethal Neoconservative experiment to reshape the Middle East in America’s now unrecognizable image by force?
Harper's Wager: Casualties for Global Influence
“The mounting Canadian death toll in Afghanistan is the price of leadership that comes with playing a significant role in global affairs”: Stephen Harper.
Note the statement. And think about the mind set of the Canadian leader who made it.
The statement is crass and vulgar. It is utilitarian in its willingness to trade blood for influence. It measures the worth of Canada and Canadians in quantitative terms---more casualties, more influence.
The statement sweeps to one side the moral worth of the Canada that has achieved greatness and respect throughout the world as a nation that values human life and embraces diversity.
It dismisses the Canada that has lent its energies to peacekeeping.”
“Operation Enduring Freedom”
Nato takes over Afghan security
Afghanistan: Why NATO cannot win*
"We saw over a period of many years how the country was torn apart by civil war ... But in the face of outside aggressions, Afghans have always put aside their differences and united.
Evidently, the [US-led] coalition forces are also being seen as a threat to the nation."
Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence*
"Now, certainly on paper, women are more equal to men than they were before, but in practical terms, very little has actually changed in Afghanistan for women. There's increased sexual and domestic violence against women. Women parliamentarians are harassed and threatened."
Real Taliban Distance Themselves from P2OG Taliban
"Lost in the corporate media fluff surrounding the supposed suicide attempt of Dallas Cowboys’ star receiver Terrell Owens and the sorrows of Anna Nicole Smith, we learn that the fanatical Wahhabi Taliban, wholly artificial creatures groomed in CIA-ISI sponsored madrassas in Pakistan, are “worried about their image” and are attempting to “distance themselves from the suicide bombers,” according to the Herald.
“The number of suicide bombings and roadside booby-trap blasts in Afghanistan has soared by 600% in nine months, triggering fears that the Taliban are copying Iraqi insurgent tactics.” NATO officers and UN officials “say there is no proven link to either Iraqi insurgents or Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and that bomb-making techniques could be picked up from extremist websites.”
In other words, a black op “foreign Taliban” appears to be at work in Afghanistan, busily attempting to discredit the real Taliban, who are making gains against the occupation of their country."
CIA and the DIA Smuggle Afghanistan's Heroin to the World
Q- How big is American drug traffic to Europe and who is behind it?
A- About 15-20 tons of heroin a year.
When Poznan become open, I think it could rise to 50, even 70 tons.
Behind this business are the CIA and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency).
Actually, this is what they did already in Indochina in the 1960s-70s and in Central America in the 1980s.
Q- What are the goals of these U.S. secret services?
A- In the first place, it's personal enrichment.
Second, special services make huge amounts of money out of drug trafficking.
They can spend this money at their own discretion, without the knowledge of the Congress and even the U.S. president.
Finally, with this money secret services can solve certain political problems.
For example, they can enter into mutually profitable agreements with Afghan warlords, who give "protection" to drug business in their fiefdoms.
This also gives secret services powerful influence on Kosovo Albanian diaspora in Europe, which is more than one million strong. It is a kind of "fifth column" of the United States in "the old Europe."
Canada in Afghanistan: Top Ten Under-reported Facts*
Media Alliance for New Activism
FACT #1: Jean Chretien & Canadian Corporations Involved in Trans-Afghan Pipeline
FACT #2: Gordon O'Connor, Defence Minister, Is Former Military Lobbyist
FACT #3: Current Afghan Parliament Includes Warlords and Drug Lords
FACT #4: Afghan Warlords Considered Bigger Threat Than Taliban
FACT #5: Afghan Women Face Repression Despite Removal Of Taliban
FACT #6: Elected Afghan Woman Faces Death Threats For Speaking Out
FACT #7: Since the U.S.-led War, Afghanistan Is Increasingly Hooked on Heroin
FACT #8: U.S. And Coalition Forces Using Excessive Force & Arbitrary Detention
FACT #9: Canada Complicit In Violation of Human Rights For 'War On Terror'
FACT #10: U.S. Finds More Oil and Gas Reserves After 4-Year Search
Afghanistan: The Other Lost War
The US war on Afghanistan was also planned well in advance (at least a year or more) of the 9/11 attack that provided the claimed justification for it.
It was part of the US strategic plan to control the vast oil and gas resources of Central Asia that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski under President Carter explained the importance of in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard. In it he referred to Eurasia as the "center of world power extending from Germany and Poland in the East through Russia and China to the Pacific and including the Middle East and Indian subcontinent."
By dominating this region including Afghanistan with its strategic location, the US would assure it had access to and controlled the vast energy resources there.
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