A Big Week for War "It promotes war as the stuff of nation-building. Last week was a big week for war. First there was the full-court commemoration of the almost 3,600 Canadians who died at Vimy Ridge 90 years ago.
Then there were the tragic deaths of eight Canadian soldiers killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
Our political and military leaders wasted few opportunities to draw comparisons between Vimy and Kandahar, in an attempt to equate the puzzling, unpopular Afghan mission in the minds of Canadians with the country's most celebrated military battle. Of course, the personal sacrifice and bravery of the Canadians who died — both at Vimy and Kandahar — deserve our gratitude and respect. At issue is not their laudable courage, but the Harper government's use of it to glorify war, to cultivate the notion of war as the great nation-builder."
Why are Canada and NATO in Afghanistan? "The Afghanistan mission may turn out to be a big gamble for NATO, because it is transforming this alliance from a defensive entity into a tool for aggressive incursions. History will tell if NATO can survive this new imperial-like orientation." $150,000 a shot! Canada settles into War
Canada stuck in Afghanistan "If we advocate the complete withdrawal of the occupying forces, then we may well abandon Afghanistan to pandemonium. If, on the other hand, we continue supporting the occupation, then we will remain complicit in the occupation’s savageries. One thing seems certain: if the occupation continues on its present course, then the people of Afghanistan, who have been waiting for the occupiers to reconstruct their country and bring the warlords to justice, will soon lose patience. When that happens, the occupation will crumble, and chaos will reclaim the country."
We want the Taliban back, say ordinary Afghans "When the Taliban were here, I escaped to the border with Iran, but I was never worried about my family," he said. "Every single minute of the last three years I have been very worried. Maybe tonight the Americans will come to my house, molest my wife and children and arrest me."
Losing the War in Afghanistan "As in countless militaristic U.S. nation–building fiascos, “mission creep” in Afghanistan is leading to another foreign policy disaster."
Corruption, Impunity Pervade Afghan Government “Once a week I talk to my staff about human rights and respecting the people. I tell them, ‘If you care about human rights, the people will co-operate because you will have left them with good memories. But if you torture them, they will never join you; they will join outsiders like the Taliban." Afghanistan
CIA blamed for sacking of Afghan governor "Opium from Afghanistan provides more than 90 percent of the world’s total supply, funding international drug syndicates with billions of dollars in profits every year. According to a recent report issued by the United Nations and the World Bank, the U.S.-installed government has established a “complex pyramid of protection and patronage, effectively providing state protection to criminal trafficking activities.”
Surgeon General's Warning: "The heathen Chinese resisted opium imports, so the British kicked their butts and taught them not to interfere in the drug trade. In 1839 Lin Tse-Hsu, imperial Chinese commissioner in charge of suppressing the opium traffic, ordered all foreign traders to surrender their opium. In response, the British send expenditionary warships to the coast of China, beginning the First Opium War. The Chinese were defeated in 1841. Along with paying a large indemnity, the Chinese had to cede Hong Kong to the British also. By 1852, the British had arrived in lower Burma, importing large quantities of opium from India and selling it through a government-controlled opium monopoly. But by 1856, the heathen Chinese had again become uppity, so the British and French renewed their freedom fight with the Second Opium War. In the aftermath of the struggle, China was forced to pay another indemnity, and the importation of opium was legalized.
More recently, the freedom to grow opium poppies in that part of the world was again restored with the liberation of Afghanistan." J. Orlin Grabbe
Afghanistan: Drug Addiction Lucrative for Neolib Banksters, CIA "Before 1980, Afghanistan produced 0% of the world's opium. But then the CIA moved in, and by 1986 they were producing 40% of the world's heroin supply. By 1999, they were churning out 3,200 TONS of heroin a year--nearly 80% of the total market supply. But then something unexpected happened. The Taliban rose to power, and by 2000 they had destroyed nearly all of the opium fields. Production dropped from 3,000+ tons to only 185 tons, a 94% reduction!
This enormous drop in revenue subsequently hurt not only the CIA's Black Budget projects, but also the free-flow of laundered money in and out of the Controller's banks."
Opium for the people: Extraordinary move to legalise poppy crops "The buds of millions of poppy flowers are swelling across Afghanistan. In the far southern provinces bordering Iran, the harvest will start later this month. By mid- May the fields around British military camps in Helmand will be ringing to the sound of scythes, rather than gunfire. And this year's opium harvest will almost certainly be the largest ever. In the five years since the overthrow of the Taliban regime, land under cultivation for poppy has grown from 8,000 to 165,000 hectares."
Afghan poppies 'could help National Health Service' "The British Medical Association says using the poppy fields in this way, rather than destroying them, would help Afghans and NHS patients. Diamorphine, also known as heroin, is used to relieve pain after operations and for the terminally ill."
One year on, Helmand is a bloody failure "But Amir Mohammed, 65, a farmer, said: "We have had nothing but fighting since the British came. A lot of people have been killed by them. The Taliban are back all over Helmand. They are in Musa Qala, Nawzad, Sangin and Garamsir. There is no security. At least there was security under the Taliban. Also they are now talking about destroying our poppy fields. How will we eat?"
Canada and the World Order After the Wreckage "New American security doctrines, American and NATO military and diplomatic interventions to initiate regime changes in wayward states, and the proliferation of American military bases around the world, have all redrawn geopolitical alliances. In line with U.S. 'grand strategy', American unilateralism now occupies the space left by the decline of the Cold War division."