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Troop Surge Can Only Magnify Crime Against Afghanistan

A troop surge can only magnify the crime against Afghanistan

If Barack Obama heralds an escalation of the war, he will betray his own message of hope and deepen my people's pain

By Malalai Joya
The Guardian
November 30, 2009

After months of waiting, President Obama is about to announce the new US strategy for Afghanistan. His speech may be long awaited, but few are expecting any surprise: it seems clear he will herald a major escalation of the war. In doing so he will be making something worse than a mistake. It is a continuation of a war crime against the suffering people of my country.

I have said before that by installing warlords and drug traffickers in power in Kabul, the US and Nato have pushed us from the frying pan to the fire. Now Obama is pouring fuel on these flames, and this week's announcement of upwards of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan will have tragic consequences.

Already this year we have seen the impact of an increase in troops occupying Afghanistan: more violence, and more civilian deaths. My people, the poor of Afghanistan who have known only war and the domination of fundamentalism, are today squashed between two enemies: the US/Nato occupation forces on one hand and warlords and the Taliban on the other.

While we want the withdrawal of one enemy, we don't believe it is a matter of choosing between two evils. There is an alternative: the democratic-minded parties and intellectuals are our hope for the future of Afghanistan.

It will not be easy, but if we have a little bit of peace we will be better able to fight our own internal enemies – Afghans know what to do with our destiny. We are not a backward people, and we are capable of fighting for democracy, human and women's rights in Afghanistan. In fact the only way these values will be achieved is if we struggle for them and win them ourselves.

Continued: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/nov/...

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I remember seeing MANY people

with Obama shirts, hats, stickers with the peace sign in place of the O.

What fools. They better begin speaking out.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

My liberty-minded home base of thought:



Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Obama's escalated the war

Obama's escalated the war once in Afghanistan already, and has approved an increase in war spending. I believe the troop count over in Afghanistan will exceed 100k when Obama sends the additional troops over there that he's slated to announce today, and that's not counting all the contractors and DOD civilians.

Talk about being stretched thin. Troop levels in Iraq aren't below 100k right now either.

Pardon me for self-bumping

But, unbelievably, there is no lasting thread about this

****HUGE NEWS******

that Obama is sending 30,000-40,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

I hope everyone knows about the CIA's

long history of drug trafficking, and understand the significance of what this article, written by an Afghan Parliament member is saying, in particular:

The reality is that only the drug traffickers and warlords have been helped under this corrupt and illegitimate Karzai government.

Michael Ruppert predicted in early 2001 that the Taliban's destruction of the poppy fields was tantamount to an act of war against the CIA.

Something to think about.

Here is more from her:

“Afghanistan, after eight years of occupation, has become a world center for drugs,” Joya told me. “The drug lords are the only ones with power. How can you expect these people to stop the planting of opium and halt the drug trade? How is it that the Taliban when they were in power destroyed the opium production and a superpower not only cannot destroy the opium production but allows it to increase? And while all this goes on, those who support the war talk to you about women’s rights. We do not have human rights now in most provinces. It is as easy to kill a woman in my country as it is to kill a bird. In some big cities like Kabul some women have access to jobs and education, but in most of the country the situation for women is hell. Rape, kidnapping and domestic violence are increasing. These fundamentalists during the so-called free elections made a misogynist law against Shia women in Afghanistan. This law has even been signed by Hamid Karzai. All these crimes are happening under the name of democracy.”

From an article called Opium, Rape, and the America Way