Afghanistan: The Little Brown Poor People Have Already Won
May 29, 2012

Did you ever take a close look at pictures of American soldiers trekking around Afghanistan? You’ll see guys humping fifty to a hundred pounds of gear.

And the ‘enemy’? Guys in Afghan street clothes carrying AKs.

Guess who won the war? Yup, the little guys with the funny hats and scruffy beards.

But, you say, it’s not over yet. How could they have won?

You might also ask yourself who the Americans are fighting. Al Qaeda? Pretty much gone ten years ago. The Taliban? Apparently, but they’re fighting a civil war, or will as soon as the Americans get out of the way. And then there’s the ‘suspected insurgents’ and the ‘suspected militants’. It’s never ‘insurgents’ or ‘militants’. And a good many of them are, didja notice, somewhere between the ages of just born to, oh, say, ten years old.

Of course the point for the Afghanis is that they are fighting on their home turf. They live there. They have a long history there. Long and bloody, but it’s their history and their land.

And really, the Americans, their supply line goes halfway around the world. And their lines of reasoning come straight from the rabbit hole. Ripping Afghanistan apart so that ‘terrorists can never use Afghanistan as a launching pad for attacks on the United States again.’ The Americans seem to have forgotten the attacks of 9/11 were launched from major American airports using American airplanes and the criminals were trained in American flight schools. Al Qaeda, or whoever, and it is increasingly obvious that the Americans are fighting whoever, doesn’t need Afghanistan. Or any particular country or place. A dining room table in Peoria, Illinois will serve just fine as a planning venue.

So not only do the Americans not know who they’re fighting, or why, but they’re being beaten. Ten years and Afghanistan just sinks deeper into corruption and violence. But that’s not the win.

The win for the ‘enemy’ is that the United States has spent well over a half a trillion dollars to date, and is on the hook for probably another trillion or more just to provide for the soldiers damaged in the fight. Add in another couple of trillion for the Iraq war.

So the United States is several trillion dollars in the hole, and counting, based on the whims and ignorance of a narcissistic, egotistical adolescent President named Bush and his amoral sidekick Cheney. And a smart guy, or maybe not so smart guy, named Obama continues to throw money into the snakepits of Afghanistan and corporate war profiteers in the United States.

And just how does that count for a win for the little brown guys with the AKs?

Because all the money could have gone to making the United States a stronger, safer country instead of a weak, mewling giant. It could have gone to building a first class education system instead of the existing failing system that’s being undermined by the ignorant fanatics the conservative movement has unleashed in America. That money could have gone to improving infrastructure, to building first class rail systems and urban transit systems. That money could have gone into massive investments in research and development and implementation of energy systems that could free the country from dependence on the oil and coal that are killing the world. That money could have gone to produce a first class healthcare system instead of a third rate insurance system that enriches CEOs at the cost of the lives and health of citizens.

But we have none of those things. Nor will we in the foreseeable future. Our Dear Leaders have decided it is better to fight a war and kill innocent foreign children than it is to risk the wrath of the conservatives, the know-nothings, the ignorant, the religious fanatics, and the rest of the blind ideologues who shout and stomp their feet and then vote for the candidates who appeal to their basest instincts.

The United States was once the place where people the world over aspired to go. It was thought to be the land of freedom and civility. Now, to aspire to become an American is to aspire to sink into a moral sewer.

So, yes, al Qaeda, or whoever, has won. The United States allowed al Qaeda, or whoever, to allow the United States to cut its own throat. And a fine job of it the United States has done.


Civilians Murdered in Afghanistan: Invaders Just Don’t Get It
June 23, 2007

From the Los Angeles Times, as reported in the Globe, M. Karim Faiez reports that 25 civilians were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Three were infants and nine were women.

NATO officials accused the Taliban of provoking the fighting that led to the reported civilian deaths.

Separately, a Dutch general alleged yesterday that insurgents executed villagers during another battle.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Smith, a NATO spokesman, said, “it must be noted that it was the insurgents who initiated this attack. . . . The risk to civilians was probably deliberate.”

NATO commanders are adamant that the militants deserve most of the blame for the toll among Afghan civilians.

Yesterday, General Dick Berlijn, commander of the Dutch military, painted the militants as murderous desperadoes. Taliban fighters tried to force villagers to fight alongside them “and killed citizens who refused. They were hauled out of their houses by the Taliban and executed,” Berlijn told reporters in The Hague. “

These military guys and their political masters don’t get the equation. It doesn’t matter who kills the civilians. The invaders and occupiers, NATO and the United States, will always be blamed for it, and every dead civilian gives birth to more opposition.

And as for “murderous desperadoes” so reviled by Dickie Berlijn, how about this:

Most episodes of large-scale civilian fatalities have involved US forces. Senior US commanders apologized after troops fired on civilians on a busy highway in March near the eastern city of Jalalabad after their convoy came under attack. At least 19 people were killed, and Afghan officials and human rights groups said the soldiers had fired indiscriminately at civilian vehicles and passersby.

Apologized? You deliberately killed innocent people, you dumb bastards.

No matter how many guns you put into Afghanistan and Iraq and wherever else the psychopath in the White House tells you to go, you can’t win. Those people are fighting for their land and their customs and their history. They’ve been taking care of business for thousands of years in that part of the world.

In Iraq, irregulars and militias and freelancers, using AK-47s, RPGs, and improvised explosives, have crippled what is supposed to be the best army the world has ever seen. And despite the spin the psychos in DC try to put on it, the United States is not fighting al Qaeda. They’re fighting Iraqis on their home soil. Whatever their politics, whatever their motives, they’re fighting at home, they’re fighting for home. They’re in the right and the Americans, as usual, are in the wrong.