Thursday, January 28, 2010

In HRS Internasjonal: Peace At Any Cost

"Peace at any cost." Those were the exact words Afghan President Hamid Karzai used last week to describe the intent of a Taliban peace-talks plan that the UK, the US and Japan are pegged to bankroll as a new exit strategy from Afghanistan. British foreign secretary David Miliband must have winced.

Miliband prefers to describe the plan as kind of international trust fund. The idea is that Karzai might draw from it to bribe jihadist commanders out of the Taliban chain of command. It’s an attempt to find what Miliband calls the “the right balance of military muscle and political outreach,” but for Afghan feminists, secularists and democrats, the long, lingering dread of a squalid sell-out, all dressed up in the guise of peacemaking, is fast giving way to a gnawing, horrible fear.

"You cannot buy off your enemies,” Ahmad Zia Kechkenni, a senior adviser to Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s main challenger in last year’s fraud-riddled elections, told me the other day. “When your money is gone, they will go back to fighting.”

In Paris, London, Washington and Ottawa, in all the places where young Afghan progressives would expect to find their closest friends and allies, “peace” is the conceit that animates every conversation about Afghanistan. The words on all the protest placards are “troops out.” If Europe and the United States cook up a sordid sell-out, there will be no one to stand in its way.

“Troops out” is not what Afghans say, least of all those Afghans who you would think European liberals would be proud to call their friends. . . But these are not the Afghan voices we hear, and there are reasons why.

I enumerate those reasons in the essay. If we must blame it on the "fog of war," then the least we should do is have a look at who's running the fog machine that most effectively obscures the Euro-American view of the Afghan people and of their brave women's rights leaders, who they really are what they actually say.

Code Pink has been especially busy at the machine's nobs and levers lately. The recent scam operation they ran in Afghanistan has been child-safety-certified by no less than Jane Fonda, queen mother of the decadent liberal American bourgeoisie, who pronounces on the testimony so grossly misrepresented by Code Pink millionaire matron Jodie Evans this way: "Bottom line: everyone she met with wants the U.S. Military out of their country." A lie, hovering in a cloud of lies that gets a look-through thanks to a whistle-blower in Code Pink's ranks, Sara Davidson. Sara thought she was being a good and loyal hippie dove when she traveled to Afghanistan with Code Pink, but discovered too late that the only role Code Pink wanted her to play was that of a useless, idiotic dupe.

Lauryn Oates, meanwhile, is an actually-existing feminist who is returning to Afghanistan in a few days (we'll be meeting up in Kabul) to complete only the latest of more than dozen field assignments she's undertaken among the women of that country. Lauryn is no dupe.

Elsewhere, Code Pink has been busy performing fabulous and elaborate public-relations stunts for that peace-loving, Protocols-of-Zion-believing death cult known as Hamas. This comes as no surprise to Omri Ceren, "but there's something particularly unseemly about ostensible feminists shamelessly marching in a gender-apartheid protest."

Ah, but Omri, don't you see? It's all for peace. Peace at any cost, peace at any price, peace in our time.

8 Comments:

Blogger Christopher W said...

Of interest...

http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/dont-betray-afghan-women-in-the-name-of-peace/

12:11 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Thanks for the link, Christopher. In a pinch, you can always count on Jim Denham. Maybe he'll be able to rouse the Alliance for Workers Liberty to rally round Afghan's actually-existing feminists, secularists and democrats. They pay attention to him. Or at least they bloody well should.

12:25 PM  
Blogger ModernityBlog said...

Sorry, slightly off topic, but I thought you'd want to be informed.

Seismic Shock the Video is out.

http://modernityblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/seismic-shock-the-video/

Please do embed it and pass it on
Cheers :)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

What a crew, dont't know if you had a chance to read about this Pinker - http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2010/01/triumph-of-clueless-true-life-lessons.html

4:29 PM  
Blogger Old Brooktrout said...

Interesting piece by Sara Davidson there. Unequivocal in its claims about Afghans wanting us there. I don't know why anyone would doubt that.

7:08 PM  
Blogger The Plump said...

A fine piece Terry and if that is what you look like now you are wearing well :-).

For once, appeasement is not an inappropriate historical analogy, it is now a contemporary fashion statement - stupidity being paraded as wisdom.

Even in domestic politics, if the far right make an advance the attitude is not that they should be confronted and their lies exposed, but that their ideas should be adopted so that we can say to thugs that your racism is so understandable, we do understand and we will be nasty to foreigners on your behalf because we feel your pain.

Divorced from principles and divorced from reality. Bloody depressing.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

It is exceedingly difficult at the moment to maintain my usual pluck, and even the old photo that shows me with a beard and o gray in it doesn't help, my dear Plump one.

There are a few bright possibilities that the London conference has presented. The first is in the spirit of that old British naval grog-toast, "Confusion to our enemies." The second is that there may yet be some gain to me made in reviving Karzai's efforts to bribe jihadist crackpots back to civilized life. The third is that with Canada pulling out, not all of the savings from bringing home the battle group will be taken back into the treasury, and some pittance of it might be reinvested back into bolstering the work of Afghanistan's brave young democrats and feminists. The fourth is the cold comfort in knowing that for some long while now, this has all been about merely buying time, forestalling the inevitable, creating just enough space, for just long enough, for the seed to flower and the flower to root.

4:33 PM  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

It is bloody depressing and, unfortunately it is another sign of the time. Related to this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/24/nick-cohen-barack-obama

1:27 AM  

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