Monday, August 02, 2010

We're The First Ones To Starve, We're The First Ones To Die.

Negligent, immoral, bizarre: "These Afghans are in extreme danger. I am sure al-Qaida and the Taliban have got people trawling through this stuff too. In light of what Mullah Omar said recently that the Taliban should change tactics and target those who collaborate with Nato forces, this is very serious."

Christopher Alexander, from whom we should all hear more, is too kind. Anyone who is unaware of Pakistan's sinister animations of the Taliban "insurgency" simply hasn't been paying attention.

All you have to do is ask the Taliban: "Although the Taliban has a strong endogenous impetus, according to Taliban commanders the ISI orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences the movement. They say it gives sanctuary to both Taliban and Haqqani groups, and provides huge support in terms of training, funding, munitions, and supplies. In their words, this is 'as clear as the sun in the sky'."

Again - thank you, Julian Assange: "It is inevitable that the Taliban will now seek violent retribution on those who have co-operated with NATO. Their families and tribes will also be in danger. That danger should not be underestimated." Stating the obvious: They have put this out without any regard whatsoever for the consequences.” Martin Peretz observes: "How does Assange justify putting these people at mortal risk? Predictably, he does not."

Already in the planning stages: "The Taliban has issued a chilling warning to Afghans, alleged in secret US military files leaked on the internet to have worked as informers for the Nato-led coalition, telling Channel 4 News "US spies" will be hunted down and punished."

How it's done: Taliban Execute Seven-Year-Old Afghan Boy Accused Of Spying.

And so, in these ways, one is forced to choose sides.

Haroon Siddiqui pleads Pakistan's case - it's just "looking out for its own long-term interests" - and concludes: "The sooner NATO leaves, the better." But Aisha, a beautiful 18-year-old Afghan woman who does not have a column in the Toronto Star, is not so partial to Pakistan or the counter-revolutionary filth that comprises its proxies in Afghanistan: "They are the people that did this to me."

And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war

Who's deprived of a gun but still pushed to the fore

And expected to die for the land of their birth,

Though they've never owned one lousy handful of earth?


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