Monday, December 20, 2010

This Is How It's Done.

The Taliban have sustained heavy casualties a clean-up operation in Afghanistan's Balkh province, with indigenous security forces arresting two Taliban commanders and 50 fighters. Officials noted that 55 villages, including Chimtal and Chaar Bolak, have been cleared of anti-government elements and are now in full control of the government.

This is the first operation on this scale in which female members of the Afghan National Security Forces participated. One of the two local Taliban commanders was captured attempting to hide in women's clothing. An Afghan policewoman who was part of the push said: "The Taliban commander was wearing a Burqa and was sitting among women."

Roughly 1,000 Afghan personnel took part in Operation Ebtekar (Initiative). Two soldiers were killed and three others were injured. Balkh Police Chief, General Esmatullah Alizai says the so-called insurgents have lost their momentum in most parts of the province and no longer have the potential to resist law-enforcement agencies. The provincial officials say the operation will continue until the complete elimination of anti-government forces.

Balkh Governor Mohammad Atta Noor said the Taliban is masquerading as an Muslim resistance, but in fact they are merely mercenaries: "They are living a worse life because they don't know what they are doing is not a noble thing. They are not doing it for God, they are not doing it on purposes of security. They just want to make people suffer and they themselves earn a living by using guns."

All I'm saying here is that nothing cheers me up more than the sight of an unveiled Afghan woman cradling a machine gun.


Blogger MuniMula said...

That's all good and well, but unfortunately when we leave these people will be killed, a most unpleasant death. There will be another killing fields, only this one will make the last one look like it was perpetrated by the Amish. I’ll bet most westerners would be shocked to know that in the neighbouring country (our good ally) Pakistan the, vast, overwhelming, majority of citizens believe in exactly the same thing as the Taliban. Yup, that is true. It is popular support in Pakistan that is assisting and driving the Taliban in Afghanistan today, and tomorrow. The only way to stop it is to maintain a western military force, forever.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it follows that providing firearms training, in addition to other educational opportunities for afghan women and girls, ought to be a priority for our military. in fact, no exit strategy for western forces would be complete without a plan to first train, indoctrinate (w/ germaine greer), arm, and equip every afghan female over the age of eight years. (a large bore semiautomatic pistol with 200 rounds, and a fully automatic rifle with 1000 rounds, issued to each and every afghan woman ought to keep the peace nicely once we're gone.)
it seems to be working so far, it's the right thing to do, and it addresses muni's concerns. what could go wrong?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Everybody's a dang comedian.

6:57 PM  

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