Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Message To Wallstreeters From A Young Massoudist: "My Tent Is My AK47."

"Dear Americans: Afghanistan is one of the richest countries in minerals and natural resources. Yet the people are known for being some of the poorest in the world because our military, financial and political leaders have been serving their masters instead of their people.

The Afghanistan people are grateful to the nations and their soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for over 10 years to free Afghanistan from the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorist organizations. We will always be thankful to those who did not hesitate lending a hand in rebuilding Afghanistan. We appreciate every penny that Americans spent on Afghanistan.

"The world is changing, and we are hopeful that the power of people and peaceful rebellion will be victorious around the world. It is time for westerners, especially Americans, to stop providing us with fish. Now its time to teach us how to fish. Teach us how to spread a peaceful and non-violent culture. Please support us in our efforts to Occupy Kabul! We were cheated and played by our own leaders. The democracy system was fake. We realized that a year later. This corrupted and misogynistic regime of drug lords, neo-modern thugs and thieves must be removed. Please click the link to join us."


Blogger Frank Bedek said...

I'm not sure I understand this. He's talking about helping overthrow the very government that Canada and NATO have been fighting to protect and impose upon the people of Afghanistan.

Do you expect that somehow Karzai and the warlords have been merrily thumbing their noses at their Western protecters and pay-masters all this time?

Do you believe that the task is to first defeat "the Taliban" and that then NATO will turn its attention to the government in any meaningful way?

9:17 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Frank: I'm not sure how you reached your confused conclusions, but at least we're clear that the trouble here is your confusion. Try reading the post again?

1:57 PM  
Blogger Frank Bedek said...


You certainly think that you're clear about a lot of things, but you tend to be mistaken.

NATO supports Karzai, do we not? We have supported this corrupt government of misogynist drug lords, right?

Or do you suppose that USA and NATO's leaders are unaware of all of these problems when they surge into Taliban-held areas and bring along a "government in a box" containing the representatives of this corrupt, misogynist, drug lord regime?

I've been aware of your blog for a while now and your denigration of the anti-war movement. You appear to support the NATO mission, but it linking to the young Massoudist, you seem to be saying that you have supported the NATO mission against the Taliban and that their next mission should be against the Karzai regime in Kabul.

If you're not saying that, then I wonder what the heck you are saying.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


You are still confused. You seem capable of admitting that much. I don't know if anything I might write will help you sort yourself out, but this might:

"NATO supports Karzai, do we not? We have supported this corrupt government of misogynist drug lords, right?"

That's the adolescent caricature of the situation. Karzai is the elected president, like him or not. He's the head of a UN member state, and The NATO mission (i.e ISAF) in Afghanistan is a UN project. You won't get any argument from me that inattention to the corruption and ineptitude of the Karzai regime has almost fatally encumbered the anti-Taliban struggle. It is a case I've made myself.

That does not mean NATO's "next mission should be against the Karzai regime in Kabul." That's just silly. If it matters - and it should not matter what I think - I do happen to support the young Massoudists, the Basej-e Melli, Fawzia Koofi, Abdullah Abdullah and the rest in their calls for radical (and unavoidably constitutional) change to entrench democratic practice and the rule of law in Afghan politics.

A tip:

It won't help you get your head around this by dismissing the entire Afghan state as a "corrupt, misogynist, drug lord regime," any more than clarity will come to you by telling yourself the comforting lie that what you may have read here earlier is merely "denigration of the anti-war movement." I merely insist on noticing that the so-called anti-war movement in the world's rich countries has staked out a position on Afghanistan that is objectively indistinguishable from the position of the Islamist far right and the Afghan crypto-fascist right. It is uterly deaf to the demands of Afghan democrats, and I'm not the one who has any explaining to do about that.

10:31 AM  

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