Archive for September, 2009

U.S. to attack Quetta, Balochistan with Drones? Pakistan Government will Fail.

September 30, 2009

It’s Drone day again. Read one of our past Drone stories here The U.S. is stepping up its use of Drones to attack “terrorists” and “al Queda members” in Pakistan’s border cities with Afghanistan. Now the talk is to go after Mullah Omar and other leaders the U.S. believes are in Quetta, the capitol city of Balochistan, a city with 750,000 residents.

The Pakistan Government will fail if this happens. Their lands are being attacked by the U.S. now through the Drone attacks along the Afghanistan border cities and North and South Waziristan, and it is not widely reported that the President Zardari’s approval rating is below 34% and sinking. Soon, if this Drone attack on Quetta goes ahead, President Zardari will be called a puppet of the U.S. government. Over 65% of the Pakistan population believes that the U.S. is their worst enemy. We are destabilizing the area further every day. Read our Balochistan stories here, here, and here

Quetta, Balochistan, over 750,000 live here, is Mullah Omar one of them? Photo by Ajmal Ahmed Khan

Quetta, Balochistan, over 750,000 live here, is Mullah Omar one of them? Photo by Ajmal Ahmed Khan

A Taliban commander, Hayatullah Khan, told Reuters by telephone that the entire Taliban leadership was in Afghanistan.

‘Pakistan is not safe for us. More of our people have been captured in Pakistan than in Afghanistan so everybody is here including Mullah Omar,’ said Khan, who said he was speaking from Afghanistan, although he declined to be specific. ‘The Americans are making the Quetta shura an excuse for an expansion of their drone strikes to Balochistan, nothing else,’ said Khan. Pakistan, battling al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban militants in NWFP province, to the north of Balochistan, insists that the Taliban leadership is not in present in Queta.The United States has launched nearly 60 strikes in northwest Pakistan since the beginning of 2008, but none has been in Baluchistan. US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson told the Washington Post the Quetta shura was ‘high on Washington’s list’.

Here’s some more Drone stories in the press today:

US aircraft strike in North and South Waziristan For the most difinitive information on Drone attacks, and background on the identity of the targets, you must read Bill Roggio’s The Long War. He constantly has the best information on what is happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Third drone strike in past 24 hours

Drone strike kills eight in N Waziristan

Drone Damage, indiscrimnate killings, small village outside of Miramshah, North Waziristan, AP Photo

Drone Damage, indiscrimnate killings, small village outside of Miramshah, North Waziristan, AP Photo

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Questions about Afghanistan Policy; and the Hitman Talketh

September 28, 2009

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Quote of the day: General McChrystal: “If the people view us as occupiers and the enemy, we can’t be successful and our casualties will go up dramatically.” Now just where has McChrystal been the past 8 years? Doesn’t he know that we are “occupiers” “infidels”, whose boots have to be removed from their lands is what is believed by the normal population of Iraq and Afghanistan? The General needs to be replaced with someone that can see the Invasion for what is was and what it has become. A no win game.

Congressman Quigley asks 10 Questions that need to be answered by President Obama

Thank you, Congressman Mike Qiigley, now follow that up by not stopping until each question is answered and the public is informed. We’ve had enough of the Pentagon Press Releases passing as “News”.

Next Story: We destroy a countries economy by giving them big loans from the World Bank or other sources. We then build infrastructure projects like roads, dams, ports, industrial centers and hire American companies to do the building, taking all that loan money out of the country and back to U.S. corporations. Then when these countries can’t pay the loans, we blackmail them. Vote with us at the U.N., or send troops to Iraq or Afghanistan (coalition of the UnWilling). When a country refuses our loans so we won’t be able to control them, we send in the Jackal team to take them out by assasination. Osama bin Laden mentions John Perkins book on “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”, a great read. Listen to Perkins here.

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You have a Relative 18 Years Old or Older? Wake up to the Draft. The United State of Afghanistan is Implementing a Draft. And don’t Forget our Troops, bring them Home Now !

September 27, 2009

The Afghan Police and Army need more members. It was reported that the Afghanistan’s ministry of defence said it was now drawing up plans for compulsory military service to raise the Afghan Army from 92,000 to 135,000 by the end of next year, then as quickly as possible to get it up to 240,000. This is recommended by our own General McChrystal.

We can not send our troops back for the fifth, sixth, seventh, deployment. They are becoming ill, suffering from mental disorders that can be tracked to how many times they were deployed. By their third tour to Iraq, more than a quarter of soldiers show signs of mental problems, such as PTSD, and it’s about 1 out of 3 for those exposed to heavy combat, according to a U.S. Army Surgeon General report in March (2008) on more than 2,000 soldiers.


What does this one year away from families do to the family, their relatives, the relationships? Then they come back home, and shortly after, they are called back to another tour in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other areas in the Central Asia and the Mid-East. How long before we have a draft here? For what? A Pipeline for Oil and Gas?

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The Worst way to Die, by your own Hand

 

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Retire the Generals; No War, No Purpose. End the War, Sign the Petition. Put your Body (signature) on the Line.

September 25, 2009
750 Women Bare their Bodies for Peace at Bryron Bay, Australia 2.8.03 www.barewitness.org

750 Women at Bryron Bay Bare their Bodies for No War, Australia 2.8.03 http://www.barewitness.org

A A Rare meeting of no less than seven UK and US generals in Kuwait (left to right) Major General Peter Wall, Lieutenant General John Reith, Lieutenant General David McKiernan, General Sir Mike Jackson, Lieutenant General JT Conway, Major General Robin Brims, and Major General Albert Whitley (date unknown)<br />
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Who Benefits?

In 1991, the Gulf War ended. (the sanctions began, but that is another story). In 1996, after the Bosnia-Herzegovina war, the NATO Generals and the career officers (Second Lieutenant and above) all went back to their desk jobs, and back to their homes and their loved ones. Their days all started the same, breakfast with the spouse, maybe some other family members, then off to the desk at one of the bases. At their desk job, they shuffled papers and oversaw the base and the daily tasks facing those other soldiers with nothing to do but be a the base at their appointed jobs. No raise in rank, a waste of their fighting talents, all waiting for the next outbreak of agression so they can go back into the fighting mode they were trained to do. THEY NEED A WAR. The adrenalin is running, they pack up and leave the home for the foreign assignment, some move to other bases here in the U.S. and around the world. The Battle begins.

On the other end of this troop movement are the manufaturers of all the supplies that are needed for deployment and to carry out the fight. Stocks are emptied, and need to be re-supplied. More arms must be manufacturered over the volume we sell to other countries: In 2008, over 1/2 of all the weapons purchased by other countries in the whole world comes from the Peace-Loving United States. Jasmin Melvin writes “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States accounted for more than two-thirds of foreign weapons sales in 2008, a year in which global sales were at a three-year low, The New York Times reported the United States was involved in 68.4 percent of the global sales of arms.U.S. weapons sales jumped nearly 50 percent in 2008 despite the global economic recession to $37.8 billion from $25.4 billion the year before.” We are a war-mongering nation, if not at war, we supply others to kill each other.

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End the War in Afghanistan (Pakistan and Iraq) Make your Voice Heard

September 24, 2009

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CU Women Bare Witness for Peace, Please sign the Petition Now

CU Women Bare Witness for Peace, Please sign the Petition Now

Today, we take our stand for PEACE. While the General is calling for 40,000 more young Americans to go to Afghanistan, we say “Bring our troops home now”. The 20,000 approved by President Obama have yet to arrive in Afghanistan, now add 40,000 more? We are the “Occupier” in the minds of the Afghani’s.

Voters For Peace sends us “A Unique Moment When Your Voice Opposing the Afghan War Will Really Make a Difference”.

UPDATE: 5 US troops killed in southern Afghan attacks

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Afghanistan is in the news now. What happened to Iraq? Anyone care? How about Pakistan? More of their citizens are Displaced because of our forcing the Pakistan Military to go into Waziristan? Stop the War. End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. Please take action now. It’s in our hands. We are the Government.

“New U.S. Goal: Protect U.S. Allies from Terrorists in AF-PAK” says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: One more new reason to be there. And the Hornet’s still Swarm

September 23, 2009

With great interest, here comes another reason to have our troops and our deficit spending budget at work in Afghanistan and Pakistan (what happened to Iraq? Remember that place?). The Headline said ” Our goal is to protect US, allies from terrorists in Af-Pak: Hillary”

[ED NOTE:  If that is the goal, what is the plan to achieve that goal?  It is an impossible goal without killing everyone in the AF-PAK region.]

WASHINGTON: Asserting that the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is the epicentre of terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the goal of the Obama Administration is to protect the US and its allies from terrorists living in this part of the world.

“Our goal is to protect the United States, our allies, our friends around the world, from what is the epicentre of terrorism; namely, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Clinton said in an interview with News Hour.

“Some people say, well, al-Qaida is no longer in Afghanistan. If Afghanistan were taken over by the Taliban, I can’t tell you how fast al-Qaida would be back in Afghanistan,” she said.  The Obama administration is trying to sort out all of the different factors and come to the resolution based on the best information it has, she said. Clinton said the new Afghan policy would be on hold till the new government in that country is in place. The results of the August 20 presidential elections are yet to be declared. It is taking an unduly long time than expected because of the large scale allegations of voters fraud.

Bald Faced Hornet's nest, the Hornet will chase you long distances and continue to sting many times

Bald Faced Hornet's nest; the Hornet will chase you long distances and continue to sting many times


 

Ok, here’s what has happened.  There were a series of Hornet’s nests all across Afghanistan (villages to us) and Pakistan villages (the border areas, in reality Pashtunistan), and two areas that Pakistan did not bother with at all, the Federally Administered Tribal Area (that Pakistan DID NOT administer) and the Northern Frontier Area.  So after 9/11, the U.S. goes and starts to smash the Hornet’s nests.  There are so many nests, and so much damage done to the nests, making the Hornet’s go crazy at their hives being destroyed and the queen bee (family members) being lost, they seek Revenge, one of the top things that the Hornet’s hold dear.  We have created so many angry Hornets, and we continue to do so daily. Hornets are known to chase people great distances if they are disturbed or their nests are damaged.

The Hornet’s (Pashtuns) function under a code called Pashtunwali. Over the centuries, complex and sophisticated conflict-resolution mechanisms, legal codes, and alternative forms of governance have developed in the region.  The rural Pashtuns prefer their own mechanisms to alien, external ones, because, in their perceptions, theirs are clearly superior, said Thomas Johnson/M. Chris Mason in No Sign until the Burst of Fire.

We can’t rebuild the nests, or bring back the lost Hornets. We chased the Wasps and killed the Hornets. It is a very miserable thing to have done and continute to do to the colony of hives and their inhabitants. These inhabitants are humans, just like you and me and your loved ones, your daughters, your sons, your sisters, your brothers, your spouse, your parents, your grandparents, your grandchildren. Feel for them. End the War.
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More Drones, Fewer Troops? More United States Crimes against Humanity

September 22, 2009

Today, we read More Drones to be used in Pakistan. Indiscriminate killing of targets on the ground from Drones flying as high as 60,000 feet, while the U.S. command says “Taliban killed”, along with collateral damage (innocent civilians killed).

Drone Damage, who's the target? Mark Dowe photo source

Drone Damage, who's the target? Mark Dowe photo source

A good outline of the crimes committed by the United States by using Drones is stated here: The attacks violate the Geneva Conventions, the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, the United Nations Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution #3314 and the Nuremberg Charter. Even when the missiles hit their intended targets in Pakistan, the orders to fire are given from thousands of miles away by CIA officials watching on computer screens in North America. CIA teams sit, in effect, as collective judge, jury and executioner. Protocol II, Article 6(2) of the Geneva Conventions says: “No sentence shall be passed and no penalty shall be executed on a person found guilty of an offence except pursuant to a conviction pronounced by a court offering the essential guarantees of independence and impartiality.”

The Long War has the best information (as of Aug.5, 2009) “The lethality of Predator strikes inside the tribal agencies has also increased during 2009. Using low-end estimates of casualties (including Taliban, al Qaeda, and civilian) from US strikes inside Pakistan, we have determined that airstrikes resulted in 317 deaths during 2008. Already, the airstrikes in 2009 have surpassed that total, with 365 killed in 2009 as of July 18.Since the first recorded US Predator strike inside Pakistan in June 2004, the US has killed a total of 22 High Value Targets (HVTs), which include some of the high- and mid-level Taliban and al Qaeda leadership in the tribal agencies”.

Go to General Atomics, makers of the Predator for more information on its capabilities

[Ed. Note: The above proves that the U.S. is in violation of many Treaties that the U.S. is signator. A Treaty is the Rule of Law under our U.S. Consitution. President Obama, a Constitutional Law Professor, should know that his ordering a Drone attack is against our Consitution. He has now ordered more Drone attacks than President George W. Bush ordered.]

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The Holocaust Denial and the “Can’t win the Afghan War” Denial; the McChrystal’s COMISAF Initial Assessment Report

September 21, 2009
Stop the War(s) - It's up to YOU

Stop the War(s) - It's up to YOU

Many stories today in all the papers and other media about “THE REPORT”, our new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. There will be some links and a brief intro to their stories below.

But first, we must talk about GENOCIDE. In the 1890’s and again in 1915 and beyond, the Turkish Government began murdering all Armenians. It is estimated that over 1.5 Million Armenians died during the Genocide. Still, to this date, the Turkish Government says that there were only killings because of war, not a Genocide. President Obama told the Armenian community that if he were elected President, he would tell the Turkish Government that they had committed Genocide against the Armenians. He had the opportunity in Turkey, but he backed down. The Turkish Government offers more to U.S. interests than that of Armenia.

Now Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial sparks outrage From the article: “The US, Britain, France and Germany have condemned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest comments denying the Holocaust. Iran’s president earlier said the Nazi genocide of Jews was a “mythical claim” and a pretext to establish the State of Israel.” This can not be tolerated by any government, any country on Planet Earth. We must stand up to this rewriting of history by any leader of any country. The Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other ethnic tribes that were and are being eliminated because of their nationality or their religion must be recognized so the world will stand up to those who perpetrate the most dastardly crimes against humanity. No wonder Iranians are in the streets protesting the election. Many will suffer in Iran because of this leadership. Make your voice heard. Write a brief letter to your editor of your local newspaper today.

McChrystal’s Afghanistan Report released on the United Nations International Peace Day. How SAD.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal warned in a confidential assessment that he needed additional troops by next year or the conflict “will likely result in failure.” New York Times Here you can get the full 66 page report in PDF form.

The McChrystal Review: Yawn by Joshua Foust Joshua points out all the leaks over the past months, so there is nothing new in the report. We’ve heard it all before. Worth a read.

US commander warns of Afghan ‘failure’ REUTERS The top US commander in Afghanistan says in a confidential assessment of the war that without additional forces the mission “will likely result in failure,” the Washington Post reported on Monday. [From The Times of India]

US general warns of Afghan failure General Stanley McChrystal (R) said the overall effort in Afghanistan is ‘deteriorating’ [AFP] The most senior US and Nato commander in Afghanistan has said the war against the Taliban “will likely result in failure” if more troops are not sent and a new strategy developed. [From Al Jazeera.net]

…By coincidence, McChrystal’s report was revealed on the UN’s International Peace Day, when Kabul’s defense ministry said foreign and Afghan troops will pause offensive operations. Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, purportedly a Taliban spokesman, was quoted on the ReliefWeb website as suggesting the insurgency may do the same, saying: ‘Our forces will remain in defensive position, as usual.’ Foreign forces in Afghanistan, experiencing their deadliest year since the war began eight years ago with more than 350 deaths so far in 2009, are skeptical the rebels will keep their word. –AFP [From Dawn.com, using Washington Post feed]
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A Look from the Other Side; a Statement from Mullah Omar, Commander of the Faithful

September 20, 2009

Mullah Mohamed Omar

Mullah Mohammed Omar

Today, at The Long War, Bill Roggio reports from a statement from Mullah Mohammed Omar, the overall leader of the Taliban movement (the Amīr al-Mu’minīn or Commander of the Faithful), has released a rare statement, which has been published on the Internet. In the statement, titled “The Afghan Historical Background and the Impetuous Outburst of the British Ambassador,” Omar advises the British to study Afghan history and learn from the defeat of invading parties.

You can read the whole report “The Afghan Historical Background and the Impetuous Outburst of the British Ambassador” here This was posted on the website “The UnJust Media News and Perspectives” Viewing this site will give you “news” from the other sides perspective.

They report on what has happened through their eyes. Just like our Pentagon press releases, these stories are about events that happened, and are reported as someone sees fit to do so. The interesting thing is that there are lots of reporting on events that we that read Western Media/TV don’t get to read or watch.

Please re-read Peace Community Urges Obama to End the AF-Pak War More from the news later, check back in the afternoon.
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An Assault on North or South Waziristan will have Major Consequences for the Pakistan Government

September 19, 2009

North and South Waziristan (in Red, bottom left), source Election Commission of Pakistan

North and South Waziristan (in Red, bottom left), source Election Commission of Pakistan


North and South Waziristan, inhabit the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) (which IS NOT Federally Administered). These are Pastuns. Pakistan, since it was formed, has left this area alone, not pushing their government on them. They have co-existed, sometimes having battles, but these have been resolved in the past. If the Pakistan Military (and U.S. DRONES) begins to fight here, it will never end, the Pashtuns will seek revenge forever. There’s a tale of a 300 year old feud mentioned in their paper “No Sign until the Burst of Fire, understanding the Pakistan -Afghanistan Frontier”, Thomas Johnson and M. Chris Mason state “According to tradition, members of the Pashtun Hill Tribes who inhabit the FATA are descendents of Karlan, a foundling adopted as the fourth son of Qais Abdur Rashid, a contemporary of the Prophet Mohammed and the Ur-ancestor of the Pashtun ethnic group. The Hill Tribes, or Karlanri, include many of the warlike tribes, such as the afridis, Daurs, Jadrans, Ketrans, Mahuds, Mohmands, and Waziris. Of all the Pashtun tribes, the Qaziris or the greater Waziristan (a region that includes North Waziristan Agency, South Waziristan Agency, and the Bermol District of Afghanistan’s Paktika Province) are reputed to be the most conservative and iracible. The Waziris pride themselves of never having paid taxes to any sovereigh and never having their lands, which they consider veiled, or in purdah, conquered”

[Ed. Note: This is a must-read paper by all who have anything to do with Afghanistan/Pakistan. I hope our State Dept., and Defense Dept., and all of the White House staff are made to read this paper. It spells out in great detail the history of Afghanistan/Pakistan and the Pashtun Area that was absorbed by both countries, one of the major causes of the problem of "the Border", as it splits the area into two pieces]

The DRONE attacks in North and South Waziristan have killed Pastun Tribal leaders, some are called “Taliban”. The tribes in these areas (over 350 separate tribes, according to Johnson/Mason) have many clans (or Khels), and some are so large there are sub-clans. The Pashtuns have a social code called “Pashtunwali”, which means “the way of the Pashtuns”. This social code has kept the Pashtun Tribes as a unit for over 1,000 years. The Pashtuns follow the code to maintain “Honor”. The Pashtuns settle their differences themselves, by following their codes. They wil accept no law but their own.

These core tenants of the code include self-respect, independence, justice, hospitality, forgiveness, and tolarance. They can not be ruled by a Central Government in Pakistan, that is impossible. Same for the Pastuns on the Afghanistan part of the border. They go by the same code. Here’s a map of the Pashtun lands that were divided by the Durand Line in 1893. It just split up 40 Million Pastuns and “made” them Afghaistani or Pakistani.
Map of "Pashtunistan" 2007

The Pakistan Military’s action in SWAT Valley has proven what a tragic event that has become. Over 2 Million people left their homes. Lived in tents, or with others that took them in, for months, while their homelands were destroyed by cannon fire and bombs dropped from airplanes and helicopters. It is reported that only 1,000,000 have returned to their homelands. The infrastructure is broken, their homes and lands in some cases do not exist anymore. Attacking North and South Waziristan will only repeat this tragedy, this war crime. For What?

UPDATE: US Ambassador Slams ‘Reluctant’ Pakistan for Lack of Support Pakistan, US Have Different Priorities Ambassador Anne Patterson is accusing the Pakistan Government of not taking on the fighters in North and South Waziristan, and the Pakistan Government is afraid that it would be “Unwinnable”.

I leave you with this “Who they Are”and Please read their great analysis on the People of the Area, and history of the area: Thomas H. Johnson is Research Professor in the Dept. of National Security Affairs and Director of the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School. His most recent articles on Afghanistan have appeared in numerous journals, edited volumes, and other texts. M. Chris Mason is Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, He served as a political officer on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and is recently retired fro the U.S. Foreigh Service.
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