Archive for October, 2009

South Waziristan population in trouble, a repeat of Swat Valley and Fallujah, destroy the towns and villages; Michael Moore “…Get out of Afghanistan, Mr. President”

October 30, 2009

A few scenes from the tragic bombing of the South Waziristan population’s villages are in the video below. This is the tip of the iceberg. We demand to see Swat Valley film NOW after the devistating attacks there, what did the population that returned find left there? Where are the remaining “displaced persons” that ran for their lives? Go back and look at Fallujah, Iraq. Where’s the film of the destruction of the town? What did the population return to and how many came back? This is ‘ethnic cleansing’, while claiming to chase away or kill the “Taliban”.


Pakistani army offensive devastates tribal communities By James Cogan

  • The ongoing Pakistani military offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives. The long-expected offensive began on October 18 and was preceded by months of air and ground bombardments and an economic blockade. The assault is ostensibly aimed at destroying Tehrik-i-Taliban, a Pakistani Islamist organisation based among local Pashtun tribes that supports the insurgency over the border in Afghanistan against the US-led occupation. As many as 10,000 to 15,000 Islamist and tribal fighters are believed to be in South Waziristan, including several thousand Uzbek militants who had been fighting alongside the Afghan Taliban before the 2001 US invasion.
  • Michael Moore: “Get out of Afghanistan, Mr. President” Will President Obama reduce troops in Afghanistan, or send “…a few more” or “..a lot more”, what choice does he choose?


    Take Action Now: Pass our link to your friends right now. Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

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    The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder: Justice for Central Asian Citizens, and for U.S. Citizens who were misled into War

    October 30, 2009

    In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, famed former District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles, Califorina, Vincent Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.

    Mr. Bugliosi and GWB, LLC formed a production company to produce the documentary of his book. The film is Directed by David J. Burke, Produced by Kip and Kern Konwiser and Executive Produced by Peter Miller. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN FEBRUARY, 2010. TODAY, NAFTC STUDIOS PRESENTS AN APPROX. 9 MINUTE EXTENDED TRAILER: See it above and at their site HERE. Please be kind enough to forward this link to all your friends. In the spirit of grassroots political campaigns, THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER team is starting this week on http://www.indiegogo.com/bush to raise money from the public in small donations to help market this historic film.

    For all those who died, were injured, are maimed, are orphaned, are widowed, this prosecution must take place. Those guilty should and must be brought to justice. Let the axe fall where it may.

    Today’s post is dedicated to all of the persons mentioned above. In their memory, we move forward. End the War(s) NOW.

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    “More Schools, Not Troops”; “Iraq: Partition is the Only Solution”; Pakistan gets U.S. equipment for anti-Taliban offensive

    October 29, 2009

    More Schools, Not Troops, by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times Op-Ed Piece:

  • For roughly the same cost as stationing 40,000 troops in Afghanistan for one year, we could educate the great majority of the 75 million children worldwide who, according to Unicef, are not getting even a primary education. We won’t turn them into graduate students, but we can help them achieve literacy. Such a vast global education campaign would reduce poverty, cut birth rates, improve America’s image in the world, promote stability and chip away at extremism.

    Education isn’t a panacea, and no policy in Afghanistan is a sure bet. But all in all, the evidence suggests that education can help foster a virtuous cycle that promotes stability and moderation. So instead of sending 40,000 troops more to Afghanistan, how about opening 40,000 schools?

  • An Afghanistan Schoolroom, boys and girls studying together

    Iraq: Partition is the only solution By Mufid Abdulla,KurdishMedia.com

  • For the last five years, I have been saying that the Kurds cannot make any gains in the new Iraqi regime while these chauvinist leaders are at the top. We do not need to go far back in history to see the injustices that are taking place before our eyes. If you look at Article 140, in respect of Kirkuk and the surrounding areas which historically belonged to the Kurds, people have not made any progress concerning these issues since the collapse of Saddam’s regime. It is an alarming situation that despite the fact the Iraqi Parliament voted on and passed this constitution, it cannot be implemented. We are the only people calling Iraq a federal state, nobody else does. Even the American and British wanted to stop the progress we made in the north for the sake of being equal to the south, including Paul Bremer, the former U.S Administrator of Iraq who was in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of Iraq. Our federal region (the KRG) has not drafted a single coherent statement, properly and ideally with the central government. The KRG’s relationship with the centre is not real and has never been real, only pretend. That is why as soon as any new company signs any new contract in Arbil, the next day there will be cries from Baghdad accusing the Kurds of dishonesty and attempts to disintegrate political policies.
  • A potential division of Iraq into three Republics, but most want Kurdistan to be its own country

    Pakistan gets U.S. equipment for anti-Taliban offensive The United States has quietly shipped substantial military equipment in recent months to aid Pakistan’s fight against militants, a leading US newspaper reported Thursday. The rushed U.S. supply, valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, includes troop transport helicopters, spare parts, night vision goggles, body armor and eavesdropping equipment, The New York Times said, citing senior American and Pakistani officials. The help, meant for both Pakistan’s spring offensive in the Swat Valley and the current operation in South Waziristan, has come despite Pakistan’s efforts to downplay America’s role in its fight against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terror groups, the officials told the newspaper.
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    U.S. Assasination Drone attacks violate International laws?; US stands by Pakistan in terror fight, says Clinton; Matthew Hoh Resigns over Afghanistan War, others to follow?

    October 28, 2009

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    U.S. Assassination Predator Drone firing a Hellfire Missile
    Do U.S. Assasination Drone attacks violate International Law?

  • From Dawn.com, “UNITED NATIONS: A UN human rights investigator warned the United States Tuesday that its use of unmanned warplanes to carry out targeted executions may violate international law.

    Philip Alston said that unless the Obama administration explains the legal basis for targeting particular individuals and the measures it is taking to comply with international humanitarian law which prohibits arbitrary executions, ‘it will increasingly be perceived as carrying out indiscriminate killings in violation of international law.’ Alston, the UN Human Rights Council’s investigator on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, raised the issue of US Predator drones in a report to the General Assembly’s human rights committee and at a news conference afterwards, saying he has become increasingly concerned at the dramatic increase in their use, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan, since June. He said the US response — that the Geneva-based council and the General Assembly have no role in relation to killings during an armed conflict — ‘is simply untenable.’

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being greeted by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad, Oct. 28, 2009 AFP Photo
    US stands by Pakistan in terror fight, says Clinton

  • From Dawn.com “The United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its fight against ‘brutal extremist groups’, visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday after a massive bomb blast. ‘This is a critical moment and the United States seeks to turn the page to a new partnership, with not only the government but the people of a democratic Pakistan,’ Clinton said. ‘We hope to build a strong relation based on mutual respect and mutual shared responsibility,’ she added. A bomb attack killed at least 86 people in Peshawar on Wednesday, underscoring the scale of the threat in the country that the United States has put at the heart of the fight against Al-Qaeda.
  • Very Bad News for the White House, an insider reveals his feelings and analysis, the U.S. should be out of Afghanistan. From Al Jazerra.net (and covered everywhere) A US official has resigned from his contract post in Afghanistan over the US-led war, becoming the first US political representative to step down in protest at the conflict since it began eight years ago.

    Matthew Hoh, who was a key civilian representative for the US government in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, said in a letter released on Tuesday that he had “lost understanding of, and confidence in, the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan”. Read his Resignation Letter here for full reasons for his resignation.

    “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end,” the letter, which was dated September 10, said. [Ed. Note: Why did it take six weeks for this to come out? The U.S. Government was trying to make him change his mind and not resign and release this letter. Hoh believes in TROOP REDUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN, that is what should be done immediately.]
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    Kurdistan Independence Map; The Kirkuk Cunundrum; It’s Kirkuk OIL; Independent Kurdistan, Pastunistan, and Balochistan Must Happen

    October 27, 2009

    What Kurdistan Could Look Like, 40 Million People Deserve their own Country

    What Kurdistan Could Look Like, 40 Million People Deserve their own Country

    The Kirkuk conundrum, written by Ranj Alaaldin guardian.co.uk, outlines the problem facing Iraq. It is a Kurdish problem, but it overrides the Iraq Constitution and Voting Rights. Alaaldin says “Iraqi democracy is stuck in a constitutional hiatus over the Kurdish-dominated region that threatens to derail elections”.

  • Kirkuk, controlled by the Kurds after the 2005 elections, never took part in this year’s provincial elections because of disagreements over responsibility for security and eventual control of the provincial council. Similar disagreements exist once again. Some have called for special arrangements that divide the area into four separate, ethnically-defined electoral constituencies, while the Turkmen and Arabs are calling for voting quotas in response to what they call the modified demographics of the governorate by the Kurds, who constitute the majority there.

    The Kurds were forcefully removed from Kirkuk by Saddam and are now returning back, pursuant to the “normalisation” process under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, which seeks to reverse the Arabisation policies of the Ba’ath regime. According to UN reports and staff present in Iraq at the time, in November 1991 alone, eight months after the conclusion of the 1991 Gulf war, more than 150,000 Kurds were evicted from Kirkuk.

  • The Kurdistan Alliance, however, has rejected giving any special status to Kirkuk simply because it has a Kurdish majority. If the oil-rich area is given special status, then, by equal measure maintains the Alliance, so should other disputed territories where Kurds happen to be minorities. To implement a quota system would indeed be profoundly undemocratic. Read it all here.

    It’s Kirkuk OIL, the largest field yet to be explored in Iraq. Delovan Barwari writes at the Kurdish Herald “According to various studies, Kurdistan sits on 43.7 billion barrels (bb) of proven oil and 25.5 bb of potential reserves. In addition, the majority of the estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of gas in Iraq is reported to be in Kurdistan Region. Against the backdrop of challenges by the Iraqi central government over the past few years, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has granted over 30 contracts to foreign companies for the exploration, development, and production of petroleum in the Kurdistan Region, and has began exporting crude oil via Turkey. In addition, a number of refineries are currently being built to meet its domestic energy needs.” Read his full story here. Great Map of the Oil Fields in the Kurdish region of Iraq is presented here.
    A KIRKUK OIL Map for your viewing:

    Fringing Reef (Oligocene) of Kirkuk Oil Field (Dunnington, 1958)

    Fringing Reef (Oligocene) of Kirkuk Oil Field (Dunnington, 1958)

    There should be an Independent Kurdistan, much larger than the current Iraq Kurd area. There should also be an Independent Pastunistan, since 2/3 of Afghanistan’s area is Pashtun populated, Pashtuns number over 40 Million and have no home country. There should be an Independent Balochistan, with over 7 Million population, and over 45% of the Pakistan country lands. The Durand Line that cut up parts of Central Asia in 1893, and other political divisions were wrong. See our Durand Line story here.
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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

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    “Hillary’s trip to Pakistan is Signifigant,” says Holbrooke; How U.S. Convinced Karazi to “Runoff”‘; Karazi Questions U.S. Partnership; “News” from South Waziristan Battlefield

    October 26, 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary’s Pakistan visit significant, says Holbrooke The announcement of her trip came a day after the US Senate passed a defence spending bill that includes military aid to Pakistan but with restrictions that may upset Pakistani officials who already complain that the Americans are interfering in their internal affairs. The bill imposes limits on how Pakistan gets reimbursed from a $1.6 billion fund used to support countries that help US counter-terror efforts. One provision of it says that aid to Pakistan must not ‘affect the balance of power in the region’ — meaning Pakistan should not use US funding to build up defences against India. It also says the US Defence Department must certify that Pakistan is making ‘concerted efforts’ to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban before it can receive the money. Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming visit to Pakistan will be one of the most important trips she has made since she became the US Secretary of State, says America’s special envoy for the region. ‘And I think the whole world will be watching,’ said Richard Holbrooke. Read the whole story here.

    “How They Convinced Karzai”, written by Ahmed Rashid in NY Review of Books says “The final key to this temporary resolution is owed perhaps to the efforts of three dogged Americans. On the ground in Kabul, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a six-foot former general and stalwart of the Afghan wars since 2001, and Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spent twenty hours over four days trying to convince Karzai to agree to a re-run. In Washington there was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: every time he opened his mouth (so Karzai had been assured), his words were coming directly from Obama. What perhaps finally brought Karzai into the real world was Emanuel going public with a statement on October 18—which Kerry had been privately drumming into Karzai for days—that Obama would not commit to sending any more US troops to Afghanistan until there was a “legitimate” and “new” government in Kabul. [Worth a full read here]

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai questioned the reliability of the United States as a partner Sunday, as he fought off criticism of his government’s legitimacy following fraud-marred elections.”Is the United States a reliable partner with Afghanistan? Is the West a reliable partner with Afghanistan?” Karzai asked. “Have we received the commitments that we were given? Have we been treated like a partner?” Karzai said a partnership to him was “where the Afghan lives are respected, where Afghan property is respected, where the Afghan traditions are respected, where we know the direction we are moving to.”

    Troops achieve fresh gains in South Waziristan: According to Inter Services Public Relations, troops secured the important Tarkona Narai hill after a 16-hour gunbattle and made gains on the Jandola-Sararogha axis, securing important ridges. Twenty-three terrorists were killed as troops advanced deeper into the Taliban-controlled territory in South Waziristan and captured Gherlama, an important position north of Kotkai, the hometown of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud. [Ed. Note: News from this government source is sometimes inaccurate or overstated, no one knows independently what is happening in South Waziristan.]
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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

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    Pakistan Citizens Reject U.S. Aid in Referendum; Some Swat Valley Refugees in dire need; Holbrooke doesn’t know how South Waziristan War is going; U.S. to Invest in Private Pakistan Energy Projects

    October 25, 2009

    Pakistan citizens vote against U.S. Aid, 98% of the voters voted NO to Kerry-Lugar bill (now the Enhanced Partnership With Pakistan Act) $7.5 Billion in aid over 5 years, saying ” Announcing referendum results at a press conference in Mansoora, Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hasansaid a total of 21.97 million men and women cast their vote in the referendum and 21.76 million of them voted against the US aid. Some 79,653 votes were rejected. Mr Hasan described the US legislation as a ‘treaty of surrender’ and ‘a cause of humiliation and disgrace’ for the entire nation. He said the masses showed enthusiasm in the referendum. He thanked the media for ‘analysing’ the aid bill and building up public opinion on it and the press for coverage of Friday’s referendum.

    Editorial in Daily Times on the subject: Jurisprudence against referendums is accumulating in measure with the frequency with which JI is staging them on the basis of its cadre strength. The European Union is discovering how the politicians cover their tracks by leaning on these “knee-jerk” popular reflexes and damaging democracy in the process. The United Kingdom, which shuns the device, has become the new beacon. If the EU needs any negative evidence, it should refer to the tradition of referendums in Pakistan where the “staging” dictators have suffered and the “staging” opposition has simply ended up damaging the “nationalist interest” of the country.

    Want U.S. Money? Pakistan Military Must Attack Taliban in Tribal Areas of Pakistan

    Want U.S. Money? Pakistan Military Must Attack Taliban in Tribal Areas of Pakistan


    The Tip of the Iceberg, the Human Suffering: Malakand operation affectees still faced with problems’ Measures taken to cope with the situation not up to the mark By Akhtar Amin. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, RIPORT Project Director Abdur Rahman said that the Malakand displacement was the biggest ever during the last 15 years, but the measures taken to cope with the situation were not up to the mark. He added that 70,000 displaced families were still languishing in Jalozai camp, 2,000 in Peshawar, 35,000 in Charsadda and 15,000 in Mardan districts. He said that neither these families were included in the Benazir Income Support Programme nor registered with the NADRA. [Ed. Note: This is just one story about "Internally Displaced Persons", over 2.5 Million left Swat Valley. Where's the stories of what they found upon their return? How many have yet to return? How many died while on the run? This is being repeated in South Waziristan now. See our Malakand $2.5 Billion dollar story here.]

    U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke doesn’t know much about what is happening in South Waziristan as he says ‘No definitive information about Waziristan operation’‘I can’t give you an answer because the offensive is just under way,’ said Mr Holbrooke when asked if the Pakistani military offensive against the militants in South Waziristan was going well, in a story at dawn.com. Mr Holbrooke also refused to speculate whether recent attacks on Pakistani military installations were ‘inside jobs’, the result of coordination between the extremists, and elements within the Pakistani military establishment. ‘I can’t answer – it’s pure speculation as to how much of this is an inside job or not. I have no information on that,’ said Mr Holbrooke.

    US may invest $500m in Pak energy sector “The said investment figures from the US are not yet final, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will be visiting Pakistan shortly, will announce the final US decisions,” the sources said. The sources claimed that the US had declined to invest in the public sectors, saying it was only interested in private sector projects for which policies must be devised by the Pakistani government. [Ed Note: Is this the first U.S. money for the gas pipeline through Pakistan to India, after passing through Afghanistan? Pipelinestan is coming to life now. U.S. says that gas prices too low for the Pakistan consumer, should be raised. Also, money to go to Private Sector investments. Lots to dig out here]

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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    U.S. Military working with Pakistan Military in South Waziristan, Pakistan; Seamus Murphy’s Bodahna Photojournalism Captures Cultural Sport and finally “Understanding the Pakistan Afghanistan Frontier”: Special, the Civilian Backlash to South Waziristan attack by Pak Military

    October 23, 2009

    U.S. Assassination Predator Drone firing a Hellfire Missile

    U.S. Assassination Predator Drone firing a Hellfire Missile


    US aiding South Waziristan offensive
    LAHORE: US drones are providing intelligence and surveillance videos to support the Pakistan Army’s offensive in South Waziristan, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.t said it was the first time Islamabad had accepted such assistance, which marked the “deepest American involvement yet in a Pakistani military campaign”. [Ed. Note: There is speculation that Special Forces have been active in Pakistan, with boots on the ground. Now, the Pakistan Government and President Zardari are working with the American Military on Pakistan lands to oust the “Taliban”. The Pakistan citizens will rise up to this involvement. See our stories here, here. and here on this subject.

    What do Afghans do for group entertainment?
    One of the best photojournalists, Seamus Murphy posted this visual story in 2007: “Bodahna, an Afghanistan Obsession.” It is capturing the bird named Bodahna, and training it, then holding a fight between two birds. There is betting on who will win. But the owners of the birds, once one bird has been pecked too many times, surrenders before the bird is damaged. Look at the group of men (no women are there, are they allowed?) in a room with two little birds ready to fight. A simple life. Can they ever return to the simple life? That is all they want, to live and raise their families. See more of Seamus Murphy’s photographic stories here.

    Bodahna's fighting in Afghanistan, photo by Seamus Murphy 2006

    Bodahna's fighting in Afghanistan, photo by Seamus Murphy 2006


    Let the young men raise their Bodhana’s again and live a normal life. End the War(s)
    NOW.

    To understand the people of South Wazirsitan and the Afghan-Pakistan Durand Line Border, please read Thomas Johnson and M. Chris Mason’s work “No Sign Until the Burst of Fire, Understanding the Pakistan Afghanistan Frontier. They do an outstanding job defining the people and the customs of the area.

    Civilian Backlash to Pakistan Military attacks of villages in South Waziristan, the impact to the civilian population of Pakistan, a Video


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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    South Waziristan Villagers on the move; Kristof says “No More Troops”‘; Taliban control large area of Pakistan; Taliban Strategy Discussed; International Crisis Group Report, Must Read

    October 22, 2009

    Our hats off to Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal for giving us a look at the total area of Taliban control in Pakistan. You can view his story and a great detailed map here. By the Pakistan Military’s attack in South Waziristan, this will not stop the Taliban, as they control so much of the surrounding areas.

    South Waziristan Villagers in line for food, int.co.uk photo

    South Waziristan Villagers in line for food, int.co.uk photo


    France24 asks “Where will the Taliban stop in Pakistan?” and provides a very good video for your viewing, showing some of the strategy being used by the Taliban throughout Pakistan.
    View it here.

    “More Troops Are a Bad Bet” a NY Times story by Nicholas D. Kristof point out: “Remember also that the minimum plausible cost of 40,000 troops — $10 billion — could pay for two million disadvantaged American children to go to a solid preschool. The high estimate of $40 billion would, over 10 years, pay for almost half of health care reform. Are we really better off spending that money so that more young Americans could end up spilling their blood in Afghanistan without necessarily accomplishing much more than inflaming Pashtun nationalism?”

    One more, Must Read… Pakistan: Countering Militancy in FATA, from the International Crisis Group “The military operation in South Waziristan is unlikely to succeed in curbing the spread of religious militancy in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), unless the Pakistan government implements political reforms in that part of the country.” The full report is available at the link above.
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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    South Waziristan Refugees; Villages Destroyed; New Post Friday

    October 22, 2009

    Families fleeing embattled zone find roads closed

    Families fleeing  the Mehsud area of South Waziristan, stranded by fighting and blockade of the roads in the region. Photo by AP

    Families fleeing the Mehsud area of South Waziristan, stranded by fighting and blockade of the roads in the region. Photo by AP

    NEW POST ON FRIDAY; TRAVELING NEXT TWO DAYS. THANKS FOR READING OUR BLOG.

    We demand to see a report from Swat Valley. Interview 10 families that have returned, hear their stories, let them describe what they found once they returned. Interview 10 famlies that are still in Refugee Camps somewhere. Let’s hear from them, let’s hear what has happened to their lives. We call upon the world press to investigate “Life After Swat Valley Pakistan Military Attack”.

    The people of South Waziristan will suffer greatly. See our story from yesterday for more on refugees.

    South Waziristan families fleeing war area, AP Ijaz Muhammad Photo

    South Waziristan families fleeing war area, AP Ijaz Muhammad Photo

    There’s many stories coming out of the South Waziristan War zone, claiming the Pakistan Military has killed certain numbers of “Taliban”, and then the “Taliban” are saying that they have killed many Pakistan Military. See The Long War Journal and also Dawn.com for Pakistan Government figures.

    The Pakistan Government has been loose with the facts when reporting on “Head Militants” being killed in the past, only for them to show up at a press conference days later. One thing is for sure, the Pakistan Military’s artillery is indescriminatly killing people and destroying buildings and infrastructure while “attacking” the “Taliban”. The same goes for the helicopter rocket attacks, and the aircraft shooting and bombing the “Militants” area. The destruction of the major villages and cities of South Waziristan will be the result of the U.S. forcing the Pakistan Government to attack their own people. It is a civil war, being fed by the U.S. in weapons and tactical assistance, and the U.S. Assasination Drones are in the sky circling the area, watching all below, and ready to unleash a Hellfire Missile on a “Taliban Target” below.

    For the past three months, the Pakistan Military has been blocking the incoming and outgoing of food crops. Food has withered on the vines and trees. Many local people that count on their crops to survive have lost their crops and have no money from sales nor anything to barter. This is the tragedy of this attack.

    See our other stories on South Waziristan here, here, here and here.

    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.


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