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Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost; 131 Vets Arrested: Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War; Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

December 21, 2010

Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost, a David Paradine Production for Al Jazeera

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Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War. 131 Veterans arrested in front of the White House Dec. 16, 2010 Join them, Click Here…

Hear Daniel Ellsberg’s analysis of WikiLeaks information, and his statement on the Obama Administration’s tranparency.

Part Two: Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

“We are losing our Nation to Lies about the Necessity of War”, Congress Member Dennis Kucinich; “…A Dysfunctional — and broke–System of Government…”; A CALL TO ACTION: RESPONDING TO PETRAEUS’S CALL FOR AN ENDLESS WAR‏

July 8, 2010

Published: July 6, 2010 at 8:02 AM (Read full story here)

    By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large, July 6 (UPI) — No better proof of a dysfunctional — and broke — system of government than the U.S. Congress passing additional funding for the Afghan war — $300 billion thus far — while simultaneously denying the unemployed an extension of benefits — and then taking a 10-day Independence Day vacation.

    With the jobless hovering just less than 10 percent of a 158 million-strong U.S. labor force, including 1.3 million who didn’t get their benefits reinstated and an additional 200,000 a week who have been without a job for at least six months and stand to lose their benefits each week until Congress acts, some 15 million Americans are out of work.

    One million Americans dropped out of the job market over the past two months as they gave up a fruitless search for work. They lack the skills needed for a high-tech economy. And companies have slashed payrolls as automation helps them get along with fewer employees. The ranks of the unemployed who no longer receive any compensation are climbing to 10 million.

A follow-up to our story United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Join us in Albany, New York!;

CONTACT:Unity United National Peace Conference July 23 – 25, 2010, Albany, NY…Unac2010@aol.com or UNAC at P.O. Box 21675, Cleve.,OH 44121 518-227-6947 http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org

    Casting aside any intention that Washington plans to end its occupation and war against Afghanistan in 2011 or anytime in the foreseeable future, Gen. David Petraeus declared “We are in this to win. That is our clear objective.” Commenting on the General’s statement, New York Tines reporter Dexter Filkins wrote, “Almost every phase of the war [in Afghanistan] is going badly. In June, 102 American and NATO troops lost their lives, more than in any month since the war began. The major offensive in Kandahar , the most important city in the Taliban heartland, has been slowed because of worries over the lack of local support. The Afghan government and army show few signs of being able, or even willing, to take over.. In the United states, public opinion polls show that a majority of Americans have turned against the war.” (7/5/10)

    he most important question facing the antiwar and social justice movements is: What do we do now?

    If ever there was a time for these movements to join together to plan united protest actions, this is it. Hundreds of movement activists have already registered for the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now to be held in Albany, New York on July 23-25.and many more have expressed plans to attend. PLEASE JOIN US! Register online at http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org

    In peace and unity,

    Jerry Gordon, Secretary, National Peace Conference

Pakistan President Zardari’s last days, then his son takes over?; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, read it

November 28, 2009

The son of Benazir Bhutto (who was assasinated in December 2007) and President Asif Ali Zardari is finishing up his studies at Oxford University in England and has been active recently in building political bridges in Pakistan. Bilawal Bhutto is the Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. The party of his mother and of his father. Bilawal Bhutto is next in line to become President of Pakistan.

Bilawal Bhutto, the next President of Pakistan?

President Asif Ali Zardari’s approval rating is now in the ‘teens’. Today, President Zardari gave up the keys to the Nuclear Arsenal to Prime Minister Gilani in an effort to relinquish some of the powers of the Presidency and some say it was done to allow President Zardari to serve out his term (he can not be prosecuted while in office). Read more here.

Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani and Pakistan President Zardari


The expiration of the National Reconcilation Ordinance (NRO) goes into effect today. Over 8,000 cases of prosecution of corruption, murder and other crimes were stopped due to this declaration by then President Musharraf’s order in 2007. This allowed Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari (known as Mr. 10% for taking bribes from goverment contracts in the past) and others to return to Pakistan and not face any charges. This was brokered by the U.S. with Musharraf so Bhutto could run for the Presidency. Charges were pending against Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari and were suspended until today as the Supreme Court said in July that the NRO would expire if action were not taken in Parliament. Read more here.

The ecomomy is in shambles in Pakistan. By the Pakistan Military taking on the “Taliban” in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the North-West Frontier, many Pakistani’s see this as fighting their own people. Almost all citizens of Pakistan that live in the Swat Valley area and the South Waziristan areas have been forced to leave their homes and live with relatives, strangers, or housed in “refugee” camps due to the military action. Over 3,000,000 people have been “displaced” over the past six months. Many have not returned to their villages. Many will find that their infrastructure, their homes, and their crops are destroyed. Corruption is rampant. President Zardari has charges against him that now become actionable again with the NRO expiring today.

This is the new partner for the United States to defeat the “Taliban”, or is it to defeat the al-Quaeda? Must be the al-Quaeda, as now there’s talk from the UK that the “Taliban” must be part of the Kabul government. This would not be said without U.S. approval. Patchwork government so the U.S. can get out of Afghanistan? Another great U.S. blunder, forcing the Pakistan government to get the military to attack their own lands and fight their own people. Nothing has been gained, and much has been lost. Now Pakistan, with its Nuclear Weapons, has become very unstable. What’s next?

Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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Take Action Now: It is not too late !
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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In August, South Waziristan people were becoming “Internally Displaced Persons”, a nice term for losing your whole life environment

October 16, 2009

THE SOUTH WAZIRISTAN SLAUGHTER HAS BEGUN, OFFICIAL KICKOFF TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY THE PAKISTAN MILITARY WILL ESCALATE THE BOMBING AND SHELLING AND THE UNITED STATES WILL FIRE MORE ASSASINATION DRONE HELLFIRE MISSILES FROM 60,000 FEET. The United States is responsible for this. The downfall of the Pakistan Government is not far behind. You can find three more South Waziristan stories and also view the Al Jazeera video at the end of this post.

BULLETIN: THE WAR HAS BEGUN: The army has launched an operation after receiving orders from the government. The operation was launched early in the morning. Both air and ground troops are taking part,’ Major General Athar Abbas told AFP.

South Waziristan Children, now “Internally Displaced Persons”, others remain behind and will become “collateral damage” another nice term for DEAD.
South Waziristan Children, now "Internally Displaced Persons", others remain behind and will become "collateral damage", another nice term for DEAD

Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan registering in Dera Ismail Khan

Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan registering in Dera Ismail Khan

No relief in D I Khan. From PACTRADIO. This is the full story from PACTRADIO:

Dera Ismail Khan, 31 August 2009: Thousands of people displaced by Pakistani military operations in South Waziristan have fled to D I Khan and are being registered at three separate points in the city, however, relief camps and basic amenities have not been provided, despite intense summer heat.

PACT Radio reporters Jamshed Khan and Zabihullah Gandupur interviewed some of those queuing to be registered. Men, women and children were waiting in a long line under a hot sun. They were tired, frustrated and confused. They were also angry with the Pakistani government and the militants for the conflict that had forced them from their homes and the lack of support provided in D I Khan. The following is an extract from a PACT Radio live broadcast.

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My name is Aziz ul Rahman. I am resident of Khaisor, South Waziristan. We were forced to migrate here because of fighting between army and the Taliban.We rented a house on near Din Pur High School because there are no relief camps for us. We have heard rumours that the government is setting up camps at Umer Adda and Kot Azam. But there are no proper facilities there. Also, we know how Swat’s IDPs [internally displaced people] were treated earlier in the year. We do not want to stay in a relief camp if it is anything like that. The conditions are tough in D I Khan for my family. The weather is very hot and we have just three fans to help cool our bodies. Our bodies are covered in heat rash. Our problems will be solved when the government establishes camps, close to the main cities, supplied with drinking water, electricity and food.

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My name is Noor Gul and I am from South Waziristan. We are arrived some time ago but then there was nowhere to register. We came to this school today so that we could register ourselves as IDPs. We will be happy if, after this process, the government distributes food to meet the needs of the displaced people. Registering will help us to claim our rights to food and other essential items. Most of the us are poor and were badly affected by the conflict in South Waziristan. The continuous fighting has destroyed houses, farms and businesses. We are peaceful people. The government should talk with us about the situation and about returning to our homeland in South Waziristan.

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We have been living in D I Khan for seven months now. We came here from South Waziristan because of the fighting but the situation in D I Khan was so bad that we actually considered returning. But, because of all the drone attacks, we decided to stay. The time here is passing but life is not good compared to our days in South Waziristan. We request the government to stop the drone attacks.

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I am from Toyee in South Waziristan. My name is Khan Baz. I came here early in the morning to collect food distributed by the authorities. It is the first time that we are getting relief. First, we were registered and then they gave us food items including pulses, sugar, oil, tea and wheat flour. Look – there, outside, people are waiting to get food items, tokens and ID cards. All of these people are honorable and have been genuinely affected by the conflict. They should be respected and provided with proper relief.

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My name is Tawakal. I belong to Laddah in South Waziristan Agency. We came here to get some relief, but we are not satisfied. The food is not being properly distributed and we are not getting relief. Often, the police beat the people like animals. We are not treated like humans. Some people were able to collect food today, but not me – I didn’t get anything. We are facing a lot of problems. We come here early in the morning and sit in the hot sun all day until it is dark. And we are paying three to five thousand rupees a month to rent accommodation in such poor conditions. We are constantly worried about money; trying to think how we can earn enough to survive. These problems could all be solved if the distribution process was transparent and free from corruption.

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I am in the ninth class in South Waziristan and my name is Abdul Rahman. Our schools in South Waziristan are totally closed because of the war. We hear that the schools in D I Khan are opening after the summer vacations but we are not able to study here because we do not have a school-leaving certificate and more than that we can’t stay here for a long time. As soon as there is some peace in our area we will go back, so we can’t start our studies in D I Khan. Regarding private admissions or examinations, we can’t afford such heavy expenses. I hope that there will once again be peace in our homeland. We are trying to keep up with our studies by ourselves, without teachers, but we hope that the government will establish camp schools, as they did for Swat’s IDPs.

See our other stories on South Waziristan here, here and here. Also, read the post below this one. Bill Roggio at The Long War posts Analysis: What lies ahead in South Waziristan. Great analysis of the tribes and their potential actions.

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: Don’t attack South Waziristan or Quetta, End the War(s).

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The Deeper Uniting of al Queda and Pakistan Taliban in South Waziristan; The Genocide of Habitat/Homes/Life

October 16, 2009

[FLASH BULLETIN: Veteran Army Officer Urges Afghan Troop Drawdown...the counterinsurgency strategy urged by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is likely to strengthen the Afghan insurgency, and calls for withdrawal of the bulk of U.S. combat forces from the country over 18 months.]

What have been the results of the U.S. forcing President Zardari of Pakistan to have the Pakistan Military attack Swat Valley and now South Waziristan? The biggest ideological impact has been to unite the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Taliban of Pakistan) and Al Quaeda. The Mehsud led South Waziristan Taliban have been ruling South Waziristan in the absence of Pakistan government control since the formulation of the Blood Border cutting Pakistan out of British India territory.

This story comes from: Al-Qa’ida Publicy Cements Ties to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan written by Vahid Brown at Jihadi media, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Pakistan, Zawahiri [Ed. Note: this is an opinion piece].

The official al-Qa’ida media outlet al-Sahab has released a flurry of videos in the past two weeks featuring leaders of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), both living and dead, in what amounts to a media campaign announcing their open alliance with Pakistan’s deadliest militant network. On September 28, Zawahiri’s video eulogy for the slain TTP leader Baitullah Mehsud – the “role model of the youth” (ritha’ qudwat al-shabab) – was posted to the forums, followed two days later by a similar video message on the “martyrdom” of Baitullah starring Mustafa Abu’l-Yazid. On October 2, al-Fajr Media distributed a third al-Sahab video eulogy for Baitullah, but this time featuring Wali ur-Rahman, the new TTP commander for the Mehsud tribal areas (an English transcript of which can be downloaded from here; links to all three videos can be found here)… these developments indicate that al-Qa’ida has successfully seized the moment in the wake of the death of Baitullah to dramatically increase its influence over the TTP.
Read the full post here.

Interview with Haji Muslim Khan, Chief Spokesman of Tehrik-e-Taliban. Mr. Khan’s English is hard to understand, but this is shown so that you can have a feel as to who these ‘terrorists’ are in the flesh. Mr. Khan describes from their point of view, what the killings are all about. Worth 6 minutes to see. Filmed 4.29.09.

“The Genocide of Habitat/Home/Income/Life”The biggest social problem is the “displaced”, such a soft term for being forced from your home and village and running for your life with your whole family and relatives, sometimes on foot. Running to where? To stay for how long? What to eat? What will be there when you return? Over 2.5 Million Swat Valley residents left the area, and over 1/2 have yet to return. What did they return to? Show us the video, but no, there’s a video blackout, a control of the news. The next problem began three or four months ago, the “softening” of the Taliban in South Waziristan by cannon fire, helicopter gun ships, and airplane bombardment and the U.S. use of Assasination Drones upon the population’s buildings and infrastructure.

There has been a blockcade of the area, meaning food can not be sent out (crops are rotting on the vine, incomes have been cut to nothing). Food, medicine, gasoline and other essentials are being kept out by the Pakistan Military. Over 200,000 South Waziristan citizens, people like you and me, have been forced to flee the area. More tragedy on the way. The death attacks are set to begin soon. This is a Civil War.

ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, was briefing members of the ruling coalition on the upcoming operation in Waziristan, DawnNews reported…Representatives from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiatulema-i-Islam – Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) were said to be attending the army chief’s briefing.

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Our Opinion: Is there a second Ghandi here? How about a reduction in troops by 20,000 (including NATO) and setting a date for total withdrawl? People will say “you can’t do that, the Taliban will win”. Are we in Afghanistan to protect a government? Wern’t we told we were there to get Bin Laden and al Quaeda?

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: 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.

Senate passes 635 Billion Military Bill; South Wariristan misery to get much worse; Quetta attack soon?

October 7, 2009

Senate Passes $636 Billion Military Bill: Includes $128.2 Billion for Iraq, Afghan Wars. Question: Has your City Government cut funding for services this year? Laid off workers? Cut back hours? Why not fund our Cities properly first? End the War(s).

Thousands of Truckloads of 100 dollar bills being blown up in smoke

Thousands of Truckloads of 100 dollar bills being blown up in smoke

Civilians fleeing South Waziristan to ‘safety’ appeared in today’s dawn.com. People have been leaving over the past months in as the Pakistan Military have been shelling their towns and dropping bombs from airplanes, along with the U.S. assasination Drones dropping Hellfire missiles and other missiles on ‘selected’ militant targets. This will be much worse than Swat Valley destruction. What will be left of their villages, their homes, their livestock and crops? The roads, bridges, schools, water supply, will all be blown to bits. It was to cost $2.5 Billion to repair Swat Valley after the attack and Pakistan went begging to the foreign governments for money to reconstruct what they spent a few Billion to just destroy. Does this make any sense? We are breeding more extremists from those that survive this assault. It is stated that over 10,000 fighters are in South Wariristan and have been successful from driving back the Pakistan Military in the past, but that was before the U.S. had its assasination Drones in the air. Now they can be picked off from 60,000 feet in the sky.

Makeen and Ladha residents leaving their cities in South Wariristan as bombing increases and the Pakistan Military prepare to attack

Makeen and Ladha residents leaving their cities in South Wariristan as bombing increases and the Pakistan Military prepare to attack

Another headline from dawn.com: Six killed as jets hit militant positions in South Waziristan. Makeen and Nawaz Kot areas of South Waziristan were bombed,’ said an intelligence official in the main provincial town Wana. ‘We have reports that six Taliban were killed and an unknown number of them were injured.’

From the Daily Times: Army ready for new assault on Osama lair in Waziristan
LAHORE: The Taliban showed their resilience with a daring attack on UN offices in Islamabad, as the military readies 28,000 troops for an offensive in South Waziristan Agency, the Independent said on Tuesday. The Waziristan operation is likely to be the army’s sternest challenge yet, but the military is poised to launch a major offensive in the coming days in South Waziristan, long rumoured to be the hiding place of Osama Bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Quetta is in the U.S. sights. The U.S. has information that Mullah Omar is there and are preparing for assination Drones to take him and other high command out in a Drone attack. Pakistan so far has not given its ‘approval’. After each Drone attack, Pakistan Government admonishes the U.S. for the attack. The Drones are taking off and landing from an airfield in Pakistan, and now a new field has opened up in Afghanistan in anticipation of the Pakistan public demanding that the Pakistan airfield be closed once they realize it is in operation. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi says in a HiPakistan article “Quetta Shurra has lost its existenceas a number of its activists have already been killed or are active in Afghanistan.
Action You can Take:

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: 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.

Political Borders does not a Country Make. The Kurds, the Pashtuns, the Baloch, how to satisfy them?

October 1, 2009

BULLETIN:Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second in command, has sung the praises of former Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on a videotape produced by As Sahab and distributed on jihadi forums. Zawahiri used Baitullah’s death to praise the Taliban’s fight against NATO and the US in Afghanistan. This story outlines what al Qaeda believes about the Pakistan Government and Military, that they work for foreign governments, not for the people.]

Artificial lines separating Tribes are causing the problems that can not be solved with guns/bombs/drones.

Two of the Huge Problems that no one is facing in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan are due to artificial borders laid out years ago. The Iraq problem is what to do with the Kurds, who lay claim to Kirkuk (after Saddam sent Iraqi’s into Kirkuk and chased out/killed many Kurds so now the population is not a high majority of Kurds like it was before Saddam’s action), the richest underdeveloped oil fields in Iraq. Who gets this oil? Will the Iraqi’s kill all the Kurds? Will the Turks help out as many Kurds are in what is known as Turkey? The Turks battle and kill Kurds when they please. Read our story 40 Million? Leyla Zana speaks for them.

Kurdish Woman's headdress

Kurdish Woman's headdress


The Afghanistan/Pakistan problem is that the majority of both of these countries should be called Pashtunistan, because almost 40 million Pashtuns make up this area, but they have no country, they are either Afghani or Pakistani. So the U.S. brings them Democracy, a Constitution, a Central Government, something that is totally against the culture of both the Kurds and the Pashtuns.
Pashtun Women in headdress

Pashtun Women in headdress


The Pashtuns are run by Pashtunwali, an alternative form of social organization, see our story here. 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.

The splitting up of land masses and calling the areas within artifical lines “Countries” has led to much damage in Central Asia and many other places. Let’s look at Pashtunistan, an area of land that is made up primarily of people of Pastun descent. It happens to not be a country at all. It was divided by an artificial line, the Durand Line in 1893. Pashtunistan is now the area that is under the most fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan as Pastunistan covers most of what is now called Afghanistan, and a majority of the lands now called Pakistan, which was known as British India before Pakistan was cut out of India. Here’s Pashtunistan:

The Green Area is Pashtunistan (2007 map)  The Green line is the Durand Line with a small change since 1893

The Green Area is Pashtunistan (2007 map) The Green line is the Durand Line with a small change since 1893

Let’s take a quick look to Kurdistan. The Kurds have a small area of Iraq on the North that they are left to self-govern. This is all of the recognized areas that the Kurds now have, even though there are over 40 Million Kurds in four different countries, all held down by their new Nation. Here’s what Kurdistan should look like:

What should be Kurdistan, home of 40 Million Kurds, across four "Countries"
Another map of Kurdistan, for comparison purposes:

A different map of Kurdistan Area

A different map of Kurdistan Area


And of course, the new highlighted area “Balochistan”, an area of land that is now all within Pakistan, and was cut into Pakistan when India and Pakistan border was laid out. The Baloch’s are a proud and ancient tribe of people, see our story on Balochistan
Balochistan and the other three areas that should be countries

Balochistan and the other three areas that should be countries


Gowar Shakar Bibi, founder of Baloch Women Panel(BWP) at a press conference in January 2005 condemning the Pakistani operation against Baloch people in New Kahan.

Gowar Shakar Bibi, founder of Baloch Women Panel(BWP) at a press conference in January 2005 condemning the Pakistani operation against Baloch people in New Kahan.

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Action YOU can take:

Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. 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. 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

Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. End the War(s).

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“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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Background Information; Analysis; preparing for the Afghan Plan Debate to start Next Week

September 5, 2009

During the next week, the Magic Plan for Afghanistan that has been presented to President Obama will be put out for our consumption and for Congressional action. It is important to see what we’ve done in the past EIGHT years, what mistakes were made, and what options are open for President Obama and our country.

[SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM]

Figure I: Annual DOD Spending on the Iraq and Afghan Wars (in billions)

Figure I: Annual DOD Spending on the Iraq and Afghan Wars (in billions)

In searching for the inside information, I came to The Center for Strategic and International Studies section entitled “Resourcing for Defeat”. Here, you will find a report:

The Critical Failures In Planning, Programming, Budgeting And Resourcing The Afghan And Iraq Wars
By Anthony H. Cordesman, Erin K. Fitzgerald
Sep 1, 2009
(FROM THE REPORT:)
The United States is now losing the war in Afghanistan, and is failing to consolidate its victory in Iraq. Reversing this situation requires changes in strategy, but it also requires significant additional resources. It may be tempting for the Obama Administration and the Congress to deny this reality, but any failure to provide the additional funds and forces needed to win, and to correct seven years of under-resourcing the Afghan conflict, may well lead to eventual defeat.

…Pay More or Lose

These years of underfunding the Afghan conflict have created a dilemma for the Obama Administration where it must now pay far more to compensate for a past Administration’s grand strategic failures or risk losing the war in Afghanistan. Moreover, neither DOD nor the State Department budgets now fund an adequate or well-defined plan for the civil side of either war, and it is unclear that the Department of Defense plans to sustain the US military advisory effort in Iraq at anything like the level required. The US finds it easy to announce “strategies” and concepts; it has yet to show that it can back them with efficient and effective plans, programs, and budgets.

The end result is that President Obama must now deal with two badly managed and budgeted wars. In the case of Iraq, he must deal with the withdrawal of US combat forces from a war with no clear plan or funding for making the transition to a civilian-dominated nation building effort or supporting the development of Iraqi security forces. It the case of Afghanistan, he must either make unpopular and costly decisions to compensate for seven crippling years of underresourcing the war, or risk losing it.

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My thoughts: The closing words “…or risk losing it”. There’s no mention of what is “Winning It?”. Pour more money in so we don’t lose it means we keep pouring money and our soldiers into a death zone for how long? It’s time for us to GET OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA.

Also, read Joey Galloway’s “Afghanistan isn’t worth one more American life”, and the Powell Doctrine and answer the eight questions it poses. Can’t answer one in the positive now regarding Afghanistan.

Write your Congress Member and your Senators right now at this link. It is easy to do. Please do it now. No more troops, no more money, End the War(s) Now.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE The Afghanistan Abyss, written by Nicholas Kristof as an OpEd piece for the NY TImes reports on interviews with top Afghan experts in the military and ex-CIA:

  • “Our policy makers do not understand that the very presence of our forces in the Pashtun areas is the problem,” the group said in a statement to me. “The more troops we put in, the greater the opposition. We do not mitigate the opposition by increasing troop levels, but rather we increase the opposition and prove to the Pashtuns that the Taliban are correct.

    “The basic ignorance by our leadership is going to cause the deaths of many fine American troops with no positive outcome,” the statement said.

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    Thank you Mr. Kristof and the NY Times for this great OpEd piece. END THE WAR(s) NOW.


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