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“It’s the Oil, Stupid” (and the pipleline routes); Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Drones are Illegal? Hearings now in Congress; Premptive Self Defense (attacking Iraq) is Illegal

April 30, 2010

IraqOilMap.jpeg No more money to fight for OIL. Where it all began: Dick Cheney Energy Task Force. This map is from MARCH 2001, six months before 9/11.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

IraqOilMap.jpeg Thanks to Judicial Watch and their long-term lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, many discoveries were brought forth, go to their website here for all the maps of 60% of the world’s oil all within the size of the state of Kansas.

One out of three killed by drones is a civilian, says study WASHINGTON: One out of every three killed by US drone in Pakistan is a civilian, says a report by the New America Foundation(Read Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedmann’s study “The Year of the Drone, CLICK HERE)

WASHINGTON: Is the CIA’s secret program of drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen a case of illegal assassinations or legitimate self-defense? For Our Past Drone Stories, Click here

    The CIA strikes are ”a clear violation of international law,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, law professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, who added that going after terrorists should be a law enforcement activity. She said the rest of the world does not recognize American authority to carry out attacks in Yemen and Pakistan, where the United States is not involved in direct armed conflict. CIA officers who operate the drones could be arrested and charged with murder in other countries, O’Connell warned, likening it to having the Mexican police or military bomb hotels in Arizona in order to target drug lords who may be hiding there. Full Story, Click Here.

Read Mary Ellen O’Connell’s work “The Myth of Premptive Self Defense” CLICK HERE. This study was written in 2002 after the US invaded Iraq saying it was Premptive Self Defense because Iraq’s leader had Weapons of Mass Destruction and may use them against us and others.

    Here’s a taste of what is in the study: …One plan totake action against Iraq envisions a force of more than 200,000 troops to invade and takecontrol of the country. Supporters argue that Iraq’s leadership must be eliminated because the Ba’ath regime has continued the development of weapons of mass destruction, and might again use those weapons against an opponent , or supply the weapons to terrorist networks.9 The invasion plan seeks to preempt any danger by eliminating the leaders who might authorize such attacks or assist others to do so. This strategy is based on a conception of preemptive self-defense.10 Preemptive selfdefense, however, is clearly unlawful under international law. Armed action in self-defense is permitted only against armed attack. Some scholars have argued over the years that preemptive self-defense should be considered lawful, but the United States as a government has consistently supported the prohibition on such preemptive use of force. The United States has taken this position for compelling reasons of national security and in light of its national values. It is joined in this position by the vast majority of the international community. Thus the reality is that the United States has no right to use force to prevent possible, as distinct from actual, armed attacks. The further reality is that the United States does not advance its security or its moral standing in the world by doing so.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

Today’s Headlines at antiwar.com:

Pentagon: Still Not Enough Troops in Afghanistan
Afghans Protest After NATO Kills Father of Five
France Reports Yet More Civilian Killings by NATO in Afghanistan
Forces Face Four More Years of Afghan Combat, Warns NATO Official
Pakistani Taliban Resume Killings in Swat Valley
In Shift, Pakistan Considers Attack on Militant Lair
India, Pakistan Have ‘Very Good Talks,’ Signal Thaw
Clinton Warns Iran Not To ‘Disrupt’ Nuclear Talks
Neocon Press Slams Obama as Trying to ‘Soften’ Iran Sanctions
Clinton Warns Iran, Syria on Threats to Israel
AP Source: US Navy Has Encounter With Iranian Jet
Settlers Attack Palestinians to Protest Police Crackdown
Israel’s Netanyahu Wins Internal Party Power Struggle
Iraq’s Banned Ba’ath Party Holds 1st Public Meeting in Syria
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards
Gitmo Canadian’s Trial Brings Renewed Focus to Treatment
Read the above stories by clicking here.

Councilors approve anti-war resolution: Get your City Council to do the Same, Read it here

April 10, 2010

Portland Maine is the latest City Council to ask for the End of the War Funding. Recently named the #1 place in the country to raise children-and named in the top ten “perfect places to live in America”- After you read this article, get your City Council to vote on a similar resolution. Let’s start a cry to bring our troops home and to get our dollars to go to work here in America for the betterment of all the citizens of the world. Read this and PLEASE TAKE ACTION.

    City councilors have approved a resolution calling on Maine’s U.S. Congressional delegation to oppose new funding for military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Story by Casey Conley, read it all here.

Portland, Maine City Council says VOTE NO on $33 Billion more for Afghanistan

Get your City Council/Board of Supervisors/or other city bodies to Pass a Resolution asking their Congressional Delegation to VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS FOR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

Here are some cities with Peace Resolutions. If you live in one of them, get them to pass a new resolution “NO MORE WAR FUNDING, VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS FOR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. We can stop this, it is up to YOU and ME.

How much have we spent on the war in Afghanistan since the beginning EIGHT YEARS AGO? $200 BILLION. How big is the total U.S. individual State deficits this year? $126 BILLION. We are cutting schools, teachers, firefighters, infrastructure is being neglected, but we are trying to “rebuild Afghanistan”, for what? OIL AND ITS PIPELINES.

$200 Billion War in Afghanistan, a $196 Billion State Shortfall, a coincidence?

    From NY Times Editorial “President Obama in Kabul” Mr. Obama made the right decision to send another 30,000 troops to help drive the Taliban out of important strongholds. But there is no way to hold those cities and towns without an effective Afghan government (at both the federal and local level) to take over. And after eight years of fighting, more than 1,000 American lives lost and more than $200 billion from American taxpayers spent, Mr. Karzai’s failure to build a credible, honest and even minimally effective government remains the Taliban’s No. 1 recruiting tool.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW. GET YOUR CITY COUNCIL TO PASS A RESOLUTION TO END THE WAR FUNDING, ENCOURAGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ON THE $33 BILLION MORE DOLLARS TO BE WASTED IN AFGHANISTAN. WE CAN NOT AFFORD THIS WAR ANY LONGER.

Pepe Escobar writes “The Roving Eye”, America’s Plan of Action; End the Cycle of Genocide, Recognition of the Armenian Genocide coming up for Committee Vote, please sign the Petition and call your legislators

February 10, 2010

In today’s Asia Times, Pepe Escobar paints the al-Qaeda myth and how President Obama has furthered the George W. Bush plans to control the oil and gas resources and pipelines throughout the areas of the world that produce these resources. It is Time to Stop the War(s). Join the March 20 March on Washington to End the War(s). Personally endorse the March 20 March on Washington, click here.

WAR COUNCIL Emir Faisal, leading the Saudi Wahhabi armies in 1926, prepares an advance BETTMANN ARCHIVE.CORBIS

THE ROVING EYE :Yemen, the new Waziristan By Pepe Escobar

    Like an ever-profitable horror B-movie franchise, the al-Qaeda myth simply refuses to die. United States intelligence has now focused its lasers on the alleged 300 al-Qaeda jihadis concealed in Yemen’s craggy, rural Maarib province – as much as the Pentagon has deployed infinite might to find those maximum 100 prowling the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan.

    But wait. Didn’t top US intelligence officials recently swear on their government paychecks that it’s all but “certain” that this sinister, multifaceted hydra with sleeper cells all over the planet – “al-Qaeda” – will attack inside the US within the next six months? What is more likely is that these neo-jihadis will never come from Yemen or the Waziristan tribal areas in Pakistan or the whole AfPak tribal belt for that matter. And they will not be native, pious Sunnis from Saudi Arabia or Egypt either. They will have at best a vague connection to some Middle Eastern dictatorship/petro-monarchy. They will certainly be young, ultra-globalized and passionately, perversely addicted to a fantasy – the virtual ummah (Muslim community).

    Their life journey will certainly have evolved as in a triangulation. Many will have moved from their home country to live in a Western country – or even have been born there; and that’s where they will have honed their yearning to join jihad in a third country.

    Like characters in a novel
    Neo-jihadis may eventually – but not necessarily – go to Yemen or the Waziristans only after they have made the conceptual leap from idealizing the ummah on the Internet to actually feeling the irresistible urge to act on the ground.

    Whenever this happens, they have already broken communication with their families. This is the pattern followed by virtually every neo-jihadi – from Dhiren Barot (who planned to bomb the New York Stock Exchange) to the shy underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. They are all living exercises in deterritorialization. It’s all virtual – especially their idea or vision of Islam itself. It’s all very individualistic – no orchestration by a sinister “al-Qaeda” network. And it’s all done in English – the lingua franca of global communication – not Arabic. Welcome to the age of the virtual jihadi nomad. In earlier times, these would have been characters in a Fyodor Dostoevsky or Albert Camus novel.

    As for the motivations of “al-Qaeda”, Olivier Roy, professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and a top global scholar of terrorism, argues that al-Qaeda “does not have a political strategy of establishing an Islamic state”. But he insists al-Qaeda’s global enemy is the West – not local regimes. That’s not true; al-Qaeda, the historic leadership, treats local regimes as US lackeys, thus they should be toppled. It’s not their priority; a hefty case can be made that “al-Qaeda” is nothing but a dissidence (or a “rogue” arm) of Saudi intelligence, considering the very close relationship between Osama bin Laden and wily Prince Turki bin Faisal, the former director general of Saudi intelligence.

    Unlike Roy’s assessment, al-Qaeda’s fight has nothing to do with Che Guevara’s in the 1960s. Al-Qaeda is certainly not about ideology – but about an idea/flame that seduces, as Roy puts it, “the lonely avenger, the hero, who can redeem a life he is not happy with by achieving fame while escaping a world where he finds no room”. But that could also be a portrait of John Lennon’s murderer.

    American intelligence is unlikely to consider these subtleties. The multi-billionaire machine is still hostage to the outdated notion of “territory”. So it’s automatic to have the Pentagon dispatch its might to fight “al-Qaeda” in Yemen and in the Waziristans. They will find nothing but ghosts.

    Iraq, AfPak and now Yemen have been granted by Washington the same holy trinity of building “development” and “governance”, and counter-terrorism, which in practice means governance hijacked by Beltway-conceptualized counter-terrorism. No wonder this recipe was a failure in Afghanistan and will be a failure in Yemen.

    The Yemeni theater will feature yet another deadly mix of counter-insurgency as applied by the Israelis in Gaza and West Bank and the Americans in AfPak. What happened in the AfPak tribal belt is enlightening. The power of hardcore locals – the Pakistani Taliban – was greatly enhanced; and “al-Qaeda” jihadis quietly left the building, spawning a mini-global migration. The same will happen in Yemen.

    All this is tragically farcical. Obama has done a George W Bush in Afghanistan, branding the al-Qaeda ghost to justify Washington’s “soft” invasion of Yemen. The government of US-aligned President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a accuses the Huthis of being linked to both al-Qaeda (Wahhabi radicals who consider Shi’ites as worse than the plague) and Iran (Shi’ites who abhor al-Qaeda). It doesn’t matter whether this is utter nonsense. Sooner or later, Washington will inevitably brand the Huthis as “terrorists” – just like every resistance in Iraq was “terrorist”, whether they were Sunni or Sadrists.

    And the Pentagon runs amok
    Tens of thousands of foreign troops are bogged down in Afghanistan because the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked its Article 5 collective defense provision in 2001 to fight “al-Qaeda”. Sooner rather than later, NATO will also hit Yemen.

    As much as oil is power, the good ol’ “war on terror” – rebranded or not by the US – is alive and kicking. Iraq, Afghanistan (then AfPak), Yemen, Somalia, these are all cogs in the relentless full spectrum dominance machine, the real deal behind the “war on terror” cover story, intimately linked to Washington’s scramble to control and/or monitor as many global sources of oil and gas as possible.

    And for a Pentagon already running amok, it is getting deeper and deeper into this key stretch of the “arc of instability”, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf, and at the same time instilling the flames of a new Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Blessed are those “al-Qaeda” virtual jihadi nomads.

    Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

Pepe Escobar may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Anti-Genocide activists gear up to bring America back to right side on key human rights issue. Chairman Howard Berman Sets Committee Vote for Armenian Genocide Resolution for Thursday, March 4th. Your Signature Is Necessary. Please sign the Petition below the video of Chairman Ken Hachikian outlining the support needed to pass this out of Committee. Thank You Mr. Hachikian, for all you do for the Armenian Cause.

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Pakistan, a failed Puppet State?; Pipelines through Balochistan; Pepe Escobar’s take on President Obama’s speech and ramifications

December 6, 2009

Many Pakistani citizens have been criticizing their government for fighting for the United States and causing the bombing of civilians in the larger cities as the “Taliban” respond by suicide bombers exploding their bombs, themselves, and all those around them. The Pakistani citizen feel less safe since the Pakistan Military started its artillery shelling, air plane bombings and helicopter attacks of the Swat Valley (2.5 Million citizens displaced) and South Waziristan (300,000 citizens displaced). The U.S. Assassination Drone attacks add to their belief that the U.S. forced the Pakistan Government to attack, and even paid them to do it through the Kerry-Luger 7.5 Billion USD over five years. President Zardari’s popularity is at an all-time low.

Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar co-authors of the $7.5 Billion USD Giveaway to Pakistan

Prime Minister Gilani responds: “This is our own war”

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan is fighting the war against terror in its own interest and strongly rejected the notion that it was being carried out on any other country’s behest.‘We are not mercenaries or service providers either, and nobody has to judge our performance,’ the Prime Minister said in an interview with BBC in London before concluding his four-day official visit to the United Kingdom and Germany.‘One thing I tell you, this is our own war and we are fighting it for the interest of our own country,’ said PM Gilani. On US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan war strategy, the Prime Minister said he wanted ‘more clarity’ from Americans in this regard before his country could take action on it. Gilani appreciated Obama’s intentions about the security and prosperity of Pakistan, however said his government was studying the US plan to send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan and also examining its implications on Pakistan.

    ‘We would likely to see what precisely would be [the policy’s] impact on Pakistan,’ he said. The Prime Minister said he had apprehensions that the surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan’s Helmand province would result in the influx of militants into Balochistan province. ‘But as far as Afghanistan is concerned, yes there has to be an exit strategy,’ the Prime Minister said, while appreciating the building of institutions in Afghanistan as a ‘positive thing’. ‘One thing is clear, we cannot afford losing, because it is our own war and a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan,’ he stressed.

The Caspian Sea Pipelines have to go through Afghanistan and Balochistan (Pakistan) See our story “Political Borders does not a Country Make…”

Oil and Gas Pipelines come down Afghanistan and cut across Balochistan to India and down to the the Gulf of Oman, by Bremmer at http://www.viewzone.com

For a great analysis of President Obama’s speech and its ramifications, read Pepe Escobar’s piece “Vietnam Lite revealed”, in the Asia Times Online here. A taste below:

    …For all his lofty rhetoric, Obama is still pulling a Bush, not making any distinction between al-Qaeda – an Arab jihadi outfit whose objective is a global caliphate – and the Taliban – indigenous Afghans who want an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan but would have no qualms in doing business with the US, as they did during the Bill Clinton years when the US badly wanted to build a trans-Afghan gas pipeline. On top of it, Obama cannot admit that the “Pak” neo-Taliban now exist because of the US occupation of “Af”…The myth of al-Qaeda has to be exposed. How could al-Qaeda pull off 9/11 but be incapable of mounting a single significant attack inside Saudi Arabia? That’s because al-Qaeda is essentially a thinly disguised brigade of Saudi intelligence. The US wants to win “the war on terror”? Why not send special forces to Saudi Arabia instead of Afghanistan and knock the Wahhabis – the root of it all – out of power? Obama could at least have noticed what notorious Afghan mujahid, former Saudi protege, former Central Intelligence Agency darling and current American public enemy, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told al-Jazeera. He stressed, “The Taliban government came to an end in Afghanistan due to the wrong strategy of al-Qaeda.”

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Take Action Now ! ! Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: “You made the wrong decision. I do not support you on this. I feel betrayed.”

Stop the Assassination Drones:). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: No More Drone Assasination attacks, and don’t attack Quetta. End the War(s) NOW.

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March on Empire: Assassination Drones headed to Quetta, Balochistan? More Innocents to Die? Leon Panetta, you listening? Re-Read a few Kurdish Border stories and Balochistan Posts here

December 4, 2009

The U.S. Empire Marches On:

Pakistan opposes expanded US drone attacks

Headline from Dawn.com and part of the story here. We wrote about the potential attacks in Balochistan on October 7, read the story here: “Leon Panetta, you can stop the Drone attack of Quetta before it starts. Follow your heart”

As before, the Pakistan Government and Military say they are against the U.S. Drone attacks that kill not only those targeted, but the innocent people around them at the time the Hellfire Missile hits the target. Today’s story in Dawn.com:

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan opposes expanded US drone attacks against militants on its tribal areas, as well as any strikes on Baluchistan, where Washington believes Afghan Taliban leaders are hiding, the foreign ministry said on Friday. The White House has authorised the expansion of the CIA’s drone programme in Pakistan to complement President Barack Obama’s plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed officials.

We have been following the “Baloch Package” that was put forward last week by the Pakistan Govenment to “take care of the Balochistan problem”. It is a set of statements of what should be done with no mechanism for doing them. The Baloch people have been held down since the formulation of Pakistan. We are Re-Posting this story of October 4, 2009:

Strange modus operandi A story about Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told newsmen on September 23 that his government would soon announce a time frame for resolving the issues relating to Balochistan. The Balochistan “problem” has been going on since 1948. Remember, soon the Pakistan Military, supported by more Drone Hellfire Missiles/bombs will be dropped on Quetta, Balochistan’s capital city. If this happens, you can count on Pakistan Government not surviving. India is licking its chops.

The Balochistan ‘package’ The Baloch people had hoped that over the past few years the central government would have come to the realisation that the conflict in their province was not merely about financial packages. Why is this important? Because the Caspian Sea Oil and Gas has to move through Balochistan to get from the Sea, through Afghanistan, then cut through Balochistan to get to India. If there is no peace there, there will be no pipeline (See Pipelineistan, Control Central Asia Oil and Gas). Take a look at this map.

Existing and "Proposed" Oil and Gas Delivery System for Central Asia

Existing and "Proposed" Oil and Gas Delivery System for Central Asia

We suggest you Re-Read our Post: Blood Borders: Kurdistan, Pashtunistan, Balochistan, and other Ethnic homelands divided are the problem; Britain ended its military mission in Iraq; Pakistan Poll: “U.S. greater danger than India”

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Take Action Now ! ! Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: “You made the wrong decision. I do not support you on this. I feel betrayed.”

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President Barack Obama becomes President George W. Bush: It’s Oil, my friend; Malalai Joya speaks out

December 1, 2009

….Tonight, President Barack Obama will stand before us at West Point, the place where we train our future Army leaders, and tell us why he will send more Americans to die for the cause in Afghanistan (and Iraq, and possibly Pakistan) and why he is escalating The Long War. He will tell us how it is in our National Security interests to have many people die while achieving our goal (and tonight, he’ll tell us the Latest goal), the newest reason to be there. It is possible that President Obama learned nothing standing on the tarmac in the early morning hours to greet our returning brave soldiers remains. Or the Nobel Peace Prize he is to receive in a few weeks may have kept him from adding 80,000 soldiers, who knows?

President Obama at Dover Air Force Base salutes the dignified transfer of one of our fallen soldiers returning from Afghanistan, AFP Photo Saul LOEB

The Real Reason We are There: OIL and GAS, and their Pipelines

Today’s NY Times article: Oil Companies Look to the Future in Iraq. This story comes out on the same day President Obama escalates the war in Central Asia. Read the story.

From our Posts on Oil Stories of the past:

“New Great Game”: Eurasia and Pipelineistan. Question: Why are we in Iraq, Afghanistan, and supporting Pakistan Military’s war? TO CONTROL THE WORLD’S OIL SUPPLY
Pablo Escobar spells out great history in his post at Tom Dispatch, read it here.

Charlie Wilson speaks out; Afghan Peace Festival; Troop Morale (No More Troops); Pipelinestan is the reason; End the War. Scroll down for the Pipelinestan Story and Maps of the Oil and Pipeline Routes.

Blood and Oil in Central Asia From Voters for Peace, good outline of history.

So, President Obama, you will be disappointing your far left base tonight, and letting all the American people down by carrying on The Long War. If George W. Bush were still in office today and he did what you are going to announce tonight, there would be many people in the streets protesting the escalation and calls for his Impeachment would be heard. By sending more troops (which you have all ready done since taking office), you are now an accomplice and co-conspirator to the War Crimes having been committed by the United States over the past 9 years in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Pakistan. What Hope and Change do you want to tell us about next week?

Malalai Joya writes in The Guardian: A Troop Surge can only magnify the crime against Afghanistan. Read our Post about Malalai Joya 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: “You made the wrong decision. I do not support you on this. I feel betrayed.”

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Karazi calls for “Peace Talks”, Mullah Omar refuses; Taliban to play role in Afghan govt: UK; Malalai Joya’s new book ‘A Woman Among the Warlords” please read it

November 26, 2009

Karazi calls for “Peace Talks” with the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Supreme Commander of the Taliban rejects talks. Once the Taliban were ‘friends’ of the United States. They met with President Reagan, even Mullah Omar sat in the Oval Office. They met with in Houston, Texas with Unocal in 1997 to discuss the Afghanistan Pipeline Project. Houston is known as the Kabul of the United States. Read more here.

President Reagan and Mullah Omar and Taliban Delegation in Oval Office

    ‘The people of Afghanistan will not agree to negotiation which prolongs and legitimises the invader’s military presence in our beloved country. Afghanistan is our home,’ a Taliban statement quoted Omar as saying. The elusive leader of the militia, which were unseated in the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, accused foreign powers of seeking negotiations to ‘prolong their evil process of colonization and occupation. The cunning enemy wants to attack people’s crowded places such as mosques and other similar places in order to malign the Mujahideen,’ Omar said. The one-eyed militant commander called on his fighters to ‘guard against these activities of the enemy and fully avoid carrying out any similar activity. The well-being and prosperity of the people should be your priority.’ The United States and Britain — which have the most troops in Afghanistan — have also opened the door for talks with militants they call ‘moderate Taliban,’ or those who do not have links to Al-Qaida. Omar is a founder of the Taliban and is often referred to as its ‘supreme commander’ or spiritual leader. Many analysts and diplomats believe he is hiding out in Pakistan, although Islamabad denies his presence. Click here for more.

After 8 years of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, the British have come up with a plan (of course, with U.S. approval) to include the Taliban in Karazi’s government. Who’s running Kabul? Is President Karazi just a puppet? That is what the Taliban believe, and this makes that look true.

Taliban to play role in Afghan govt: UK

    EDINBURGH (Scotland): Ending the war in Afghanistan would include senior Taliban commanders sitting in Afghan government, Britain’s foreign secretary said on Tuesday.
    David Miliband also told a meeting of Nato’s parliamentary assembly that military action must be accompanied by a political surge to restore Afghans’ faith in their corruption-scarred government.
    He said the vast majority of Taliban fighters were not committed to a global jihad and could be persuaded to stop fighting. He said a settlement must include the top Taliban commanders prepared to renounce violence. ‘Once reintegration gains momentum, and the insurgency is starting to fray, we will need to support President Karzai in reaching out to those commanders that can be persuaded to renounce Al Qaeda and pursue their goals peacefully within the constitutional framework,’ he said. Click here for more.
  • The Long War Journal reports that yesterday, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar issued an Eid message, Read it here.
  • President Obama leaks his decision on sending troops to Afghanistan. Read it here.
  • Political Crisis Looms; President Zardari’s rule ending soon? Does Mr. 10% get tried again? Read it here.
  • 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).

    How much does the War Spending cost your congressional district (if you live in the U.S.)? Find out at the National Priorities Project (click here). Only YOU can stop this.

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    Hersh Interview “FEST is the group”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, buy one; Report: Pakistan President Zardari net worth $1.8 Billion, accused of receipt of 10% Kickback scheme

    November 12, 2009

    Seymour Hersh says that the U.S. is ready to fly into Pakistan on 4 hours notice to “protect” the nuclear weapons held by Pakistan if there is a terrorist disturbance and attack on the weapons locations.
    The U.S. attack group is called FEST for “Foreign Emergency Support Team” . Read more here.

    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.

    Pakistan President Zardari accused of getting a kickback of 10% of the price of three submarines bought by the Pakistan Military from the French Government.

  • From Dawn.com: The Liberation report quoted a former executive of the French naval company DCN as saying that French authorities had chosen Al-Assir to act as intermediary in the deal and he allegedly deposited a total of $1.3 million in Mr Zardari’s bank accounts between Aug 15 and Aug 30, 1994, one month before the submarine contract was signed, and then $1.2 million and $1.8 million one year later. According to DCN employees who testified in the terror attack investigation, the kickbacks to Pakistan in the deal totalled 10 per cent of the purchase amount, with 6 per cent, or $49.5 million, going to the military and 4 per cent, or 33 million euros, being funnelled to political circles.

    In 2001, Pakistani Navy’s former chief of staff Mansour-ul-Haq was arrested for his part in the deal and forced to repay $7 million, the daily says. Legal proceedings against Mr Zardari were dropped in April 2008, several months before he was elected president. He was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 on corruption charges unrelated to this affair. The president, according to the report, is one of his country’s richest men, with a net worth estimated at $1.8 billion. Read the rest here.

  • [Ed. Note: This is the corrupt cesspool of Central Asia politics. Those that rule rip off the funds generated by the government. It is impossible to change this by changing the rulers. It runs the countries. It is a way of life. The U.S. military can protect the leaders because they feel the alternative leaders are worse, that is, won't follow U.S. policy. The U.S. is there to protect the oil fields, and the oil pipeline and future pipeline routes.]

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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).

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    Charlie Wilson speaks out; Afghan Peace Festival; Troop Morale (No More Troops); Pipelinestan is the reason; End the War

    October 8, 2009

    Saturday, October 10:

    Charlie Wilson, the ex-congressmember from Texas that started the U.S. funding the Afghan mujahedeen in their battle against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and kept the U.S. Congress increasing the funding, has spoken out and said the worst mistake made was not helping to rebuild the war-torn country after the Russians left. “That was a terrible mistake,” Wilson said during a speech on Thursday night in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “Had we spent that $20 million or $30 million for the entirety of the problem, we wouldn’t be spending $20 or $30 million an hour today.”

    Wilson said in an interview with the Scranton Times Tribune on Tuesday that it is “best to make a calculated withdrawal” and said that if he were in Obama’s position, he would “probably shut it down, rather than lose a lot of soldiers and treasure.” But during his speech, he backed off those comments and said he will support Obama in his decision on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan.

    Charlie Wilson in Afghanistan with Mujahedeen years ago

    Charlie Wilson in Afghanistan years ago


    Using his extraordinary power as a member of the US House of Representatives Defense Appropriations subcommittee throughout the Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush administrations, Wilson succeeded in quadrupling the $30 million requested by the CIA in 1984 for the Afghan resistance to $630 million in 1987, each increment matched by the Saudis. (2) In 1986, the formidable Wilson prevailed over the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department resistance to supplying the Islamists in Afghanistan with 1000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air Stinger missiles and 250 launchers.(2) When the last Russian soldier bid adieu to Afghanistan in February 1989, Wilson boasted that his guys had won.

    See the Movie, it is a good history lesson on how we got involved in Afghanistan, and that involvement increased greatly because of Charlie Wilson’s efforts. He brought down the Soviet Union by funding some of the same elements we are now seeking to destroy in Afghanistan.

    From Netflix.com:Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahedeen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army. Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt and Amy Adams co-star in this fact-based political thriller directed by Mike Nichols and based on George Crile’s 2003 book by the same name.
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
    Director: Mike Nichols
    Genre: Drama
    Format: DVD
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English …
    Awards: Academy Award® Nominee …

    For strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use

    Friday, October 9: Today’s lead story: ‘All roads are leading to South Waziristan’ After a car bombing in Peshawar that killed at least 45 people and wounded over 100, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Pakistan has “no option but to attack South Waziristan.

    “Enter, Hakeemullah” a Dawn.com editorial Outlines Hakeemullah is alive and appearing with him is Waliur Rehman Mehsud, the man the Pakistan Government says killed Hakeemulla over a month ago. The South Waziristan Military assault continues, awaiting the attack orders, the Pakistan Military says it is surrounding the area. Here’s a map and the villages so when you hear about an attack, you can locate the site.

    North and South Waziristan, with Villages designated

    North and South Waziristan, with Villages designated

    Another Waziristan story from dawn.com “Pakistan expects ‘tough resistance’ in Waziristan”

    Yesterday’s stories:

    Afghan Peace Festival, September 23, 2009, at Nader Khan Hill, overlooking Kabul.  Three Afghan girls in traditional costumes AFP Photo Romeo Gacad

    Afghan Peace Festival, September 23, 2009, at Nader Khan Hill, overlooking Kabul. Three Afghan girls in traditional costumes AFP Photo Romeo Gacad


    Afghanistan’s peace festival was held September 23, 2009. The festival was held as part of a peace building activity by various Afghan civil societies backed by Unicef amidst celebrations for Eidul Fitr festival in this war torn country. For more Photo Journal stories go to dawn.com. In the midst of the turmoil of war, End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition; the Afghan people call for Peace. Let’s give it to them, End the War(s). No more Troops, Mr. President.

    Under your watch, Mr. President, you have approved 17,000 new troops to Afghanistan. Now you are being asked to send 40,000 more troops, our young men and women in uniform. How many more after that, Mr. President? Some of our troops are on their 5th trip to the war zone. They and their families are in shock. This can not continue.

    From today’s timesonline: American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains.
    American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

    Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

    “The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.

    “They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not. Read the rest of the story.

    Pipelinestan. A term used to define the “…istan” nations that the pipelines carrying gas and oil have to pass through. We went into Iraq for the Oil. There were plans being drawn up to go into Iraq before 9/11 happened. Who controls the Mid-East-Central Asia oil and gas supplies control the world. We are in Afghanistan, not to raise Afghanistan from 188th place out of 189 of the lowest ranking nations upwards. We are there to get a government in place and calm everyone down so a pipleline can be built through Afghanistan, across Balochistan, to India and the Gulf of Oman from the rich oil fields of the Caspian Sea area. In Iraq, we want a government to work with us and have our oil companies come in and control the production and distribution of the oil under the sands of Iraq. End the War(s) means having to deal with these countries on a fair basis. Other countries may bid higher for the oil rights. It is a war over oil.
    Here’s three maps for your viewing. Sign the petition at the bottom of this post. No More War.

    First, a map showing 50 U.S. bases in the area.  The Saudi one is gone now, as they asked us to leave

    First, a map showing 50 U.S. bases in the area. The Saudi one is gone now, as they asked us to leave


    How much do we spend to maintain these bases? And for what? To protect our oil supply lines?

    Existing and Proposed Oil and Gas Pipelines from Caspian Sea Region's Oil Fields

    Existing and Proposed Oil and Gas Pipelines from Caspian Sea Region's Oil Fields

    Look at all the countries that benefit from the Caspian Sea Oil and Gas finds. We all must learn to share the oil peacefully. Drill as a world group, transport as a world group, go up and down economically together. The U.S. is the only Superpower, and the only one that can change all of this. Do we care enough about humanity to make the changes necessary? Can we stop the killing of innocents in the meantime?
    Pipelines from three different Oil Fields

    Pipelines from three different Oil Fields


    It is a fact that North and South Waziristan have many Pashtun fighters there, along with other fighters. Pakistan has needed them in the past as tools against India. The U.S. has demanded that the Pakistan Goverment order its Military to strike these areas if it wants the $7.5 Billion in funding ($1.5 Billion a year for 5 years). Pakistan has claimed the war over the past 8 years has cost them $30 Billion and this is a drop in the bucket. But Pakistan, under President Zardari is preparing to attack its own civilians. This is a Civil War, egged on by the U.S. The attacks began two months ago and are continuing daily with cannon fire, airplane and helicopter attacks, and by the U.S. hitting buildings with the assasination Drones. Over 28,000 Pakistan soldiers (many Pashtuns) will be going into the villages of South Waziristan soon. Over 125,000 villagers have all ready left the area and are now ‘displaced’. The fall of Pakistan is not far off. Pakistan is 10th on the list of Failed States 2009 list. Iraq is ranked 6th and Afghanistan is ranked #7 IN FAILED STATES.
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    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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