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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NZ SAS in Afghanistan killing in the name of?

A day after John Key's extraordinary claim that we are in Afghanistan to protect Norway from far right fundy Christian terrorists, it turns out we can't even bother training the NZers we are currently feeding the global war effort...

Inquiry into Kiwi soldier's death criticises training
New Zealand troops' training has been criticised by a top-level inquiry following the death of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell in Afghanistan. A Court of Inquiry decision released today highlighted the lack of ''in-theatre'' training for troops working in the war-torn country. O'Donnell, 28, was killed in an ambush in the north-east of Bamiyan province on August 4 last year.

...you would think propping up a corrupt Narco State while handing civilians over to known torture units was enough to make the occupation in Afghanistan about as ethical as selling handguns to children, but that we aren't even preparing those NZ soldiers for what they are facing is a revulsion too far.


We are not in Afghanistan to fight Al Quaeda (they aren't there any longer), we are not in Afghanistan for feminism, we are in Afghanistan because geographically its provides access to oil for the West.

In 1996, the Wall Street Journal declared the Taliban, "are the players most capable of achieving peace in Afghanistan at this moment in history"., this was because they had just defeated the American armed Northern Alliance who had just ended their 4 year 50 000 dead rampage thanks to America walking away without disarming their most fervent anti-soviet fighters (hilariously Osama Bin Laden had been given $4 billion in which to fight the USSR).

This praise of the Taliban proceeded a massive attempt to win over the Taliban so that America could build a vast oil pipe line that enables them to tap into the huge oil fields of the Caspian Sea. Taliban were flown to Washington and wined and dined by George W Bush Snr and entertained in Housten by senior executives of Unocal who offered the Taliban fifteen cents for every thousand cubic feet of gas pumped through Afghanistan.

In 1998, Unocal's Vice-President for International Relations, John J Maresca told a Congressional inquiry that "by 2010, Western countries could increase oil production to 4.5 million barrels a day, an increase of more than 500% in fifteen years". His appeal was for a regime that could guarantee that increase.

At first America did all they could to provide such a regime, Unocal signed a 'memorandum of understanding' to build the pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan, it did this on behalf of Enron, Amoco, BP, Chevron, Exxon and Mobil with the deal makers being none other than Dick Cheney and former Defence Secretary James Baker.

The deal went sour when two American Embassies were bombed in east Africa and Al Queda were blamed. The September 11 attacks provided the perfect pretense to invade Afghanistan under the flag blinded claim of 'freedom and democracy'.

This war in Afghanistan has nothing to do with freedom and democracy, it has to do with securing America's never ending belief that they and they alone have the God given right to take oil resources from any part of the world under whatever pretext they need.

We are killing Afghan Civilians and handing them over to known torture units as part of our effort to prop up the great game and to plunder oil reserves, we are no better than the American war machine, because we are willfully part of it.

I'm sick of right wing clowns justifying war for oil as if it's some bullshit fight for freedom and democracy. Afghanistan has NEVER been about freedom and democracy.



At 27/7/11 1:09 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

The Wall Street Journal was probably correct, what the Western narrative fails to acknowledge, the Taliban did create stability in the power vacuum and terrible bloody period that occurred between the US/USSR pullout until the Taliban's take over in 1996. Many fewer people died under their reign than under the chaos that preceded them.

Their use of Sharia law and some rogue elements who were overly enthusiastic in the implementation of them undermines their credibility, but essential this is a Pashtun issue, not unique to the Taliban, this tribal justice ( Pashtunwali ) pre dates Islam in the region.

Of coarse our good guys, Posthumous Nobel Prize winner and victim of Al Queda assassination (a couple of days before 9/11) Massoud and his Northern Allience were convenient proxies in the overthrow of the Taliban, and now the Tajik north is totally over represented in Afghan Government, with a Pashtun puppet at top for good looks. Really all we've done is take sides in this civil war. While this imbalance exists and there are foreign guns on their soil, the Taliban's ranks will fill. They haven't lost since Alexander the Great, they will fight until the last of them has been killed.

Perhaps Pashtunistan would be a better idea... but I can't see Pakistan giving up energy rich Baluchistan for that enterprise.

The irony in it all being, instead of the US (with our assistance) getting it's TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline, it's looking increasingly likely we'll see pipes flowing directly to China - from Turkmenistan and Iran - who haven't fired a single depleted uranium shell in pursuit of all that energy.

Geo-political fail! Still, the banks and the military industrial complex have done very well out of it all.


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