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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Twelve years “war on terror” terrorizing nationals; foreigners get out says Afghan activist

People's uprising can end foreign wars against world peoples
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

ar on Afghanistan COMMANDED, LED: October 7, 2001-October 7, 2013: United States President Barack Obama; United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron; Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Preceded by: United States President George W. Bush; United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair; United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown

U.S. President George W. Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden and expel the al-Qaeda [now the U.S. reportedly allies with al-Qaeda against the government of Syria] network which was supporting the Taliban in its war with the Afghan Northern Alliance [the U.S. previously also allied with the Northern Alliance].

The Taliban [allegedly] recommended that bin Laden leave the country… but declined to extradite him without evidence of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

he United States refused to negotiate and launched ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ against the people of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. The U.S. aggression was joined by the United Kingdom and later by Germany and other western allies in attacking the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in conjunction with the Northern Alliance.

“The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) refers,” in the phrasing of a Wikipedia article on this subject, “to the intervention by NATO and allied forces in the Afghan political struggle, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to dismantle the al-Qaeda terrorist organization and to remove from power the Taliban government, which at the time controlled 90 percent of Afghanistan and hosted al-Qaeda leadership.”

Civilians in crossfire
fghan activist, survivor of numerous attempts on her life, former member of the Afghanistan parliament, Malalai Joya, author of A woman among warlords: the extraordinary story of an afghan who dared to raise her voice appeared last Thursday  in interview with Democracy Now leading into the twelfth year of the United States’ invasion and occupation of Afghanistan ─ and even longer its collusion with oppressive factions (warlords, drug lords, terrorists, fundamentalists, corrupt politicians) arrayed against the independent rise and advancement of the Afghan people and their institutions. This is some of what Malalai Joya said.
Afghan women

War has wrought the worst

its own people
The presence of tens of thousands troops is “like hell for millions of Afghans,” Malalai Joya said. “Women are still the most and the prime victims” suffering “rape, domestic violence, acid attacks, burnings of the girls’ schools.” And violence continues to rise, she said.

Together with the horror of foreign troops is the “Taliban in different provinces doing public executions [of women], without at least bringing them to [Afghanistan’s] fundamentalist or mafia court,” she said. “They [Taliban] control Afghanistan day by day [and] are getting more powerful.” Foreign troops “double our miseries and the sorrows of our people. 

Unfortunately… imperialism and fundamentalism have joined hands to lead the world toward barbarism.

“That’s why we want the withdrawal of [foreign] troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible,” she said. Withdrawing foreign troops will lessen the power of terrorists. “If they leave at least the warlords and the Taliban, these terrorists, will not become even more powerful,” making it for them “easier to eliminate the democratic people of Afghanistan and increase the suffering or killing of innocent people who survive or remain in the country.…”

Character of, call to Americans

Clearly evident in U.S. character today, Joya says, is two-facedness. One face is “the dirty imperialist government.” Another is “the great people … who stand up against the wrong policies of their government, the war crimes and warmongers.”

The latter “lives in the hearts of millions of democratic justice-loving people around the world ─ especially oppressed people of the world. They are the heroes for my people,” she said. And Afghanistan needs Americans’ support against the “negative role of the occupiers” and against the “brutalities and barbarism of fundamentalists who are puppets of the United States.”

The Afghan activist called for “the support and solidarity of justice-loving people of the United States to join their hands with us. We need to be united and continue our struggle against the warmongers,” she said. Whether concerning Iran or Iraq, Palestine, Libya or Syria, “we should fight against the warmongers.”

Looking toward the future, the “great source of hope,” Malalai Joya sees, are “justice-loving people around the world, and especially in the United States,” engaged in “glorious uprisings against warmongers and economic crises.”

GLOBAL TERROR 12 years on 

September 18 U.S. in Syria

“U.S. President Barack Obama has waives provision of federal law that bans supply of ‘lethal aid’ to terrorist groups in order to arm ‘selected’ members of the opposition in Syria.”

October 3 U.S. in Afghanistan

Bombs account for most of the estimated 1,319 Afghan civilians killed in the first half of 2013 says new United Nations report. Afghan military officials say bombs are responsible for about 50 percent of the casualties among the country’s security forces. Twelve years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, part of Washington’s so-called war on terror, the country continues to grapple with rampant violence. According to the United Nations, civilian deaths in Afghanistan jumped 16 percent in the first eight months of 2013, while in some eastern provinces there was a 54 percent hike in civilian casualties in the same period compared with last year. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/03/327423/taliban-kill-afghan-mayor-in-helmand/

October 4 U.S. in Yemen
The United States has come under fire repeatedly for breaching nations’ sovereignty. Protests of drone attacks continue in Yemen; people have held many demonstrations to condemn the violation of their national sovereignty.
Yemenis took to the streets of a northern town on Friday to denounce the United States and Israel for interfering in the country. The protesters held a mass rally in Sa’ada against interference by Washington and Tel Aviv in the country’s internal affairs. Protesters again expressed anger over assassination drone attacks by the United States inside the country. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/04/327615/yemenis-denounce-us-israel-meddling/

October 5 U.S. in Afghanistan

At least 3,385 U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan have lost their lives since the 2001 invasion -- which was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the country. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/05/327763/rockets-hit-us-base-in-afghanistan/
October 5 U.S. in Somalia

“Foreign special forces” in Somalia have carried out a pre-dawn attack against an al-Shabab base in a town in the south of the country. The attack was carried out against ‘high-profile’ targets in the town of Barawe in the early hours of Saturday, officials said. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/05/327668/foreign-forces-attack-alshabab-base/
October 6 U.S. in Somalia and Libya

Supporting U.S. Special Forces attacks on sovereign nations and peoples of Somalia and Libya, the U.S. Secretary of State essentially said we kill them to bring them to justice. “We will continue to try and bring people to justice in the appropriate way with hopes that ultimately these kinds of activities against everybody in the world will stop,” he said. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/06/327871/kerry-defends-africa-military-operations

October 6 U.S. in Libya

The government of Libya strongly condemned the military operation by the U.S. Special Forces on its soil, describing the aggression as “an act of kidnapping.”
October 6 U. S. in Pakistan

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in the bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the U.S. “global war on terror.”
Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/06/327917/pakistan-govt-urged-to-curb-taliban/


Sources and notes

U.S. War in Afghanistan: October 7, 2001 – present,

“‘Imperialism and Fundamentalism Have Joined Hands’: Malalai Joya on 12 Years of U.S.-Led Afghan War,” October 3, 2013,  http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/3/imperialism_fundamentalism_have_joined_hands_malalai

Leading into the 12th anniversary of what has become the longest war in U.S. history; while the United States reportedly plans to pull out the bulk of its 57,000 troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is seeking to sign an accord [as they did in Iraq] to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for an indefinite future.

Recent news reports from Press TV, http://www.presstv.ir/

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