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August 31, 2010

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As regards the 'balance sheet of war,' author William Blum has accurately delineated this colossal war crime:

'The Americans, beginning 1991, bombed for 12 years, with one excuse or another; then invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, killed wantonly, tortured ... the people of that unhappy land have lost everything — their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women's rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives ... More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile ... The air, soil, water, blood and genes drenched with depleted uranium ... the most awful birth defects ... unexploded cluster bombs lie in wait for children to pick them up ... an army of young Islamic men went to Iraq to fight the American invaders; they left the country more militant, hardened by war, to spread across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia ... a river of blood runs alongside the Euphrates and Tigris ... through a country that may never be put back together again.'

http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m69363&hd=&size=1&l=e

DG

"Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted the military campaign in Afghanistan is "turning the corner"."

Spot on about Iraq though, isn't he? ;)

Paul Flynn

It's worrying that the media accept these self-serving excuses without probing them

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'Oh yeah. I have heard this from Government ministers at every debate about Afghanistan since 2006. We have turned so many corners we have been round the block a dozen times - still we remain in Hell.'

Or 'it will get worse before it gets better' is another one. Only part of that statement has been correct for the past 5 years.

Some results from an ICOS survey carried out in Helmand and Kandahar:

'The ICOS report, is based on 522 interviews with men in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in July - 97 of which were in Marjah district. It shows that 88 of the 97 interviewed in Marjah believe the Taliban controlled the district, whereas only 9 perceive the government as being in control

If the population of Marjah is "resentful" of Taliban tactics, moreover, they are evidently far more resentful of U.S. tactics in the district. Asked whether the military operation by U.S.-NATO forces in their area was "good or bad for the Afghan people," only 1 of the 97 people said it was good; the other 96 said it was bad.'

http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m69340&hd=&size=1&l=e

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