Afghanistan Burning: Obama’s “Just War” is Doomed As the Coalition of the Willing Says No More

by Scott Creighton

Barack Obama’s “just war” in Afghanistan may be grinding to a bloody halt. Protesters all across the occupied country are throwing themselves into the gears of our imperialist machinery outraged over NATO forces throwing Korans and other religious material into a burn pit at Bagram Air Base.

The outrage ignited massive anti-occupation protests across the country and those protests sparked the slaughter of over 30 protesters by NATO forces. Notice I wrote “protesters” and not “combatants” or “belligerents” as the Peace Prize administration likes to refer to them these days.

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Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

… The moratorium on anti-war protests in 2004 was designed to help elect the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. It was a foolish and humiliating concession. Kerry snapped to salute like a windup doll when he was nominated. He talked endlessly about victory in Iraq. He assured the country that he would not have withdrawn from Fallujah. And by the time George W. Bush was elected for another term the anti-war movement had lost its momentum. The effort to return Congress to Democratic control in 2006 and end the war in Iraq became another sad lesson in incredulity. The Democratic Party, once in the majority, funded and expanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Barack Obama in 2008 proved to be yet another advertising gimmick for the corporate and military elite. All our efforts to work within the political process to stop these wars have been abject and miserable failures. And while we wasted our time, tens of thousands of Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani civilians, as well as U.S. soldiers and Marines, were traumatized, maimed and killed. 

Either you are against war or you are not. Either you use your bodies to defy the war makers and weapons manufacturers until the wars end or you do not. Either you have the dignity and strength of character to denounce those who ridicule or ignore your core moral beliefs—including Obama—or you do not. Either you stand for something or you do not. And because so many in the anti-war movement proved to be weak and naive in 2004, 2006 and 2008 we will have to start over. This time we must build an anti-war movement that will hold fast. We must defy the entire system. We must acknowledge that it is not our job to help Democrats win elections. The Democratic Party has amply proved, by its failure to stand up for working men and women, its slavishness to Wall Street and its refusal to end these wars, that it cannot be trusted. We must trust only ourselves. And we must disrupt the system. The next chance, in case you missed the last one, to protest these wars will come Saturday, March 19, the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Street demonstrations are scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. You can find details on www.answercoalition.org/national/index.html.

[read the rest, here]

Leaked documents expose imperialist war in Afghanistan

(Task Force 373 – think “Caravan of Death”  (Chile), “Escuadrón de la Muerte ” (El Salvadore), “Battalion 316″  (Honduras), “Contras” (Nicaragua), and SAVAK in Iran.. the list goes on and on… )

by Alex Lantier, WSWS

On Sunday, the WikiLeaks web site posted 91,731 American military documents on the US-NATO occupation of Afghanistan, covering the period from January 2004 to December 2009. The release was timed to coincide with articles on these revelations in the New York Times, the British Guardian and the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, all of which had received the documents several weeks ago.

The documents make clear that the occupation of Afghanistan is a filthy imperialist war. Popular resistance and protest demonstrations are drowned in blood, US death squads operate at will under a media blackout, and Washington and NATO collaborate with a narrow elite of corrupt warlords and Afghan officers.

The documents were released as the Afghan government confirmed that NATO rocket fire last week killed more than 50 civilians, largely women and children, in the Sangin district of Helmand Province. The attack was one of the worst since the May 2009 Gerani air strike, in neighboring Farah province, which killed 140 civilians, including 93 children and 28 women.

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CHANGE Update: Obama Kills Ten More Afghan Civilians and Hands Over Another Contract to Blackwater… and Then He Plays Golf

by Scott Creighton

CHANGE!!! yeah, right

The Peace Prize President is at it again; spreading his special brand of PEACE and HOPE to the Middle East. As the rest of our country is wondering just WTF we are still doing in Afghanistan and while our puppet president of that country tells Japan they have top priority to the lucrative mining rights (which according to the mineral mining law (written by us and the global bankers), he can’t really do), the “Greatest Man of Our Generation” is busy killing more civilians in Afghanistan when he isn’t working behind the scenes to dismantle the social safety net of America… that is, that’s what he’s doing when he isn’t playing golf.

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Afghan Bling! There’s gold in them thar hills!

Justin Raimondo hits the nail right on the head in his recent article about the mineral deposits “found” in Afghanistan. Yes, the recent New York Times article is propaganda but not the sort you might think.

… Afghanistan, says an internal Pentagon memo, could become “the Saudi Arabia of lithium” – a prospect that, if the Saudi kleptocracy is replicated on Afghan terrain, bodes ill for the people of that country. Given the truth of this alleged discovery – one that is by no means a new one, by the way – such an outcome certainly seems all too likely. A look [.pdf] at Afghanistan’s mining laws – coincidentally just recently formulated and passed – confirms this suspicion:

“Article 4: Ownership of Minerals

“(1) All naturally occurring Minerals and all Artificial Deposits of Minerals on surface or subsurface of the territory of Afghanistan or in its water courses (rivers and streams) are the exclusive property of the State.

“(2) Mineral operations shall be conducted in Afghanistan by the State. A Person can also carry out mining operations by obtaining a License or Authorization in accordance with the provisions of this Law.”

This is a perfect set-up for corruption. Licenses are granted by the Afghan Ministry of Mines, formerly headed up by Muhammad Ibrahim Adel, who was dumped by the Karzai regime after being accused by the US of accepting a $30 million bribe from the Chinese for a copper mining franchise. His crime, of course, was that he accepted a bribe from the wrong people: his successor won’t make the same mistake.

A crude analysis of the above-cited mining laws would characterize them as “socialist,” but this really qualifies as corporatism: government for the benefit of certain politically-connected corporations, i.e. the same sort of crony capitalism that currently characterizes the US economy. We’re exporting our system around the world…

[read the rest of Justin's article on AntiWar, here]

We will never leave Afghanistan, nor will we ever leave Iraq because the corporations that we took over those countries for are now installed and they will always need protection FROM the people.

The Good War: Pentagon’s “BUSINESS Task Force” Announces Plans to Steal Afghanistan’s Natural Resources

by Scott Creighton

Ah, the Good War in Afghanistan. You know, Iraq and Pakistan and Yemen and soon Iran… all those “wars” were based on lies… we know that. But at least we know “The Good War” was about 9/11, right?

They aren’t even trying to continue the charade anymore. The marriage of the corporation and the government is right out in the open in today’s New York Times as they pretty much announce that the Pentagon is nothing more than the enforcement division of the combined mergers and acquisitions department of a few hundred of the nation’s leading businesses. 

Apparently we have stuck it out in Afghanistan longer than any other war in history because, hell, the Pentagon Business Task Force found trillions of dollars worth of minerals like lithium, copper, and GOLD littered all over the country and goddamn it, they are going to get it no matter how many poor people have to die in the process.

But Afghanistan is The Good War… and don’t you ever say otherwise.

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