a side totally wrong and isolated from the real debate on world terrorism. Far from us having the only answer and being able
by Edu Montesanti, on Nolan Chart (US), September 15, 2009
As the world mourns remembering the infamous 9/11, US politicians "debate", yes, they "debate" and act in order to fulfill their so-called "fight against terror" commitments. Eight years after the attacks on US ground, we find two unavoidable points about this "War on Terror". Choose where you fit better, and be sure: any oion is as full of terror as 9/11 itself. Let us see what then?
The main discussion on Afghanistan since Barack Obama came to power last January is sending there more US troops (according to him, an effective occupation in that country is vital to combat world terrorism). On the other hand, we have shown in this column not only the atrocities against civilians by the unsuccessful US/NATO coalition forces in the Middle East, especially in Afghanistan where they have about 60,000 troops, but also exposed the cry of local people against occupation there who also presents timely and urgent alternatives to combat the Taliban and warlords.
From failure and bloodshed to failure and bloodshed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the essence of strategy in the Middle East does not change, and the debate beats about the mcbama, that is, beats about the bush (all amounts to the same thing). Last week increased the debate as to whether to send more troops to Afghanistan: Obama is delaying (in order to build coalitions for overhauling the health care system) to put into practice what he promised at the presidential campaign, that is increasing the troops in the country. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is willing to consider a request for more troops, as Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan requested long ago for more American combat troops there.
On the "other side", we have the leading Senate Democratic on military matters, Carl Levin, from Michigan who is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, stating in the telephone interview last Thursday to The New York Times, that "I just think we should hold off on a commitment to send more combat troops until these additional steps to strengthen the Afghan security forces are put in motion".
Now let us see the Afghan reality (a hidden and suffering reality that world media strangely does not publish) and some numbers (to this kind of people, our politicians, these are just numbers of course, never put in discussion; and from the evidences below we will get a definitive conclusion, either one or another that will be pointed, you choose):
I. Most people in the Afghan capital Kabul live in illegal, unplanned and sub-standard houses that are prone to natural disasters, and lack water and sanitation facilities, according to government officials. "Of the [estimated] five million people living currently in Kabul, at least three million are residing in illegal and unplanned houses", said Abdul Wahab Sadaat, deputy director of city services at the Kabul Municipality. "These houses – which make up about 75 percent of the houses in Kabul – are also vulnerable to earthquake, floods and other natural disasters", said Sadaat. (Afghanistan: Unsafe Housing Puts Kabul Residents at Risk);
II. Over the past seven years some militia commanders and powerful groups have seized and sold public property and land, creating a crisis of unregulated urbanization in the capital, officials in the municipality and in the Ministry of Urban Development said. The population of Kabul has grown substantially, from about one million in 2001 to about five million in 2009, exhausting the city's already limited natural resources, particularly underground water reserves, say government and independent specialists. Rapid population growth and urbanization, coupled with limited resources, have put a heavy burden on Kabul's environment and air quality which, according to health officials, hastens the death of more than 3,000 people annually (from the same source above);
III. When foreign troops arrived in Afghanistan, there was little concern for Afghan public opinion. Since then, they've had seven years to win a war against a once-discredited Taliban (as Malalaï Joya observes, a bunch of illiterate medieval-minded people, who the superpower does not win because it is not serious in its fight on terror, and needs a pretext to stay in the Middle East defending its economic and regional interests - the Taliban is this pretext). Seven years to repair the Kajaki hydroelectric dam and win the hearts and minds of the restive, opium-producing sought. Seven years to disarm the militias and bring war criminals to justice, as promised in 2001. (The Afghan Industry)
IV. When the Taliban arrived in a village in Farah in May, the village elders approached them and asked them to leave. They told the Taliban that if the fighters stayed, the foreigners would bomb their village. The Taliban said: "We are fighting and dying for Islam, and so should you do. Why should you be spared death? Is your blood redder than ours?" And so the foreign planes came, dropped their bombs and, according to locals, killed more than 100 civilians. "What could we do?" said a local man to the BBC's Afghan service. "The Talibs were young men with guns and grenades. We had no weapons to protect ourselves and no young men to help us". (from the same source above / more about the massacre in Farah here);
V. US troops stormed a hospital and tied up medical staff, in breach of international law, a Swedish charity has claimed. (...) The soldiers tied up four guards and two relatives before turning patients out of beds and searching a womens ward, it is claimed. (...) Soldiers from the US Army's 10th Mountain Division made an armed raid last Wednesday on the clinic, in eastern Afghanistan, to search for insurgents, Anders Fänge, the director of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, said. Troops demanded that the hospital staff in Wardak, south of Kabul, alert the military if insurgents came for treatment. The medics refused. "If the international military forces are not respecting the sanctity of health facilities, then there is no reason for the Taleban to do it either" Mr. Fänge added. "Then these clinics and hospitals would become military targets. This is a clear violation of internationally recognised rules and principles," (US Troops Accused of Carrying Out Armed Raid on Afghan Hospital);
VI. A US military report has since found that strikes by US B1 bombers in Farah violated orders already in place at the time. That report recommended ordering all US forces operating in Afghanistan undergo new training. The new directive calls for military commanders to "scrutinize" and "limit" the use of close air support against residential compounds and other areas likely to result in civilian casualties. Some 800 civilians were killed in Afghanistan between January and May this year, a 24 percent increase from the same period in 2008, according to UN figures released last month. More than half of those deaths were caused by insurgents and just over a third by international and Afghan forces, the UN said. The rest could not be attributed to either side (Airstrike Killed Six Civlilians and Wounded 14 Others in Afghanistan);
VII. Officers, quoting witness reports from the remote desert area, said the force of the blast ripped many of victims to pieces and that the death toll was calculated after pieces of flesh were collected from the site (Afghan Bombs Kill 11, Including Children);
VIII. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 40 percent last year, the highest level since the American-led invasion in late 2001;
IX. The UN report, compiled by a human rights unit, said the death toll among civilians rose to 2,118 from 1,523 in 2007, most in the south of the country where fighting is intense;
X. In Bagram prison, 600 people are illegally arrested, according to Human Right Watch;
XI. Afghan election workers loyal to President Hamid Karzai set up hundreds of fictitious polling sites where no one voted but still registered hundreds of thousands of ballots towards the President's re-election, according to senior Western and Afghan officials. (...) ''We think that about 15 percent of the polling sites never opened on election day,'' a senior Western diplomat said. ''But they still managed to report thousands of ballots for Karzai'' (Afghanistan Poll 'Fraud en Masse').
Well, before all this, a very brief of the so painful Afghan facts, neither Mr. Obama nor his "strongest" opponents discuss anything else but military strategies. No, from failure and bloodshed to more failure and bloodshed, neither our geniuses of politics nor world media accept for instance just listening to the Afghan people – they have a lot to tell, they have different ideas of how to defeat local enemies, they are the victims and theoretically the object of the invasion... aren't they? The Afghan people heroically resisted against the United Kingdom in the XIXth century (the greatest world power at the time) and Soviet Union Invasion from 1979 to 1989 (also the greatest power at the time, beside the US), and could win the Taliban and warlords without occupation – with foreign help, they themselves recognize they need it. They want democracy and freedom (is this exactly the problem for politicians, democracy and freedom?), they deserve to be listened, they are to be listened.
It is not difficult to realize why politicians impose upon us this kind of "debate" and such a routine of enforcing democracy and liberty to others through endless wars: no military means, no occupation and no imperialism, especially with regards to oil. Jake Towne has insisted on this point in his column here at the Chart, especially in Why Foreign Aid? - An Open Letter to Congressman Dent from Jake Towne, and in America's Military Empire. With richness of numbers and arguments, Mr. Towne questions the real intentions of the White House in military spending overseas.
As we remembered in Gasoline on Fire, " During the first half of 2001, CIA officials pleaded for serious security measures to be taken, and urgently so. According to their confirmations, there were imminent terrorist attacks to be committed by suicidal hijackers who would hijack commercial planes in the US territory. After being continuously left out in the cold by senior officers, they resigned from the CIA, to wash their hands concerning terrible and bloody acts against the nation that would soon take place (they declared afterwards on TV). (...) UN supervisors inspected Iraq throughout the 90's, destroying a great deal of weapons. Finally, on February 14, 2002, these supervisors assured that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. US Congress itself assured in 1999 that, 'Iraqi military arsenal is poor', and in 2002 before the invasion, the 'state of mind and battlefield efficiency are more fragile than they were in 1991'".
For one reason or another, maybe because we have been entertained in many ways by this Disney World of news, we also forget that this lack of seriousness in fighting terror is another attack against 9/11 victims and their families, who have never been taken seriously. Let us remember that mockery of a 9/11 Commission, that failed and was requested by the victim families to be brought up in an independent court, never created spectacles of our politicians and the media's.
Are we willing to pass all our lives, year-by-year, only promoting ceremonies for the Osama bin Laden's victims on their anniversary, full of demagogy from many? Incredibly, The New York Times editorial on Sept. 11, wrote about Eight Years Later discussing what has been raised at the Ground Zero to family members, politicians and visitors. "Instead of the two memorial pools designed by the architect Michael Arad, visitors will see their barest outlines." Oh! Eight years after 9/11, 2001, NO ONE has seriously responded to nor has been charged on the attacks! Well, Osama bin Laden has not been arrested but at least lives hidden, differently from George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and mcbamas who freely travel all over the world, promoting "War on Drugs" in Colombia at the same time they place in the Afghan power and support for eight years drug traffickers of the Northern Alliance. Oh, Saddam Hussein, yes, he was killed and our bandits de luxe did not encountered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as the UN stated before the invasion that Iraq did not had, nor anything that linked him to Osama bin Laden. Enough of mockery against we the people!
These weeks on CNN, there is an advertising of a program in which the reporter Christiane Amanpour asks to an Afghan man (probably an Islamic teacher of the madrassas): "How doy you teach them not to hate?" Dear Ms. Amanpour, the world is asking: What do US politicians do not be hated? Anything at all, on the contrary, they do ALL the possible exactly to be hated, incite local people to anger and in order to justify more agression and westerner occupation, as the Plan P2OG made it clearer remembered by us here at the 'Chart: "What about P2OG (Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group), orchestrated directly by George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld (ex-Secretary of Defense) to carry out secret missions designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups in Iraq, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to 'counterattack' by US forces?" (Read the article about this subject, written by Chrys Floyd in the Counterpunch Magazine; see one of P2OG documents (in English) at our journalistic blog).
Taking all this into account, at last our two conclusive and obvious alternatives: either the lords of democracy and their watchdogs of media are calling us fool with this clownery of "War on Terror", using to it the money of taxpayers, or we are really a bunch of fools who does not know anything. So, what side are you?
May God comfort the families of 9/11 victims, with the matchless touch of the Holy Spirit and Jesus our Friend and Savior, full of power and mercy to console and make everything new in their lives; as well as in the lives of Iraqi and Afghan victims, as Mrs. Joya is used to saying, "We Afghans face a 9/11 everyday".
Genocide in Gaza, and What the World Does Not Know about US, Al-Qaeda and "War on Terror"
Until when will they pretend they fight terror, in the name of God, or oil, and we pretend we believe it?
by Edu Montesanti, on Nolan Chart (US), January 14, 2009
Palestine and Afghanistan bleed. Children has been killed, beheaded, raped - including by the Coalition forces. Until when will they pretend they fight terror, in the name of God, or oil, and we pretend we believe it? Explosive (and documented) revelations involving US policy in the Middle East, from Mr. Carter to Mr. Bush Jr., qustioning the so-called "War on Terror" and the Israel bombing on Gaza. The UN and world media trumpet acts of terrorism on individuals and groups. However, nothing about terror of State. Hiding behind discourses of democracy and freedom for other peoples, Bush leads Branham's theology to extremism, based on the "power of the American sword", devastating nations. We unmasked the superpower and its "War on Terror", and describes the suffering children in Palestine and Afghanistan. A lost generation. A lost future
We are watching on TV Palestinian children panic-driven, rushing headlong away, totally discouraged among endless wreckages, many of them even brutally killed. An image showed an about 3-year-old beheaded child in Gaza, victim of Israel's bombardment. There is neither electricity nor water in Gaza, and the Palestinian people have scarcely food. A Palestinian psychiatrist has said that traumas will be with his compatriot children for ever, implicating all their lives. A generation lost. A future lost. What can we expect to the future?
From Afghanistan, we receive long ago reports that children have been forced to commit suicidal attacks, tortured and raped including by Coalition forces, have been arrested (eight Afghan minors have been carried to Guantanamo since 2002, and the US recognizes that there are 10 minors, one of them a 12-year-old boy on the Bagrom base in Afghanistan). Young girls cannot attend school or go to hospital, running the risk of being captured, hit, raped, burned or killed. What to conclude about this all?
The present Israel's response to Hamas is the only conflict all over the world in which the attacked people cannot cross the border to flee to another land. Israel does not permit press to cover the conflict, reporting the real situation in Gaza, and barely permits humanitarian aid there. After being expelled from their homes by the Israeli Army, thousands of Palestinians found escape on schools of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency). For 33 of them it was in vain: 30 died on January 6, under a bombardment on a school in Yabalia; 55 were wounded. In another attacked school in Gaza, three civilians died. The British John Ging, chief of the UNRWA, said that this conflict is inhuman: acoording to him, entire families with more than 10 members have been exterminated in their homes. But this is not the first conflict in the world which war crimes are committed - and they have been committed in Gaza in two ways: 1. The brutal differences between both sides; and 2. The death of civilians: up to now, about 1,400 Palestinians died, more than 2,000 hardly wounded, and 13 Israelis died (ten soldiers, three civilians).
It is NOT impressive how the world media only analyses Israel's side in this conflict, or even creates facts, is it? No, it is not, and we are going to show why in the lines below, after some other preview considerations. Mr. David Brooks wrote in his column to The New York Times, on January 6: "When Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran became leading players in the Middle East, that land-for-peace game was suspended (...). The extremist groups believe in the eventual extermination of Israel. The extremists's goal is to kill as many Jews as possible, and wait for God (or Iran) to kill the rest. Israel's goal is to restrain the brazenness of the extremists until their movement somehow burns itself out or is destroyed from within Arab society. Israel's realistic immediate goal is not to achieve some permanent resolution, but to merely suppress terrorism week by week, and month by month."
It is NOT impressive how innumerable international observers ignore history and reality, is it? No, it is not. First of all, a commentator or politician that still believes in military means to win terror, in terror against terror is just kidding. And if the facts involving Israel in Gaza cited above, which are not new to the world, are not sufficient to condemn this conflict, it is really difficult to understand, discuss and solve the problem.
Well, we have to remember that the United Kingdom (UK) occupied Palestine in the end of the I World War, and in 1917 the British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour supported the idea of a homeland to the Jews in the region, defending as well the Arab community rights on the ground. Mr. Balfour promised the Palestinians an independent state, never created. Three years later, the UK received a mandate from the United Nations - at the time still called League of Nations - to rule over Palestine. So, the Arab leaders considered themselves betrayed by the UK and threatened by the Jews.
After the II World War, the devastated UK gave the UN the responsability of solving the problems in the region. In 1947, without listening to Palestinians who had lived the region for ages, the United Nations (UN) approved the division of Palestine into two States - one to Jews, and another to Arabs who rejected the deal. In 1948 was created the State of Israel, and in the following year the war ended with Israel's victory. 700 thousand Palestinians took refuge in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip and in Arab countries. Egypt took office of Gaza; Jordan took office of the Eastern Jerusalem and Cisjordan, and ever since the Palestinians have had no land. The Arab-Palestinian State promised was not proclaimed, and up to date the Jews rule over more than 75% of the Palestinian territory.
It is also worth remembering that such a land-for-peace game was closer more than ever in the years of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (1992-1995), killed by a ultra-rightist Jew after a manifestation for peace in Tel Aviv, on November 4, 1995. We have to remember as well that the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (2002-2006) caused a strong radicalization among Palestinians: he expanded the Jewish communities, suspended negotiations with Palestine and intensified the siege to the Arab territories, causing a genocide against Palestinians. So, it is clear that the roots of the problems are not Palestinians.
Mr. Brooks went on: (...) "In this game, violence does not necessarily beget violence", referring to the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi and Ahmed Yassin in 2004 which, according to Mr. Brooks, temporarily suppressed Hamas suicidal bombings".
At last, he stated that, "The new game is not a war of attrition. It is a struggle for confidence, a series of psychological exchange designed to shift the balance of morale (...). What is really important is how each episode ends (the material destroyed and the psychological effects), because ending defines the meaning". Mr. Brooks cooly and tendentiously states that ending defines the meaning, forgetting all the civilian losses in Palestine. But if Mr. Brooks, reflecting the viewpoint of the world press as he really does, is so sure about this, why could not Palestinians and any local party, taking history into account, respond the same way? Does ending define the meaning only to one side? Why?
The terror of State practiced by the great powers is previous to Hamas, which is a political party widely supported by the Palestinians in Gaza, resisting and fighting for liberation of an oppressed people. Why can Israel and the US defend their interests through Army and bombs, while a people who has not even a land, taken away from them, cannot defend themselves through the armed fight? We are totally against war and any kind of violence, also against suicide bombers promoted by Hamas, but in the present world reality, why does a coward genocide practiced by State is not considered terrorism? This has been motive of divergence at the UN. Another point of discussion is if legal definition about terror should take into account conditions that cause it, such as poverty, social differences and injustice. All this circus of information that we have been watching and reading on the media is not "for nothing", but has serious motivations, what we are going to understand exactly in the explosive lines below.
Actually, the messianic American disposal to the global domination is based on William Branham's theology (1909-1965). Considered a prophet by some protestant ramifications in the country, Mr. Branham preached that the world salvation had to be promoted by the "power of the American sword", that is, through permanent war against the enemies of the nation. Such a theory is very timely to the American thirst for oil, and George Bush the son has been carried this theology too far.
For the US and Israel, its allied in the Middle East, there is no more excuses but they insist on defending the indefensible. Why do they insisist on fighting terror by military means? Why do they insist on calling us fool? What is exactly behind the superpower curtains? Many things.
Michel Chossudovski is director of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Canada, and professor of International Economics Development at the Ottawa University. His interview with the Brazilian magazine Caros Amigos in July, 2004, telling about his book War and Globalization - The Truth Behind September 11, answers fully our questions. Let us read some passages of Mr. Chossudovski's statements in the interview:
"Al-Qaeda was created by the US. It was a CIA project, launched during the Jimmy Carter administration in 1979, when the National Security Counselor was Zbigniew Brzezinski. Later, this initiative got stronger during the Reagan administration, when some agents was sent to support the mujaheedins recruiting (Muslim guerrillas) to finance madrassas, or canonic schools, where the talibans studied (...).
"If you ask about this to the CIA, they say, "Yes, we created Islamic brigades, but for a good cause". The official explanation presented, unbelievable, is that in the end of the Cold War these Islamic brigades turned against the US. So, the CIA recognizes that it created Islamic brigades, in other words created Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
"Several men who are today in the Bush administration were involved in the Islamic brigades architecture. Richard Armitage, sub secretary of State, was responsible for financing and supporting the mujaheedins. Collin Powell was also involved when came to surface the scandal Iran-Contra (...), he was the military commander who authorized that sale [of weapons to Iran in the war against Iraq], and with the money the American government financed the contra in Nicaragua, as well the mujaheedins.
"(...) Mr. Brzevinski tells that the American government created the Afghan insurgency the same way it created the contra. (...) The CIA encouraged such sects to build schools in Afgfhanistan and to develop a holy war against the Soviet invaders, who were secular. But if you remember the 70's, you will see that there was in Afghanistan a secular post-colonial government supported by the Soviet Union (USSR), and the Afghan society was also secular, it was starting to build government institutions, and what Americans actually did: creating essentially insurgency and incite the Soviets to intervene. In my book, in an interview with Mr. Brzezinski, he says very clearly: 'We created the Islamic jihads and carried support and financing to them'. In time, Al-Qaeda cells was used in several countries, including after the Cold War (...). It was used by the US to destabilize the ex-USSR. One of the important strategic passages is Chechnya. Why is it important? Because it is in the Soviet pipeline crossing (...) and the US tried to destabilize the Russian control over these pipeline routes, and using Al-Qaeda supported insurgencies in the region. And the Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) played a very important part in all this.
"(...) The ISI became prominent exactly in the beginning of the Reagan administration, in 1981, 1982, when started recruiting radicals all around the Middle East (...). Osama bin Laden was created by the CIA during the Soviet-Afghan war, in the 80's. (...) I proved in my book that there was a collaboration between Al-Qaeda and the American government in Yugoslav, starting in Bosnia in 1993. I reproduced in the book a document of the Republican Party Committee in the US Senate, from 1997 which accuses President Bill Clinton of collaborating to Osama bin Laden. And this is a very explicit document saying clearly: 'The Clinton administration collaborates to the terrorism net called Al-Qaeda'. And there were other events in the 90's. (...)
There are other evidences of collaboration, but these are the most crucial, in Kosovo and in Macedon. In Macedon, it happened some weeks before September 11, 2001. Inside the same semimilitary array, there were American military counselors of the Pentagon working side by side with the mujaheedins designated by Al-Qaeda (...). It happened in August, 2001, and was denounced by the Macedonian Prime Minister at the time [Branko Crvenkovski].
"(...) There are documents in my book which prove the collaboration of the ISI to the CIA (...), General Ahmad was received by the Bush administration high echelons, had meetings with Mr. Powell, with Mr. Armitage, with the director of the CIA, Mr. George Tenet, and also met important members of the Congress in September, 2001.
"(...) Senator Bob Graham and Deputy Peter Gross went to Pakistan on August, 29 and had meetings with the local government, and with Mr. Massoud [Ahmed Massoud, Northern Alliance chief, killed in a suicidal attempt on September 13, 2001], later identified by the FBI as involved on financing the attacks of 9/11.
"(...) The US supported Taliban in 1996 to promote a radical and conservative Islamic government in Afghanistan, Mr. Massoud and the Northern Alliance were supported by Russia. But later the US realized that could not manipulate Taliban as once imagined, and needed the Northern Alliance to substitute it. We do not know what was exactly the goal of the General Ahmad's visit to the US, but on the American media there was kind of a silence about his presence in the country (...) In the following day to the attack [9/11], as if the meeting had been planned before, he was in Mr. Armitage's office! And was there a discussion on the terms of the Pakistani co-operation to the war on terror, on running behind the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. And such negotiations were completed on September 13, when he met Mr. Powell. In the morning of 9/11, Mr. Ahmad had a breakfast with Mr. Graham and Mr. Gross, this was reported by the American media.
"(...) The FBI wrote a report in the end of September, affirming that he transferred money to Mohamed Atta, pointed out as the head of the 9/11 attempt."
The President-elect Barack Obama has said the US has one president at a time, and he is right on this. But on the other hand, he was wrong being so vague in the presidential campagin about the Middle East, especially on Palestine. He is also wrong for choosing Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.
Mr. Obama is planning to commit thousands of additional American troops to the "war on terror" in Afghanistan, which is already more than seven years old, has cost billions and billions of dollars, many lives (including American ones), and long ago turned into a total failure. What will be the US mission there? The Afghan people is pleading the foreign forces led by the US to leave the country. Malalaï Joya, an ex-Parliamentary from Afghanistan, observed: "The U.S. could easily get rid of a bunch of medieval-minded, illiterate and ignorant people like Taliban. Actually, the U.S. is not serious in its fight against the Taliban and just needs an excuse to prolong its presence in Afghanistan to threaten Iran, China, Central Asia and other Asian powers" (Read more in our article Anna Politkovskaya Award' 2008 to Malalaï Joya, the Bravest Woman in Afghanistan, here).
In his article for Newsweek, Mr. Bacevich wrote: "The chief effect of military operations in Afghanistan so far has been to push radical Islamites across the Pakistani border. As a result, effects to stabilize Afghanistan [we and Afghans contest such effects] are contributing to the destabilization of Pakistan, with potentially devastating implications. One thing is right: the US and the international forces cannot deliver Afghanistan to their own fate". No, the US really cannot deliver Afghans to their own fate now, but cannot occupy their land any more. Not only the focus ot the US policy has to be changed, but also the aspect of its discussion. If Mr. Obama insists on this liar "war on terror", running behind unlimited power, there will neither be enough politics to change the present world situation, nor the US economic crisis. Bush is using the "war on terror" to solve its economic problems. What then?
The UN has developed an extensive legislation on terrorism practiced by individuals or opposition groups. However, has not defined the terrorism of State, and all around the world most victims have been pacific and disarmed civilians, inciting them to the armed fight - few people have been suffering as much as Palestinians. But this terrorism they suffer is out of fashion to the media. Underground the Middle East is the answer for this.
Israel, always supported by the US, is attacking and destroying Palestine, turning its back to the world - "we do what is better to our people", forgetting that the Palestinian children will grow someday. What to expect from them? Such a land-for-peace game, which to the unreasonable mind of many "violence does not necessarily beget violence" (but only to one side), is interrupted for a generation more, and I really pray to God that we westerners, within 10, 20, 30, 40 years still remember these infamous Israeli attacks, which bloodshed requires a careful way to be solved - the fisrt one, giving to Palestinians a just land, the land that belongs to them.
We are the roots of the present world rages, let us never forget January, 2009 in the coming years - the men of tommorow will be the children of today. May we have a good memory not to cheerfully applaud politicians and media spectacles in the future.
1. Anna Politkovskaya Award' 2008 to Mamalaï Joya, the Bravest Woman in Aghanistan;
2. Political Crime - UN Diplomat Killed in Iraq - To Whom Did This Murder Interest?;
3. A very timely material about terrorism of State is presented by Jake the Champion of the Constution, in Police State Stomps on Iraq Veteran's Face as McBama Sanctions Attack on Freedom of Speech: The Story of the Hempstead 15
Joya's voice echoes as a challenge to the Taliban and feared warlords; a synonym of hope to the Afghan people.
by Edu Montesanti Goldoni, on Nolan Chart (US), October 22, 2008
Expelled from the Loya Jirga in 2003, and from the Afghan Parliament in 2005 for questioning warlords, who kill her people and traffic drug, Malalai Joya has survived four assassination attempts.
Baroness Warsi declares honoured for meeting Joya: "I wanted to meet Malalai Joya for a long time, and was honoured to receive her at the House of the Lords".
They should know that under the U. S. occupation, Afghanistan has become the world's number one opium producer, and a large part of it smuggled to the U.S. (2) (Joya). Afghanistan dominates the world drug market, 93% of the world's opium supported by the Northern Alliance of warlords (armed tribal leaders). The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government (3). (Joya)
Did you know that?
The Afghan government has control of only 30% of the country, and where Taliban and local warlords hold power, there is no rule of law. President Karzai is so powerless in the face of "criminal" warlords he is jokingly referred to as the "Mayor" of Kabul (3). (Joya)
Did you know that?
A report by the international women's organization Woman Worldwide has said that millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence in their day-by-day lives, which has increased over the past year. Both Taliban and Mujahedeen warlords are still accused of raping very young girls, some as young as four years (1). (Joya)
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They should know that Afghan people are facing 9/11 every day. U.S. and NATO forces kill more civilians than enemies of Afghan people (...). Thousands of innocent Afghan women and children have been killed in the U.S. / Nato operations (4). (Joya)
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Apparently, the U.S. troops are here to fight the Taliban, but on the other hand they are fully supporting the Northern Alliance commanders, who are the main seller of weapons and ammunitions to the Taliban. The U.S. soldiers are innocent, because they have been told that they are bringing us democracy. When I spoke in the U.S. early this year , people who lost loved ones in Afghanistan came to me to hug me and cry, and to say that they understand more and more that the U.S. policy in Afghanistan is a mockery of democracy (6). (Joya)
The worst enemies of the Afghan people who brought Osama bin Laden and slaughtered our people and committed unbelievable crimes against its unfortunate women, are now in power backed by the U.S. government (2). The U.S. is happy with the situation in the country (...). They use the Taliban insurgency as an excuse to stay longer in Afghanistan (...). There is no difference between these poeple and Pinochet, Mussolini, Hitler, so on (1). The propaganda to the world about liberating Afghanistan and women, and fighting against terrorists, are lies (4). (Joya)
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No Taliban, no silly Americans occupying their lands with big guns and torture cells (...). The U.S. is not concerned with the main cause behind terrorism in Afghanistan. That is why our people don't consider the U.S. as the "liberator" of our country (...).
I think if Spain and other governments really want to help Afghan people, and bring positive changes, they must act independently rather than becoming a tool to implant the policies of the U.S. government (...). They are exactly following the foot paths of the U.S. government, and have become a tool in the hands of the U.S. to implement its strategic, regional and economic interests (2) . Afghan people today believe that the United States is willing to put us in danger as long as its own regional and interests are met (4) . (Joya)
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In the lines below, you will know what a large part of the world do not know, and will also know why you have never heard about Joya. Be prepared to face the truth; be prepared to fall in love with MALALAI JOYA - ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA AWARD' 2008
Malalai Joya - Early Years
Joya is 30. All her life has been a battle. She loves life, ready to give her own life away for her ideals and for those she loves. She is literally a voice in the desert, the exact meaning of the living religion in a word where prevails, "a written promise which has not been kept".
1982. Joya is four when flees with family from Afghanistan, to Iran and to Pakistan where they live in refugee camps. The Soviet forces invaded Kabul in 1979, oppressing the Afghan people throughout the country, situation which would endure for the next ten years.
Joya is shooled in a Pakistani camp where, interested for refugee lives, hears stories about her fellow citizens - tortures, rapes, cries, nightmares, women who lost husbands, sons and daughters. So, she learns what is going on in her motherland.
A fast learner, Joya very soon starts to teach girls and mothers to read and write - including hers! "I knew our health depended on our education", she said this year to Le Monde, a French newspaper.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban seizes the power in 1995. In Pakistan, the Organization of Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities (OPAWC) marks Joya, which joins activist girls to estimulate an underground school net to girls in Afghanistan, forbidden by the totally anti-women Taliban. . Joya's parents are afraid of this job because it requires a return to their land, but Joya is decided and insists on encouraging her family.
The New Life in the Old land
In 1998, when Joya is 20, she and family return definitely to their homeland. The Soviet occupation withdrew Afghanistan nine years before, leaving a political vacuum filled by the Taliban and warlords, both supported by the U.S in the fight against Communists.
Joya immediately starts to teach girls at underground schools - earning for this job, a very dangerous activity but she is decided to go on. Taliban has spies who persue girls everywhere, so Joya and her students are used to changing classrooms very often, taking with them a Quran to pretend they are praying.
Joya Is Elected to Loya Jirga, Just to Be Expelled
In December 2003, Joya is elected to Loya Jirga, a 500-seat Assembly called together in order to view a Constitution plan, where she faces beside her the thieves, rapists and torturers she heard all her childhood and adolescence long abroad.
At Loya Jirga, warlords of the Northern Alliance, brought to the power by the U.S., try to undermine all the committees, willing to seize the absolute power taking advantage of the new democracy. It hurts Joya deeply, who thinks to herself, "I have to unmask them! That's intolerable! They are those who turned our country into the nucleus of national and international wars. They were the most anti-women people in the society who brought our country to this state and intend to do the same again. I believe that it is a mistake to give them a second chance. They should be taken to national and international court". (2)
So, Joya is given permission to speak. There are several journalists at Loya Jirga; warlords fill the place. She speaks for two minutes, two minutes which would change her life completely. Joya's hard speech, denouncing warlords crimes, causes a moment of total silence. Then, the furious warlords shouts insulting her, "Unfaithful! Prostitute!", demanding her to apologize. "I'd rather die!". So, Joya is utterly excluded from the present activities. In Afghan streets, crowds cry at her, "Very well! Thank you!".
Largely Supported by the People, Joya Is Elected to Parliament
In November 2005, Joya is elected again: now, to compose the Parliament of Farah, the province of the national capital Kabul. In her mid-20s she became the youngest elected member of the Afghan Parliament, where witnesses the presence of the corrupt warlords and opium lords. At the present time, Afghanistan dominates again world drug market after three years of a meteoric growth which makes, of course, its leaders richer and richer. Now, would Joya keep silent compacting them? "I couldn't betray my people". So, at the Parliament she starts to denounce their presence and acts.
In Mai, 2007 after being constantly offended and even beaten at the Parliament for her fellow members, she is suspended from her office and another terrible story starts to be written.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan beats in 2007 its historical record in opium production: 8,200 tons. President Hamid Karzai is accused of being part of it. This year, grew more and more confrontation in the country, particularly suicidal attacks as in Iraq - years before it was uncommon in Afghanistan, and the U.S.-led occupation forces killed more civilians than ever.
Joya today - "I am moved from house to house on a daily basis. I went to my hometown and a bridge was bombed", she said. My house and office have been attacked. Day by day my life is getting risker" (8). She has received insulting e-mail and telephone calls, and travels with armed guards, and never sleeps two nights in the same house.
Joya has been threatened with spanking, rape and death; hackers have invaded her micro; men devastated her office.
"I have a dream"
"I'm preparing a return to the Parliament where I am rightul. I have a dream. Even many. I dream of women in Afghanistan acting and showing that, if they are given an opportunity, they can do a bright job".
87% of women in Afghanistan suffer domestic violence; rapes are countless, and 80% of the marriages are forced, daughters serve as an exchange currency; suicides are, many times, the only option to flee from misery. "If you knew the number of burned and deformed women at the Hospital of Herat! Education? According to Oxfam, a five-year-old girl goes to primary school, when is 20 to secondary! There is no improvement for this situation, and in the regions dominated by the Taliban, very young girls are often attacked and raped on their way to school, and their schools are burned. Health? Don't exist! Women's expectation of life in Afghanistan is 44 years; every 28 minutes a woman dies in the Afghan hospitals..." (Joya said to Le Monde this year).
Why Have You Never Heard About Joya?
- Why is the USA letting all this happen? (Farooq Sulehria, Counterpunch Magazine, Aug. 18, 2008)
Joya: The USA wants the things as they are. The status quo. A bleeding, suffering Afghanistan is a good excuse to prolong its stay. Now they are even embracing the Taliban. Recently, in Musa Qala, a Taliban commander Mulla Salam was appointed as governor by Karzai. The USA has no problem with the Taliban so long as it's 'our Taliban'.
Not merely Karzai, but also all these war lords have been sustained in power by the USA. That is why, when there are demonstrations against war lords, there are also demonstrations against foreign troops. People here believe that the warlords are cushioned by the US troops. If the U.S. leaves, the warlords will loose power because they have no base among our people. The people of Afghanistan will deal with these warlords once U.S. troops leave Afghanistan.
To Elsa Rassbach (2), Joya said to the allied troops: (...) "Unlike the U.S government, they will rely on Afghan people and freedom-loving individual and groups, who are the real alternative to the fundamentalists.
"Today we need security and liberation, but in the name of security, the foreign troops deprived us of our liberation. We need international support, but we don't want occupation. Sadly, today Afghanistan has become an occupied country, and the U.S. government is pursuing its regional and economic interests there, while the well-being of the Afghan people seems to be of no value. The U.S nourished and empowered the Northern Alliance even though they are more a danger than the Taliban, as President Karzai himself confessed. And the Taliban are getting stronger simply because the majority of the people do not support the present government.
"We should remember that it was the U.S. who originally supported the Taliban and built them up, and the U.S. also supports the Northern Alliance. The U.S. could easily get rid of a bunch of medieval-minded, illiterate and ignorant people like Taliban. Actually, the U.S. is not serious in its fight against the Taliban and just needs an excuse to prolong its presence in Afghanistan to threaten Iran, China, Central Asia and other Asian powers."
Sonali Kolhatkar (2) said: "Women like Malalai Joya are 'inconvenient' for the Bush administration. That's because Joya echoes the will of her people in calling for an end to warlords, and an end to the U.S. occupation. Bush and his cohorts like to promote the type of women who quietly accept the U.S. narrative and show gratitude for being "saved by the Americans."
That's why you have never heard about Malalai Joya.
Anna Politkovskaya Award' 2008
Anna Politkovskaya was an outspoken Russian journalist and activist, who strongly criticized the Kremlin's war against Chechen rebels. She was killed on October 7, 2006 in her flat in Moscow for exposing courageously human rights abuses in Chechya, the horrible atrocities against civilians.
Ever since, the charity Reach All Woman in War (RAW in War), to her memory, annually awards a woman who, as Malalai Joya, defends woman human rights from an area of war and conflict, and keeps alive the spirit of Politkovskaya.
Malalai Joya visited London to receive on October 6, 2008 the Anna Politkovskaya Award, because "Despite the threats to her own life, she continues in her work to make our shared world a better and safer place. She is a role model for us all, and an excellent example of a Muslim woman who is committed to her religion as she is to her country and politics", said Baroness Warsi. It is one of several Joya's award and noble titles all over the world.
and more each day, because I do not compromise and will not stop my fight while I have blood in my body
I will continue more and more with my struggle because most of my people are with me
They can cut the flower, but they cannot stop the coming of spring
They could kill me, but they could not kill my voice, because it will be for ever the voice of all the Afghan women
Joya, we democrats from all over the world really love you
(1) Baronees Warsi Meets Malalai Joya, The Sikh Times, London. October 15, 2008;
(2) Cited by John, the Champion of the Constitution in A Salute to Malalai Joya on the Nolan Chart, from PBS's NOW. August 8, 2008;
(3) Daily Mail. www.dailymail.com;
(4) Bearing Witness: The Afghan Tragedy, The Nation, October 7, 2008;
(5) A Salute to Malalai Joya, John, the Champion of the Constitution. Nolan Chart. August 8, 2008 ;
(6) Elsa Rassbach Interviews Malalai Joya, www.afterdowningstreet.org, Germany. September 18 - 22, 2007;
(7) "I have a dream" - Malalaï Joya: "Je rêve qu'une femme prenne un jour les rênes de l'Afghanistan". Le Monde, Paris. July 24, 2008;
(8) Afghan Woman Rights Campaigner Wins Courage Award. Reuters, London. October 7, 2008.
Blog's Contents (with links)
l. MATEANDO COM EDU - Perfil, Comentários e Literatura
lI. TERCEIRA PÁGINA - Crônicas / Questões Internacionais
III. NO PIQUE DA VIDA - Reflexões
IV. ARQUIVO - Os Noticiários Mundiais
V. TERRORISMO DE ESTADO - A Invasão Norte-Americana ao Iraque
VI. O 11 DE SETEMBRO DE CADA DIA DO AFEGANISTÃO
VII. SANEAMENTO PÚBLICO - ONDE JOGAR TANTO LIXO HUMANO?
VIII. ANISTIA INTERNACIONAL - Uma Questão de Liberdade
IX. ÉTICA NA TV - Uma Questão de Liberdade
X. HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - Uma Questão de Liberdade
XI. GOLPES MILITARES NA AMÉRICA LATINA
XII. HISTÓRIAS MUNDIAIS
XIII. ENAS NAFFAR: OLHAR SOBRE O ORIENTE MÉDIO - Visão Palestina no Blog
XIV. CULTURA & ARTE AFEGÃ
XV. O BRASIL NO ESPELHO - Crônicas
XVI. Especial: TERRORISMO
Brasil (Página 1)
Brasil (página 2)
Estados Unidos, Europa, África e Ásia
XIX. MALALAÏ JOYA - A Mulher Mais Corajosa do Afeganistão
XX. PÁTRIA GRANDE PORTENTOSA - Paisagem & Cultura Latina
XXI. AVÓS DA PRAÇA DE MAIO - Uma Voz por Liberdade na Argentina
XXII. MISSÃO CUMPRIDA, POR EDU MONTESANTI
XXIII. PALAVRAS DO CORAÇÃO - Poemas
XXIV. MEIO AMBIENTE, ESPORTE & SAÚDE
XXV. CONTRACAPA: CURTINHAS - Notícias Nacionais
XXVI. CONTRACAPA: CURTINHAS - Notícias Internacionais
XXVII. MENTIRAS E CRIMES DA "GUERRA AO TERROR", E O JORNALISMO BRASILEIRO MANCHADO DE SANGUE
XXIX. ARQUIVO: CONTRACAPA - Nacional
XXX. ARQUIVO - CONTRACAPA - Internacional
XXXI. EDU MONTESANTI IN ENGLISH: A MATTER OF FREEDOM
News & Opinion
News & Opinion - Archive 1
News & Opinion - Archive 2
Special Story: The Biggest Lie in History
XXXII. EDU MONTESANTI EN ESPAÑOL - UNA CUESTIÓN DE LIBERTAD
Noticias & Opinión
Serie Especial de Reportajes: Mayor Mentira de la Historia
Opinión y Noticias - Archivo
XXXIII. DIAS PARA MUDAR O BRASIL - Onda de Manifestações ou Primavera Brasileira?
XXXIV. SOMOS TODOS SANTA MARIA - Por Memória, Verdade e Justiça
Página 1 - Documentos
Página 2 - Documentos
Página 3 - Artigos
Página 4 - Série de Reportagens
XXXV. ANÁLISES DA MÍDIA
XXXVI. REVOLUÇÃO BOLIVARIANA NA VENEZUELA