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Iraq Veterans Find Afghan Enemy Even Bolder
RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. - The New York Times
July 25, 2009
NAWA, Afghanistan — In three combat tours in Anbar Province, Marine Sgt. Jacob Tambunga fought the deadliest insurgents in Iraq.
But he says he never encountered an enemy as tenacious as what he saw immediately after arriving at this outpost in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. In his first days here in late June, he fought through three ambushes, each lasting as long as the most sustained fight he saw in Anbar.
Like other Anbar veterans here, Sergeant Tambunga was surprised to discover guerrillas who, if not as lethal, were bolder than those he fought in Iraq.
“They are two totally different worlds,” said Sergeant Tambunga, a squad leader in Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines.
“In Iraq, they’d hit you and run,” he said. “But these guys stick around and maneuver on you.”
Barack Obama and the Banality of Evil
By Sean Fenley - Pravda.Ru
July 26, 2009
The Holy Bible tells us: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
-Barack H. Obama
When Hannah Arendt went to Jerusalem to observe the hideous monster (Adolf Eichmann) who had implemented Hitler’s abominable final solution, she was stricken by how normal, commonplace, and unfanatical this appendage of the Nazi machinery of death appeared to her to be. Similarly, in all likelihood, if an Afghani or Palestinian child whose home had just been bombed into an oblivion by a U.S. warplane or weapon of mass destruction, ever could catch a glimpse of the string puller behind such a heinous act of seemingly mindless and cold-hearted annihilation (and, of course, often times similar acts occur causing the mass murder, of innumerable innocent civilians, not only the destruction of inanimate objects and personal possessions), that child would be struck by a not completely unalike reaction.
The man at the head of the callous, and inhuman U.S. military colossus is a thin man, in a Hartmax suit, and a flag lapel pin, who speaks of (and in) grandiose concepts, and carries himself with a down to earth, empathetic, and unassuming style. One might think that Obama and the Nazi functionary of death, Eichmann, have little to nothing in common whatsoever; because Eichmann was simply trying to advance his career path within the limited confines of a rigid bureaucracy (uncritically following orders to make it to the next rank), and Obama is at the head of his nation’s vast military machinery (he is the one who is sending out the directives); but not dissimilarly Obama seems to be following the dictates of the bipartisan U.S. corporatist consensus, the war machine, and the military-industrial complex.
Both Eichmann and Obama do not sufficiently take into account the moral, and ethical consequences of their numerous wholly condemnable actions. Just because Obama is not a lackey for U.S. militarism and empire continuation (at least in the sense that he is being compelled to make his decisions by another), does not mean that he is not culpable for the immoral acts that he pursues in the name of global hegemony, and U.S. imperial adventurism.
The big lie of Afghanistan
Malalai Joya - The Guardian
Jul 25, 2009
In 2005, I was the youngest person elected to the new Afghan parliament. Women like me, running for office, were held up as an example of how the war in Afghanistan had liberated women. But this democracy was a facade, and the so-called liberation a big lie.
On behalf of the long-suffering people of my country, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all in the UK who have lost their loved ones on the soil of Afghanistan. We share the grief of the mothers, fathers, wives, sons and daughters of the fallen. It is my view that these British casualties, like the many thousands of Afghan civilian dead, are victims of the unjust policies that the Nato countries have pursued under the leadership of the US government.
Almost eight years after the Taliban regime was toppled, our hopes for a truly democratic and independent Afghanistan have been betrayed by the continued domination of fundamentalists and by a brutal occupation that ultimately serves only American strategic interests in the region.
You must understand that the government headed by Hamid Karzai is full of warlords and extremists who are brothers in creed of the Taliban. Many of these men committed terrible crimes against the Afghan people during the civil war of the 1990s.