No End in Sight for Afghanistan Occupation

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/02-2

Silence on Afghanistan: If Only It Were a Joke
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/02-5

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America’s “Long War”

TruthDig
by William Pfaff

04/02/09

The Thirty Years’ War occupies little space in the school texts of the English-speaking world, but its futility comes to mind when Richard Holbrooke, a civilian closer than most foreign policy appointees to realism, indicates that the war he is supposed to manage, now the Af-Pak war, is the entry passageway into another stage in the war. George W. Bush’s war on terror was the front door, and Barack Obama now has gone through the waiting room door into what the Pentagon has prepared for him, our very own thirty years’ war: purposeless, neither winnable nor losable short of genocidal measures — or, as in the 17th century, by laying waste the lands and ruining nations...

http://tinyurl.com/d3gflt



Beyond Afghanistan: Choosing nonviolence

Common Dreams
by War Resisters League

04/02/09

As we approach the April 4 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s great 1967 ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech in New York City’s Riverside Church, the War Resisters League reiterates King’s urgent cry for nonviolence ­and nonviolent resistance. The parallels between the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. war against Vietnam fill us with foreboding. While we adamantly oppose continued U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we also call upon people of conscience to think beyond Afghanistan and challenge, as King did, ‘the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism’...

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/02-13


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Vulnerable Supply Lines Put US Mission at Risk

Shahan Mufti, GlobalPost: "As President Obama sets in motion a new strategic initiative in Afghanistan and Pakistan, supply lines remain vulnerable to attack and a black market is still thriving in stolen military hardware and computers. As the US begins a surge of 21,000 troops and military advisers in Afghanistan over the summer, the threat to supply lines and the stolen equipment could compromise the mission, military analysts say. More than six weeks after GlobalPost broke the news of American military hardware and software being sold openly in markets in Pakistan's northwest, the trade of American goods robbed from supply trucks and smuggled in from Afghanistan is still going on."

http://www.truthout.org/040309L



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