History Promises Disaster in Afghanistan for Blind America

Our Corrupt Occupation of Afghanistan

Robert Naiman, Truthout: "Is it just me, or is the pontification of Western leaders about corruption in Afghanistan growing rather tiresome? There is something very Captain Renault about it. We're shocked, shocked that the Afghans have sullied our morally immaculate occupation of their country with their dirty corruption. How ungrateful can they be? But perhaps we should consider the possibility that our occupation of the country is not so morally immaculate - indeed, that the most corrupt racket going in Afghanistan today is the American occupation."

//www.truthout.org/1118096

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Afghaniscam
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/11/18

History Promises Disaster in Afghanistan for Blind America
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Oxfam International: Poverty and Unemployment Fuel the Conflict According to 70% of Afghans, New Oxfam Research Shows
//www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/11/18

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Good grief

In These Times
by Kristian Williams

11/19/09

Whose life is worth protecting? If the question shocks us, it is because we hesitate to declare, by implication, that there are people whose lives aren’t worth protecting. Yet, while it may not be put in these terms, this is exactly the sort of judgment that President Barack Obama has to make in deciding how many troops to leave in Iraq, whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan, and when to authorize drone attacks in Pakistan. The point of combat is to kill the enemy, after all, and in the right circumstances anyone may be expendable — our soldiers, our allies, civilians on all sides. Acceptable losses. Collateral damage...

//www.inthesetimes.com/article/5197/good_grief


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