4 comments on “The Good War? Afghanistan.

  1. Ned Kelly on said:

    This forgotten/hidden war purports to Marx’s theory of history. The first time is farce, the second is tragedy. For the second time in 200 years Britain is attempting to colonise an area of land that is completely hostile to them. They failed the first time & will undoubtably do so again.

    At a time when The UK has become home to more peoples of the world than any other this example of religious/cultural/land invasion reveals itself as a strategy of the fuedal monarchies of the European dark ages !!
    It’s as though the machinary of war has been left to reenact the past invasions without the public to openly debate the legality of such manouvres.

    While the majority of UK residents have learned to adapt to each other, accept and learn from each others cultures and histories our ponderous Govt. has sunk it’s fat arse into an overstuffedcommon’s armschair from whence it cannot remove itself.

    The Govt. must recognise that for many residents of the UK the wars against Afghanistan & Iraq are repetitions of the bloody Crusades. The innocent slaughter of civillians did not begin in Iraq. There was once a beautiful city called Constantinople !

  2. There are 3 good Early Day Motions tabled recently by Welsh MP, Paul Flynn that it might be worth contacting your local MP to endorse.

    EDM 1859
    AFGHANISTAN AND HUMANITARIAN AID
    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House is appalled at the theft and waste of most of the $25 billion aid provided for Afghanistan, only 20 per cent. of which reached its intended recipients; notes the great increase in the number of new Afghan millionaires and billionaires in Kabul, including members of President Karzai’s family, while poverty is deepening elsewhere; regrets that after eight years of generous Western aid, Afghanistan has the world’s third highest child mortality rate and the world’s second highest maternity mortality rate; and further regrets NATO’s uncritical support for the endemically corrupt Karzai government.

    EDM 1858 AFGHAN POLICE
    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House is deeply concerned at the evidence that the Karzai Afghan Police Force is deeply corrupt with a record of endemic heroin abuse, brutal extortion and sexual exploitation through the foul practice of bachabazi; and welcomes the independent journalism of Reuters in reporting the statement of an elder of the Helmand village Pankela that if the police were to return and behave in the same way, villagers would support the Taliban to drive them out.

    EDM HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN
    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House condemns the deteriorating human rights record of President Karzai; regrets his refusal to pardon a young man sentenced to 20 years in prison for accessing an internet article on women’s rights, while pardoning a group of young men guilty of gang-raping a 13 year old girl; notes his support for a new law that legalises marital rape; applauds the suspended Afghan woman MP and human rights’ prize winner Malalai Joya who said that the rights of women in Afghanistan now are worse than under the Taliban; and regrets NATO’s uncritical support of Karzai’s regime.

  3. There are 3 good early day motions on Afghanistan recently tabled by Welsh MP, Paul Flynn, that it would be worth approaching loca l MPs to sign:

    EDM 1859
    AFGHANISTAN AND HUMANITARIAN AID

    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House is appalled at the theft and waste of most of the $25 billion aid provided for Afghanistan, only 20 per cent. of which reached its intended recipients; notes the great increase in the number of new Afghan millionaires and billionaires in Kabul, including members of President Karzai’s family, while poverty is deepening elsewhere; regrets that after eight years of generous Western aid, Afghanistan has the world’s third highest child mortality rate and the world’s second highest maternity mortality rate; and further regrets NATO’s uncritical support for the endemically corrupt Karzai government.

    EDM 1858
    AFGHAN POLICE

    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House is deeply concerned at the evidence that the Karzai Afghan Police Force is deeply corrupt with a record of endemic heroin abuse, brutal extortion and sexual exploitation through the foul practice of bachabazi; and welcomes the independent journalism of Reuters in reporting the statement of an elder of the Helmand village Pankela that if the police were to return and behave in the same way, villagers would support the Taliban to drive them out.

    EDM 1857
    HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN

    13.07.2009
    Flynn, Paul

    That this House condemns the deteriorating human rights record of President Karzai; regrets his refusal to pardon a young man sentenced to 20 years in prison for accessing an internet article on women’s rights, while pardoning a group of young men guilty of gang-raping a 13 year old girl; notes his support for a new law that legalises marital rape; applauds the suspended Afghan woman MP and human rights’ prize winner Malalai Joya who said that the rights of women in Afghanistan now are worse than under the Taliban; and regrets NATO’s uncritical support of Karzai’s regime.

  4. ‘Britain is attempting to colonise an area of land that is completely hostile to them.’ No Ned there is no intention to colonise and never has been even in the two earlier Afghan Wars. The intention is to control through a pliant ‘acceptable’ Government as it was in the earlier Afghan adventures. The difference is the USA is now the main player not the British Empire. I do agree it will fail and badly.