The US- led war on Afghanistan is like the US – led war on Iraq- to destroy the country and to indiscriminately kill large numbers of Afghan civilians.The aim is to terrorise the civilian population into submission using the so-called ” War on Terrorism ” as a cover- up for a US-led war of terror.
According to media reports, the number of Afghan civilians killed by US-NATO troops has more than doubled this year. US-NATO forces killed seventy-two civilians in the first three months of 2010, compared to twenty-nine during the same period in 2009. At least 6000 civilians were killed in 2009. While Western media often blame the “Taliban”, Afghan media sources and few Western media outlets continue to report crimes committed by US-led NATO forces.
It is true that US crimes are often ignored or downplayed by Western media. However, most of the information about US-led NATO war crimes in Afghanistan, which the organisation Wikileaks took credit for publishing, is available on the Internet and in some of the print media. There are no new “revelations”. Wikileaks provides confirmation of US-led barbarism against defenceless civilian population.
Today’s Western citizens are carefully manipulated and are too ignorant to care about others. As the philosopher, Bertrand Russell observed: “It is the nature of imperialism that citizens of the imperial power are always among the last to know and care about circumstances in the colonies”. People, particularly in the West, are conditioned not to think and not to ask questions. They are fed a daily diet to promote consumerism and militarism. It is a type of brainwashing that Adolf Hitler and his henchmen would have been proud of. That is why war criminals like George W. Bush, Tony Blair and the Australian John Howard were re-elected to power while their armies were involved in two bloodbaths against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US is the most militarised and dangerous outlaw nation in the world today, second only to the fascist regime in Israel. The US spends more money on its offensive military than all other countries in the world combined, while millions of Americans live in extreme poverty. The stated aim is to project violence on a global scale. US leaders are addicted to violence and there are only a few bloodthirsty fascists outside the US military. General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, head of US Central Command who has a long and violent record of war crimes against defenceless civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan said, “It is fun to shoot some people”. Just listen to testimonies by US soldiers themselves to validate their war crimes.
The enormity of the war crimes in Afghanistan even forced the most violent people in the US military to tell the truth. Before his dismissal, former US-NATO commander, Stanley McChrystal, admitted that: “In the nine-plus months I’ve been here in Afghanistan, not a single case where we have engaged in an escalation of force incident and hurt someone has it turned out that the vehicle had a suicide bomb or weapons in it and, in many cases, had families in it”. McChrystal was not a saint; he was an assassin. He was replaced by a more violent commander, Gen. David Petraeus, who promised to escalate the violence in order to subdue the Afghan Resistance and force them to make a deal with Washington.
Furthermore, in an Op-Ed for The New York Times, former army officers and supporters of US-led war on defenceless nations, David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum have called for a halt on civilian killing. Quoting Pakistani sources, they write that, US unmanned drones had “killed some 700 civilians. This is 50 civilians for every militant killed – a hit rate of 2 percent and hardly ‘precision’”. They believe too much violence is exposing the true goal of US imperialist ideology which is to control Afghanistan’s geo-strategic position in Central Asia.
The principle of US Christian-fascist ideology has always been to intervene in other nations’ affairs, using military threat, terrorism and overwhelming violence against the civilian population. US politicians and US apologists justify this “policy of barbarism” as US “exceptionalism” or a US “right”, which is based on the false assumption that the U.S. and its allies can dominate and change societies through violence and suffering.
There is no evidence to prove Afghanistan’s or any other Muslim nation involvement in the 9/11 attacks. All Muslim nations and organisations have unequivocally condemned the attacks. In order to commit attacks like 9/11, one needs state-of-the-art resources and well-connected contacts. The official story remains unsubstantiated and unproven.
Overwhelming evidence shows that the Israeli Mossad agents, the CIA, and influential US Zionists in the Bush administration had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. Early this year, Israeli Mossad agents were able to acquire and counterfeit more than twenty foreign passports to murder a Palestinian politician Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, an act of terrorism that was condoned by several Western nations.
The 9/11 attacks were used as an “opportunity” not only to justify war against Muslim nations, but also to instil fear and disseminate anti-Muslim propaganda. Many People, including most Americans have been coerced and indoctrinated to believe that it was morally justified to attack Afghanistan and Iraq as a response to the 9/11 attacks. The argument advanced by Western politicians and Western media that, “We were attacked and we have to fight back” is preposterous.
According to Marjorie Cohn, a professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, the US and its allies have no case for self-defence, because: “The necessity for self-defence must be ‘instant, overwhelming, leaving no choice for means, and no moment for deliberation’”. Like the war on Iraq, the war on Afghanistan constitutes an act of illegal aggression in violation of the UN Charter and international law. According to credible media and NGO reports, the Afghan Resistance against the US-NATO war is a collection of native Afghani movements, legitimately fighting to liberate their land from foreign invaders. There are no “terrorist bases” in Afghanistan that threaten Western societies. The biggest terrorist bases in the world are not in Muslim nations, they are in Washington and Tel Aviv. From there, nearly all terror operations are organised and financed. The two countries are war-hungry and rightly viewed by the majority of world’s people as the two greatest threats to world’s peace and stability.
The US has inflicted great suffering on the people of Afghanistan. It is time for US leaders and US allies in the war on Afghanistan to renounce the use of violence and terrorism, and withdraw their forces from Afghanistan.