Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Total War

Enough already.

Afghanistan is about WAR

Its about defending a corupt City-State; Kabul which is surrounded by enemies.

It's about maintaining a country with a porous border with Pakistan.

It's about being a cop between warring clans/gangs.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe called on the Harper government Monday to address the effectiveness of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan in light of reports regarding the resurgence of the heroin trade in the battle-scarred country.Duceppe says Afghanistan mission falls short

The unfinished war in Afghanistan has taken a turn with the expansion of the supposedly defeated Taliban into neighboring Pakistan. The latest expression of concern over the new threat came last weekend from Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende as 1,400 Dutch troops moved into Afghanistan to help counter the Taliban-led insurgency. He told a press briefing that part of the challenge was "people coming from Pakistan." He urged that the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly address the problem. Taliban at the Border

Now, as the administration of US President George W Bush hands off "peacekeeping" to NATO forces, Afghanistan is the scene of the largest military operation in the history of that organization. Personal e-mail brings word from an American surgeon in Kabul that her emergency medical team can't handle half the wounded civilians brought in from embattled provinces to the south and east. American, British and Canadian troops find themselves at war with Taliban fighters - which is to say "Afghans" - while stunned North Atlantic Treaty Organization commanders, who hadn't bargained for significant combat, are already asking what went wrong. Why it's not working in Afghanistan

There is a full-scale war going on in Afghanistan, shattering British government claims that its troops would act as “peacekeepers”.

Every day the agony of the Afghan people intensifies and more British soldiers are killed or wounded.

Twenty one British soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001. But, by Tuesday of this week, eight of those deaths had come in August alone.

The scale of suffering inflicted on the Afghan people is far greater still. More than 1,600 people have died in the past four months.

Far from being an amiable “security mission”, Nato’s offensive in Afghanistan has now embroiled British troops in some of their fiercest fighting for half a century.

British freighters packed with weaponry and ammunition arrive in the country five times each week. Last week alone over 80 tonnes of munitions arrived.

But the more troops go in, the more the violence escalates.

The nightmare of occupation in Afghanistan

With Canadian forces unable to tell friend from foe in Afghanistan there is only one solution.

Total War.

Round up all men and boys in the villages regardless of age, ship the women and girls to the safety of Kandahar and Kabul. Burn all opium crops, destroy all the villages, shoot all males as the enemy.

Victory is ours.

"I ask you: Do you want total war? If necessary, do you want a war more total and radical than anything that we can even imagine today?"

Any one who is opposed to this final solution is a bloody whimp liberal or a cautious conservative armchair warrior. After all it worked in VietNam until the liberals in the Pentagon whimped out for an airwar. The only way to introduce capitalism and democracy in Afghanistan is Total War!

The claim that capitalism is a total war, and this is its essence, is more or less accurate. Capital, in classical Marxism must always expand insofar to new markets and to create new commodities. Capital presupposes an empty space that is open for which it can grow and spread. Yet, the space for which it can grow is never empty. People, environment, societies, culture, etc generally impede its growth. Sartre and Vietnam

With thanks to J. Swift for the inspiration

See: Afghanistan

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