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Subject: A Sequel To The Nigerian Uranium Forgeries Has Just Surfaced
Said sequel as an undated technical document which, according to initial media reports, supposedly shows that Iranian nuclear scientists have been secretly testing a key component used in the detonation of a nuclear warhead. The only question now is whether or not, in his rush to make war on Iran, President Obama will use Colin Powell to pitch this mysterious & dubious document to the Security Council, just like President Bush had Colin Powell show those ridiculous pictures of camping trailers that were purported to be mobile chemical weapons laboratories. To the General's credit, however, he didn't pitch the forged Nigerian documents, but will he have the good sense to pass on this Iranian document? If he doesn't, his record before the Security Council will be two presentations, two wars, and how's that for a great American hero?
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Subject: the good war?
Yes, I can testify that the above account by Malalai Joya is fundamentally correct.
The June 2002 National Assembly (Loya Jirga) held in Afghanistan to select the head of state was rigged by the Bush administration, forcing the former king, who had majority support among the delegates, to withdraw from consideration*. This shows that the "Bush freedom agenda" was basically a sham--a political gimmick, a phony; and that Karzai is a U.S. puppet. Once he was installed, the subsequent elections, held without established political parties, were little more than a rubber stamp.
However, many Americans think that the U.S. brought freedom to Afghanistan, and cling to the notion of Afghanistan as "the good war." The original U.S. sin behind the lack of legitimacy of the Karzai regime, although factually incontrovertible, has remained almost unnoticed.
The result is that blame for the situation tends to be placed on other factors, such as corruption and poor governance. Both are essentially a function of government weakness. But a puppet regime is weak virtually by definition.
The decision to sideline the king aggravated the disenfranchisement and oppression of the Pashtun tribes (the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan) occasioned by U.S. support for the Northern Alliance and other warlords. Northern Afghanistan, for example, was the locus of brutal ethnic cleansings of Pashtuns in 2001 and 2002 --another fact that has remained almost completely unreported.
*http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html , retrieved on Feb. 9, 2009. See also "Heavy Hand of US Sparks Anger in Kabul" by Mark MacKinnon, http://www.globalpolicy.org/secu...2002/ 0611us.htm , and three articles by Lyse Doucet, April 28-June 9-June 16, 2002: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south...sia/ 1953726.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south...sia/ 2035508.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/
International Committee for Solidarity with the Afghan Resistance carlo cristofori | 12.14.09 - 1:16 am | #
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