JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE AMERICAN DISINFORMATION ABOUT TALIBAN SOLDIERS BEING PAID TO KILL AMERICANS – THIS TIME SUPPOSEDLY PAID BY IRAN INSTEAD OF RUSSIA – WHY NOT THROW IN CHINA TOO? – WHY THE TALIBAN NEED NO BOUNTIES TO SHOOT AMERICANS – DETAILS OF AMERICA’S BRUTAL, POINTLESS CAMPAIGN IN AFGHANISTAN – ONE ACHIEVING ONLY DEAD CIVILIANS AND A TIDAL WAVE OF HARD DRUGS ON WORLD MARKETS PLUS ANOTHER GLORIOUS AMERICAN DEFEAT – IMPORTANT AND STILL-IGNORED FACTS ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN AND 9/11   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

 

“US intelligence agencies have another bounty case in Afghanistan, alleging Iran paid the Taliban to attack American forces”

 

America paid Afghan Mujahideen groups big money to kill Russians in the 1980s. A few billion dollars went for the purpose, which makes these recent American accusations both hypocritical and paltry.

One of the Mujahideen they paid was Osama bin Laden himself. He was regarded then as an exemplary recruit in the CIA’s covert war against Russia, a judgment that would be altered just a tad later.

Following 9/11, America invaded Afghanistan for no good reason and spent nineteen years killing Taliban plus lots of other people. I say “no good reason” because there has never been any evidence that the Taliban were involved in 9/11. Their crime was having given refugee shelter to Osama bin Laden, a man regarded as a devout Muslim and a heroic fighter against the Russians, when he was told to stay out of his home country, Saudi Arabia.

In fact, we have never received any evidence worth discussing that Osama bin Laden himself was involved in 9/11. When the US asked the country’s then Taliban government for his extradition, they said we need some evidence, a response that is both normal and legal in extraditions requests. Instead of offering any, America shortly invaded.

Wedding parties were frequently shot-up or bombed, with scores killed, because Afghan men traditionally fire their rifles into the air at such events, a kind of mountain man’s celebratory fireworks, but after the American invasion, the harmless practice drew helicopter gunships or fighter-bombers or shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later American patrols.

Here is something I wrote more than a decade ago about America’s brutal methods in Afghanistan – the full essay from which it comes is linked at the bottom of the page:

“From several ex-soldiers comes a vivid image of America’s house-to-house methods of searching for “insurgents.” A small block of C-4 plastique is fixed to the front door of a house, the door is blown in, and several armored giants rush through the shock and smoke with their automatic weapons at the ready. Women and children are held to one side at gunpoint, while any men are taken roughly for questioning. In most cases, the men have nothing worthwhile to say, but they and other members of their families are left with a terrifying experience they will never forget. These violent procedures have been repeated thousands of times.”

No one in that country needs a bribe to kill Americans.

What is the easy way for America to be done with this all, the ceaseless lies and killing and waste?

Get out, completely out of Afghanistan. Not piecemeal, like Trump is attempting, but out. Right away. You are doing absolutely nothing worth doing there.

And you never have done anything worth doing there. It has been nineteen years of vicious stupidity against a people who never were your enemies until you invaded them.

The invasion never made sense, and nineteen years of sustained effort has ended in another American defeat. How very glorious.

The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11, and despite America’s bombing and shooting rampages, they still control much of the country.

What was the one tangible achievement of America’s invasion and occupation, apart from the deaths of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians?

Bringing back the opium poppy production which the Taliban government had previously banned and flooding world markets with cheap hard drugs. We see the evidence weekly in the United States with violent street-gang shootings over turf and unpaid bills in every major city. The bounteous drug supply lowered prices and created desperate competition in markets for hard drugs.

Imagine spending countless billions of dollars to achieve something like that?

America often just does not make sense anymore. Immense expenditures on death and destruction to achieve nothing. Much as in Vietnam.

The world really would be altogether a better place without the blundering violence and lies of the “indispensable nation.”

 

Readers may enjoy this essay of more than a decade ago:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/americas-brutal-tactics/

Posted August 19, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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