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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

AFGHANASTAN: TALIBAN USE BEHEADINGS AND BEATINGS TO KEEP AFGHANASTAN'S SCHOOLS CLOSED




***One of Karl Rove(r)'s campaign tactics is to make everything that is bad sound good, especially about the wars in Afghanastan and Iraq. They don't want us to know how bad things are there. Well, keep coming to this blog and I'll let you know how wrong they really are! The Bush administration can't handle what's happening in Iraq and Afghanastan. Things are getting worse and worse by the day.

Source of Information: The Independent
By: Tom Coghlan in Kabul
July 11, 2006

The letter pinned to the wall of the mosque in Kandahar was succint. "Girls going to school need to be careful for their safety. If we put acid on their faces or they are murdered then the blame will be on their parents."

Today the local school stands empty, victim of what amounts to a Taliban war on knowledge. The liberal wind of change that swept the country in 2001 is being reversed. By the conservative estimate of the Afghan President Hamid Karzia, 100,000 students have been terrorized out of school in the past year. The number is certainly more higher and many teachers have been murdered, some beheaded.

In the province of Zabul a teacher and female MP, Toor Peikai, said yesterday, "There are 47 schools in my province but only three are open." Only one teaches girls. It is 200 metres from a large US military base in the provincial capital.

***So, remember this when president Bush comes out and tries to tell you all the "good stories" about Afghanastan. How many times has he mentioned that the schools are open in Afghanastan and that the girls are going to school? That may have been so but he never told us about when they shut down, did he?

Across the street, schools burn during the night. According to a bleak report released by Human Rights Watch today at least 200 have been destroyed in the past year and a half. Their blackened shells, many of them new buildings constructed with foreign aid money, are visible from the ever more dangerous road south to Kandahar.

***A year and a half, and Bush still hasn't told the American people about this! Is it because we would demand that our troops come home because they are fighting and dying for nothing? See, a lot of the Democrats as well as the Republicans see many reports that the everyday person doesn't. Yet the Republicans choose to lie and tell us how well things are going. Could this be one of the reasons that the Dems feel we need to go a different course? The Republicans aren't telling you that, are they?

The fate of the mixed-sex Sheikh Zai Middle School, on the outskirts of a community in the mountains of Maruf district is sadly not atypical. A local witness told Human Rights Watch what happened when the Taliban came: "They went to each class, took out their long knives...locked the children in two rooms, where the children were severly beaten with sticks and asked, 'will you come to school now?'"

The six teachers later told residents what happened to them. They were taken out of school and blindfolded, then they were continually hit and were taken to nearby mountains on foot.

All six were seperated and nobody knew where the other was. The Taliban asked them individually, "Why are you working for Mr. Bush and Karzai?" They said, "We are educating our children with books-we know nothing about Bush or Karzai, we are just educating our children." After that they were beaten and let go.

The beatings were sufficiently serious that they remain handicapped. One of them had his leg broken and he cannot walk or work. One of the others still has problems with his hand and cannot use it.

The headmaster was later targeted. He was beate with a gun butt and later shot in the thigh.

This summer, across the south of Afghanastan, the Taliban have returned. They boast the same medieval world vision but their numbers are unprecedented, their weapons abundant, and their coffers full of money from wealthy Pakistani and Gulf State patrons and from the proceeds of drug trafficking.

And what was, until this year, characterized as an increasingly vicious "low-level insurgency" has become a war. A palpable terror grips the south of the country, where overstretched Western forces battle an enemy that melts in and out of the local populace at will, and anyone associated with the foreigners or the central government is a target for violent reprisals.

Faced with collapsing security and insurgents who are flowing back and forth from safe havens in the tribal areas of Pakistan, the Western forces in the south are resorting to more extreme measures.

Yesterday, Operation Mountain Thrust, the 11,000-strong coalition offensive in the south, claimed to have killed another 40 insurgents in a strike on a house in Uruzgan. The two months since the start of Mountain Thrust have seen more than 600 killed in the south, the vast majority of them Taliban fighters.

***It's a shame that this didn't happen sooner. Oh yes, I forgot, it's election season! What happens after November?

But increasingly figures within both the Afghan government and international community are questioning whether killing such huge numbers of people is quelling the insurgency or simply fueling popular resentment.

"It is not acceptable that in all this fighting, Afghans are dying," an exasperated and increasingly unpopular Hamid Karzai said in June. "In the past three to four weeks, 500 to 600 Afghans were killed. Even if they are Taliban, they are sons of this land."

***As soon as Karzai said this, Bush should have pulled out our troops! Because it sounds to me like Karzai doesn't want the insurgents killed because they are Afghans. I would have told him to shove it and figure a way out of it if he doesn't want Afghan Taliban killed! Bush should be thinking about our troops, not what he can benefit from in the Middle East!!!!! The Bush administration is already a failure, just like Bush has been all of his life!

In May, the coalition dropped bombs in Afghanstan on no fewer than 750 occasions, more than the ordinance dropped in Iraq. On Sunday night, bombs were again lighting up the sky, amid a dull rumble in Ghanzi province.

***Like I said, it's election-season! We shouldn't be starting all over again in Afghanastan. ANOTHER FOREIGN POLICY FAILURE BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION! How are the Republicans supposed to be able to take care of us when they can't handle a war against these primitive fighters?

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