LISTEN TO THEM? April 11, 2009Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Human Rights, Humankind/Planet Earth.
Some people are more perceptive, or otherwise more skillful than others. Some have better and wider information, but everyone can observe.
In this frame the question arises whether the imperialists in Afghanistan ever listen to what they are saying, or expect anybody else to. Take as an example, the US Ambassador, as reported by Al Jazeera:
The Afghan ambassador to the United States has told Al Jazeera that civilian casualties during US military operations are “a price that we have to pay” if the Taliban and al-Qaeda are to be defeated.
Said Jawad said that the deaths were a “tragedy,” but could be necessary if fighters were to be defeated in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond.
“This is a price that we have to pay if we want security and stability in Afghanistan, the region and the world, ” he said in Washington on Friday.
Jawad’s remarks come after the US military apologised for killing four civilians, including a child, in a raid earlier this week.
“It’s not just the cost of the Afghan people; it’s the freedom, it’s the security of Afghanistan, of Pakistan, of the world,” Jawad said.
The envoy also said that Afghans would understand that mistakes by US forces would be made, as long as there was a full apology.
[Watch the full interview with Said Jawad]
If there is a proper apology, and there is a good explanation, and that’s exactly what we have been asking from our American friends in the past … then I think the people understand,” he said.
Surely what the Ambassador meant to say would be along the lines:
This is the price we expect the Afghani (Pashtun) people to pay, so that we can defeat the nationalist resistance
And who ever understood why children especially have to be murdered?
The noble cause argument is a delusion. The question arises is why is the United States and its allies, are consciously, unrepentantly, murdering innocent people? Is it because Pashtuns ever attacked the Americans, and now they want revenge. Or is it simply greed and avarice in that they want to dominate the world and control all its resources for their own use and profit?
Nonetheless, less we are all people of the world, and all others are, people as we are, wherever they might live. We owe to them the same regard as any person who may be directly affected by our behavior. We have a moral responsibility to question vacuous arguments, and to do something about it. Otherwise, the borders on a map, no more arbitrary anywhere than between Afghanistan and Pakistan become boundaries of our imagination, our humanity, and our decency. Is that not true?
Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque is on the case:
As we all know, the Terror Warriors in the White House (of whatever political stripe) don’t do body counts. They just kill people, make unsupported claims of “clean hits” on “militants,” backtrack a bit later when eyewitness reports confirm extensive civilian casualties, promise “investigations” that kick the PR can way down the road — and carry on killing.
But strangely enough, the people who are being killed by these well-wadded, massively protected elites do count how many of their sons and daughters and mothers and fathers are being slaughtered by American ordnance. Imagine that! It’s almost like they are real people or something!
Perhaps the good Ambassador should pay closer attention to the PR, so he in fact kicks the can down the road, even as the audience are dutifully somnolent, getting fix of distraction and gratuitous violence from, which harms no one, or so they believe.