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Death Toll Rises in Deadly 24 Hours in Afghanistan


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Death Toll Rises in Deadly 24 Hours in Afghanistan

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

As of Saturday, a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan has seen more than 44 people killed and hundreds wounded in a wave of attacks on a military base and other sites in Kabul.

Among those killed were dozens of civilians and service members, including one NATO soldier. The attacks targeted a police academy, a residential area, and the military base Camp Integrity, all in Kabul.


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War War and more f-ing war any wonder where the American economy and humanity is being wasted. This is the elephant in the election room and needs to honestly be debated and debated and debated.


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5,000 civilians dead or wounded in the past six months alone in Afghanistan, directly linked to the U.S. invasion and longtime war in the name of "fighting terrorism." Whose terrorism? This is a terror sown in no small part by U.S. civilian-military government words, policies, and actions that must be addressed by every U.S. "progressive" who wants to stand for human rights and an end to all terrorism.


#4

Using terror to end terror is terror, a circular argument that just keeps killing.


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Like someone said: WAR IS JUST TERRORISM ON A BIGGER BUDGET.


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The modus operandi of the hubris and hegemony of Amerikan terrorism: If we cannot install a quisling in a foreign government; then we bribe the democratically elected leaders in foreign countries with an economic hit man; and if for some reason some foreign leader refuses to acquiesce to the threat of assassination ( like Saddam, in Iraq, Khadaffi in Libya, and many, many others ) and somehow survives the CIA assassination ) then that country like Afghanistan, is labeled a terrorist country and is attacked with our military using the canard....to bring that country freedom and democracy. And the really sad part: The majority of the Amerikan public swallows this canard over and over again!


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Yes. And the real elephant in the room other than egregious war profits, is the one thing that was never mentioned in the fascist, corporate, press and that was the oil bourse which is a trillion $ threat to the banking cartels. Both Saddam and Khadaffi wanted to eliminate the petro-dollar.


#10

The problem is poverty, a lack of Investment in rebuilding the devastated Afghan economy. The American government aid goes right back to the corrupt American contractors who either never begin work or leaves the contracted job unfinished pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars. A strong Afghan economy will create opportunities for the young Afghans on both sides of the border to have.meaningful occupations instead of joining the Pakistani ISI sponsored campaign to destroys Afghanistan using Afghan youth under the banner of Taliban.


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I posed this question to a soldier fresh from Afghanistan last year: "What is the US doing, still in Afghanistan?"
"It's about the money...and politics." He answered.
An honest answer which needs more elaborating.
The US is trying to keep "friendly" dictators in office there because the US has interest in the literal gold mine that Afghanistan sits on. The geological surveys attest to as much - $ billions worth of untapped minerals lying beneath the surface. With an honest government, the people of Afghanistan could come up by leaps and bounds! But that does not seem feasible in the short term, with or without outside interference.
When contracts were being bid on, China took precedence in securing contracts at the Aynak copper mine. Does the US want China having larger holdings and contracts in Afghanistan than big, bad USA? (China is the world's largest consumer of copper.)
That is partly the reason they are still there. (They're "fighting" China, too!)
Decades ago, the so-called "freedom fighters" armed by the US and Saudi Arabia kicked the Russkies out. They aren't going to lie down and play for dead if their occupiers are American, either. Our military ought to know that. Just that nobody on this end calls them "freedom fighters" anymore.


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When we think of the regular, ordinary Afghan people killed and crippled by the U.S.-fueled avalanche of year-after-year war, who do we think of? One person I think of is Malala Yousafzai. I know she's Pakistani, but she's also Pashtun, a people who straddle both countries and who, like indigenous people everywhere, have never been welcomed into the states that rose up around them. In I Am Malala, Yousafzai demonstrates a nuanced, principled, deeply wise understanding of history, of self-respect, of love for humanity, of love for justice. Her father shows a deeper commitment to true feminism and fatherhood than the vast majority of Westerners who never have to grapple with how to try to save one's country and one's daughter at the same time, knowing most likely an early death awaits. Miraculously, neither Malala nor anyone else in her family were killed before they tragically left their homeland following the attempted assassination of Malala. She wasn't overly impressed with Obama when he invited her to the White House; she looked in his eyes and told him his drones only fuel terrorism, spread devastation, and abandon girls who want education. She is extraordinary, but there are many others like her, too, children and adults, in Afghanistan and Pakistan and everywhere else U.S. drones drop their bundles of terror.


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It needs to be ended!
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