-A Los Angeles Times report from this past Saturday announced that Taliban militants were now refusing to collaborate with Al Qaeda fighters. Newsflash!: The Taliban has refused to co-operate with Al Qaeda since at least 1998. Afghanis fighting foriegn-occupation in their country, of whom the Taliban make up only about 10% (despite what your meanstream media tells you), have always seen Al Qaeda as a foriegn entity and therefore no different from the Soviet, American or Canadian armies as an occupying force of imposition.
-In fact, evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, show that the Taliban regime imposed strict isolation on Al Qaeda affiliates, including Osama Bin Landen, as early as 1998 in order to prevent any terrorist plots against the United States, which the Taliban have never supported.
-The evidence contradicts all claims by top officials of the Barack Obama administration that the Taliban was complicit in the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sep. 11, 2001. It also bolsters the credibility of Taliban statements in recent months asserting that the Taliban has no interest in Al Qaeda’s global jihadist aims.
-It is becoming increasingly clear to the citizens of Afghanistan and the Middle East that Al Qaeda is a ghost organization that serves the purpose of giving US politicians and media the pretext and justification for invading and occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan have long realized this and don’t need to be micro-managed by people who haven’t, or worse, by the people who use the narrative of Al Qaeda to serve their own interests at the expense of others.
-A US State Department report released on March 11, 2010 declared that:
“The country’s human rights record remained poor. Human rights problems included extrajudicial killings, torture, poor prison conditions, official impunity, prolonged pretrial detention, restrictions on freedom of the press, restrictions on freedom of religion, violence and societal discrimination against women, restrictions on religious conversions, abuses against minorities, sexual abuse of children, trafficking in persons, abuse of worker rights, the use of child soldiers in armed conflict, and child labor.”
and this is a US State Department description of the government that US and Canadian soldiers are dying to keep in place.
-CNN announced this past week that the US military was changing its policies regarding holding Afghani Detainees. Previously, the US military was allowed to hold Afghanis for 96 hours without charge during questioning. This week the US military announced that it would expand this time frame to 14 days for holding prisioners without charge. This news might come as a shock, no pun intended, to prisoners still in Guantanomo Bay who have been held without charge for as long as 8 years in some cases.
-No wonder the conservative Government has gone to such extraordinary lengths to keep these documents secret. Even as far as shutting down parliament through prorogation. Opposition MPs clearly state that the government-proposed Iacobucci-inquiry to address the issue of Afghani Detainees is simply a tactic to avoid proper accountability on the issue.