Weekly Update into Afghanistan Situation – April 9, 2010

-To follow up on the story we reported on the program last week
regarding the NATO assault and killings of a wedding party in Pakita
Province, Afghanistan on Febuary 12, 2010. The story was uncovered by the London Times and not only exposed the NATO killings of Afghani
civilians, but also how NATO had knowingly lied to cover up its
actions. Original investigations by the London Times “suggested that
NATO’s claims were either willfully false or, at best, misleading.”

-Further verifications by Afghani investigators as reported this week
by the London Times have also indicated that “US special forces
soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody
aftermath of (the) botched night raid, then washed the wounds with
alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened”

-The Times also reported that “NATO admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time on (Sunday night).”

-Just to give you, the listener, some insight as to how the North
American meanstream media coverage of the events in Afghanistan attempt to manipulate your understanding of what is going on and alter your preceptions of the truth, compare the investigative journalism of the London Times with the CNN coverage of the same event on February 12, 2010 that reported the deaths of the 3 civilian women and 2 Afghani government officials were “honour killings” and insinuated that it was the families of the victims themselves or even the taliban who were responsible.

-Granted, the CNN report did appear only hours after the incident
occured, but this misinformation is STILL posted on the CNN website two months later.

-It becomes clearer and clearer as the misinformation in the
meanstream media is exposed that these media outlets are no longer
reliable sources for credible information about the situation in
Afghanistan.

-We hope you, the listener, accepted our challenge last week, and
analyzed how the meanstream media covered Afghani President Hamid
Karzai’s sarcastic remarks that he was considering joining the taliban.
These comments, made off the cuff and taken out of context by every
meanstream media outlet from Yellowknife to Key West, were used to
demonize the Afghani government and as an excuse not to report on the cause of the frustration that led Karzai to make such a remark. The
continued killing of Afghani civilians by NATO and foreign coalition
forces has actually rendered the taliban a viable alternative for
Afghani civilians to safeguard the welfare of their families. That is
the legacy of what 8 years of NATO and foreign occupation has done to the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.

-Thousands marched in the streets of Germany this past week to protest against the invasion and continued occupation of Afghanistan. There were 30 organized rallies at locations across the country to call for an immediate and complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Over 1000 people marched in Munich and about 2000 more people marched in different towns and cities across Germany. The protest movement, which is celebrating 50 years of Easter demonstrations this year, is also calling for a world free of nuclear weapons and an end to German arms exports. This demonstrates the point that we have made clearly on the FMA over the past weeks that there is an undeniable link between the opposition to the “imperialism” and empire the countries occupying Afghanistan seek to maintain and the global movement of the true international community towards prioritizing people and humanity over war and conquest.

-In the United States, there have been protests and marches that have not stopped opposing the occupation of both Iraq and Afghanistan. In late March, there was a protest, against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that began with a noon rally in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and followed with a march.

Brian Becker, national coordinator of the antiwar ANSWER Coalition,
which called for the demonstration, said: “There is growing a body of
sentiment in the country . . . that opposes the expanding war in
Afghanistan, the continued occupation of Afghanistan, the continued
occupation of Iraq.”

Maggie Pondolfino, a representative of Military Families Speak Out,
said: “I’m the proud mother of an active-duty infantry soldier. . . .
We love and support our troops. And it is because we do that we will
vocally show our opposition whenever our government sends them to
ill-advised, immoral, unwinnable wars.”

-Here in Canada, we will continue our look at how this government is
handling the accusations and stigma of war crimes guilt that hangs over the head of every Canadian because of the actions of this government and its security forces.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/03/19-7

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7087637.ece

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/12/afghanistan.bodies/index.html

http://www.rebelnews.org/politics/europe/203899-german-easter-rallies-decry-afghanistan-killings

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