Friday, May 8, 2009

Why We Fight: U.S. Troops Die For Rapists

Lets not forget the Canadian Troops are there fighting for the "cause" too!

Ted Rall -American soldiers serving in Vietnam wondered what they were fighting for. U.S. troops in Afghanistan don't have that problem. They know exactly what they're fighting for: rapists.

After President Obama's coming "Afghan surge" there will be 72,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their primary mission is to prevent Afghans from overthrowing the unpopular regime of Hamid Karzai, the former oil consultant installed by George W. Bush when the U.S. occupation began nearly eight years ago. ( so the US troops are keeping Afghanistan free of the Afghans?)

Reminds me of this song's "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation"refrain-

Lyndon Johnson told the nation have no fear of escalation / I am trying everyone to please / Though it isn't really war, I'm sending 50,000 more / to help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

America's media repeatedly claimed that Afghan women would be better off under the U.S.-supported Northern Alliance puppet government headed by Karzai than under the Taliban. But when I went to Afghanistan and asked women what they thought, they had a different story. The defeat of the Taliban brought about the collapse of law and order, making life even more dangerous, especially for women. "Under the Taliban," a woman told me, "I watched rapists being executed. Now I see them in the government."

The Afghan women's rights group RAWA has repeatedly told anyone willing to listen that there hasn't been much improvement for women and girls since the U.S. occupation began in 2001. But no one--least of all left-of-center Americans eager to embrace the Afghan war--has wanted to hear what they had to say.

Liberal Democrats who cling to Afghanistan as "the good war" (?) the U.S. should be fighting are being forced to confront the ugly truth about their ally. Karzai has signed a law that states that "women cannot leave the house without their husbands' permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands' permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex,"

The Shiite Personal Status act applies only to devotees of the Shia branch of Islam, which account for between 10 and 20 percent of the population. How can a secular democratic state have different laws depending on a citizen's faith? The answer is: It can't. Afghanistan isn't secular or democratic. The "new" Afghanistan's constitution is based on Sharia law--exactly as it was under the Taliban. But the U.S. media has purposefully failed to report the icky truth about our ally. (no surprise there!)

The new law requires women to have sex with their husbands at least once every four days unless they are sick or menstruating. "Obedience, readiness for intercourse and not leaving the house without the permission of the husband are the duties of the wife," reads the law of a nation ostensibly invaded by U.S. troops in part to liberate Afghan women. "As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night," it says.

Afghan Senator Humaira Namati calls the rape bill "worse than during the Taliban" and said it was rammed through parliament without debate. "Anyone who spoke out was accused of being against Islam," she said. Several hundred women protesting the law on the streets of Kabul were viciously assaulted by men as police stood back and watched.

In fairness to the responsible male legislators, they did add a provision to protect Shiite women from "dead bed": Afghan men have to put out "at least once every four months."

Well that is quite the provision!

Karzai signed legalized rape into law in order to appease right-wing legislators in an election year. After international criticism, however, he began backpedaling with the lamest of all possible reasons: he didn't read the bill before he was for it.

"I was not aware of what I had signed,"

Yeah sure!

As Karzai BSes for the cameras, hundreds of Afghan women languish in prisons around the country. Their crime? They're teen brides, some as young as 10, who ran away from much older husbands who purchased them. "In President Hamid Karzai's Afghanistan, women are still imprisoned for running away from home," reports The Sunday Herald.

Nice theocracy you got there, Mullah Karzai.Bold

Remember this column the next time you watch a flag-draped coffin returning from Afghanistan. The young man inside that box didn't die for nothing. He died to protect rapists.

Doesn't it make you proud? Support the troops! Never questioning what it is that Americans and Canadians are really supporting.


  1. Not forgetting of course that before the US starting pumping funds into Muslim extremists, Afghanistan had a secular government with equal rights for men and women. Why they disliked this government exactly I don't know exactly. Perhaps they didn't have a privately owned reserve bank or maybe they weren't playing ball with drug production, something like that.

    So they CIA funded the people who didn't like women getting equal rights, ie. the fundamentalists and the rest is history. Oh, and the story about funding the extremists after the Soviets came in was bullshit. It was the other way around. And when the Soviets went into Afghanistan they were arguably the good guys.

  2. Its no wonder the western economy failed. What a ridiculous and obnoxious way to snorkle other people's resources. It reminds me of the old racist joke: How many men does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  3. I am aware of that nobody, but, I wonder how many people realize that bit of hidden history, that nugget of truth??

    That the US backed the mujahadeen, and had them crossing the border into Russia, hoping beyond hope to give Russia, USSR at that time, their own Vietnam?

    And indeed they did have an elected government that was for more democratic then anything they have had since.
    A government that could have given the people a future.

    Alas a future that was actually for the Afghan people was not what western powers had in mind.

    Same then, as it is now.

  4. Hi nina:
    ty for stopping bye.

    I think of it all as part of that illusion we have long lived under.

    That somehow we are entitled?

  5. In July 2001 the Taliban had burned about 90 % of the opium crops, with a rate of only 40 billion annual output after crop destruction. The US put their armies on the border until 9/11 occurred, then they invaded.

    Last year the output was about 600 billion - its been steadily rising ever since the invasion in 2001.

    I would bet that the Taliban had the idea of printing their own money. Afghans were using Illuminati satanist money from nearby countries and did not have their own dollars at the time of the invasion.

    That is why we invaded Afghanistan, I never did believe all the crap about the Taliban. Its like Yugoslavia - Milosovich was making a national bank for his country, so the illuminati satanists bombed him and even killed his daughter when they bombed his house. - Not to mention bombing his country into the stone age.

  6. And the depleted uranium, Doug.

  7. Its endless, its diabolical and the level of evil is unimaginable. I have never seen it in any movie.

    Its the DU, its what these people will be asked to do to us when they get back home.

    If they are ordered to shoot their own children, will they do it ? When will they say no ? Will they be orderedto shoot one-anothers children ? Will they be ordered to have their own children vaccinated?

  8. god, it is all true and horrificaly sad, and yet most people remain totally oblivious, I think that is the most maddening part of these endless machinations.
    the du.
    the opium in Afghanistan.
    that crop is bigger then ever, while the country is under western occupation, I mean how obvious does it have to get???

  9. 'How obvious does it have to get'. Exactly. It's enough to send a person mad almost. It certainly sent me mad...

  10. it is maddening isn't it nobody. the obviousness of it all, and the fact that no one see's it.
    talk about a disconnect!!!