|Source: Press TV article "Afghanistan protests to continue until expulsion of US troops"|
Hearts and minds across Afghanistan were similarly outraged by an insult to Islamic sacred texts. Reports of workers at the site burning themselves to rescue the Quran from the flames called to mind Jewish scholars diving into Nazi bonfires to rescue the Torah. As word spread of the “mistake” and apologies were issued, violent outbreaks rolled across the country. The latest occurred yesterday when a literacy teacher at a military base for both NATO and Afghan troops opened fire, killing two foreign soldiers and wounding another. The preceding week saw riots resulting in U.S. troop deaths, an attack on U.S. citizens inside the Afghan interior ministry, an attack on a UN building, and a populace so aroused that President Karzai dared not rebuke them -- as he was called upon by his NATO “allies” to do.
Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers have published a critique of the sidelining of Afghan people from official negotiations which have the stated aim of winding down combat operations in their country. An excerpt:
If a war was being waged in the U.S. we would expect Americans to demand an end to the war and to have a say as to how it should end.
Likewise, the people of Afghanistan want to have a say in the negotiations to end the Afghan war.
After all, in 2011, a record number of 3021 Afghan civilians lost their lives. Afghans who risk losing their lives should have a say in the negotiations, ironically engineered by the very players who are killing them ( the UN reported that ‘anti-government elements’ – the Taliban and other insurgent groups – were responsible for 77 per cent of conflict-related deaths in 2011, while 14 per cent were caused by ‘pro-government forces’ – Afghan, U.S. and international security forces ).
But, fatally, the 30 million people of Afghanistan have no say in these negotiations. They are not represented at the negotiation table.
|Source: Antiwar.com article |
Of course the interests of U.S. people aren't represented at the imperial negotiating table, either. The decade long remote control war with its emblematic weapon, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, manufactures its own enemies and is hugely expensive. But no hearts and minds are needed to contribute to the effort. Just file your 1040 on time -- or else.