Wednesday, May 6, 2009

US State-sponsored Terror -- with Apologies

My published NYT COMMENT #98.
May 06, 2009 2:12 pm


May 6th, 2009 1:41 pm
US State-Sponsored Terror -- with Apologies
Talk is cheap -- your apology means nothing, Secretary Clinton, you too President Obama and the rest of the White House/State Dept. crew.

Pashtun civilians are dying and we know who is causing the deaths. Wake up and smell the acrid odor of burning flesh in a drone airstrike, America.

The US is engaged in state-sponsored terror in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area of the South Asia region

Remember the US trained, armed and paid the Mujahideen to fight the Cold War(invented by the US), with the Soviets in the 80's.

Now those same Mujahideen have become the Taliban. Historically, Pashtuns (now Mujahideen and Taliban) have never tolerated invaders and occupiers on their soil. They taught the Brits a bitter lesson during the colonial period. Then the Soviets got a 9-year taste of Pashtun medicine. Now it's the turn of the Americans to learn the same bitter bloody lesson.

But who's paying the price? Innocent women, children and men who live in the westernmost part of my South Asia region.
And who's footing the bill? The US taxpayer, me.

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy as Lived Practice
NYT copyright
High Civilian Toll Seen in U.S. Raid in Afghanistan

The Red Cross said dozens died, but Afghan officials put the toll at more than 100, offering a grim backdrop to a U.S. visit by the Afghan and Pakistani leaders on Wednesday


Anonymous said...

You are a little late to the "imperialist" party. Where were you when Pakistan conquered Afghanistan through the Taliban proxy? The role of Pakistani ISI in the rise fo the Taliban is painstakingly documented by Ahmed Rashid and others.

Talking of "imperialism", have you considered the Chinese conquest and the cultural destruction of Tibet.

Consider that American "imperialism" would improve the lives of women, help children go to school and bring health care and industry to the local people. Taliban (Pakistani) "imperialism" through the Taliban has already inflicted unimaginable barbarity on the Afghan people.

You are hopelessly biased to take a balanced view of things.

Chithra.KarunaKaran said...

Too cowardly to leave your name and contact info? No surprise that you have a character flaw.

The US has absolutely no role to perform in the South Asia region.

Stop playing GlobalCop, stay home and fix your problems on Wall Street and Main Street which have brought economic disaster to the rest of the world.