And it's One, Two, Three, Four, ... what are we fighting for?
Ten years in Afghanistan and what do we have to show for it?
Ten years after Taliban rule, Afghanistan’s rights situation remains extremely poor. Armed groups routinely engage in extortion and violence against communities, while the Taliban continues to conduct attacks that indiscriminately or intentionally harm civilians. The situation for women’s rights is particularly bad, with threats and attacks by insurgents on women leaders, schoolgirls, and girls’ schools, and police arrests of women for “moral crimes” such as running away from forced marriage or domestic violence. Plans by the international community to decrease aid in coming years raise the risk that a bad human rights situation could become worse.
About that Human Rights Watch summary: The Taliban/anti-Karzai insurgency isn't the only side that attacks indiscriminately and/or intentionally harms civilians. In at least one year of the conflict NATO air-strikes killed more civilians than the insurgency. Furthermore, our terrorist hunter-killer teams conducting their murder campaigns (which included shooting teenage boys in the back of the head execution style) are about on par with the cruelties of the insurgency.
And what about Iraq?
BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's security services have locked up more than 1,000 members of other political parties over the past several months, detaining many of them in secret locations with no access to legal counsel and using "brutal torture" to extract confessions, his chief political rival has charged.Once again, that source (McClatchy), like HRW, is a generally pro-western news source. And even these sources can't avoid pointing out the obvious failure of the capitalist imperialist pseudo-democracies to construct viable pseudo-democracies themselves. We on the wingnut left however have abandoned the quaint belief that scum like Clinton, bush II or Obama even try. That link goes on to say how Maliki waited for the the US to begin its pull-out to start his campaign of terror. Obama doesn't give a shit about what Maliki does so long as the oil flows and its priced in US dollars. The US government considered imposing a "Salvador Option" (re: torture and death-squads) on Iraq as early as 2005. So, it's complete bullshit to even pretend that the USA would be a restraining hand on the depredations of its approved despots.
Allawi's allegations were the second major broadside this week against detention practices under Maliki, who's been the prime minister since May 2006.
London's Guardian newspaper reported Monday on an extortion racket involving Iraqi state security officials who systematically arrest people on trumped-up charges, torture them and then extort bribes from their families for their release.
Juburi said he couldn't provide a number for those arrested since October. He said many were being held in buildings that are under the Ministry of Interior, outside Iraq's prison system.
Others said the number was much higher than 1,000, with Allawi putting the figure at "thousands."
Doctors Without Borders is halting work in detention centers in the Libyan city of Misrata because detainees are “tortured and denied urgent medical care,” the international aid agency said Thursday.
This is not the first report of serious, systematic abuses in Libya. In July, Human Rights Watch accused NATO-backed rebels of widespread looting, arson and abuse of civilians. Throughout the latter part of 2011, there were numerous reports of black migrant workers being detained without charges, tortured and even executed en masse. In October, a U.N. report detailed widespread lawless detentions and torture; the same month, an Amnesty International report documented “a pattern of beatings and ill-treatment of captured al-Gaddafi soldiers, suspected loyalists and alleged mercenaries in western Libya. In some cases,” the report continued, “there is clear evidence of torture in order to extract confessions or as a punishment.”
So, what's my reason for going over this ancient history? Just that our fraudulently elected, contemptuous of Parliament, usurper stephen harper, wants Canada to have a string of military bases around the world to perpetuate these abominations.
The idea of Canada having military bases around the world by itself is evidence that stephen harper has descended into madness. That this piece of shit knows full well what these bases would be for and he wants to drag us into future acts of imperialism is all the evidence we need to know that he is beyond redemption.