Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Some Shocking Facts About the Afghanistan War

As we are painfully aware, the US and UK invaded Afghanistan as punishment for 9/11, even though Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11, and we made no serious attempt to discuss peace because peace was never our goal. 

Diplomatic negotiations are understood to have gone something like this:

America: "Hey, Afghanistan, we think Osama Bin Laden is responsible for 9/11 and might be hiding in your mountains."

Afghanistan: "Okay, if you could just show us the evidence of Bin Laden's guilt, we'll be happy to look into that for you."

America: "No, we are going to bomb you instead!"

And they literally did...

Britain and America invaded Afghanistan just three weeks and five days after 9/11. Less than a month. They did not bother taking the time to properly investigate, nor pursue diplomatic channels, let alone establish a legal basis for intervention because the military industrial complex wanted to invade. There was money to be made.

Britain and America always help themselves to the natural resources of any country they like, and if arms manufacturers can make a pretty penny in the process, that's an added bonus. Obviously, this is not how normal countries behave, it's how imperialists behave, and the actions were undeniably illegal under international law.

"The UN Charter is a treaty ratified by the United States and thus part of US law. Under the charter, a country can use armed force against another country only in self-defence or when the Security Council approves. Neither of those conditions were met before the United States invaded Afghanistan. The Taliban did not attack us on 9/11. Nineteen men – 15 from Saudi Arabia – did, and there was no imminent threat that Afghanistan would attack the US or another UN member country. The council did not authorise the United States or any other country to use military force against Afghanistan. The US war in Afghanistan is illegal." Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild.

To emphasise, those are the words of the President of the National Lawyers Guild, in other words someone who knows a thing or two about the law. Absurdly, George Bush jr justified military intervention on the basis Afghanistan threatened the sovereignty of other nations. Pretty sure George was trolling us with this one though, because by his own logic, America should have invaded itself many times over by now. 

As Marjorie Cohn stated, none of the hijackers came from Afghanistan, but what she didn't mention is the evidence that Saudi Arabia was the key suspect for 9/11.

The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 stated that some of the 9/11 hijackers were financially supported by the Saudi Arabian government and intelligence services. It was strongly believed Saudi Arabia was connected to Al Quaida, yet we continued to call this country our "friend and ally" while bombing the country that had nothing to do with 9/11. 

Saudi Arabia was suspected to be behind 9/11, but we knowingly invaded a country that wasn't and lied to the public about it.

If a country joins the British/American empire, it seems they are allowed to get away with anything, even toppling the World Trade Centre, but if a country refuses to surrender to imperialism, it will be destroyed one way or another. If you're wondering whether we are bad guys in this equation, the answer is yes, we are.

And it gets worse... 

Afghanistan was accused of harbouring Osama Bin Laden, but the US was accused of actually training him and the Mujahideen during the Soviet-Afghan war, although the US insists it was simply providing foreign aid. Among the CIA's accusers was former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook who later dropped dead, sending conspiracy theorists into overdrive. 

"Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the '80s, he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage war against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan." Former UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.

But all this was obviously worthwhile...

Conservative estimates put the Afghanistan death toll at 111,000 civilian casualties and 241,000 total casualties. An estimated 1-1.5 million civilians were injured and 5-10 million were driven from their homes, but you'll be relieved that $1 trillion in mineral reserves and $123 billion in oil and gas reserves were liberated in the process. This means each civilian died for roughly $10 million, if my maths is correct. Nice to know the cost of human life.

The Afghanistan war cost the US tax payer $2.4 trillion - it wasn't just the Afghans who were robbed, the Americans were too.

Afghanistan is the longest war in US history and has created an almighty mess, destabilising the middle east, strengthening the Taliban, and leaving so many Afghans terrified of their vengeance. Yet it was completely unnecessary and utterly illegal, making Tony Blair and George Bush jr war criminals who belong behind bars for the rest of their lives.

America invaded the wrong country while remaining allies with the guilty country because this was never about 9/11 and always about money. The US President and UK Prime Minister (of the time) pulled off the most outrageous acts of theft and mass murder under the pretence of keeping us safe, while making the world a much more dangerous place. They were able to do this because our peoples were in a vulnerable emotional state, following the horrific events of 9/11 and a fearful public is easier to manipulate. The attacks on the twin towers were utterly horrendous, but we responded by killing 36 times more innocent people in another country. We responded to evil with an even greater evil.

But I am not in any way attacking our troops, by the way. I have family members who fought in this damn war and lost their friends at a tragically young age. They were victims of the US and UK governments, just as much as the Afghan civilians were. Our brave men and women were pawns.

If Britain and America really want to put things right, they could start by offering asylum to all refugees and holding the guilty parties accountable in a court of law. The year 2021 should see the trials of Tony Blair and George Bush jr.

Side note: If ever you've wanted evidence of how the MSM will simply erase history, I read two Guardian articles while researching this piece. The first article reported the CIA trained Osama Bin Laden and the Mujahideen. The second article stated there was no evidence the CIA trained Osama Bin Laden and the Mujahideen. It was like the first article disappeared down the memory hole.

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