One man’s meat...

One man’s meat...

One man’s meat...

First published in Letters by

JAMES RICHARDS misses the point (Letters, January 9). The Taliban government was corrupt – the US funded it. The government of Afghanistan is corrupt – the US appointed it.

Those resisting the Afghan occupation contain elements of the Taliban, but the term is used to sum up all the diverse political groups – socialists, anarchists, nationalists, atheists, Islamists, Christians, etc – demonising all resistance.

The terms al-Qaida, insurgent or terrorist are further attempts to dehumanise the victims of US imperialism and occupation who have the courage to fight back.

An item on the other morning’s news sums it up: “The maximum sentence for training as a terrorist will be increased to life imprisonment.”

Who on earth could ever believe they were being trained as a “terrorist” rather than as a warrior in a just cause?

Not the US and UK special forces who assisted in the merciless slaughter of 800 Afghan prisoners of war at Mazar-i-Sharif in 2001, nor the detached killers who now launch drones into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan from their office desks, not the slack minded civilians who have supported imperialist brutality for centuries by their silence and indifference.

R Westmoreland, The Oval, Pocklington.

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3:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Firedrake says...

A genuine question: if I may (because I actually don't know the answer). Certainly the US funded the Mujahadeen in its struggle to throw out the Russians, and no doubt some of those "freedom fighters" later became members of the Taliban ... but is it strictly true to say that the US "funded the Taliban government"?
A genuine question: if I may (because I actually don't know the answer). Certainly the US funded the Mujahadeen in its struggle to throw out the Russians, and no doubt some of those "freedom fighters" later became members of the Taliban ... but is it strictly true to say that the US "funded the Taliban government"? Firedrake
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

The US certainly sponsored the foundation and growth of the Taliban, because they believed a religious government closely allied to Saudi Arabia could be relied upon to do the US' bidding.

That turned out well, didn't it?

How long the funding continued after the Taliban achieved power in Afghanistan, i couldn't say.
The US certainly sponsored the foundation and growth of the Taliban, because they believed a religious government closely allied to Saudi Arabia could be relied upon to do the US' bidding. That turned out well, didn't it? How long the funding continued after the Taliban achieved power in Afghanistan, i couldn't say. Fat Harry
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Firedrake says...

Thanks, Fat Harry.
Thanks, Fat Harry. Firedrake
  • Score: 1

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