Sunday, November 07, 2010

Taliban Again Uselessly Tries To Talk Sense To US Congress

Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to Afghanistan

"KABUL — The Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war.

The Islamist militant group has been fighting for more than nine years to topple the Kabul government, which is backed by 150,000 US and NATO troops.
In the past year, Taliban influence has spread across the country from their bastion in the south where the war is concentrated, and momentum has been widely seen to have turned in their favour.
The statement, addressed to "Messers American Congressmen," was emailed to AFP and signed by Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, "spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan".
It suggested the Congressional team travel throughout Afghanistan to uncover "ground realities" it said are being concealed by military leaders eager to give the impression of victory.
The resistance to the US-led war against the Taliban was indigenous, the group said, contrary to claims by Washington it was influenced from outside the country.

The Taliban leadership is believed to be based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, from where it is thought to fund, plan and man operations in Afghanistan.
According to media reports, studies and top NATO figures, it does so with the support of Pakistan's intelligence service, though Islamabad has denied the allegations.
The Taliban occasionally issue such statements, which are generally dismissed by Washington and its partners backing the Kabul government.
On September 11 they called for an unconditional withdrawal of foreign troops -- a condition for opening peace talks with the government -- and an end to the "illegal occupation" of Afghanistan.
In August the group suggested the establishment of a multilateral committee to investigate civilian casualties, which the United Nations says are overwhelmingly caused by the Taliban.
"Can a few militants stand up to armed forces of 40 countries including the strongest countries of the world," Sunday's statement said, referring to the US-NATO alliance.
"In fact the current armed jihad (holy war) is a country-wide resistance against you. Men and women, old and young from every tribe, ethnicity, caste and area have arisen to oppose you.
"Thus by your intending to wipe out the resistance, you have chosen the way of committing genocide of the whole nation," it said.
The Taliban said that if the US government would not provide proof of its claims, "then how about another experiment? Send a team to Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission".'

The Taliban seem to want congress to understand 1. their struggle is one of liberation from occupation from foreign forces 2. civilian casualties are overwhelmingly caused by outside spook agencies and the occupation forces and 3. lies about american military successes are prolonging the conflict.
Unfortunately for them the whole purpose of war in Afghanistan is to prolong the conflict and not to stop it so congress will again dismiss all this talk of finding out the truth.

I seem to recall another adversary who again and again asked the government of the United States to listen to reason and help a struggling indiginous population in Asia. I wonder how that turned out?
"He (Ho Chi Minh) repeatedly petitioned American President Harry Truman for support for Vietnamese independence, citing the Atlantic Charter, but Truman never responded.)


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