Less We Forget

At eleven O’clock on the eleventh of November, the people of the UK will be asked to observe a minute’s silence in memory of those that died in wars. This was started by returning soldiers, after the First World War, 1914 – 1918, who shared experiences, for only they could know the horrors of that war. Alas, the politicians have high-jacked their Day of Remembrance and turned it into a political circus, played out each and every year at the Cenotaph, and on the BBC Remembrance Concert in the Albert Hall.

When a country takes up arms against another – that country is simply saying – we failed. We failed our people as politicians and as human beings, and still, they fail us, those dignitaries that bow their heads at the Cenotaph, in remembrance, should bow their heads in shame and as an apology for all those that have died in such wars.

It was soldiers that suffered and died in the First World War, now war is high tech and those that suffer and die are civilians – ninety per cent of casualties of war are now civilians, no more returning body bags to America and the UK, to scare the voters.

Less we forget:

The most recent war to end was Afghanistan, yet we have learned nothing, from that war, not so much a crime but a blunder.

In 1898 the British Empire was at the height of its fame, Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, wrote:

‘I confess that (countries) are pieces on a chessboard, upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world.’

At that time Afghanistan was strategic, the trade routes the British regarded as vital to their holding sway over Central Asia and the Caspian basin, and tells us much about what happened in Afghanistan’s modern history.  

The Afghan mujahedin and the Taliban and al-Qaida were effectively created by the CIA, its Pakistani equivalent the ISI and British MI6. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s, who was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser in the late 1970s disclosed Carter’s secret directive to bankroll the mujahedin and America’s collaboration with the Saudis, the Egyptians, the British, and the Chinese to start providing weapons to the mujahedin (America’s proxy war).

The fly in the ointment for America was the coming to power of Afghanistan’s first secular modernist government, which promised unheard-of social reforms. This was formed by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which overthrow the autocratic rule of King Zahir Shah, and the king’s cousin Mohammad Daud, in 1978.

For Washington, the problem with the PDPA government was that it was supported by the Soviet Union. At Brzezinski’s urging the unknown to the American public and Congress, President Carter authorised $500 million o fund and arm the mujahedin:

In effect, to set up what the Americans would now describe as a terrorist organisation. The aim was to overthrow the Afghan government and draw the Soviets into Afghanistan.

In an interview in 1998, Brzezinski said:

“According to the official view of history, CIA aid to the mujahedin began in 1980, that is, after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on 24 December 1979. but the reality, secretly guarded until years later when the truth came to light, it was on 3 July 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day I    wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to provoke a Soviet military intervention …. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but knowingly increased the probability that they would.”

Brzezinski was asked if, having seen the consequences, he had any regrets. “Regret what?” he replied.

The secret operation was an excellent idea. It has the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap …… the day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter:

“We now have the opportunity to give the USSR its Vietnam War.”

For almost ten years, Moscow had to carry on a conflict that brought about demoralisation and finally the break-up of the Soviet empire.

For seventeen years, the United State deliberately cultivated an extremist against which it would later proclaim a “War on terror”. ‘Central to the US-sponsored operation’, wrote Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed in The War on Truth: 9/11, disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism,

“Was the attempt to manufacture an extremist religious ideology by amalgamating local Afghan feudal traditions with Islamic rhetoric ….. The extremist religious ‘jihadi’ ideology cultivated in CIA- sponsored training programs was interspersed with tribal norms, giving rise to a distinctly distorted system of war values garbed with ‘Islamic’ jargon.  Among the myriad of policies designed to generate the desired level of extremism, the US-funded – to the tune of millions of dollars – the production and distribution in Afghanistan of school textbooks promoting murder and fanaticism”

American administration poured $4 billion into the pockets of some of the world’s most brutal fanatics. Men like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar received tens of millions of CIA dollars. Hekmatyar’s speciality was trafficking in opium and harassing women who refused to wear the veil. Invited to London in 1986, he was lauded by Prime Minister Thatcher as a ‘freedom fighter’. Following the fall of the PDPA government in 1992, mujahedin warlords attacked Kabul with such ferocity that an estimated fifty thousand people were killed. A report by Human Rights Watch estimated 25,000 people were killed in Kabul, most of them civilians, in rocket and artillery attacks. One-third of the city was reduced to rubble. Hekmatyar, the west’s favourite warlord at the time, rained American-supplied missiles on Kabul, killing two thousand people in two days until the other factions agreed to make him Prime Minister.

I remember all of this because I lived through those times, so I will not stand for a minute’s silence or watch on television the circus at the Cenotaph and certainly not the BBC’s coverage of the Remembrance concert. For it is all so de Ja Vue, now begin played out in Ukraine, by the same people, and for the same reasons – protecting America’s trade in Europe, and the protection of America’s power (NATO) – my only surprise has been that Russia (America’s bogie man) fell into the same trap they stumbled into in Afghanistan, and with just as devastating consequences. However America’s proxy war had far more reaching consequences for Europe this time around, because of their support for NATO, they are being dragged deeper and deeper into America’s proxy war on their very doorstep.  

Italy has now refused refuge for people picked up in leaky boats in the Mediterranean Sea, they have had enough. The British government is falling apart over the number of people crossing the English Channel in rubber boats and overland from across the world, Iraq, Syria, Yemen Libya and Afghanistan, we are now seeing an influx of people from the Baltic states, all wishing for a better life, sadly their arrival in Europe (including the UK) is anything but cordial.

A migrant problem into Europe (including the UK) can only be solved at source, starting with American foreign policy – stop America from using bogy men and proxy wars in their empire building.

Stop the War, Bairns, not Bombs, Climate Change solutions – not Greenwash or Cop-Out – Paris, Glasgow or Egypt…..

Stay safe.  


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