America has just allowed another election in foreign military occupied Afghanistan. What to call It, "colonial democracy?"
The cruelest of charades! Desperately poor people risking their lives to go out and vote during a murderous military occupation by the United States superpower and its allies. But hope springs eternal, even for those under an occupation, fostering every possible shade of political corruption and intrigue.
Current President and candidate Hamid Karzai was installed into power after the U.S. invasion, though his actual authority outside the capital city of Kabul was said to have been so limited that he was often derided as the "Mayor of Kabul".
Earlier, Karzai had long been a contact for the CIA. Karzai is one of a long list of America's unpopular collaborationists appointed and imposed in U.S. invaded and occupied nations to later be pseudo-legitimized in controlled, not free elections.
In 2004 Karzai is said to have rejected a U.S. proposal to end poppy production for economic reasons. Previously , during its tenure the Taliban had almost eliminated the cultivation of poppies for heroin, narcotics being condemned in the Koran. (Karzai's younger brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai had been rumored to be involved in the heroin trade. Reports Link Karzai's Brother to Afghanistan Heroin Trade, New York Times, Oct. 4, 2004
'One man one vote' is heralded by Americans posing as democrats and confident of formal and limited democracy's almost effortless manipulation by the superpower which pays for Afghanistan's bloody and unwanted continued occupation. We witness omniscient and omnipotent conglomerate owned and operated corporate mass entertainment/news media foisting off this farcical election to its U.S. and world satellite audience as yet another goodness of America.
The age of overt and proud imperialism is past. We now have even more inhumane and less responsible covert and denied imperialism that still has generals making war in the name of statesmen and diplomats bringing peace, law and order, civilization, democracy and freedom to all its subjects.
And as in colonialism, the mother of all freedom is the freedom of the greatest blocks of private finance capital to take advantage of whatever and whoever it can. All other freedoms are to stem from this first in place, state supported, freedom of investments to control government and maximize profit, growth and acquisitions. Not only must all other freedom take second place, but human rights as well, including the right of Afghani children to live a happy and secure childhood.
Democracy is the ploy. Real freedom is for the dead. Human rights? There is the right to be invaded, killed or maimed and have your home destroyed for the good of U.S. foreign policy. Other reverse rights come to mind along with so many well worn but ill matching slogans and shibboleths about U.S. good intentions toward its conquered peoples, but one supposes the underlying basic right is to be able to serve U.S. interests and behave accordingly.
Subservient media cartel, the Pentagon and President Obama tell us there is something threatening American style democracy and American plans for Afghanistan: they call it an "insurgency."
That paragon of virtue, America, which bombed, invaded and used the terribly brutal Northern Alliance to depose the very Taliban government the U.S. once supported as an alternative to those unstable wanton war lords of the Northern Alliance, now labels the Taliban an insurgency. This is of course a deception, since through all these years the Taliban has continued to control and govern a substantial part of the country.
'Insurgency!' As if the Taliban had never won the battle for the hearts and minds of Afghans wishing an end to the civil wars among the tribes and factions that brought deaths and rapes and hunger after the Soviets pulled out. Soviets that had been suckered in by Carter's covert CIA funding, arming and training of the fundamentalist hill tribes executing teachers of girls sent out by a women liberating socialist Kabul government, and alarming the Russians to America moving into its sphere of influence.
When the Taliban emerged in the 1990s, even Karzai had been, at first, one of its supporters. In August of 1998, Karzai told the Washington Post, "...there were many wonderful people in the Taliban."
Obama's contribution to Afghanistan (and Pakistan) is an increase in the awareness of imminent 'collateral' death from Hellfire missiles fired from Predator drones by conscienceless American coordinates readers at a military base in America's Mid West looking at at electronic maps of the Mid-east. Obama reaffirms the right of the great United States of America to blow to pieces anyone or anything in harms way of U.S. military action. The President claims this right to take Afghani and Pakistani lives in the name of self-defense from Saudis hiding inside Afghanistan and Pakistan. "If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans." said Obama to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, earlier this week.
But it was American's heartless foreign policy toward third world countries going socialist that inadvertently created an anti-U.S. terrorist al Qaeda that never existed solely in Afghanistan.
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