243 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 7 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 5/30/11

How Do You Support Your Troops--Regular, Special Or Super?

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   6 comments
Message Russ Baker
Become a Fan
  (13 fans)
How do you support your troops? Regular, Special or Super?

Flickr image  By cobalt123

As we celebrate Memorial Day, it can be hard to remember that this is not principally intended as  a day off from work for most of us, but as an occasion to honor dead soldiers who were once actual living persons, with many years of expected life ahead of them.

While contemplating the reality of all these dead young people, we would do well to ponder why soldiers are currently dying in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Those who "support the troops", i.e. support their being involved in those conflicts, should be able to explain, with vigor and simplicity, in just a few words, why it is necessary that they die--or risk dying.

Most can't, and it's not surprising that they are unfamiliar with some of the most revealing reports and analyses.

First, there's the question of why the US (and its principal ally, Britain) invaded Iraq in the first place. We've had a lot to say on that topic, such as on Britain's motivation (oil), more on Britain here, and then George W. Bush's principal personal motivation (not oil!)

Enough Iraq. On to the war that gets the attention these days, Afghanistan. For perspective, see  the following, little-recalled BBC report from May 13, 2002--not long after the US invasion of Afghanistan and installation of Hamid Karzai in power:

Afghanistan hopes to strike a deal later this month to build a $2bn pipeline through the country to take gas from energy-rich Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India.

Afghan interim ruler Hamid Karzai is to hold talks with his Pakistani and Turkmenistan counterparts later this month on Afghanistan's biggest foreign investment project, Mohammad Alim Razim, minister for Mines and Industries told Reuters.

"The work on the project will start after an agreement is expected to be struck at the coming summit," Mr Razim said.

The construction of the 850-kilometre pipeline had been previously discussed between Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, US oil company Unocal and Bridas of Argentina.

The project was abandoned after the US launched missile attacks on Afghanistan in 1999.

US company preferred

Mr Razim said US energy company Unocal was the "lead company" among those that would build the pipeline, which would bring 30bn cubic meters of Turkmen gas to market annually.

Unocal -- which led a consortium of companies from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Japan and South Korea -- has maintained the project is both economically and technically feasible once Afghan stability was secured.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Russ Baker Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Author, investigative journalist, editor-in-chief at WhoWhatWhy.com

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Real Reason For The Afghan War?

The Military and Those Strange Threats to Obama

CloseReading: Are Joe Biden's "Gaffes" Accidental? Or Brilliant?

Tea Party Types say: Next Overboard, Lifeguards!

NY Times' Umbrella Man Exposed

JFK Umbrella Man -- More Doubts

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend