Whose Side is This Guy On?

As if we didn’t already know.

…More than 600 people, mostly militants, have been killed in recent weeks as insurgents have launched their deadliest campaign of violence in years.
…“It is not acceptable for us that in all this fighting, Afghans are dying. In the last three to four weeks, 500 to 600 Afghans were killed. (Even) if they are Taliban, they are sons of this land,” he said.

Mr. Karzai seems to have forgotten why he needs his bodyguards. And, if memory serves me correctly, while those cuddly Taliban were in power, he wasn’t exactly their best friend after the initial kissy fest…

In 1997, Karzai joined many of his family members in United States, from where he worked to reinstate Zahir Shah. His father was assassinated, presumably by Taliban agents, July 14, 1999, and Karzai swore revenge against the Taliban by working to help overthrow them.

He ran away. No doubt this latest, largely coalition operation is screwing up mutually agreed to plans to leave certain caves unexplored, as in the oh-so-successful joint U.S.-Afghani Operation Anaconda. (Remember that one?)

Of the 2,000 coalition troops involved, about half are Afghan forces whose primary mission is to block al Qaeda and Taliban forces from leaving the area, Franks said.

Dashing mujahadeen scampering about the moutainside on horseback ~ hither, thither, to and fro ~ as Omar and Osama get safely to Pakistan. The Tora Bora Backstab. Karzai’s probably gonna owe some serious chips for not being able to control this present purge. And, like Omar’s singular gaze, he also seems to have a blind spot about certain other citizens in his rush to embrace those ‘sons of this land‘.

A War on Schoolgirls
Unable to win on the battlefield, the Taliban are fighting to prevent half the country’s children from getting an education.
Summer vacation has only begun, but as far as 12-year-old Nooria is concerned, the best thing is knowing she has a school to go back to in the fall. She couldn’t be sure the place would stay open four months ago, after the Taliban tried to burn it down. Late one February night, more than a dozen masked gunmen burst into the 10-room girls’ school in Nooria’s village, Mandrawar, about 100 miles east of Kabul. They tied up and beat the night watchman, soaked the principal’s office and the library with gasoline, set it on fire and escaped into the darkness. The townspeople, who doused the blaze before it could spread, later found written messages from the gunmen promising to cut off the nose and ears of any teacher or student who dared to return.

For all his technicolor robes, Mr. Karzai is barely two steps from the Stone Age cave where Mullah Omar’s beady eye is watching water drip. That omission is hardly surprising, though, as it appears to be…

The Middle East Muslim Male Meme:
Lose a war ~ terrorize little girls.
WIN a war ~ overwhelm the women.

This is really the face of the deal we make with the devil in those Islamic snake pits. They turn on each other and back again as easily as 5 year olds fall in and out of best-friendships. The only difference is the body count.

5 Responses to “Whose Side is This Guy On?”

  1. John says:

    Machiavelli outlined this 500 years ago – if you invade a snake pit, taking over the country is easy, becuase you can always get one faction to join you against the rest. Keeping it is hard, because the factions turn against you once you become the dominant power.
    taking over a centralized society is hard becuase they can martial a lot of resources to resist, but once the central power is broken, the people are pretty easily pacified. Look at the invasion and occupation of the campaign in Germany 1944 – 1948 and Iraq. Niccolo was a perspicatious dude.

  2. On a lighter note, France as a COUNTRY rolled over today in 1940, after 8 tense days of negotiations.

  3. Nightfly says:

    The Middle East Muslim Male Meme:
    Lose a war ~ terrorize little girls.
    WIN a war ~ overwhelm the women.

    You forgot one, THS: Die in a war ~ sleep with maidens.

  4. sleep with maidens
    …who get there via car bombings in their youth.

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