Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Time to Stop US Wars in Middle East and
By Paul J Balles
Redress, May 21, 2009
Reuters reports "Ninety-three
children and 25 adult women are among a list of 140 names of Afghans who
villagers say were killed in a battle and US air strikes last week, causing
a crisis between Washington and its Afghan allies."
Greg Julian disputed the numbers, saying: "Well, I could give you 140 names
too. The problem is there is no evidence of that number of graves... Are
those real people? Did they ever actually exist? I can give you a list of 53
girls’ names with their ages."
The politicians argue: "The air
strikes are not acceptable," Afghan Presideny Hamid Karzai said. "Terrorism
is not in Afghan villages, not in Afghan homes. And you cannot defeat
terrorists by air strikes."
"But White House National Security
Advisor James Jones said ... that US forces need air power to protect
themselves: 'We can't fight with one hand tied behind our back.'"
points out in Lew Rockwell:
Barack Obama sold himself to the country as someone who would bring
massive “change” to the policies of the US government, but of course when it
comes to the favourite activity of that cancerous organism, warring against
wholly innocent civilian populations in foreign countries, there will be no
makes the point: "We are inciting the very terrorism and extremism we
are trying to stop." By bombing Afghans and Pakistanis, adds Paul, "We are
helping the Taliban and other enemies to actually gain numbers and strength"
Meanwhile the US Congress has introduced bills to increase the aid to
Pakistan from 500 million to 1.5 billion US dollars at a time when the USA
is nearly bankrupt and doesn't have enough money to support Americans at
None of this can possibly help the USA. As Paul observes: “We
are adding to the numbers of our enemies and increasing the threats to our
security here at home." When will America learn that its actions are
creating tomorrow's terrorists?
"Lieutenant-General Stanley McChrystal will be taking over command of US
forces in Afghanistan, pending Senate approval." McChrystal headed the Joint
Special Operations Command (JSOC) that previously reported to Dick Cheney,
with no congressional oversight.
Kane notes: "Famed investigative
reporter Seymour Hersh recently described the JSOC as an "executive
assassination wing" controlled for many years by the office of former
Vice-President Dick Cheney."
says: "Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up," following the
bombing that killed up to 130 people in Afghanistan. He also reports: "...as
many as 2,000 [Afghans] poured into the streets of the provincial capital,
chanting ‘Death to America’.”
Disgustingly, the Pentagon attempted
to blame the Taliban for the murders, saying that they had done the killing
Neo-conservative commentator Mark Steyn writes in
America Alone, "If you can't outbreed the enemy, cull `em." That's an
attitude Americans have learned well. The US military in the Middle East
practices it regularly.
Chris Hedges drew a
word picture of American involvement in Afghanistan:
of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their
corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped
by US warplanes in a village in the western province of Farah, illustrates
the futility of the Afghan war.
Hedges conveys the lesson of his
We are not delivering democracy or liberation or
development. We are delivering massive, sophisticated forms of industrial
slaughter. And because we have employed the blunt and horrible instrument of
war in a land we know little about and are incapable of reading, we embody
the barbarism we claim to be seeking to defeat.
It's time to stop
making excuses for American military barbarism abroad. It's time to stop
creating terrorists by US terrorism in the Middle East.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university
professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many
years. For more information, see