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US skates on thin ice in Afghanistan


Some advice for Congress: GET OUT NOW - before it's too late.
Violent anti-foreigner protests raged across the capital Monday after a U.S. military truck crashed into traffic, touching off the worst rioting since the Taliban's ouster. At least eight people died and 107 were injured before Kabul's streets calmed.
Others put the number dead at much higher.
By the end of the day at least 14 people were dead and more than 90 injured, hospital officials said. It was the bloodiest day in the capital since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001.

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Chanting "Death to America," rioters stoned the U.S. convoy involved in the accident then headed to the center of town, ransacking offices of international aid groups and searching for foreigners in a display of rising resentment over civilian deaths in the war against insurgents.

Gunfire, at times intense, rang out across Kabul as hundreds of young men looted shops and set fire to police cars and station houses. Some people said U.S. and Afghan troops fired on the crowds. Officials said they couldn't say whether that happened.
In other words, they did.
The U.S.-backed Afghan government decreed a nighttime curfew and the city quieted before sunset. Yousuf Stanezai, an Interior Ministry spokesman, warned that anyone found outside between 10 p.m and 4 a.m. would suffer "serious measures."
Spreading freedom and democracy, alright - at the barrel of a gun.
President Hamzid Karzai went on television Monday night to decry the outburst, branding the rioters as troublemakers who should be resisted and linking their violence to the long years of conflict that wrecked Afghanistan.

"We will recognize as the enemy of Afghanistan these people who do these things," Karzai said. "You should stand up against these agitators and not let them to destroy our country again."
Who does this joker think he's kidding?

He expects ordinary Afghanis to recognize ordinary Afghanis as the enemy of Afghanistan?

Of course, that would leave only foreigners as friends. But then technically, once every Afghani is eliminated and only foreigners remain, what's left really isn't Afghanistan - is it now?
Patience with the 23,000 U.S. soldiers and other foreign troops in Afghanistan is fraying over recent deaths of civilians, including at least 16 people killed by an airstrike targeting Taliban fighters in a village last week.

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"We don't want Americans in our country. They don't care about poor people. [NOT EVEN AMERICA'S POOR] They killed innocent people today and this is not the first time," said Abdul Shakoor, a 28-year-old who joined in the protests after Monday's traffic accident. "They do it all the time and in the end they say it was a mistake. It's not acceptable to us anymore."

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"This was a tragic incident and we deeply regret any deaths or injuries resulting from this incident," a U.S. military spokesman, Col. Thomas Collins, said in a statement.

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The rioting spread from the accident site in northern Kabul to the center of the city, where hundreds of Afghan soldiers and NATO peacekeepers in tanks deployed.

Chanting protesters marched on the presidential palace and rioters smashed police guard boxes, set fire to police cars and ransacked buildings, including the compound of the aid group CARE International.

An AP reporter saw demonstrators pull a man who appeared to be a Westerner from a civilian vehicle and beat him. The man escaped and ran to a line of police, who fired gunshots over the heads of the demonstrators.

Some protesters said they were targeting non-Afghans.

"Today's demonstration is because Americans killed innocent people. We will not stop until foreigners leave the city. We are looking for foreigners to kill," said one protester, Gulam Ghaus.

"Recent attacks on civilians in southern Afghanistan and today's firing on people in Kabul show that Americans consider the whole Afghan nation as their enemies," said Mohammed Hanif, who contacted an AP reporter in Pakistan by satellite phone from an undisclosed location.
That basically echoes Karzai the Clown's statement.

Things are going to get very ugly in Afghanistan. Congress better pull our troops out before what happened to Russia, happens to US.

7 Comments:

At Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Anonymous denk said...

not before halliburton has
cleaned out the booty

 
At Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

thanks for the link, denk.

that's appalling.

 
At Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

"We don't want Americans in our country. They don't care about poor people. [NOT EVEN AMERICA'S POOR] They killed innocent people today and this is not the first time," said Abdul Shakoor, a 28-year-old who joined in the protests after Monday's traffic accident. "They do it all the time and in the end they say it was a mistake. It's not acceptable to us anymore."

What a great quote. Ward Churchill has made comments that what is self evident to people in suppossed 3rd world countries with a 2nd grade education is impossible for college student and college professors to grasp.

The most intelligent comments almost always from the most oppressed.

 
At Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

you're very right, citisucks. But, they also happen to be free from the constant onslaught of media propaganda. So, they can think for themselves.

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Anonymous denk said...

Accidents, accidents, ..

Remember the us submarine that sank a Japanese fishing boat ?

no wonder, some republican vips were having a. joy ride

The captain was commended by bush for a fine performance and was offered a film contract.


Another rape ,

Yet another accident, the Japanese say enough is enough, “yankee go home”,


But once again, uncle scam and his Japanese buddies conspired to thwart the peoples’ wish, some democrazy, oh I mean democracy.




http://www.socialistworker.org/2001/368/368_02_Navy.shtml

http://archives.thedaily.washington.edu/2001/021301/O5.Letters.html

http://www.legitgov.org/letters_sub.html


http://media.www.dailytexanonline.com/media/storage/paper410/news/2001/03/02/Opinion/Two-Islands.Appropriately.Resist.Tides.Of.U.s.Militarism-698959.shtml?sourcedomain=www.dailytexanonline.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com


http://japanfocus.org/article.asp?id=156

http://www.journalism.sfsu.edu/www/pubs/prism/nov95/20.html


http://www.iht.com/articles/1998/03/06/edsmith.t_0.php#

 
At Thursday, June 01, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

UPDATE:

The US military reported one person was killed in the road accident, while President Hamid Karzai's office said five people died. Afghan health authorities have informed the US military that approximately 20 people died, and more than 160 were injured in the accident and the unrest that followed, Collins said.

No US soldiers were injured.

"Just because coalition soldiers weren't hurt or injured doesn't mean that there wasn't an imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death to them," Collins said. "Our people are very well trained. They know how to react to situations."

About half an hour after a heavy US military cargo truck rammed into Afghan vehicles in an intersection Monday morning, an angry crowd of between 300 and 500 people began throwing rocks, and firing small arms at US soldiers and Afghan police, Collins said.

Witnesses say the crowd was trying to prevent the troops from leaving the scene to ensure that victims were compensated, and that police had time to finish investigating the accident and arresting anyone responsible. They also say some military vehicles drove over people, and crashed into shops, in their hurry to leave.

 
At Thursday, June 01, 2006, Anonymous denk said...

This was no accident but cold blooded murder

Like every "terrarists" attacks, the authorities lost no time in blaming al qaeda and co., but the "terrarists", who had no qualm taking responsibility for previous attacks, were indignant, "we only do yanks and brits".

The locals who were street wise offered this observation,

"Chinese workers become the victims of economic rivalry among various companies as many foreign firms including Turkish and US ones try to monopolize rebuilding projects in Afghanistan," said an analyst on condition of anonymity.
"Chinese laborers are cheap and their work is best known for their high standard. That is why rival companies want to get them out of biding for rebuilding projects in post-war Afghanistan,"

did someone resorted to murder to drive out the competitions, only god knows. but what we do know is the likes of halliburtons are having afghan all to themselves, and laughing all the way to the bank..

 

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