Last night on the ABCs 7.30 Report John Howard was asked by Kerry O’Brien: “You've just come from Afghanistan, too, where the Taliban and Al Qaeda have been able not only to survive but, it seems, rebuild strength, in the case of the Taliban. In the case of Al Qaeda, its ongoing strength is clear for all to see, it would seem. You must have pondered what might have been if America and its coalition partners had focused on that primary battle front in Afghanistan after September 11 rather than the disastrous four year distractions in Iraq?”
Caught on the hop Howard attempted to side step the question with a question. Howard replied: “Well, I've pondered two things about Afghanistan. I pondered, firstly, why is it important to defeat the terrorists in Afghanistan, but it doesn't matter in Iraq?”
Kerry O’Brien persisted: “Well, what was the evidence that Al Qaeda was a terrorist force in Iraq when you invaded?”
As we now all know, and many of us have always known, there never was any evidence that Al Qaeda was a terrorist force in Iraq when the allies invaded. Howard, of course, is well aware of that and, furthermore, was as much aware of that then as he is now.
So how did Howard respond? It went like this: “But I am talking of the present, Kerry. The great disconnect for the Government's critics is, why is it important to defeat the terrorists in Afghanistan, but it's okay to let them win in Iraq? Now, going back to your central question, the military situation at the time our forces were taken out in 2001 and also the American forces were wound down, justified that, and I think the argument that the Taliban are only resurgent because of those withdrawals is not necessarily verified by the facts, if you go back to that time.”
This is pure garbage from Howard. The fact that the Taliban are resurgent is because they were not entirely defeated and they weren’t entirely defeated because forces were pulled out in order to invade Iraq; it’s as simple as that.
The reality is; the Taliban will never be entirely defeated in Afghanistan. They will wear down western forces long before western forces get anywhere near wearing down the Taliban.
The other reality Howard is unable to accept is that there is no ‘Al Qaeda’ in Iraq. There are a few non- Iraqi Jihadists that are in Iraq to help the Iraqi people rid their country of the western invaders in much the same way as non-Spanish fighters from around the world went to fight for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. And, by the same virtue, just as the non-Iraqi Jihadists are in Iraq fighting for one side, there are many non-Iraqi pro-westerners there fighting for the Americans and their puppet Iraqi government (Israelis, Australians, British), just as there were many non-Spanish fighters from around the world that went to fight for the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. But there is no ‘Al Qaeda’; it exists only in the imagination of western propagandists. ‘Al Qaeda’ is a simple but effective catchall designed solely to perpetuate the myth of a ‘War against Terrorism’.
Howard is unable to confront the realities of the wars against the Afghan and Iraqi peoples because he knows that the people now know that the wars were based on lies.
President Bush, however, is ignoring reality all together. Speaking yesterday on the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq he perpetuated the blatant lie that has so far caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. He told the small gathering in the Roosevelt Room of the White House: “Four years ago today, coalition forces launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to remove Saddam Hussein from power. They did so to eliminate the threat his regime posed to the Middle East and to the world.”
The peoples of the world now think that the only threat to the Middle East and to the world is Israel and the US.
IF THE WARMONGERING NEOCONS THINK THE ‘SURGE’ IS WORKING, THEY ARE DELUDING THEMSELVES.
William Kristol, one of the neoconservative’s most hawkish commentators, seems to think that the ‘surge’, recently started in Baghdad, is having a positive effect. Whether or not it is having a positive effect in reality is impossible to tell. All that is happening at the moment is this; US and Iraqi puppet troops are moving into neighbourhoods where the insurgents were and the insurgents simply melt away and, instead of fighting and killing each other for control of the streets, they concentrate their efforts on bombings. The ‘surge’ has slowed the inter-factional killing but hasn’t stopped the bombing of civilians and occupying forces. And, since the ‘surge’ can’t last forever, just as soon as the US troops move out, the violence will simply carry on as before. However, despite the ‘surge’, this is a sample of what is still going on; from today’s New York Times we are told: “While no single event stood out Monday, the day was in many ways emblematic of the violence that Iraqis suffer daily — two car bombs, several assassinations, at least one kidnapping and a number of roadside bombs. Each attack claimed only a few lives, but the pervasiveness of the violence is part of what has eroded Iraqi hopes for the future.”
“Thirty bodies were found in Baghdad, more than in recent days, raising the possibility that there is a renewal of the sectarian killings that people hoped were diminishing.”
“In the violence on Monday, a bomb exploded at a Shiite mosque near the Shorja market, one of Baghdad’s busiest. In a measure of how inured residents here have become to mayhem, within two hours the market area was again so crowded that it was difficult to walk around.”
And the delusional warmongering William Kristol and his lunatic neocon cohorts are trying to tell us things are getting better??!!