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Petera, you're certainly right about the present situation in Iraq and Afghanistan which, by the way, is merely a repeat of the age-old tactic of making victims fight each other. Thus, when the British found the war in Malaya too debilitating they spread division among the various communities and used one as cannon fodder against the other. In Vietnam the same process was known as Vietnamization - the use of American-trained Vietnamese against the VietCong. During the early days in the Iraqi invasion the "coalition of the willing" had a tough time until Rumsfied paid a visit and, rubbing his chin, said 'that shouldn't be happening.'" Obviously, he remembered the old divide and rule tactic that was necessary when "shock and awe" didn't succeed. So the massacre at Fallajah occurred, forcing the nearly half million Sunni survivors to move into Shia areas and soon bombings all over Iraq were attributed to either Shia or Sunni "revenge." Yet, poll after poll, the majority of Iraqis, both Shia and Sunni, had indicated that they wanted the foreign occupiers out of their country. Thus the aggressors had to resort to another BIG LIE: they said they would leave Iraq but in reality they would merely leave the cities for the numerous military bases built up for the purpose of occupying Iraq for, according to John McCain, "perhaps a hundred years."|
In Afghanistan, the CIA-created Taliban were first used against the Russians, and then against other Afghans. Whenever necessary, the West would cooperate with the Talibans to attack the winning side. In the meantime, since some Talibans are wised up to the ways of imperialism and therefore could not be used so easily, it was necessary to wipe them out, even if, in the process, tens of thousands of innocent civilians perish. Today, occasions such as weddings or religious festivities are perilous undertakings - one could never know when the next helicopter gunships or drones would swoop down from the sky. And with all such daily outrages going on, the Western media remain unmoved and still go around the rest of the world talking about democracy and human rights. Truly, it's enough to make a cat laugh, though I suspect even cats would weep if they could sense the evil present in some people.
My next post would elaborate on how the imperialists use the mass media to project their own iniquities onto their enemies.