Saturday, March 13, 2010

Afghan suicide bombers target Kandahar killing 30 people and injuring 40 more, the west isn't winning just causing more misery for the people

Dear All

Afghanistan is an unwinnable war; history shows even people with primitive weapons can defeat a superpower like America.

You just have to be willing to die.

In Afghanistan, the situation is out of control; although the Americans and their partners can take territory they cannot get a decisive win.

They can move the pawns around on the board but can’t get a checkmate.

In Kandahar at least 30 people have been killed and 40 wounded in four suspected suicide bombings in the southern Afghan city.

The war in Afghanistan is being fought like Stalingrad; the enemy is everywhere and nowhere.

By selective targeting the Taliban are being clever, a prison, a hotel, a mosque and at a city centre road junction in their latest attack.

Death can happen anywhere, there is no security; Kandahar is the Taliban's "spiritual home".

The forces of the Afghan Government are pitifully weak and corrupt; they aren’t willing to die because they have no belief in what they are doing, for them it’s a job.

In response to the attack the US military says that area could be one of the next targets for operations against the Taliban.

The solution to Afghan is political not military, land is capture and some Taliban get killed but the cost to gain ratio is unsustainable.

By switching to suicide bombers, IED roadside bombs and sniping, the Taliban are using up western resources like water, at some point, debt will cripple the operational effectiveness of the forces.

The Taliban have brought forward a type of warfare that conventional forces cannot provide an answer to.

Here is an example of the mentality that the NATO forces face;

“When you eliminate all thoughts about life and death, you will be able to totally disregard your earthly life. This will also enable you to concentrate your attention on eradicating the enemy with unwavering determination”.

This is an excerpt from a Kamikaze Pilots manual which I have slightly abridged.

How many more have to die before the west understands the message?

It is over.

We can destroy the country but not put it back together again.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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