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‘From our bases, you attacked Afghanistan 57,800 times’, says Pak foreign minister to US

‘From our bases, you attacked Afghanistan 57,800 times’, says Pak foreign minister to US

Shailaja Neelakantan

  • Pakistan’s foreign minister wrote a series of emotional tweets in response to the US accusing his country of ‘lies and deceit’
  • ‘We helped you fill Guantanamo Bay,’ said Khawaja Asif in one tweet, about the US prison created during ‘the war on terror’
  • ‘We went through the worst bloodbath’, said Asif in another tweet

'From our bases, you attacked Afghanistan 57,800 times', says Pak foreign minister to US

NEW DELHI: “You ask what we’ve done?… From our bases you carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan…thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you,” said Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif+ , in a series of emotional tweets that were a response to Donald Trump accusing his country of “lies and deceit”.

Pakistan’s foreign minister repeatedly talked of Pakistanis’ sacrifices. And directly in response to Trump’s words+ , said his own version of the US President’s “No more!”

“Our forces are fighting an unusual war, there is an unending saga of sacrifices. Now, history teaches us not to blindly trust the US. We are feeling sorry they are not happy, but we will not compromise on our dignity anymore,” said Asif.

Asif began his series of tweets by taking a shot at former dictator Pervez Musharraf, the man in charge of Pakistan when the 9/11 terror attacks occurred in New York.

“A ruler surrendered in a single phone call, our country, we went through the worst bloodbath,” said Asif, about the military dictator Musharraf.

Asif implied that if anyone was a fool it was Pakistan for getting involved in the US’s war. He was talking about Trump saying in his first tweet of 2018 that Islamabad plays Americans for fools.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” tweeted Trump, bright and early on January 1, 2018.

Trump’s blistering words didn’t go down well with anyone in Pakistan. Asif, in fact, responded almost immediately to Trump’s tweet, also on Twitter.

“Will let the world know the truth…(the) difference between facts & fiction,” said Asif on Monday.

Then, a day and half later, he expanded on what he believes is the truth.

“We stood by you, considered your enemy our own. We filled Guantanamo Bay,” said Asif, talking about the detention camp which was opened on January 11, 2002.

Pakistan’s foreign minister is referring to his country’s cooperation in helping the US find terrorists and war criminals and dispatching them to the prison established by then US President George W. Bush’s administration during its ‘war on terror’, an international military campaign to hunt down “a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.”

As per a February 2017 report in The New York Times, Afghans were the largest group (29 percent) in Guantanamo, followed by Saudi Arabians (17 percent), Yemenis (15 percent) and Pakistanis (9 percent).

Asif said not only did Pakistan find terrorists for the US, it also opened itself up for operatives of the now disgraced Blackwater, a firm of private military contractors.

“We issued tens of thousands of visas as a result of which the networks of Black Water spread across our country. And for the past four years, we have been cleaning up (their) rubbish,” said Asif.


The comfort of our illusions

The comfort of our illusions


the comfort of our illusions

I OFTEN look back and consider the insanity of endless wars. Then I realise that by being in denial we simply prefer the comfort of our illusions to the truth.

There are many people who actually like war. Winston Churchill’s hand must have trembled when in 1916 he penned his letter to Lord Asquith’s daughter.

“I love this war. I know it’s smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment and yet, I can’t help it, I enjoy every second of it.”

The many anti-war movements have only their consciences in their arsenals. In the last 10 years alone US arms manufacturers placed $6 trillion in their loot, shoot and scoot coffers. It is hardly an even playing field is it.

As long as media can convince us of a threat then the arms industries and their shareholder’s, many of whom are politicians, are assured of vast profits from arms paid for from the taxpayers’ purse. A pity they don’t pay for their own wars; it would make a difference.

“A people who keep electing corrupt politicians are not victims, they are accomplices,” said journalist George Orwell.

Mainstream news editor Finian Cunningham comes straight to the point: “War is a profitable business: It seems that the US has placed it at the heart of its economy. This is why US politicians and military officials have claimed that Russia poses a threat to their nation and its allies. Washington’s only enemy is peace.”

Stephen Donovan was laconic; “The US has as much interest in peace as does a condom maker in abstinence.”

The truth sank in for U.S. General Smedley Butler: “War is a racket. It is conducted for the benefit of a very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

These pundits and others are right: companies under the direction of US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, made $39 billion from the Iraq war alone.

Vampires of war have always infested parliaments and still do so.  Senators who voted to attack Syria received 83 per cent more campaign money from military contractors than lawmakers voting no.”

The situation is the same in Britain where the British parliament in effect voted for perpetual war. Again George Orwell: “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed class think they are going to profit from it.”

The remarkable writer’s only failing was a passage in his novel, 1984: “If there is hope, Winston, it lies in the proles,” the proletariat being us.

Sorry George, we the people are as helpless as we ever were. This is why we prefer the comforts of our illusions.

Lebanese Judge indicts Israeli agents for MP Hariri assassination plan

[SEE: Judge indicts Israeli agents for MP Hariri assassination plan; Hariri’s Resignation–The Opening Shot Of The Latest Saudi/Zio War On Lebanon ]

MP Bahia Hariri, aunt of Premier Saad Hariri

Lebanon: two indicted for ‘Israeli plot’ Charged for alleged plan to kill premier’s MP aunt 

(ANSAmed) – BEIRANUARY 5 – Two Lebanese nationals, including a main residing in Israel, have been indicted in Beirut on charges of attempting to organize the murder of MP Bahia Hariri, aunt of Premier Saad Hariri, at the order of Is(ANSAmed)

BEIRUT, JANUARY 5 – Two Lebanese nationals, including a main residing in Israel, have been indicted in Beirut on charges of attempting to organize the murder of MP Bahia Hariri, aunt of Premier Saad Hariri, at the order of Israeli secret services. The murder was allegedly intended to spark a crisis in Lebanon after the premier stepped down last November.raeli secret services. The murder was allegedly intended to spark a crisis in Lebanon after the premier stepped down last November.

The Lebanese newspaper Daily Star reported on Friday that military judge Riad Abu Ghayda indicted Mohammad Mustafa al Dabet on charges that he was working for the Mossad and operated at the orders of another Lebanese national, Walid al Naqouzi, who lives in Israel and was indicted in absentia.

Israel “wanted to take advantage of Hariri’s resignation and asked Dabet to prepare a plot to kill MP Hariri to shake the country”, according to the prosecution. The magistrate believes Dabet then was supposed to flee to Turkey.

In a surprise announcement last November 4 from Riyadh, Saad Hariri announced he was stepping down as premier. He remained in the Saudi capital for about two weeks before returning home via Paris and revoking his resignation. (ANSAmed).


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