US Soldiers Find Themselves Being Terrorists in Afghanistan [worth a watch]
As the US continues to step up war efforts in Afghanistan, the number of American soldiers refusing deployment to war zones is also increasing. Author and Independent Journalist Dahr Jamail tells RT that U.S. soldiers in combat zones find themselves being terrorist.
“Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.” - Albert Einstein
“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” - Henry Kissinger
Smoke Screen (US burn pits in Afghanistan)
In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage—computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces—in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick?
Shopkeepers close their doors when U.S. troops patrol Bagram Village just outside the American base of the same name.
Their shelves hold Army pants, boots and knives sold to them, they say, by Afghans working on the base, gifts to them from American soldiers but more likely stolen. Either way, soldiers confiscate these items on sight. The shopkeepers sit in the shade watching traffic inch past, motorcycles weaving between cars. They hear the saws and hammers from nearby construction. They watch steam rise from restaurant kitchens.
Sipping tea, the shopkeepers wait for my questions while keeping a wary eye on the passing soldiers. What is it like living so close to an American base? I want to know. I expect them to grumble about the soldiers searching their shops. Instead, they tell me about a strange odor they say comes from the base. It smells of plastic.
The odor, the Afghans said, comes from a burn pit, a huge open dump site used on U.S. bases to consume mountains of trash, unleashing harmful chemicals. Burning plastic, for instance, releases carcinogenic substances that may increase the risk of heart disease and respiratory ailments, cause rashes and damage the nervous system.
Computers, television sets and mobile phones release cadmium, lead, and mercury, which can also damage the nervous system and the kidneys.
As of last year, the United States Central Command estimates that there were 114 open burn pits in Afghanistan. According to a public information officer at Bagram Airbase who asked not to be identified, there were twenty-two burn pits in Iraq as of 2010. Used since the beginning of both wars, burn pits have consumed metals, Styrofoam, human waste, electronics and even, in some cases, vehicles and body parts. Diesel and jet fuel keep the pits burning, adding their own mix of dangerous elements.
There are more than 100,000 troops currently deployed in Afghanistan—and thousands more private contractors—and the Department of Defense estimates that each soldier and contractor generates about ten pounds of solid waste per day.
Military officials declined to comment on the decision to use open burn pits, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bans open pit burning of materials that discharge toxic chemicals and whose smoke can contribute to the risk of cancer, asthma and reproductive problems. The EPA also prohibits open pit burning grass and leaves, food and petroleum products such as plastic, rubber and asphalt.
USTwin attacks in Afghanistan against Shiites not homegrown, say Afghans
Our Unity will not be threatened by the plots of Enemies. This is NOT Iraq this is AFGHANISTAN.
Afghanistan have not witnessed such acts/bombings between shiites and sunni’s through out history. “While there has been some tension between the Hazaras/shias and other ethnic groups in Afghanistan today, they have lived in relative harmony and incidents of sectarian violence have been extremely rare.” This only shows this is the work of external source trying to raise conflicts between the Sunni’s and shiites of Afghanistan. People who don’t want peace in Afghanistan.
“This attack is not the work of those Taliban who ruled Afghanistan in the past. Even during that time every sect had their freedom to celebrate their holidays. I would say this is the act of those intelligence circles and spies of Pakistan who are trying to start a new phase of Sunni and Shiite tension in the country,” says Mohammad Hassan Walasmal, an independent political analyst in Kabul.”
Mr. Walasmal needs to add something that pakistani government and American security companies who did many such attacks in pakistan by the name of “Taliban” are very well experienced. There is no doubt that such proxy attacks are dony by pakistanis in pakistan but this attack is more likely done by security companies by the order of CIA as this attack means alot.
First pakistan did not participated in Bonn conference so this attack will show their intentions to world, secondly this attack will increase sectarian violence which hopefully will not effect Afghanistan’s Unity and lastly it will help Americans to show to world that they are for a “good cause” in Afghanistan.