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|Annals of Liberation: Bush "Terror War" Gives Taliban Big Boost|
|Written by Chris Floyd|
|Monday, 09 April 2007 12:57|
George W. Bush's "War on Terror" marked a new milestone this week, as a poll in Afghanistan's key Helmland region showed that the dread and draconian Taliban are now more popular than the American-led foreign occupation of the country – more than five years after the Islamic extremist group was ousted from power by a group of warlords, drug barons, oilmen and, er, Islamic extremist groups when the Bush gang took sides in the nation's long-running, hydra-headed civil war.
The Independent reports that a new study in the region shows that support for the Taliban is growing even among moderates who were once glad to see the back of the primitive fundamentalists. Crime and violence are now running rampant under the satrapy set up by the primitive fundamentalists back in Washington, making the lives of locals a living hell – the identical outcome of all of Bush's Terror War "regime change" operations, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
We want the Taliban back, say ordinary Afghans (The Independent)*** blog comments powered by Disqus
Excerpts: Faiz Mohammed Karigar, a father of two, fled Kandahar when the Taliban held power in Afghanistan because he was against their restrictions on education. Now he wants the fundamentalists back. "When the Taliban were here, I escaped to the border with Iran, but I was never worried about my family," he said. "Every single minute of the last three years I have been very worried. Maybe tonight the Americans will come to my house, molest my wife and children and arrest me."
...The failure of Nato forces to deliver security and development and rising civilian casualties inflicted by Western forces in clashes with the Taliban have led to a loss of support in Kandahar. "How can we forgive the Americans?" asked Mr Karigar, who like most people here does not distinguish among the different elements in Nato. "I will fight them any way I can."
...Political and criminal violence has spread fear among the population, and most try to avoid going out after dark, when the only sounds are the helicopters flying overhead and the odd burst of gunfire in the streets. Suicide attacks are common, and on several occasions in recent months nervous Nato troops have shot civilians they mistakenly believed were about to blow themselves up.
Whatever the cause of the bloodshed, the local population almost always blames the foreign soldiers in their midst. Even moderate Afghans are openly declaring they will join the insurgency.."I think life under the Taliban was very good," said Maria Farah, a mother of five. "If we did not have a full stomach, we could at least get some food and go to sleep, and if we went out somewhere there were no problems. How about now? If we go out, we don't know if we will arrive home or not. If there is an explosion and the Americans are passing, they will just open fire on everyone. The security problems are too much here."
...a recent poll of several thousand men in Kandahar and Helmand by the Senlis Council, a Brussels-based thinktank, found that Taliban support among civilians had jumped to nearly 27 per cent. Only 19 per cent in the two provinces felt that international troops were helping them personally.
In southern Afghanistan, said the report, people "are increasingly prepared to admit their support for the Taliban, and the belief that the government and the international community will not be able to defeat the Taliban is widespread". In the Panjwayi district west of Kandahar city, which saw heavy fighting last year, Mawlawi Abdul Hadid said 18 members of his family died in an air strike last May against suspected insurgents. "In the beginning you had only one enemy. Then you made two, then three, and now I also stand against you," he declared.