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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 05:28 AM
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15. "I have always maintained that our launching a war against Afghanistan after 9-11 was not justified"
But note also how quickly the US invaded Afghanistan, within a month or so of 9/11. Now sure the US might have contingency plans to invade every country on earth, but is it reasonable to believe they could have carried out the Afghanistan invasion as they did on a month's notice without some preparation for this beforehand?


US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11
By Patrick Martin
20 November 2001

Insider accounts published in the British, French and Indian media have revealed that US officials threatened war against Afghanistan during the summer of 2001. These reports include the prediction, made in July, that if the military action went ahead, it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest. The Bush administration began its bombing strikes on the hapless, poverty-stricken country October 7, and ground attacks by US Special Forces began October 19.

It is not an accident that these revelations have appeared overseas, rather than in the US. The ruling classes in these countries have their own economic and political interests to look after, which do not coincide, and in some cases directly clash, with the drive by the American ruling elite to seize control of oil-rich territory in Central Asia.

The American media has conducted a systematic cover-up of the real economic and strategic interests that underlie the war against Afghanistan, in order to sustain the pretense that the war emerged overnight, full-blown, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The pundits for the American television networks and major daily newspapers celebrate the rapid military defeat of the Taliban regime as an unexpected stroke of good fortune. They distract public attention from the conclusion that any serious observer would be compelled to draw from the events of the past two weeks: that the speedy victory of the US-backed forces reveals careful planning and preparation by the American military, which must have begun well before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

SNIP

This account of the preparations for war against Afghanistan brings us to September 11 itself. The terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon was an important link in the chain of causality that produced the US attack on Afghanistan. The US government had planned the war well in advance, but the shock of September 11 made it politically feasible, by stupefying public opinion at home and giving Washington essential leverage on reluctant allies abroad.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/afgh-n20.shtm...
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