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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:30 AM
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Where the Enemy is Everywhere and Nowhere (NYT/Afghanistan)
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 06:38 PM
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1. Thanks for posting this
It's essential that we remember that the ``war on terror'' is still going on in Afghanistan. This is rarely reported anymore and it is gone from the American consciousness. But this article makes it real. American troops are still fighting there, are still in grave danger, and being killed. Not only this, but there are more still U.S. troops still in Afghanistan than I was aware. The American public believes they're all in Iraq.(We forget that U.S. troops remain in Kosovo and Bosnia, as well.)

``It's one-third of the way the American military -- with about 8,500 troops on the ground, aided by 3,000 coalition soldiers -- defines its aims in the country.''
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 01:50 AM
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2. Bush bombed Afghanistan
and then he asked U.S. schoolchildren to send their money to the White House so that he could build schools so that boys AND girls could go to school. And now everyone in Afghanistan is free and happy and loves America. At least that is what I would guess most Americans think.

So, if I lived in Afghanistan, I would be guessing that the Americans are only a temporary presence. I would guess that the Taliban would be back ruling the country in a year or two.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 04:43 AM
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3. The American public has long forgotten about Afghanistan
It is no longer mentioned in the news. Bush*s promise to bring Osama bin Laden to justice is long forgotten, as well. The administration has somehow been able to persuade middle America that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, even though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi and none were Iraqi. Saudi Arabia has one of the most repressive regimes on the planet; they regularly execute their own citizens without benefit of trial. They are especially known for their subjugation of women. U.S. intelligence has known for years that the Saudi royal family supported Islamic charities that funded al-Qaeda, but chose to look the other way. They are U.S., and especially Bush, buddies in big oil. Bush* conveniently omitted them from his ``axis of evil.'' This needed to come out in the recently released 9/11 report, but the Saudi connection is blatently ignored. The American public is still expected to believe Iraq is somehow complict. Or is it Iran? Stay tuned... :crazy:
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