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Teachers, terrorism and the dead in Afghanistan

This is a story about a teacher, terrorism and the dead and dying in Afghanistan.

As part of an understanding conflict exercise a teacher in Western Australia asked her students to imagine they were terrorists. Their task was to plan a chemical or biological attack on Australians to inflict the greatest carnage possible.

All hell broke loose.  It was inappropriate and insensitive to conduct such an exercise said the head of the Western Australian Department of Education.  The Minister unsurprisingly said much the same thing. The teacher is receiving counselling.

One radio talkback caller said his son in Afghanistan would be horrified. One genius called for the teacher to be sacked.  Another called for her jailing. No doubt these are the sorts of freedoms Australian soldiers are dying for in Afghanistan. 

So much for the lie that we want to encourage critical thought in our kids.

Perhaps the teacher should have changed the facts slightly to more appropriately reflect the reality of conflict.

Imagine, she might have written, you are a brave Australian soldier in Afghanistan fighting in the front line against terrorism. Using drones or a patrol in Oruzgan province, plan an attack to kill the greatest number of Taliban terrorists (whom some people call Afghan civilians) you can.

That won’t happen either. Such an exercise might expose the reality of our invasion of Afghanistan for the US alliance.

21 Australians have died in Afghanistan for a piece of paper whose only beneficiaries are the ruling elite in Australia.

There is something else missing from this concern about the dead in Afghanistan. Western forces in Afghanistan have killed tens of thousands of Afghans, most of them villagers and some resistance fighters. 

There are no parades for them just as there have been no parades for the 1.5 million Iraqis we have killed.

On the day the furore broke out about the teacher, Australian authorities were carrying out a practice exercise in response to a terrorist attack. No complaints about that.

Of course the exercise is bullshit. It’s really about creating more fear in Australia society and further contributing to Islamophobia.

One way to avoid unlikely individual terrorist attacks in Australia and other developed countries would be to stop invading and occupying Muslim lands and end support for their pro-Western dictators. 

And of course the US could tomorrow impose a settlement on Israel that recognises the right of the Palestinians to live in their homeland. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Without US funding Israeli apartheid would collapse.

We are the terrorists. Bring the troops home.

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Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

In the late 1970’s, A map of the middle East appeared in our newspapers, showing oil wells in Iraq put there by the US and oil wells in Afghanistan, put there by Russia. A note with this map read “US Congress has provisional plans to take over the middle east oil fields if there is any further reduction of supply”

When the attack on the twin towers was being shown, or possibly the next day at the site, a man who seemed to be a reporter, could be heard saying something like “they supplied them with weapons”. I must admit that what I heard then was probably not anything like those words, but they made me take a bit of notice at the time.

Jan 11th 2004. O’Neill tells ’60 Minutes’ Iraq was ‘ Topic A’ 8 Months Before 9-11.
According to documents provided by former US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, George W. Bush, 10 days after taking office in 2001, instructed his aides to look for a way to overthrow the Iraqi regime. A secret memo entitled “Plan for post-Saddam Iraq” was discussed in January and February 2001, and a Pentagon document dated March 5, 2001, and entitled “Foreign Suitors for Iraq Oilfield contracts”, included a map of potential areas for petroleum exploration.[84]The US congress supplied weapons to Afghan forces to take over the Middle East Oilfields, and this was the precedence to the attack on the Twin Trade Towers and the White house. Lookup “Bush sought “way to invade Iraq”, 60 Minutes on the internet.

Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

What did the Middle East oil fields have to do with US congress? Maybe the morning news recently said why, commenting that George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney and I think Donald Rumsfeld were part of the oil consortium.

Comment from peter piper
Time August 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

you seem to be suporting the Taliban and their right to practice what they see as ‘right’. Do you defend their right to stone a woman to death because it is cultural. You will happily criticise Palin for wearing the wrong frock, but never a word against women being stoned to death, mmm interesting priorities you socialists have

Comment from Dee
Time August 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

The Afghan War must be stopped. Bring home the Australian troops. Twenty-one Australian soldiers killed to maintain the ANZUS agreement, when the Australian government and opposition has no intention of keeping agreement with the Refugee Convention or the Safety of Lives at Sea Convention. In the Vietnam War that was about the ANZUS agreement 521 Australian troops were killed. Will the Federal Government kill 522? The US must be stopped before it invades Iran and/or Venezuela.

Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I don’t doubt that many things carried out by fanatics whether it is through religion, politicial or just plain human bastardry against their fellow men, it has been going on for years, and even though it was happening through the centuries, by our old english fights against the “barbarions” the UK attacks or whatever, just who is going to make sure that they are doing the right thing. You can’t just pick on the afghannies when we have “civilised” humans here in Australia who have murdered their own mother or some else, religion has never been pretty either, has it.

Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Peter Piper seems to think that the US was sent into Afghanistan just to stop them stoning the women, good thought Peter, but as there also a large number of women blowing themselves up in attacks, I am inclined to believe that they consider that that penality suits the crime. It doesn’t mean that I do, you are just looking for an excuse to justify the agressive invading by the US, I don’t think much of the blowing up of their civilians, I think George Bush broke open Pandara’s box, and struck a lethal hornets nest, the only thing wrong, he wasn’t caught up in it, he made sure he was kept in a safe place, didn’t he.

Comment from Shaun Newman
Time August 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Afghanistan is a futile war, ask the Russians. The only reason this war continues is that the country is rich in minerals, it is not a war against terror. The only terror seems to me is that the mineral may fall into the hands of the Afghans.

Comment from David Anthony
Time August 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

The solution to terrorism is simple. As Chomsky says, if you want to stop terrorism, stop participating. The terrorists our soldiers are fighting are small potatoes compared to the terrorism of the Coalition of the Killing. If our governments believe their war (not the people’s) will stop terrorism, then we are being led by deluded fools. I suspect they know darn well what they are doing. Permant conflict is good for business, peace isn’t. So terrorism will continue because we are participating in it and creating future generations of terrorism.

Comment from Mr G. H. Schorel-Hlavka
Time August 27, 2010 at 1:00 am

I oppose any form of terrorism and for this on no less then 4 occasions tried to get the High Court of Australia to rule upon the constitutional validity of the armed murderous invasion into Iraq and in Afghanistan. Each time, notably also on the day of the invasion into Iraq the High Court of Australia so to say railroaded my application by refusing to accept it for filing!
When Kevin Rudd was elected then on 7 December 2007 I requested a ROYAL COMMISSION into the unconstitutional murderous invasion into Iraq and Afghanistan. It never eventuated!
I would like the members of the families of the Australian soldiers who died to sue the Ministers personally and others who participated in the unconstitutional invasion to teach them a good lesson. As a CONSTITUTIONA.LIST I am well aware the framers of the constitution embedded this right in the constitution!
Our constitution is our rule book and John Howard as Prime Minister had no legal position to authorise any armed invasion without the Governor-General first gazetting a DECLARATION OF WAR and hence I view John Howard and others who participated in the invasion were therefore war criminals, mass murderers, committed treason and war crimes and crimes against humanity, etc.
As author of books in the INSPECTOR-RIKATI® series I have extensively written about this in the past but ultimately it might be the families of the fallen soldiers who may hold those responsible legally accountable and we may also finally honour the fallen hero’s of the Iraqi army which did what any soldier has to do and that is to defend their native country from armed invaders.
I may disclose I am Dutch born do not practice any religion but have Jewish blood but it doesn’t cloud my views as to what is legally and otherwise right for fellow humans.

Comment from Mr G. H. Schorel-Hlavka
Time August 27, 2010 at 1:04 am

Just to underline my previous statement:
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Hansard 1-3-1898 Constitution Convention Debates
QUOTE Sir JOHN DOWNER.-
I think we might, on the attempt to found this great Commonwealth, just advance one step, not beyond the substance of the legislation, but beyond the form of the legislation, of the different colonies, and say that there shall be embedded in the Constitution the righteous principle that the Ministers of the Crown and their officials shall be liable for any arbitrary act or wrong they may do, in the same way as any private person would be.
END QUOTE
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Comment from Arjay
Time August 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I hope I live long enough to see Bush Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld,Kissinger,Netanyahu Clinton and all the other neo-cons being brought to justice for crimes against humanity.

We are witnessing the greatest economic fraud in our history and the very scumbags who perpetrated it,opting for war as their escape to make even more profits.