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Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

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Afghanistan – Australians terrorising the population

Almost 18 months ago I asked: ‘Are our troops [in Afghanistan] engaged in assassinations of villagers similar to Operation Phoenix in Vietnam?’  (See Operation Phoenix: rising from the ashes in Afghanistan?)

Operation Phoenix was a special campaign of assassination and torture in Vietnam aimed at destroying networks of Vietcong sympathisers in the South.

I answered the question in the affirmative, without evidence, but based on suppositions about the brutal nature of US and Australian imperialism and their history, especially in Vietnam where Operation Phoenix killed between 20,000 and 40,000 villagers and actually helped grow the nationalist resistance.  

Wikileaks has now provided the evidence that Australia is helping ‘capture or kill’ Afghan leaders and others. 

First the Australian Federal police are passing on files to the Afghans, Americans and others. According to Rafael Epstein in the Canberra Times:

AUSTRALIAN police in Afghanistan have helped compile secret intelligence files on insurgent leaders later targeted in capture-or-kill missions by special forces soldiers.

Second, Australian special operations groups have been part of the capture or kill program. According to Epstein again:

There has been a rise in capture-or-kill missions aimed at insurgents, with as many as 17 raids a night in Afghanistan by special forces teams from Australia, the US, Britain and other countries. The soldiers work off a secret hit list, a centralised military database that includes information from police intelligence.

As in Vietnam, many of those killed will not be insurgents. The logic of imperialism is that those who are not imperialism’s collaborators are potential enemies and so can be killed under the catch all of terrorists, insurgents or narcotics dealers.

Such a brutal program is guaranteed to turn an at best ambivalent population against the invaders.

Nobody in the mainstream media has until now bothered with these ‘unpleasantries’.

Maybe a trial of some of our political masters who order or condone these catch-or- kill war crimes might be appropriate?



Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time December 31, 2010 at 8:11 am

‘Red, White and Blue Terror in Afghanistan!’ is not a headline I expect to see in the Murdoch press, or anywhere else.

Comment from John
Time December 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Sounds like a good title for an article of mine. It might become a stock phrase of mine. The red, white and blue terror of US imperialism… Thanks.

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