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Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

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Empire and urination

Of course urinating on dead Taliban fighters is barbaric. What else can you expect from Empire, especially one that cloaks its real and bloody intentions in fine sounding words like democracy and rights?

But something is missing from all this fake ruling class outrage, amid the inevitable lies about a few rotten apples.

The real outrage is killing the Taliban in the first place. The American Empire invaded Afghanistan and has killed tens of thousands of civilians and turned innocents into resistance fighters.

The real brutality is in the belief that the world is your plaything and the barbarous actions you take to impose your rule on the rest of the globe.  

Actions like invading Afghanistan; invading Iraq; having troops stationed in 134 countries around the globe; encircling and containing China (which is what the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are partly about).

The war in Afghanistan is unwinnable. That’s why the US is talking to the ‘enemy’.  A negotiated settlement is something the Taliban might agree to if they think they cannot drive the Americans out.

They might sit tight till 2014 and see what happens once the handover to Afghanistan forces happens.  I’d bet on Taliban control about 3 months after the US pulls out.

The actions of the US soldiers in urinating on dead Taliban fighters are not out of the ordinary. They are the normal reaction of trained killers whose indoctrination involves dehumanising them to kill other human beings and belittling and demeaning the enemy, the ‘terrorists’ in the Taliban. 

Arguably many of those resisting the West are fighting against foreign invaders, not for Taliban rule, at least not as a first order priority. Given that the Taliban is the resistance force it is not surprising it is the organisation most Afghan patriots, at least in Pashtun areas, turn to.

The symbolism of the US soldiers pissing on the dead is not lost on the Taliban, or indeed many on the left. This is what the US Empire does to the rest of the world every day, writ large.

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Comments

Comment from Ross
Time January 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

The American/British Empire is finished John.Not only have Russia,Iran China and Pakistan joined forces,India and Japan look like doing likewise. Japan would love to be free of US imperialism.I think that Fukushima was the last straw. This small group make up half the world’s population.They can grow their economies and leave us to languish in self imposed debt.The USA + Europe are only 1.2 billion.

Even if we do wake up and stop the wars
the angst these Western financial forces, have reated coupled with Military aggression, may see the East put us out of their misery.

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