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Taliban on CNN presentation

One hour special of a Norwegian journalist embedded with the Taliban.  It made me that realize that this war is just as asinine as I had suspected.

The journalist was with up to 20 Taliban, basically like the local "cops" that do double-duty as militia.  They have no electricity or television, they are cut-off more or less and in these craggy mountainous areas.

So, they shot at convoys, although didn't hit any vehicles, but came close.  Well, of course the Special Forces is sent in one night and kill 12 of them.

The Taliban don't know why we are there, but it's obvious they don't trust military vehicles that are foreign to them driving through.

I mean, if the Americans were the Taliban and the Taliban were the Americans, you'd probably have the same thing happening, sides switched.  What a waste of time, money and lives.  Oh yeah, they hit the Taliban commander again a month later and two of his little daughters were killed in that raid.

The absolute clincher that got me, wait for it, is that there was no record of any attacks in that area during that time according to the USA.  I think that is complete full of sh8t. Q@!@#$  I was in the Army for three years, there have to be reports somewhere and lots of them.  What a freaking joke, we can't even trust our own govt. to tell the truth, either that or they are inept.

Imagine if there wasn't an embedded journalist, you wouldn't know squat.  Can you imagine being a soldier driving one of those humvees down the road, and they just kept driving through the anti-aircraft fire, barely getting missed, you could see the dirt in the air, they had to know they were being shot at, and then hearing that your govt. says that nothing took place there, no incidents?

But then this wiki-leaks guy is treated like an anti-christ that should be assassinated. 

I find it ironic that it's the Taliban that are the ones open to the journalist.  I guess everyone would toss their cookies if the saw the American side of an embedded journalist showing a bunch of Afghans getting efficiently waxed.
Permalink lorb 
December 13th, 2010 4:02am
Then maybe they shouldn't have been harboring Bin Laden when he launched those attacks on us. Just sayin'
Permalink Duckman 
December 13th, 2010 4:22am
At first the Taliban were nervous and wary of the journalist. 

One of them nervously joked to another "Maybe they will think we are like Bin Laden?" IOW, I don't think they saw themselves in that context, but were afraid of being perceived as such, stereotyped as being more than they really were.

To them, it was obviously part of their religious duty, just as much as upholding shariah law was.  Very local, yet global in the sense that Christianity is global, but that doesn't mean they were calling up Bin Laden on a cell phone and asking for marching orders.  If Bin Laden never existed probably nothing changes except we are not over there.
Permalink lorb 
December 13th, 2010 4:42am
They were obviously afraid of there being a "war against Islam"  They probably don't differentiate between secular war and religious war; "secular war" to them is probably a lost concept.
Permalink lorb 
December 13th, 2010 4:56am
Ironic. A movie about this set in rural Oz has just launched:
http://www.twtwb.com/#/movieTrailers

based on these very popular books by John Marsden:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_series

where the invaders are as unknown to the locals as they would be to rural Afghans. More:

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/cinetology/2010/08/23/tomorrow-when-the-war-began-movie-review-en-route-to-become-an-aussie-classic/
Permalink trollop 
December 13th, 2010 5:19am
> I mean, if the Americans were the Taliban

Wolverines!
Permalink MobyDobie 
December 13th, 2010 7:32am

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