Monday, January 04, 2010

Victory in Afghanistan *!£x$*** ?

General Stanley McChrystal - Commander of US / 'International Security Assistance' Forces in Afghanistan and former commander of 'Special Forces' operations in Iraq - is a convert to 'winning hearts and minds' - or so he would have us believe.

Among one of multiple eye-popping items of double-speak, he had this to say to Stars and Stripes on New Years Day :
“What we are working on is that we’re really focusing on getting counterinsurgency, protecting the people, in the minds of the Afghan people. We are not viewed as occupiers now.”
In light of the relentless toll on the civilian population by the 'Point-Click-kill Brigade' - (or 'Remote Control Warriors' as the US military likes to call them) with their 'Reaper' and 'Predator' drones designed and named especially to 'win hearts and minds' it seems); not to mention Stanley's old buddies who, when there is a smigeon of doubt or they are simply too pumped up to think straight, are inclined to simply execute children in cold blood, Rick Rozoff's recourse to Fyodor Dostoevsky seems apposite:
"A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else."

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