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“JIHADIST’S” Purge “JIHADIST” From Vocabulary

Posted by Larry Barnes on April 28, 2013

Obama administration has argued for a differentiation between good Jihadi and bad Jihadi and a big difference between terrorists and the tenets of Islam. In an extreme act of capitulation the White House in 2009 publicly urged sheeple on the hill to cease using the term “jihadist” – asserting that terrorists are simply extremists. You have to be stupid to ignore the fact that members of Islam call their terroristic acts “jihad”. Two years later, the White House ordered a cleansing of training materials that Islamic groups in, their jihadist struggle, deemed offensive.

The good “J” word “Justice” has been subdued by the bad “J” word “Jihad”. This is done in order to preempt the bad feelings which would be engendered in a good jihadist because of the use of the word to describe a self described bad jihadist.

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate
Some men you just can’t reach…
So, you get what we had here last week
Which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
Now, I don’t like it any more than you” GNR (Civil War)

(with included rewrite to the tune of GNR Civil War)

Our hands are tied
while our dreams of peace
are sweept aside
by the bloody hands of
Jihadist Islamist genocide.

It’s just a word
when it’s said
that you have died.
Don’t dare use a word that
hurts their pride.

They are not our friend,
not on our side.
If we don’t speak the truth
then it’s we who have lied.

Our dreams of peace
are sweept aside
by the bloody hands of
Jihadist Islamist genocide.

Don’t want war
and terms you will render.
Peace in two words
“We surrender”

Our dreams of peace
are sweept aside
by the bloody hands of
Jihadist Islamist genocide.

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Droning On – Bill O’Reilly

Posted by Larry Barnes on April 27, 2013

Droning On – Bill O'Reilly.

Leftards being creatures of habit with a limited scope of resources, I anticipate they will respond to Bill O’Reilly’s recent opinion piece with accusations about the “terror” bombing of Dresden. Well, here is my pre-response:

S.T.F.U. Evil has many tools and a lie is a handle that fits each one. You live in your world, with your tools and handles. You are a tool and you know where the handle goes, now stick it!

A 1953 United States Air Force report defended the operation as the justified bombing of a military and industrial target, which was a major rail transportation and communication center, housing 110 factories and

50,000 workers in support of the German war effort. Dresden was Germany’s seventh-largest city and, according to the RAF at the time, the largest remaining unbombed built-up area. An official 1942 guide to the city described it as “one of the foremost industrial locations of the Reich” and in 1944, the German Army High Command’s Weapons Office listed 127 medium-to-large factories and workshops that were supplying the army with materiel.

Colonel Harold E. Cook, a US POW held in the Friedrichstadt marshaling yard the night before the attacks, later said that “I saw with my own eyes that Dresden was an armed camp: thousands of German troops, tanks and artillery and miles of freight cars loaded with supplies supporting and transporting German logistics towards the east to meet the Russians.”

On 16 February, 1945, the German Propaganda Ministry issued a press release that stated that Dresden had no war industries; it was a city of culture. And now the leftards continue that tradition because they need to get a handle on their tolls of destruction and desolation.

Having been given a paraphrased version of Churchill’s memo by Bottomley, on 29 March, Air Chief Marshal Arthur Harris wrote to the Air Ministry: I … assume that the view under consideration is something like this: no doubt in the past we were justified in attacking German cities. But to do so was always repugnant and now that the Germans are beaten anyway we can properly abstain from proceeding with these attacks. This is a doctrine to which I could never subscribe. Attacks on cities like any other act of war are intolerable unless they are strategically justified. But they are strategically justified in so far as they tend to shorten the war and preserve the lives of Allied soldiers. To my mind we have absolutely no right to give them up unless it is certain that they will not have this effect. I do not personally regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier.

The feeling, such as there is, over Dresden, could be easily explained by any psychiatrist. It is connected with German bands and Dresden shepherdesses. Actually Dresden was a mass of munitions works, an intact government center, and a key transportation point to the East. It is now none of these things.

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“The Third Jihad” Movie

Posted by Larry Barnes on April 4, 2013

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Taliban Forces Dwindle Under ISAF Pressure

Posted by Larry Barnes on May 24, 2010

Forces Capture Taliban Commander in Kandahar

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 – Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban commander in Kandahar, Afghanistan, last night, the second Taliban leader seized in the region in recent days, military officials reported.

An Afghan-international security force captured the man and several insurgents in the village of Kukaran after intelligence indicated insurgent activity there. The commander is believed to be responsible for leading Taliban fighters in southern Arghandab, coordinating attacks on coalition forces and distributing rockets, improvised explosive devices, small arms and ammunition to fighters throughout the area.

A combined Afghan-international force captured another Taliban commander northwest of Kandahar City on May 22. The man, who surrendered immediately when confronted, is believed to be responsible for ambushing coalition forces and other attacks in the southern Arghandab and Dand districts.

In other news from Afghanistan:

— A combined security force seized materials used to build improvised explosive devices following the search of a compound in the Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province last night.

— In Logar province last night, a combined force detained several suspected insurgents and seized a weapons cache following a search of a compound in Charkh district. The cache included several rocket-propelled grenades, multiple automatic rifles, ammunition, grenades and notes on how to conduct suicide bombings.

— In Zabul province last night, a combined force searched a compound in the Shah Joy district and detained a suspected militant for further questioning.

— In Helmand province yesterday, a combined patrol was given permission to search a mosque in Musa Qal’ah district where they seized a cache consisting of multiple AK-47s, 200 pounds of homemade explosives, pressure plates and a pro-Taliban painting. The cache was removed from the mosque and destroyed.

— Also in the Musa Qal’ah district yesterday, a combined patrol found a cache consisting of 550 pounds of opium and two AK-47s with loaded magazines. Two people were detained for further questioning.

— In western Afghanistan’s Farah province yesterday, a combined patrol confiscated a large weapons cache in a cave and tunnel complex in the Saji Valley. The cache contained two complete 82 mm mortar systems with extra tube and 34 mortar rounds, a 14.5 mm anti-aircraft gun with 200 rounds and three spare barrels, two 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, seven RPGs, 175 mortar fuses, 14.5 mm and 12.7 mm ammunition, and small-arms ammunition.

– In the Kajaki district of Helmand province yesterday, an international patrol found a weapons cache consisting of two grenades, two mines, six smoke bombs and various explosive components. The cache will be destroyed.

– In the Washer district of Helmand province yesterday, a combined patrol discovered a weapons cache containing more than 1,200 machine gun rounds, three 82 mm mortars and four 120 mm mortars. The cache was destroyed.

In May 21 operations:

— In Helmand province, a combined force detained several suspected insurgents while searching a series of buildings in Lashkar Gah district.

— A combined force detained a suspected insurgent in Zabul while searching a compound in Sha Joy district.

— An international patrol discovered a weapons cache in the Pul-e Khumri district of Baghlan province. Recent heavy rains uncovered the previously buried munitions discovered by local children. The cache, consisting of 20 82 mm grenades, 15 mines and seven artillery rounds, was destroyed.

— An international patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of four 82 mm rockets, a machine gun and a rocket-propelled grenade in the Panjwa’i district of Kandahar province. The cache was destroyed.

— A combined force destroyed an explosives factory with a precision air strike in Kandahar. The combined force was approaching a compound in a farming area in Zharay district when they discovered the area was heavily mined to protect the building. Once inside, the force discovered a high explosives factory used by insurgents to produce IEDs and mines. The security force called in the strike, which destroyed the building. No Afghan citizens were harmed during the operation.

— In the Bala Baluk district of Farah province, an international patrol found eight detonation devices that link several charges to one initiator, four pressure-plate initiation devices, 20 meters of detonation cord, five remote control initiation devices and 40 battery packs. The cache was confiscated to prevent its use in IEDs.

— In the Murghab district of Badghis province, a combined patrol found two pressure-plate IEDs. The devices were destroyed in place.

— In the Garm Ser district of Helmand province, an ISAF patrol found two bags of ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in IEDs. The material was confiscated and destroyed.

— In the Now Zad district of Helmand province, a combined patrol found two IEDs, each with 10 pounds of homemade explosives. The devices were designed to detonate when stepped on. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the devices.

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Chairman Mao Murders Thirty People In India

Posted by Larry Barnes on May 18, 2010

It is evident that the evil Mao has spawned is alive and well after a land mine attack in Chhattisgarh state killed more than 30 people. The civilians killed in were not accidental victims of an errant attack. This is the tactics that Mao learned, used and espoused.

Most of those killed in Monday’s blast, which destroyed a bus, were civilians, and the government is under pressure to take a tougher line against the rebels.

The Indian government is thought to want to include the use of air power to fight the Maoists. Thousands have died in the their decades-long fight against humanity and the Indian state.

In this incident it appears that Maoist supporters saw that armed police were on board the bus, and an attack was organized extremely quickly. It is clearly an attack against a target that violates the law of necessity and proportionality. Anything from the BBC, no. But the Indian government says it also demonstrates their barbarity.

“I took to the cabinet committee the case for a larger mandate. I was given a limited mandate. Now we will go back to the cabinet committee to revisit that mandate,” Mr Chidambaram told the NDTV channel.

He said the chief ministers of some of the worst-affected states had asked for air power to be used against the rebels reports the BBC, a measure that the government has so far refused to sanction.

“Operation Green Hunt” began last October, it involves 50,000 members of the police and militia troops and is taking place across five states in India: West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Monday’s attack on the bus in Chhattisgarh state’s Dantewada district has prompted widespread anger and the BBC is doing its best to stamp it out. As the BBC points out, the Maoists have warned civilian bus companies not to transport local police or members of the security forces. This, in the eyes of the BBC, and hopefully yours, makes the Maoists less evil.

The Maoists support has been slipping away from the rebels, particularly after last month’s attack.

Manmohan Singh described by Prime Minister the Maoist insurgency as the country’s biggest internal security threat. The communist inspired BBC would be described by me as number two. Delhi have accept that there is a need to tackle the root causes of the rebellion, such as poverty and the absence of effective local government, but not yet the media that throws gas on the fire.

Chairman Mao initially supported Maoist-style Communist parties in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Burma, India and Thailand. The Malaysian Communist Party launched an armed rebellion, which the Chairman supported until it became clear that the guerrillas were losing. At the Bandung Conference, a conciliatory Zhou Enlai declared that those Chinese who adopted another nationality should be good citizens of the countries they joined. But this pious statement did not completely allay suspicions that Mao was encouraging indigenous Communist movements among the “bridge compatriots” of Southeast Asia.

Nehru insisted on recognizing China’s “rights” in Tibet despite the pleas of the Tibetans, along with many Indians, that he weighed in against this new form of Chinese hegemony. His appeasement of the “New China” came back to haunt him in 1959 when Mao, having disposed of the Dalai Lama and his followers, began building military roads right up to the existing Indian-Tibetan border, and then, in early September, ordered troops to cross over into India.

Mao’s aggression took Nehru completely by surprise, which is perhaps less a consequence of his naiveté than of Zhou Enlai’s sophisticated sales pitch about the two countries being fellow victims of the Western imperial powers. The Chinese premier had first visited him in New Delhi in April 1954, stopping over on his way back to China from the signing the Geneva peace accord on Indochina. Zhou played the second international stratagem to the hilt, portraying the PRC as a country with impeccable anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist credentials, a country that was a natural member of the Third World club. Nehru agreed.

An Indian delegation at the U.N. had argued on behalf of Communist China’s admission. On that very day that the Chairman sent Chinese forces pouring across the border into India. As Nehru pondered Mao’s perfidy, PLA troops continued their march southward, seizing two important mountain passes that guard approaches to Sikkim and India.

Professor John K. Fairbank of Harvard, for example, wrote in the Atlantic Monthly in 1957 that the regime’s controls over “prices, person and minds, mobilizing of patriotic youth, collectivizing the rural economy and pushing of industrialization” were “remarkable successes” and great achievements.” Not a word about the Maoist terrors that now held the Chinese people in a grip of fear, nor about Mao’s larger aims.

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Fascist Chinese Seek World Control

Posted by Larry Barnes on May 10, 2010

YouTube – Fascist Chinese Seek World Control.

China Military Power Report released

World peace and development are faced with multiple difficulties and challenges. Struggles for strategic
resources, strategic locations and strategic dominance have intensified.
Chinas National Defense in 2008

http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/…

http://windsofchange.net/archives/005…
Neo-Fascism & China’s Future
By Joe Katzman on August 27, 2004 4:25 AM

In my Normblog interview, I was asked about threats to the future peace and stability of the world. Islamofascism was #1, of course, but I also spent a bit of time explaining my worries about one possible future for China: a future of state capitalism under dictatorial control, a strong need for external resources to fuel that economy, carefully fostered xenophobia, a legacy of belief in the racial superiority of Chinese peoples, a major demographic problem in an excess of young males, and the meme that China is being cheated of its rightful place in the world. Germany’s history in the 20th century teaches us what this combination portends.

See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Hbcl…

And: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YAEbQ…

Fascism has found adherents in all countries. Its essentially vague and emotional nature facilitates the development of unique national varieties, whose leaders often deny indignantly that they are fascists at all. In its dictatorial methods and in its use of brutal intimidation of the opposition by the militia and the secret police, fascism does not greatly distinguish itself from other despotic and totalitarian regimes. There are particular similarities with the Communist regime in the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. However, unlike Communism, fascism abhors the idea of a classless society and sees desirable order only in a state in which each class has its distinct place and function. Representation by classes (i.e., capital, labor, farmers, and professionals) is substituted for representation by parties, and the corporative state is a part of fascist dogma.

Fascism, especially in its early stages, is obliged to be antitheoretical and frankly opportunistic in order to appeal to many diverse groups. Nevertheless, a few key concepts are basic to it. First and most important is the glorification of the state and the total subordination of the individual to it. The state is defined as an organic whole into which individuals must be absorbed for their own and the state’s benefit. This “total state” is absolute in its methods and unlimited by law in its control and direction of its citizens.

A second ruling concept of fascism is embodied in the theory of social Darwinism. The doctrine of survival of the fittest and the necessity of struggle for life is applied by fascists to the life of a nation-state. Peaceful, complacent nations are seen as doomed to fall before more dynamic ones, making struggle and aggressive militarism a leading characteristic of the fascist state. Imperialism is the logical outcome of this dogma.

Another element of fascism is its elitism. Salvation from rule by the mob and the destruction of the existing social order can be effected only by an authoritarian leader who embodies the highest ideals of the nation.

This is the Chinese response to the report:

I know that “essentially vague and emotional nature” is the picture evoked by the CCTV response.

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YouTube – Marines In Afganistan Firefight With Taliban

Posted by Larry Barnes on April 9, 2010

YouTube – Marines In Afganistan Firefight With Taliban.

ldbkbarnea April 06, 2010Marines In Firefight
06 April 2010
U.S. Marines engaged in a firefight with insurgents Monday near the town of Marjah in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

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Taliban In The Nad-e Ali District Of Helmand

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 26, 2010

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – Afghan and international forces detained several suspected insurgents in Marja, Afghanistan, yesterday and found numerous weapons caches in recent operations, military officials reported.

Officials also provided details on two incidents involving civilian casualties.

In the Marja operation, a combined Afghan-international force searched a compound in the southeastern part of the town in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province after intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search, the combined force detained several suspected insurgents for further questioning.

In Ghazni province last night, an International Security Assistance Force patrol recovered a weapons cache after it was reported by an Afghan civilian. The cache contained a hand grenade, 62 mortar fuses and shotgun ammunition.

An ISAF patrol in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province last night found a weapons cache containing a 107 mm rocket, four rocket fuses, two 82 mm mortar rounds, two mortar fuses and nine Russian-made projectile fuses.

In the Bala Boluk district of Farah province yesterday, a combined Afghan-international patrol found a cache containing more than a half ton of suspected ammonium nitrate, a banned fertilizer often used in making homemade bombs.

An Afghan-international patrol in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district found a cache containing seven assault rifles, two shotguns, a rifle, two 9 mm pistols, various machine-gun ammunition, pressure-plate initiation devices and various bomb-making materials.

Another Afghan-international patrol in Nad-e Ali found a cache containing 15 82 mm mortar rounds, a rocket-propelled grenade and two fragmentation charges, each containing 25 pounds of homemade explosives.

In other news from Afghanistan, three injured children were brought to an ISAF forward operating base near Tarin Kowt today after ISAF soldiers had completed a training exercise involving live ammunition. They received immediate medical attention and were evacuated for further treatment, although none of the injuries initially appear to be life-threatening, officials said.

An investigation is under way, officials said, and compensation for injuries or property damage caused by ISAF activities will be offered according to local customs.

Meanwhile, preliminary investigation results of a March 24 incident in the Bak district of Khost province indicate that a combined ISAF-Afghan force accidentally caused the deaths of two civilians and injuries to four others when the force was returning indirect fire against an insurgent attack nearby.

The injured civilians initially were brought to a nearby military compound by villagers. Afghan commandos and coalition medics provided immediate medical treatment, and the injured people subsequently were taken to an ISAF military hospital for further treatment.

A boy later was taken to Bagram Airfield for more treatment, and three other injured civilians were treated at the hospital and released.

After the incident, Afghan and coalition leaders immediately met with village elders and relatives to help determine the cause of the incident. The governor and subgovernor also were notified.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible accident and their families,” said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, ISAF Joint Command spokeswoman. “We take accidents such as this very seriously, and we incorporate investigative findings into our operations to improve our procedures. We remain fully committed to the people of Afghanistan, and we take every precaution to prevent civilian casualties.”

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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Drone Warfare Is Not A Nintendo Game, But Enemy Propaganda Is A Cause Célèbre

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 26, 2010

War, we should sadly acknowledge, is not a Nintendo game.
bin Laden has observed that 90 percent of his battle is waged in the media.

CIA director Michael Hayden has said that “By making a safe haven feel less safe, we keep Al Qaeda guessing. We make them doubt their allies; question their methods, their plans, even their priorities,” he explained. Hayden went on to say that the key outcome of the drone attacks was that “we force them to spend more time and resources on self-preservation, and that distracts them, at least partially and at least for a time, from laying the groundwork for the next attack.” Since law-enforcement authorities have uncovered few serious plans against U.S. or European targets, the plan seams to work, at least in part.

Privately, American officials rave about the drone program. One former Bush administration official said that the drones had so crimped militant activity in FATA that they had begun discussing a move to Yemen or Somalia. It has been pointed out that the number people spying on Al Qaeda and the Taliban that have been killed has risen dramatically in the past year. The obvious sign that that the militants are turning on themselves in an effort to root out the sources intelligence for the often pinpoint intelligence that has led to the deaths of close to half of the top militant leaders in the area under attack.

When the dead leaders are replaced by more junior members of the group they lack the experience and quality of leadership. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence testified befor Congress, reporting that “replacing the loss of key leaders, since 2008, in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas has proved difficult for Al Qaeda.” And that is the point of major significance, the quantity of fighters is not as important as the quality of leadership. Bad leadership can march superior numbers into battle only to see them slaughtered.

The truth of the effectiveness and the pain that the drone program has inflicted on Al Qaeda surely must be a reduction in the number of audio and videotapes that the terrorist group has released through its propaganda arm. bin Laden has observed that 90 percent of his battle is waged in the media, and the leftards have joined the battle. As Sahab authored close to 100 tapes in 2007. After the drone war started in 2008, the number of releases dropped by a significant number, again, clear indication that the group’s leaders were in disarray and concerned more with their survival then propaganda.

Between 2002 and 2004, al Qaeda leaders had opted for the perceived safety of Pakistan’s teeming, anonymous cities. They failed to realize that activities such as making cell phone calls or making Internet connections targeted their locations exactly or or provided clues as to the whereabouts of Al Qaeda operatives. As a result, in the first few years after September 11, many key Al Qaeda operatives were captured. Following a series of arrests, Al Qaeda members and remaining leadership moved to the areas of Pakistan not tightly controlled by the central government, this made them easy targets in the drone war.

There has been a concerted effort to inform the Pakistan people about the dangers of the Taliban, al Qaeda nexus. Dramatic efforts to drag the civil population in the war has resulted in a muted anti-government campaign in their MSM and a feeling that such propaganda is an unpopular form of expression. Terrorist attacks on civilians generally are a concession that they have lost, or have diminishing support. Taliban and al Qaeda YouTube channels have engaged in a war of words with Pro-Pakistan Patriotism YouTube channels, a bald face admission that they fear the loss of the educated and prosperous sectors of the population. The areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas which are subject to strikes by “drones”, are barren earth to grow a YouTube audience. Conversely, the well educated, connected population centers that have been the point of attack from the terrorists, will generate a larger number of people committed to their defeat.

The conventional wisdom in the MSM and leftard bolggers is that the drone program is unpopular among Pakistanis. They of course ignore the people polled in the FATA that say the drone strikes are accurate and are damaging the militant organizations. Fewer than half said that anti-American sentiment in the area had increased due to the drone attacks. The only people surprised by this have never had a large group of religious nuts take over their neighborhood, kill their family, kidnap or rape their children and steal food or household furnishings, deliver night mail and institute a rule of law that violates their religious tenets. To them, the occasional missiles falling from the sky must look like a gift from God (Allah).

In any case, fears of infringement on their sovereignty and general anti-Americanism can be whipped up by the MSM and bloggers in America and Pakistan. Pakistan Priminister Gilani has told CNN that there was no agreement between his government and the Americans to allow the strikes. The experienced listener considers the fact that years old satellite photos reveal the presence of advanced drones on Pakistani soil. And a shallow parsing of this statement would reveal that it does not exclude the possibility that Pak military may be in control of the operational aspect of the drone attacks. Even the Senate “drone” Feinstein has said, “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.”

The militants have actually understood the political reality on the ground. They used the drone attacks as an excuse to strike. The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has said that attacks were “in retaliation for the continued drone strikes by the U.S. in collaboration with Pakistan on our people.”

In large part due to terrorist, MSM and blogger propaganda the United States is the victim of an unfavorably opinion held by four out of five Pakistanis. This not being bad enough, a majority of Pakistani people blame the United States for the violence plaguing their country. I consider this to be a symptom of the old human conditioning to believe that “the enemy you know is better than the enemy you don’t know”.

Pakistani officials have gone to great pains to distance themselves from the drone attacks and at the same time taken no actions to stop them.

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Taliban Awakening; Our Parteners Or Paid To Kill al Qaeda

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 21, 2010

Kai Eide resigned after his contact in the Taliban was arrested by Pakistan last month (Feb 2010), Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the Afghan Taliban’s top leaders. Following the arrest Eide warned that U.S.-led military operations must not jeopardize political efforts toward reconciliation with the Taliban.

Eide’s breakdown at the prospect that his participation in the art of negotiations was going to be reduced after Baradar’s arrest shows the fragile nature of a politicians self esteem.

It is fully understood that the United Nations has pursued talks with the Taliban for the past year. It must surely be a coincidence that missile strikes and Pakistan military assaults have been effective over this same period of time. It is not inconsistent with Western Europe’s push for a settlement that U.S. and Pakistan actions might result in the death or capture of the U.N.’s Taliban contacts. Only a politician could be so certain of his value as to resign when he does not get his way.

The departing U.N. envoy to Afghanistan said Thursday that the nation’s leaders must “clean up their own house” and warned that U.S. led military operations must not jeopardize political efforts toward reconciliation with the Taliban. Eide’s contention that no settlement will likely be achieved without the United States’ full support in pushing the talks forward as well as positive involvement of key neighboring countries means that he is not happy with the concurrent military operations.

At a news conference Kai Eide said there was hope for the nation but the world needed more resolve from President Hamid Karzai’s government. He criticized Afghanistan for a lack of reform and the international community for “fast-ticking clocks” and unrealistic demands. These statements aimed at Obama and withdrawal dates.

His current assessment: “This year, of course, will be the most challenging that Afghanistan has faced since the fall of the Taliban. . . . It’s a year where negative trends have to be reversed, or they will become irreversible.”

Eide said he was encouraged by Karzai’s invitation to the Taliban to attend a peace conference this year. That proposal comes as the militant group has been weakened by the arrests of leaders and the recent U.S. military sweep that killed fighters and banished them from a stronghold in the southern province of Helmand.

“I think it’s high time that we get into this kind of a political process” of trying to negotiate with the Taliban, said Eide, a Norwegian diplomat. “It is now time to talk. I believe the reconciliation and peace process, whatever shape it takes, should get underway as soon as possible.” He lamented that the international strategy “has unfortunately been too much militarily driven.”

The U.N. chief had been critical of Peter Galbraith, who said he was not vigilant enough in stemming corruption and voting violations. Galbraith was fired in September after their clashes.

Eide was stung by criticism, but when other avenues have pushed you to the sidelines, politicians quit. Politicians think they will win, but when people bend to play their game they lose, and people hate to lose to politiians.

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