Facing an other ISIS branch

Terrorism index

The Global Terrorism Index of 2019 by the independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress, The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) wrote already in 2019 about conflicts that remain the primary driver of terrorism.

We do know that the ten countries with the highest impact of terrorism are all engaged in at least one armed conflict.
With the years Afghanistan managed to replace Iraq as the country most affected by terrorism, recording a 59 per cent increase in terrorism deaths to 7,379 in 2018. The increase is closely aligned with the increasing intensity of the civil war. Even when U.S. troops and allied forces tried to prevent terrorism from hitting civilians, several citizens had to face regularly the horror of terrorist groups.

There has been a constant increase in both terrorism and battlefield deaths over the past 2 decades as the security situation continued to deteriorate. Total deaths from terrorism in Afghanistan in 2018 had increased by 631 per cent since 2008.

Other than Afghanistan only three other countries recorded a substantial increase in deaths from terrorism in 2018: Nigeria, Mali, and Mozambique. Each of these countries recorded more than 100 additional deaths.

Daesh offshoot

Map of Afghanistan with Nangarhar highlightedIn January 2015 within Afghanistan, there were Islamist fundamentalists who found the Taliban was too soft and did not bring the Sharia Law into practice enough. Several members of Daesh managed to attract Afghanis to join them to break the American occupation. They formed a slowly growing group in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan and bordering Logar, Kabul, Laghman and Kunar provinces as well as an international border with Pakistan.

In the last quarter of the previous century the Afghan mujahideen and smaller Shi’ite and Maoist groups fought a nine-year guerrilla war against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and the Soviet Army. This battle throughout the 1980s, mostly in the Afghan countryside, could cause enough turbulence to wake up the Western world from time to time. As in previous other wars, like in Iran and Iraq it was again the interfering United States of America that provided weapons to those rebellions. But the Pakistani-trained mujahideen received not only funding from the United States but also from Saudi Arabia. Many Arab fighters from the Arab World had been fighting against the government forces of Mohammad Najibullah, who ultimately defeated them near Jalalabad. In April 1992, the son of a prominent Pashtun family and a military official who was president of Afghanistan from 1986 had to resign in 1992 as President and the various mujahideen took control over the country.

Pakistan ISI Logo.pngOn 24 April 1992, the Peshawar Accords were announced, by several but not all Afghan mujahideen parties. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e Islami militia, had since March 1992 opposed these attempts at a coalition government. The mujahideen turned guns on each other and started a nationwide Civil War (1992–1996). Several times some of those militant groups formed coalitions and often broke them again. By mid-1994, Kabul’s original population of two million had dropped to 500,000. In 1995–96, the new militia, the Taliban, supported by Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had grown to be the strongest force. The ISI with funding from Saudi Arabia provided strategic support and intelligence to the Afghan Taliban against the Northern Alliance, officially known as the United Islamic National Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan during the Afghan Civil War in the 1990s.

First having provided weapons to those rebellious groups the U.S.A. found itself fighting against the top echelon or Al Qaeda Core leadership after 9/11. From 2001 they became their main target in Afghanistan, including AQ leader Ayman al Zawahiri and his deputies, an advisory council of about ten individuals, and members of various AQ committees such as military operations and finance. In September 2019, the White House announced that U.S. forces killed Hamza bin Laden, son of AQ founder Osama bin Laden and a rising leader in the group, “in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”

Though, since 1996 there was knowledge of the establishment of al-Qaeda training camps in Nangarhar province, an April 2021 report from the American Department of Defense (DOD) estimated that AQ core leaders in Afghanistan “posed a limited threat” because they “focus primarily on survival.

The U.S.Taliban agreement committed the Taliban to prevent any group, including Al Qaeda, from using Afghan soil to threaten the security of the United States or its allies. The Taliban reportedly issued orders in February 2021 barring their members from sheltering foreign fighters, but otherwise do not appear to have taken tangible steps that might constitute a break in ties with Al Qaeda. AQ  sympathizers have celebrated the Taliban’s takeover and the Taliban have reportedly freed prisoners, including AQ
members.

Since its inception, ISIS-K has attracted militants who had fallen out with various other insurgencies in Afghanistan and now this group, which is more extreme in its views on women and religious minorities, has put its stamp on the capital of Afghanistan.

Unlike the Taliban, which doesn’t have ambitions beyond Afghanistan, ISIS-K is part of a larger group that is intent on spreading its ideology around the world. For them, it is clear the whole earth has to be cleansed of the “unbelieving”. If the Taliban is not returning to its ideologies of twenty years ago, ISIS-K shall not accept them to bring Afghanistan to more free rules not in accordance with the Islamic State fundamentalist rules and ways of life. All those not adapting to such a way of life shall not be tolerated to live in their nation. For ISIS-K there is no place for infidels.

Attack on Kabul’s airport

A scene of carnage in Afghanistan

The risk of potential suicide attacks by ISIS-K had already led the US to establish alternative routes to Kabul airport, earlier on in the evacuation operation, but what many countries feared still could happen. Two bombs killed lots of people at the grounds around the airport.

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ISI-K killed innocent civilians

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of the August 26 twin suicide bombs, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops, at Kabul airport on August 27, 2021. (Photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP) (Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images)

After the chaos we came to see the last few days the world got shocked by the deadly blasts which came as the United States and other Western countries raced to complete a massive evacuation of their citizens and Afghan allies following the Taliban takeover of the country.

US President Joe Biden, speaking from the White House, called the troops “heroes” and said he was

“outraged as well as heartbroken.”

this attack was clearly a warning sign for the American and other foreign troops, but mostly ISI-K killed innocent civilians who were no soldiers, but children and their parents.

In a subdued but firm tone, Biden said he’s asked the US military for options to respond to the explosions, which he said had been carried out by the Islamic State affiliate operating in Afghanistan.

“We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and the moment of our choosing,”

Biden said.

“Here’s what you need to know: These ISIS terrorists will not win.”

A person wounded in the explosion outside the airport arrives at a hospital in Kabul.

A person wounded in the explosion outside the airport arrives at a hospital in Kabul.

Kabir Taneja, a fellow at New Delhi-based think tank Observer Research Foundation, says that ISIS-K

“Ironically call the Taliban a puppet regime of the U.S.”

While ISIS-K is not as powerful as the Taliban, experts say its motivation in attacking Kabul’s airport was re-establishing its relevance in the region.

“They wanted to make the Taliban look bad and incapable, as they are in-charge of Kabul now,”

says Saurav Sarkar, a security specialist and former visiting fellow at the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C. think-tank.

“And in the process, attract attention to gain more recruits.”

Now, in addition to evacuating thousands of people who desperately want to leave Afghanistan, Biden has tasked the military with another mission: hunting down and punishing the ISIS terrorists who killed Americans and scores of Afghan civilians. Biden wants them to conduct both missions under the very present threat of further attacks, which military leaders said earlier could come in vehicles or by rocket at any moment.

Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie who was not surprised by this cruel attack, warned that additional attacks from ISIS were still likely, including using vehicles or rockets.

Books of students who were killed in a terror attack in Kabul on May 8, 2021. Most of the victims were school girls while many passers-by were also affected. Getty Images/Xinhua News Agency.

Books of students who were killed in a terror attack in Kabul on May 8, 2021. Most of the victims were school girls while many passers-by were also affected. Getty Images/Xinhua News Agency. Getty Images/Xinhua News Agency.

Over the past days, the risks of a terror attack at the airport seemed to grow by the hour. The extremely high threat from ISIS caused the US, along with the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia, to warn people to move away from the airport gates late Wednesday eastern time.

The risk of potential terror attacks from the Islamic State affiliate operating in Afghanistan worried American and Western officials from nearly the moment it became clear that the Taliban would take over the country on August 15.

Once crowds began massing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, the fear among officials monitoring the situation became acute of an attack meant to create mayhem and fear among those trying to escape the country.

That is what happened on Thursday. McKenzie said he suspected a suicide bomber was being searched by American servicemen at the airport before detonating the explosive. For McKenzie it is clear that the Taliban is not behind the bombing because it does not fit their strategy.

Taliban leaders have a practical reason for wanting us to get out of here by the 31st of August, and that’s they want to reclaim the airfield.

he says and adds

We want to get out by that day too if it’s going to be possible to do so. So we share a common purpose. So as long as we’ve kept that common purpose aligned, they’ve been useful to work with.”

The coming days shall show how words of all parties become a reality and how the Taliban shall really become concentrating on forming a democratic country with respect for human rights.

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Preceding

ISIS on the rise again as US troops are sent home

A human drama set in Afghanistan

How the Taliban Began – Afghanistan 1994-97 – John Simpson’s Journal (and how different are they now, really?)

Afghanistan – ‘An Anatomy of Reporting’; Twenty-Five Years On: 1996-2021.

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Additional reading

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  2. Bringers of agony, Trained in Belgium and Syria
  3. A vision of a very different future for Kandahar culture
  4. Do world religions threaten the survival of the human race in the 21st century
  5. Israel a nation again + The Sign of his Coming
  6. The Iranian American Frieda Afary looking with (republican?) American eyes at Iran
  7. Taliban conquest of Afghanistan a clock to turn back years
  8. Worse Than Saigon
  9. Afghanistan: international community statement
  10. Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi
  11. Afghanistan — What It Tells You
  12. Moving heaven and earth to get every last American in Afghanistan back to American soil
  13. Expecting the E.U. to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan
  14. The Fall of Kabul: The Return of the Taliban
  15. Afghan mums throw their babies over barbed wire fences and beg British soldiers to take them to safety
  16. These days of August thinking of our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan
  17. Early warnings of the coming attack
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Spanish green berets assisting at Kabul airport in the repatriation of civilian personnel from Afghanistan

A unit of the Special Operations Command (MOE) of the Spanish Army, better known as the ‘green berets’, is assisting at Kabul airport in the repatriation of civilian personnel from Afghanistan.

Spanish Army at Kabul airport

The Spanish Defense Secretary Robles informed CadenaSer on Tuesday morning during her explanation regarding the operation to evacuate Afghans.

“The Taliban are getting more and more aggressive,”

Robles said in the “Hoy por hoy” program.

For Spain the Afghan refugee evacuation operation is coordinated and managed from the airport of the Torrejón de Ardoz base in Madrid. Like the many other countries which had troops in Afghanistan they are trying to rescue Afghans as quickly as possible.

The Green Berets, who also call themselves guerrillas, has more than two decades of experience. Most of their tours have been in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bosnia, Iraq, Mali, Kosovo, and the Central African Republic.

Currently, they have a continuous presence in Iraq and Lebanon, while also carrying out shorter security missions in other parts of the world. Most recently in several Maghreb and Sahel countries such as Tunisia, Mauritania, and Senegal.
Typically, they participate in missions in conflict zones, peace missions, humanitarian operations and collaborate with other armies and other countries. As such, they are experts in skydiving, precision shooting, mountain, and underwater activities.

The 900 strong unit is led by General Raimundo Rodríguez Roca. And based in the Alférez Rojas Navarrete barracks in the city of Alicante.

On Tuesday 230 people had already landed in Dubai, whilst another plane was going to take another 130 people to Dubai and arrived there Tuesday night.

The Spanish minister called the situation “dramatic” and said it is “deteriorating every day”. There are still Afghans who have worked with Spain and urgently need to leave the country. On television, we get several secretly taken pictures and moving pictures from Western television crews showing the aggressiveness of the Taliban, who does not seem to keep to its promises to have a softer touch than twenty years ago.  A great problem many of the interpreters and translators are facing today is that no Afghan people are allowed to go to the national airport. This makes it very difficult for those who are in Kabul but also in Herat, because over there, there are still a lot of co-workers. These cities are at a distance of 3 hours by car from each other.  But the Spanish minister assures

“We are removing as many people as possible.”

According to the minister, there are families who cannot reach the airport in Kabul. But also do not know how to return to their homes. There are curfews in Kabul and everywhere people are confronted with checkpoints of the Taliban.

“The humanitarian drama is so big that we are really doing everything we can,”

said the minister last Tuesday.

“The priority list has been expanded to include women and children. Yesterday a 15-day old baby arrived. Some come with their elderly parents. One who wouldn’t come because she didn’t want to leave her 80-year-old mother, eventually came because her mother could come.”

In the Netherlands and Belgium, we also find such refugees, as well as family members who were on holiday in Afghanistan visiting their families.

The Spanish Defense Minister confirms the Spanish Government will continue to try and remove the largest number of collaborators from the country. But warns – the bailouts of Spain will continue as long as the US is there.

That the evacuating forces have to be careful is already proven in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, where some Afghan people could enter the aeroplanes, though here they are on the watchlist or even more dangerously on the terror list.

This may not be a reason to stop the evacuations or to make it more difficult to get on the planes acting as the gateway to Europe and a safe and better life.

The EU nations asked the American government to extend the deadline of August 31, because it will be impossible to evacuate all vulnerable Afghans who in the past have helped our troops. But US President Joe Biden has confirmed yesterday that all US-led evacuation operations will end next week, because:

“The sooner we can finish, the better… each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.”

At the moment it does not seem to go too bad with those evacuations, which started up very chaotic and slowly. We hear that already over 70,000 Afghans have been evacuated from the nation, but vast crowds, desperately trying to flee the country, continue to gather outside Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday morning, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said a further 2,000 people had been airlifted out of Kabul airport in the past 24 hours, taking the total number evacuated since the operation began in mid-August to more than 9,000.

The pressure to save British and other allies such as interpreters and their families is intensifying by the hour after US President Joe Biden rejected calls to delay his Aug 31 exit date from Afghanistan.

British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said it would not make sense to try to secure Kabul airport with British troops after the US pulls out.

“It’s not about effectively whether I could fly in thousands of troops and secure the airport.

“Yes I could do that, I could probably secure the airport for a few months, or maybe a year or two,”

he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“But for what purpose? For them to be shot at, attacked, people not to get to the airport and to trigger just a permanent fight? I don’t think that is a solution.”

To make sure the Western forces would be gone by September 1, the Taliban has issued a second warning that any extension to the August 31st deadline would “provoke a reaction” while describing it as a “red line”.

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Preceding

A human drama set in Afghanistan

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Additional reading

  1. Taliban conquest of Afghanistan a clock to turn back years
  2. Worse Than Saigon
  3. Afghanistan: international community statement
  4. Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi
  5. Afghanistan — What It Tells You
  6. Moving heaven and earth to get every last American in Afghanistan back to American soil
  7. Expecting the E.U. to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan
  8. The Fall of Kabul: The Return of the Taliban
  9. Afghan mums throw their babies over barbed wire fences and beg British soldiers to take them to safety
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Afghanistan – ‘An Anatomy of Reporting’; Twenty-Five Years On: 1996-2021.

 

Andrew James

John Simpson has been travelling the world as a journalist for forty years, reporting on the many wars, disasters and international events during that time. Even the attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York and Washington have not caused the world to stop turning. Some things have changed since those events, but others have stayed very much the same. In his 2007 book, he takes the optimistic view that the world is nowhere near its end.

The BBC Journalist John Simpson had won the Richard Dimbleby award in 1991 and the News and Current Affairs award in 2000 for his coverage, with the BBC News team, of the Kosovo conflict, when he was asked to meet the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, in a hotel car park in Islamabad in September 2001. Al-Qaeda’s attack on New York and Washington, planned by Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan under the protection…

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How the Taliban Began – Afghanistan 1994-97 – John Simpson’s Journal (and how different are they now, really?)

 

Andrew James

The Road to Kabul:

Recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly over the past fortnight, together with this week’s (18th August) emergency debate in the House of Commons, have prompted me to write further on the question of Afghanistan, taking an even longer view of the key issues of the past quarter century. In my last post on this, I went back to 2001, when NATO troops first arrived in the country after the events of 9/11 in the United States. In his 1998 book, Strange Places, Questionable People, John Simpson, the BBC’s chief international correspondent and World Affairs Editor, described his first meeting with Taliban soldiers in 1996. This was soon after ‘the Taliban’ – the name means ‘religious students’ – began in the refugee camps around the Pakistani border town of Quetta and swept across into Afghanistan in 1994, in rage at the then Afghan government’s failure to impose the…

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A human drama set in Afghanistan

The American nation retreating

Over the past few days, we here in the West have seen horrific images of unbelievably traumatic situations, which certainly cannot be ignored.

The greatest American nation did as if they had to lose most of their soldiers and money in holding their position in Afghanistan. I can understand that after twenty years of presence in Afghanistan they feel that it has been enough and that they do not want to invest in it anymore. But to give the impression they were undermining their country by staying over there and creating a huge deficit is very much exaggerated.

Compared to the number of European soldiers and the investment those nations are putting in it, it would be much more demanding for them than for the United States of America. I do agree that the two trillion dollars they invested in that war on terror, is a lot of money, but when you see that this was spent across two decades, it gives us an average of one hundred billion dollars per year. When you know that the United States Federal Government’s total outlays between 2001 and today stands at $74.11 trillion {according to the website Statista}, this has been peanuts for the U.S.A., Afghanistan accounting for around three and a half percent of all spending (that the government admits to, discretionary expenditure would probably lower the figure) during the last two decades. American politicians claim that America had to leave Afghanistan because otherwise we would find the American soldiers again fighting a so-called “forever wars” like the country had with the protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam, resulting in the Vietnam War from 1954–75, in Vietnam called the “War Against the Americans to Save the Nation”.

The U.S. military budget is larger than that of the next 11 highest spending nations combined. It has at least 800 foreign military installations around the world.
In 2016 it had “special forces” operating in almost 140 countries. In many foreign capitals, the most important political figure is the U.S. ambassador.

Like all empires in history, the U.S.A. does not have to “win” every war on its periphery. Its military’s primary geopolitical purpose is to demonstrate the empire’s capacity and willingness to inflict murderous punishment on those at its edges that who challenge it.

Vietnam experience

After Viet Minh troops under Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap had overrun the French base at Dien Bien Phu, on May 7, 1954, Vietnamese forces brought an end to nearly a century of French colonial rule in Indochina. Soon a propaganda war began and left Europeans and American to believe the U.S.A. had good reasons to fight against encroaching communism and wars to expect. The Americans thought they could demoralise the enemy, but that enemy was much stronger and more inventive than they ever had imagined.

In 1968 CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, warned already that it seemed more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam was to end in a stalemate.

The American forces like the Vietnam forces did not mind to overstep their bounds. both parties went beyond their remit and killed innocent unarmed citizens. This made several American and European citizens protest against that ridiculous war, which did not seem to come to an end. The antiwar demonstrations represent the largest public protests in U.S. history to date.

March 29, 1973, was the signal to bring an end to over a decade of fighting, by which some 58,000 U.S. troops had been killed. Vietnamese casualties included more than 200,000 South Vietnamese troops and more than 1,000,000 North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong irregulars. Civilian deaths totalled as many as 2,000,000.

South Vietnamese refugees walk across a U.S. Navy vessel. Operation Frequent Wind, the final operation in Saigon, began April 29, 1975. During a nearly constant barrage of explosions, the Marines loaded American and Vietnamese civilians, who feared for their lives, onto helicopters that brought them to waiting aircraft carriers. The Navy vessels brought them to the Philippines and eventually to Camp Pendleton, Calif.

In 1975 American troops fixed-wing aircraft began evacuating civilians from Tan Son Nhat Airport through neighbouring countries. On 28 April, Tan Son Nhut Air Base (next to the airport) came under artillery fire and attack from Vietnamese People’s Air Force aircraft. The fixed-wing evacuation was terminated and Operation Frequent Wind began.

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CIA officer helps evacuees up a ladder onto an Air America helicopter at 22 Gia Long Street on 29 April 1975.

You would think that evacuation of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) as the United States ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, would still be fresh enough in the minds of the American generals.
On April 29, 1975, American personnel began converging on more than a dozen assembly points throughout the city. Over the next 24 hours, some 7,000 Americans and South Vietnamese were flown to safety. We remember pictures of people climbing on a tower to get into helicopters. The evacuation was the largest helicopter evacuation in history. It was an incredible chaos, before already the following morning, North Vietnamese troops entered downtown Saigon and the South Vietnamese government surrendered unconditionally.

Susceptible to repetition

Strange to see that the U.S.A. had already a serious experience with another unending war, where they also withdrew in a hurry. Then to see in 2021 they had not learned from their own experience nor from the experience of the Belgians who also had to leave Belgian Congo in 1960 in a hurry.

On 13 January 1959, King Baudouin had promised the African nation that Belgium would work towards the full independence of the Congo “without delay, but also without irresponsible rashness“. On 30 June 1960 at the new residence of the Governor-General of the Belgian Congo in Léopoldville, the hand-over ceremony by the Belgians took place. One week later, a rebellion broke out within the Force Publique against its officers, who were still predominantly Belgian. This was a catalyst for disturbances arising all over the Congo, mainly instigated by dissatisfied soldiers and radicalised youngsters. In many areas, their violence specifically targeted European victims. Everywhere, chaos resulted and people had to flee for their life. Within weeks, the Belgian military and later a United Nations intervention force evacuated the largest part of the more than 80,000 Belgians who were still working and living in the Congo.

Also from that evacuation, nobody seemed to have learned something to tackle the situation now in Afghanistan.

Evacuation from Afghanistan

The American government want people to believe that the only choices for Afghanistan were a massive occupation or an immediate withdrawal. They ignore the reality on the ground and ignored previous evacuations in other countries. America was not waging “endless wars” in Afghanistan any more than they were waging endless wars in South Korea, Germany, or Japan — or Kosovo, or Honduras, or any number of other nations where they have forward-deployed forces.

This time there was no oil involved to continue the battle, like in the Iraq War, also called Second Persian Gulf War, (2003–11), which overthrew the authoritarian government of Saddam Hussein (Ṣaddām Ḥusayn al-Tikrītī), whose brutal rule was marked by costly and unsuccessful wars against neighbouring countries. In 2008, President Bush agreed to a withdrawal of all US combat troops from Iraq. The withdrawal was completed under President Barack Obama in December 2011.

Now ten years later we are looking at the withdrawal of the American and Allied Nato forces from the landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the north, and Tajikistan and China to the northeast. Already long before the Americans invaded Afghanistan the country had high levels of terrorism, poverty, child malnutrition, and corruption.

After 9/11

WTC smoking on 9-11.jpeg by Michael Foran on Flickr

The reason to enter Afghanistan was to kill Osama Bin Laden, the man behind the terrorist acts by the Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda, which brought the U.S.A to a stand still. The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure was able to create a global economic recession. Many closings, evacuations, and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks.

Osama bin Laden found that America in particular had an unspeakable hatred for Islam, which was the hatred of crusaders. Therefore

Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people.

Collapse of the towers as seen from across the Hudson River in New Jersey

Because Bin Laden said he had personally directed his followers to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, America was keen to go to find and kill him. After a 10-year manhunt, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden was killed by American special forces in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011.

In their

“Need to move swiftly”

ISAF’s military terminal at Kabul International Airport in September 2010.

ISAF-Logo.svgall places where the Americans could find possible Islamic terrorists were targetted. This resulted on October 7, 2001, in the Afghanistan War when U.S. and British forces initiated aerial bombing campaigns targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda camps. This seemed to be a successful action, eventually leading to the overthrow of the Taliban rule of Afghanistan with the Fall of Kandahar on December 7, 2001, by U.S.-led coalition forces.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was initially charged with securing Kabul and the surrounding areas from the Taliban, al Qaeda and factional warlords, to allow for the establishment of the Afghan Transitional Administration headed by Hamid Karzai. The majority of Afghans supported the American invasion of their country. In the West some thought the Taliban regime could come to an end. Thousands of NATO troops remained in the country to train and advise Afghan government forces. But as soon as the Americans told in the press that they were going to leave, nothing was seen of the trained Afghan troops. Suddenly out of the blue, the Taliban scored one victory after the other.

As happened more before, the real motivation for the US to remain militarily in Afghanistan was not to install ‘democracy’ (or guarantee ‘women’s rights’), but to facilitate a regime and a military force loyal to US political and economic interests in a geostrategically important location. Control of Afghanistan would give the US access to the Caucasus in the north, to Iran in the west and to China in the east. Altruism does not figure in the play. Democratic nation-building is seen in this strategy merely as a means to an end.

Resistance to the foreign presence was never completely crushed in the last two decades. The war against resistance continued to rage and the longer the foreign troops remained in the country, the more the resistance was able to expand, because, as in the days of the Soviet invasion, it could assume the mantle of nationalist liberator against the foreign occupiers, which aroused sympathy among a significant part of the population. Many Afghans – including Taliban opponents – regarded the continuing foreign military occupation as unjustified and brutal.

The US-NATO air war, which claimed many tens of thousands of Afghan civilian casualties, helped ensure that the resistance never suffered from a lack of recruits. In this respect, the US war in Afghanistan was simply counterproductive.

Growing up to go back to square one now

The country was able to restore itself and its economy is now the world’s 96th largest, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $72.9 billion by purchasing power parity; the country fares much worse in terms of per-capita GDP (PPP), ranking 169th out of 186 countries as of 2018.

A number of humanitarian indicators have improved over the past decade.  Since the American and NATO troops were there the condition for the citizens became much better and children, in the last few years, could go back to school again.  Being a strongly patriarchal society, Afghanistan could find some improvements for women.  The women also got in a sense some more freedom and even could work themselves into the judiciary and the parliament – in which, according to the constitution of the Ghanaian government, 25% of women must sit – and is populated by misogynistic fundamentalists.

Also not bad, was the improvement of medical provision, making it possible to rise the average life expectancy which was in 2010 44.6 years, to 64.8 years by 2020. Yet Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the United Nations ‘Human Development Index’ list. In 2020, the country ranked 169th out of 189 countries.

In terms of health and income, certain, mainly urban groups are better off. However, 55% of the approximately 48 million Afghans still live in multi-dimensional poverty, 38.2% of children under five are malnourished (exactly the same figure as 10 years ago) and the adult literacy rate (over 15 years) is 43% (an increase of just over 10% compared to 2010).

It is known that in the Taliban territories, a strict interpretation of Sharia law is applied with punishments of execution and mutilation. The inhabitants of Afghanistan have good reason now to fear that the country is going back to the previous centuries where women are denied access to education and employment. They already had witnessed on several occasions that women who did not abide by the strict rules were publicly and violently punished during the previous Taliban rule (1996-2001).

Weaponry

The US has lost considerable stockpiles of weapons in Iraq, Syria, Vietnam, Lebanon, and as early as 2014 was already discussing the possibility of abandoning equipment in Afghanistan. They were not afraid because they knew that for the more advanced equipment like vehicles and aircraft, the Afghans nor Taliban would have no means of maintaining them even if they can learn how to use them. Some clever Afghan mechanics might learn how to fix parts of them but Afghanistani would not be able to acquire or make more parts, the Americans think. The small arms are a different story. They’re comparatively simple and very durable. They’re much smaller and much easier to use. The last few weeks we could see the marching Taliban militants with Belgian, Russian and American weapons, of which they showed them high in the air and shot already several times in the air but also directed at people.

According to some the idea of the Taliban using Apaches and Humvees to invade anybody else is pretty silly.

They might joy ride on them for awhile but when mechanical problems arise that’s it they’re junk.

When wars come to an end

One would expect that when wars come to an end or a calamity is over, people would have reason to celebrate. But what we have come to see from Afghanistan is nothing at all to be happy about.

In the media, we are flooded with very painful images of desperate people clinging to anything that can take them to a better world than the one they expect to get under the Taliban regime. We see desperate mothers throwing their babies over the wired fences in the hope that American or English soldiers would bring them in safety and give them a free ticket to the “better world”.

Those pictures at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul reminds us of the pictures of the evacuations of Saigon and Congo Brazzaville. Even the soldiers find it heartbreaking and we hear from them that many at night are crying and are suffering under this traumatic experience.

It looks like once again we can witness again an America’s pull-out which can be described as ignominious and clumsy.
Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans. Pundits blame the lies and self-deception of three presidential administrations, military incompetence, Afghan government corruption, Pakistani duplicity, an inept CIA, Americans’ ignorance of local culture etc., No doubt all contributed.
People in the West or in the so-called “civilised countries” should learn that they can not and/or may not impose their way of life on others. We could witness the U.S. governing class’s insistence on maintaining world hegemony, now showing defeat. And the danger is now that they are going to go without helping those who have helped them for many years. It would be very cowardly if they would leave so many Afghans to stay in the country now mastered by the Taliban.
In case they leave a lot of helping hands behind, those when not killed by the Taliban, could change camp and become enemies of those Americans and all those who left them behind in the hands of Islamist terrorists.

A race against time

After every setback, the U.S. political class reaffirms its commitment to promoting peace, human rights and democracy with bombs, bullets and killer drones. And promises to do better “next time.” But what we always come to see is that in many counties the U.S.A. comes to interfere and comes to create chaos.

The time is short for many Afghans and other nationalities to leave the ‘very hot’ country. For how many days shall we be confronted with Afghans escaping with their whole lives in a single piece of hand luggage, and the UK soldiers who face a race against time to extract as many people as they can? Those who shall be able to escape Afghanistan probably shall never come to see their home country.

For countries that want to help the Afghans immediately, a first concrete step is to take in refugees. NATO Member States that were involved in the war, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom and thus directly contributed to the perpetuation of the conflict, should even feel morally obliged to do so. A general regularisation of Afghan refugees who are already here is another logical measure.

High urgency for targeted rescue

It is high time to secure the airfields and get as many souls out as possible. Time is short.

On August 16 the media showed people clinging to and even tied to the undercarriages of US airplanes at the Kabul airport. The C-17 Globemaster III transport planes were taking off for Qatar, one after the other, some partially empty, and people fell down from heights in the sky as the aircraft retracted the landing gear.

The world should know that there were an estimated 50 “plane-hitchers, who in their hope the plane would not take off, found their death.

When one sees the crowd gathering around the national airport, one can imagine it shall be impossible to get them out of Afghanistan before the first of September. But according to defence secretary, Ben Wallace shall it be “unlikely” that the 31 August deadline, to remove troops from Afghanistan, will be extended. For many, it is also clear that it is getting “more and more dangerous.”

Speaking to Sky News, Ben Wallace said:

“As we get closer it’s correct to say the security risk goes up, it gets more and more dangerous.

“Add-on groups and other terrorist groups like ISIS would like to be seen taking credit, would like to be seen chasing the West out of Afghanistan – that will feed their narrative and ambitions.

The allied forces have no control anymore outside the airport. Taliban control already the outer ring outside the airport, which makes it harder for refugees to get through. Question for many who worked for the allied forces is how they would be able to get from their home to the airport when they have to pass so many checkpoints of the Taliban.

PM Boris Johnson joined G7 leaders at an online summit today (August 24) where he is expected to call on President Joe Biden to extend the deadline date for pulling US troops out of Afghanistan.

The Taliban told Sky News the 31 August deadline was a “red line” and there would be “consequences” if that date was extended. They will consider any soldier who is still there on the first of September as an occupier.

On whether Mr Biden will extend that deadline, Mr Wallace said:

“I think it’s unlikely, not only because of what the Taliban has said but also the public statement from President Biden.

We can only hope that the United States of America and NATO forces will not abandon those people who have helped them for so many years.

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Subcutaneous power for humanity 1 1940-1960 Influenced by horrors of the century

Serving those who served

2015 Health and Welfare

2016 review Human rights

June – July 2019

ISIS on the rise again as US troops are sent home

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  1. Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?
  2. Bringers of agony, Trained in Belgium and Syria
  3. A vision of a very different future for Kandahar culture
  4. Do world religions threaten the survival of the human race in the 21st century
  5. The Iranian American Frieda Afary looking with (republican?) American eyes at Iran
  6. Taliban conquest of Afghanistan a clock to turn back years
  7. Worse Than Saigon
  8. Afghanistan: international community statement
  9. Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi
  10. Afghanistan — What It Tells You
  11. Moving heaven and earth to get every last American in Afghanistan back to American soil
  12. Expecting the E.U. to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan
  13. The Fall of Kabul: The Return of the Taliban
  14. Afghan mums throw their babies over barbed wire fences and beg British soldiers to take them to safety
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ISIS on the rise again as US troops are sent home

Since the American troups are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan all seems to come back to older times, with Islamic terrorist groups willing to have all the power again.

Regrouping Islamist groups

ISIS is starting to regroup and claim its terrorist place again. On Monday, it executed a suicide attack in the Iraqi capital, killing 30 and wounding over 50. The death toll could rise due to the critical condition of some injured people. The group is continuing to make a statement about its growth in Islamic countries. They use jihadism tactics to execute attacks to cause pain amongst people. The group lost its territory in Iraq in late 2017. However, it has been resurfacing from their hideouts in remote desert and mountain Iraq areas.

A report by the United Nations Security Council claimed that the leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan are trying to make fresh recruitment by attracting Taliban fighters who have rejected the US and Afghan-Taliban peace deal.

The blacklisted militant group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) still has around 6,000 trained fighters on the Afghan side of the border.

The 28th report by the United Nations Analytical Sanctions and Support Team also confirmed the presence of hundreds of anti-Beijing fighters near Afghanistan’s border with China.

From news messages from the Middle East and Africa, we hear disturbing news of several Islamic terrorist groups attacking villages or kidnapping schoolkids. Also between the many different Islamic groups there are mutual fights.

The report has presented to the UN Security Council this week under a UN mandate. It requires monitoring teams to periodically produce detailed reports on hostilities in different regions.

“Its leaders also hope to attract intransigent Taliban and other militants who reject the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the United States of America and the Taliban and to recruit fighters from the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq and other conflict zones,”

read the report.

As per one member state, there are 500-1,500 fighters while another unit said it could rise to as many as 10,000 over the medium term.

Holy War not finished yet

In the West we may not forget that ISIL-K continued to be ‘underground and clandestine’ and spread everywhere there are several small groups active and recruiting new members. Al Qaeda continues to maintain its presence in at least 15 Afghan provinces, primarily in the eastern, southern and south-eastern regions. For them, the Holy War is not finished yet and some voices claim that a turnaround will be coming soon.

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Afghan politician, academic, and economist, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was serving as President of Afghanistan for his second term.

The ultraconservative political and religious faction that emerged in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s following the withdrawal of Soviet troops, the collapse of Afghanistan’s communist regime, and the subsequent breakdown in civil order, the Taliban say that they do not want a monopoly on Afghanistan’s power, but at the same time, they have stressed that until a new government is formed in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed from office, peace is established in the country. In an interview with the Associated Press news agency, the current Taliban spokesman in Qatar office Suhail Shaheen clarified the Taliban’s stand regarding the future of Afghanistan.

Muslim holidays target days

Those Islamic terrorists seem to love bloodshed on or near Islamic holy days. The suicide attack in the Iraqi capital for example, happened in Wahailat Market, where people were preparing to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Perhaps they took this “Festival of Sacrifice” as a good opportunity to make a lot of sacrifices. Eid al-Adha marks the culmination of the hajj (pilgrimage) rites at Minā, Saudi Arabia, near Mecca, where this year were only allowed people from Saudi Arabia, because of Covid. Even when people can not go to that important pilgrimage they love to celebrate it throughout the world. However, instead of celebrating, ISIS planned for them to cry and caused pain amongst families.

Children and women were among the dead and wounded, according to health and security officials. The attacker detonated his explosive vest in the Wahailat outdoor market in Sadr City, a predominantly Muslim Shia neighbourhood in the east of Baghdad.

Police officials said a number of shops and stores were also damaged in the blast.

Iraqis light candles at the site of the explosion in a popular market in the mostly Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, east of Baghdad, on July 19, 2021.

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Norway in the UN Security Council

Norway has been elected as a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and 2022. They want to use the experience of decades of working for peace and reconciliation to be a bridge-builder and seek solutions to the challenging conflicts that come before the Security Council. International law and human rights will be the basis for Norway’s work.

Norway wants to make a difference as a member of the UN Security Council by using its peace diplomacy experience to strengthen the Security Council’s work to resolve and prevent conflicts. Norway will work to protect civilians, ensure women’s participation and rights in peace processes and address security challenges posed by climate change.

To reach zero hunger

Norway also wants to use the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit – and the process leading up to it – to provide the opportunity of the decade to reach zero hunger and to sow the seeds of change – literally.

State Secretary Aksel Jakobsen finds the situation as dramatic as it is unacceptable. He writes:

Our acts must be based on facts – on science.

Science and new insights have always been the platform of human progress – be it inventing the wheel, inventing the heavy plough, rotating crops or improving seeds.

Sometimes – new discoveries have been based on decades of meticulous research.

At other times on open-minded and hard-working farmers simply realizing that the seeds the wind brought them yielded more food than the crops they had been used to.

So – let’s remember that the 500 million small-scale farmers around the world are not only vulnerable – but also resourceful change-agents.

I am encouraged to see growing political will to take action on hunger – not least manifested by the G20 Matera Declaration.

His proposal:

In order to reduce hunger – sufficient food needs to be produced locally – and to be available locally.

From a nutritional perspective – it must be healthy and diverse.

From a consumer perspective – it should be affordable – and tasty.

We need to put farmers’ and indigenous peoples first – both in access to crop diversity and in seed policy and practise.

That is why Norway has proposed a game-changing solution based on a systemic change – we need to ensure seed security for smallholder farmers.

We need climate resilient crops – worldwide!

In our solution – we propose that farmers and local communities are included in deciding which crops they use – adapted to their local and cultural settings.

Policy and regulations must provide farmers with the legal space to save, use, sell and exchange seeds from their harvest.

By providing legal space – and empowering local communities by strengthening farmers’ seed systems – we are investing in a true path towards ending hunger.

We hope for broad support for this solution which we believe will help reduce hunger locally.

Generally we all should come to recognise we can not keep playing with our food. We have to be very careful how we want to make climate-proof food without endangering ourselves or making us weaker. The State Secretary may be considering it a changing the game, but the whole world should know the playtime is over and we should come to or face the serious business.  It may now be required from us that we make better use of a food treasury whose potential is even more untapped than the fields and gardens of the world: the ocean. But of that ocean, we have made a bin full of plastic and chemical waste.

Sea-food

Today, only 2-5 percent of global food consumption is seafood.

Norway has proven for centuries that they can harvest the riches of the sea without reducing their value – and they want to use their competence and experience to make a difference also for others.

It is the secretary his firm belief that food from ocean, rivers and lakes will play a key role in ending hunger. However, in order to obtain sufficient food from the seas, efforts will have to be made to combat overfishing and to achieve a proper balance to properly demarcate the fishing grounds and to keep the seaweeds and aquatic plants pure for consumption.

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Continuous surprises of Catholic horror in Canada

Warning: Some of the details in this story may be disturbing to some readers.

Children taken away from their parents

The last few decennia the Roman Catholic Church presented the world with some very worrying newsfacts, babies taken away from their mothers (in Ireland and the East bloc countries, to be sold to the West Europeans), young boys being molested by priest and bishops, and nuns torturing young mothers.

Ireland, Czechia, Slovenia, Honduras, Columbia and other South American countries were not the only ones where children were taken away from their parents.

Obligatory conversion to the Catholic faith

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society. Not only had they to learn English and were forbidden to speak their own native languages on the school grounds, but they also were forced to convert to Roman Catholicism. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and up to 6,000 are said to have died.

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External view of Kamloops Indian Residential School taken at a distance. The Kamloops school operated between 1890 and 1969, when the Canadian government took over operations from the Catholic Church and operated it as a day school until it closed in 1978.

It may be very strange that no priests or nuns when then were at age, coming to see death closing down on them did not find remorse for what they did or did not want to confess. One wonders how those Catholics could find their deeds nothing to worry, when they spoke about hell on the pulpit. For many of those villains it could well be they had not to worry as long as all graves were not found or as long as the remains of children remained hidden under often grassy fields, out of sight, so that they didn’t have to face the horror of this open secret.

Sol Mamakwa, an Indigenous member of the Ontario legislature said:

“It is a great open secret that our children lie on the properties of the former schools,”

Canadian Indian Residential School System

One would think that the Canadian government had some good intentions when at the beginning of the 19th century, Canada established the Canadian Indian Residential School System as an attempt to help aboriginals make the transition from the traditional lifestyle lived for thousands of years to a more alternative, different way of life, with a more European influence and having to come to know another language enabling them to communicate with other Canadians.

Although the intention was to integrate Native Canadians within European-Canadian society, the whole process was far from positive for those families.

Already in 2008 the Canadian government apologised in Parliament and admitted that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant.

Many students recalled being beaten for speaking their native languages. They also lost touch with their parents and customs.

Indigenous leaders have cited that legacy of abuse and isolation as the root cause of epidemic rates of alcoholism and drug addiction on reservations.

Today we come to face the horror that came over those natives. The government seemed not to be wondering about the impact of taking away the children from their ‘heimat’. Thousands were separated from their families and communities. What is worse, is that they were not treated as it should have been.Today it comes to light how the Roman Catholic Church misused the trust wich was given to them. Nuns and priests misused their power to do all sort of things with children which we consider as delinquent. Criminal situations were kept under the mattress for years.  Week after week this year we come to hear astonishing things.

Nahanni Fontaine on May 31 made a call on Twitter:

In honour of our little ones found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
May this be the beginning of repatriation of all our children who never made it home from Indian Residential Schools all across our territories.

Unbelievable it is that also in Canada priests came up with sayings how many good things they have done and that those ‘few deaths’ are nothing against the marvelous work the Catholic Church has done. Though we should recognise that there has taken place a cultural genocide for the policy of not tolerating any native culture.

After a Mississauga pastor who made comments about the “good that was done” by the Catholic church in residential schools, the Archdiocese of Toronto tweeted that Cardinal Thomas Collins has accepted the resignation of Monsignor Owen Keenan as pastor of Merciful Redeemer Parish and placed him on an indefinite leave of absence.

“We apologize for the pain caused by his recent remarks,”

the archdiocese tweeted.

Keenan came under fire earlier this week after a clip of his sermon talking about Canada’s residential school system was posted online.

“Two-thirds of the country is blaming the church, which we love, for the tragedies that occurred there,”

he said in a clip of the sermon posted to Reddit.

“Now I presume that the same number would thank the church for the good that was done in those schools, but of course, that question was never asked and in fact, we are not allowed to even say that good was done in those schools.”

Big question is how it is possible that so many thousands could be registered as having died of natural causes and that no official enquiries or no official investigations were conducted into the causes of death or disappearance of those many children.

Since the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered at a former residential school in British Columbia, many more places of delict and burial grounds have been found.
There have been renewed calls for the Catholic church, which ran the majority of residential schools in the country, to apologize for its role and release all its records pertaining to the schools. But the Catholic Church refuses to make their files public or to hand them over to the investigators. Though you may wonder what would happen if they hand it over. In Belgium ten years after the large-scale investigation into sexual abuse and culpable misconduct in the Church the ‘Operatie Kelk’ (Operation Chalice), , threatens to end with a sizzle. The prosecutor’s office will request the dismissal of all suspects due to statute of limitations. Case closed, is possible the danger that threatens the Canada case, if people let those things unspoken or not discussed enouogh.

It is really to the Canadians to chose colour and to defend the indigenous population.

Canada’s minister of northern affairs says the religious leaders who operated the residential school system in Canada should be held accountable for any crimes committed.

“Of course they need to be charged. This is the sort of thing you read about in another country, you don’t read about this in Canada, but if people are still alive, then we need to do all things necessary to achieve justice, of course we need to bring charges forward,”

said Dan Vandal in an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was in shock when he heard the news and promised to investigate the matter further. Since this year June is the month that should give the opportunity for Canadians to participate in virtual activities to engage with, and deepen their understanding of, Indigenous peoples’ distinct histories, customs, spiritualities, and languages. The prime minister said:

Doing so is essential to promoting a society based on mutual respect, understanding, and fairness. We all need to play a role in amplifying the voices of Indigenous peoples, dismantling systemic racism, inequalities, and discrimination, and walking the path of reconciliation together”

He continued to agree that:

“The recent, distressing news of the remains of 215 children found near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a painful reminder that the impacts of residential schools are still felt today. Sadly, this heartbreaking discovery in Kamloops is not an exception or isolated incident. Over decades, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities, and everything was stolen from them. We must all unreservedly acknowledge this truth and address these historical and ongoing wrongs, so we can build a better future.”

On National Indigenous Peoples Day prime minister Trudeau sent out this message

Tragic events over the last number of weeks have shone a light on how far we still have to go as a country on our shared journey of reconciliation, and the work we still need to do to eliminate systemic racism from all of our institutions.

The government has been working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to build a renewed relationship, and they know there’s much more work to do.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls have laid out a path forward for all Canadians on our shared journey of reconciliation.

the prime minister said and promised

And we’re working to address the important issues identified in the Calls to Action and the Calls for Justice.

There is unfairness and discrimination in our systems – that’s how they were built.

But we’re committed to listening, to learning, to understanding, and to fixing this situation.

Together, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, we will continue to advance reconciliation and right past wrongs.

On this day, and every other day, let’s acknowledge, learn from, and celebrate how First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have shaped our past and will continue to shape our future.

We can only hope that it shall not be like what happened with the (non) prosecutions in the United States of America and Belgium and how the Papal institution was kept a hand above its head.

The Catholic Pope has for years defied calls from both the Canadian government and the public to apologise for the central role his church played in running 60 per cent of Canada’s residential schools.
Like they did in other countries only the Catholic church has repeatedly defied calls to apologise, despite offering formal apologies for the “crimes” of the church in Ireland and its “grave sins” in South America. the Pope only said

“I follow with sorrow the news that arrives from Canada about the upsetting discovery of the remains of 215 children.”

“I join with the Catholic church in Canada in expressing closeness to the Canadian people traumatized by the shocking news,”

he continued.

”This sad discovery increases the awareness of the sorrows and sufferings of the past.“

Indigenous leaders have expressed disappointment and frustration over the pope’s refusal to apologise. Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said:

“It’s just part of the healing journey.”

“Why can’t the Pope contribute to that healing journey for survivors and their families?”

The Canadian bishops even dare to say that Trudeau’s remarks are unjustified. Cardinal Thomas Collins says the Church has been working continuously toward reconciliation with Indigenous people and invited Ottawa to be a part of those ongoing efforts.

Plans are underway to bring in more forensics experts to identify and repatriate the remains of the children found buried on the Kamloops and other recently found sites.

Mr Trudeau’s government has also pledged to support efforts to find more unmarked graves at the former residential schools.

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Additional reading

  1. The new pontiff ask to to act decisively in sexual abuse charges
  2. Catholic church asking for forgiveness and promising to take action against child-abusers
  3. Catholics attacking their own so called infallible pope
  4. Manifests for believers #1 Sex abuse setting fire to the powder
  5. Manifests for believers #2 Changing celibacy requirement

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  10. ‘Par for the course’: Pope’s residential school non-apology no surprise, says B.C. chief
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  25. Religious group will release records on former residential schools in B.C., Sask.
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Brexit, what we lost in the fire

To remember:

  • 2016 Brexit referendum leads to many assessments > assess damage while the firestorm is still raging.
  • losses caused by Brexit feel almost intangible.
  • an ominous sense of abandonment
  • UK + Europe involvement = needed more than ever since end of Cold War.
  • Great Britain + Commonwealth stood up to fascism & Nazism on the continent and held out until the Americans finally jumped in. > Most European countries tainted by WWII + degrees of collaboration + even participation in the Holocaust.
  • Part of many Europeans’ shock at the Brexit referendum + its aftermath five years ago was the outpouring of the kind of naked nationalism + right-wing extremism

mistake that the UK has made = that it thinks it will do better on its own > feel freer, less beholden to what is supposed to be a faceless internationalist bureaucracy, less encumbered by rules and regulations that strangle national dynamism & individual initiative = gross misconception.

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Backing the wrong horse

Financial mishmash

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

Brexit and British business

First sayings around the Brexit

Brexit No. 2 Blow-up

An European alliance or a populist alliance

British Parliament hostage its citizens for even more months

Time to get out of the gridlock

Brexit to be considered as a lost game

Strength does not lie in splendid isolation but in our unique union

Brexit 5 years onwards

A diminished Isle?

Centre for Brexit Studies Blog

By Ferry Biedermann, freelance journalist working both in the UK and in Europe. He has contributed to the Financial Times, CNBC, the Washington Post, Trouw newspaper in the Netherlands and many others. He is also a former correspondent in the Middle East for the FT and Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.

The five-year anniversary of the 2016 Brexit referendum naturally leads to many assessments of what it has meant for both the UK and the EU, thus far. It’s hard though to assess the damage while the firestorm is still raging. Also, the losses caused by Brexit feel almost intangible. As a fervently anglophile European, someone whose cultural, if not always political and social, lodestar was located to the west of the continent, it’s deeply disturbing that the UK has cut itself off from us to such a degree. It feels unnatural and disconcerting.

I’ve lived and studied in the UK…

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A diminished Isle?

To remember

Thursday 23rd June 2016 referendum > to leave achieved with a majority much less comfortable than would have been desirable for a democratic process which potentially could result in a decision with far reaching consequences.

  • historians look back = benefit of hindsight = data showing exactly how damaging vote to leave has been
  • diminution in trade between UK + EU, particularly in food + drink sent from this country = marked decline. £1.7 billion of produce exported to EU in 1st quarter of 2021. Compared to 1st quarter of 2020 > represented a fall of 46.6%.
  • 2020 Europe struggling to cope with first wave of pandemic > trade disrupted.
  • Comparison with 2019 = decline of 55.1% (decline of trade in food + drink of approximately £2 billion).
  • Dominic Goudie, head of international trade at FDF = seen already following trade barriers implemented on 1st January following end of the transition =  “very clear indication” of what is likely to be faced in the longer term.
  • impact border Ireland = critical to avoid any semblance of checks on the border for goods => ‘backstop’ = toxic to diehard Brexiters > desire to maintain integrity of the union between Great Britain & Northern Ireland

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Brexit 5 years onwards

Centre for Brexit Studies Blog

Dr. Steven McCabe

Exactly five years ago the UK public were asked to vote on continued membership of the EU. This vote, we were told, would be a way of deciding whether we wished to continue to ne members of an organisation whose roots can be traced back to the chaos produced in the second world war.

The result of the referendum, held on Thursday 23rd June 2016, to leave, was achieved with a majority much less comfortable than would have been desirable for a democratic process which potentially could result in a decision with far reaching consequences. As we’re only now beginning to realise, the desire by those who supported leave by the ‘hardest’ means possible, and who now control government, is resulting in a profoundly altered relationship with our closest neighbour and who, lest we forget, so much was endured to achieve freedom from the tyranny of…

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