Afghan pipeline and war


This video is called Prof. Noam Chomsky on American goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I quote only very rarely on this blog from the news agency of the absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia.

However, today I do. Because today, it unveils to some extent, the real “reasons” behind the bloody war in Afghanistan.

That war is, unlike what war propagandists say, not about liberating women in Afghanistan. Their situation is as bad as under the previous Taliban regime.

That war is, unlike what war propagandists say, not about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA. The Taliban leaders hardly looked beyond their own provincial borders, let alone Afghanistan’s national borders. They hardly knew where New York City was, let alone where the Twin Towers were.

That war is, unlike what war propagandists say, not about Osama bin Laden. Who was not in Afghanistan, but in United States ally Pakistan during the Afghan war. And who is dead now, though Afghan civilians and United States and other soldiers still keep dying. And United States, Canadian, and other taxpayers keep paying billions for the war.

Now, from MENAFN – Saudi Press Agency:

Turkmens plan trans-Afghan gas sale deal in May

05/05/2012

Senior officials in Turkmenistan said the energy-rich Central Asian nation

Turkmenistan is not just oil- and gas-rich. It is also a dictatorship. Never mind, the Pentagon says: it is our ally in the Afghan war. Being a dictatorship is only a problem if you quarrel with the United States establishment (and being a democracy and quarreling with the US establishment is a problem as well).

plans to sign a natural gas sales agreement with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India this month, AP reported.

The deal would mark a decisive move toward construction of a pipeline crossing the four nations that backers hope will meet energy demands across the region.

Two high-ranking officials, who cannot be named as they are not authorized to speak with the media, told The Associated Press this week they expect the agreement to be signed at an energy conference in Turkmenistan late May.

Progress on the project has to date been delayed by disagreement among participant nations on transit fees and the price for the gas.

It has been widely assumed that gas for the more than 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) pipeline will be sourced from the Dauletabad field in southern Turkmenistan.

An official from the state gas company said, however, that a portion of the fuel will eventually be drawn from the vast and yet-to-be developed South Yolotan field near the Afghan border.

The gas pipeline across Afghanistan, projected to ship 33 billion cubic meters a year, has been actively backed by the United States. It would give Turkmenistan a further export route for its copious energy reserves and generate revenue for Afghanistan.

Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has said Afghanistan could stand to earn more than $1 billion annually in transit fees.

If that money for Afghanistan materializes, then it would probably disappear into the pockets of a small corrupt clique who don’t care about the poor majority of Afghans. Like the Afghan Kabulbank scandal shows.

Construction begins on Afghan stretch of TAPI gas pipeline: here.

US-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or Special Operations Forces Night Raids. Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service News: “But the only substantive agreement reached between the U.S. and Afghanistan – well hidden in the agreements – has been to allow powerful U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to continue to carry out the unilateral night raids on private homes that are universally hated in the Pashtun zones of Afghanistan…. The Obama administration’s success in obscuring those facts is the real story behind the ostensible story of the agreement”: here.

Leaving Afghanistan by Staying. David Swanson, War Is a Crime: “Obama is full of praise for U.S. troops, as if they’ve benefitted Afghanistan. And he’s full of concern for the suffering of U.S. troops and U.S. citizens…. ‘Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for this war,’ Obama said, forgetting that one of those two countries had invaded the other one and occupied it for over a decade. ‘The reason America is safe is because of you,’ Obama told U.S. troops, forgetting that the war has made our nation more hated around the world”: here.

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    • Maybe because the exposure was mainly on small blogs etc., while the official war propaganda was in corporate media with lots of money? This exposure should be repeated when necessary.

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  1. US bullies India over Iranian oil

    INDIA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to slash Iranian oil imports in order to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic over its civil nuclear programme.

    Ms Clinton said it wanted India to be part of the US-led effort to choke off the Iranian economy.

    The two developing countries reached a mutual agreement earlier this year that sees India pay for some Iranian oil in rupees that Iran would then use to buy goods from India.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/118696

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  2. Karzai calls civilian casualties ‘unacceptable’

    3 died in IED attack

    Author: By the CNN Wire Staff

    Published On: May 07 2012 08:11:37 AM EDT Updated On: May 07 2012 01:46:48 PM EDT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) –

    A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over four airstrikes in recent days by international forces in which dozens of civilian casualties have been reported.

    “That’s unacceptable to the Afghan government,” said the spokesman, Aimal Faizi.

    He said that Karzai had spoken with local officials and the families of the victims and then summoned International Security Assistance Force commander, Gen. John Allen, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker to the palace for an explanation.

    Recently signed agreements between the United States and Afghanistan had been intended to stop such unilateral operations, said the spokesman.

    “The reason for the MoUs and SPA was to Afghanize each and every thing in military operations and to put an end to unilateral operations,” said Faizi, referring to two recently signed dcouments, a memoranda of understanding and a strategic partnership agreement over special operations.

    “We do not have joint airstrikes,” Faizi said. “It is unilateral when it comes to an airstrike.”

    He added that Allen had promised to investigate the issue and report back to the president. “General Allen said that his teams are investigating this incident and he regrets any loss.”

    A news release from the palace said: “During these bombings by coalition forces, which started since this Sunday in the Logar, Kapisa, Helmand, and Baghdis provinces of Afghanistan, dozens of Afghan civilians — including women and children — were killed or wounded.”

    Karzai told Allen and Crocker that civilian casualties and the bombing of Afghan villages are unacceptable, the news release said. “President Karzai said that unilateral operations by NATO forces and bombing civilians is not only an issue of Afghan sovereignty, but it is also an issue of human life, which cannot be ignored.”

    The statement added: “President Karzai said if the lives of Afghans are not safe then strategic cooperation between the two countries will lose its meaning and concept.”

    Sources close to the meeting said the news release represented an accurate portrayal of the meeting.

    “We take all human loss of life very seriously,” said Gavin Sundwall, a U.S. Embassy spokesman.

    An Afghan police official, citing initial reports, told CNN the Baghdis incident, in the northwest, killed 14 civilians and wounded six others on Sunday.

    NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said an airstrike in the province killed three insurgents.

    “We are aware of and are looking into the reports of civilian casualties,” said Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led force.

    The strike occurred in the province’s Bala Murghab district, said Sharafuddin Majidi, a spokesman for the governor of Badghis province, and the police source.

    In eastern Afghanistan, attackers killed three U.S. soldiers Monday, a Western official said.

    The deaths occurred just south of a base in Ghazni province when an explosion hit the vehicle the soldiers were traveling in, said the official who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to discuss the incident with media outlets.

    Two Americans were wounded as well, the official said.

    The NATO-led force reported that three service members died in the bombing.

    More than 1,900 Americans and another 1,000-plus allied troops have died in the 10-year conflict.

    On Sunday, a NATO service member was shot to death by a gunman in an Afghan army uniform in southern Afghanistan, the allied command in Kabul reported.

    The attacker was killed by coalition forces who returned fire, the NATO-led force reported.

    The year has seen a number of attacks on coalition forces by Afghan forces or by insurgents who have disguised themselves as Afghan troops, fueling distrust at a critical period of the conflict.

    In another attack Sunday, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, killing one American and wounding two, a Western official said. The bombing happened about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of an outpost in Paktia province, near the Pakistani border, the official said.

    Copyright 2012 by CNN NewSource. All rights reserved

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    Karzai says civilian deaths could hinder US pact:

    http://rethinkafghanistan.com/blog/2012/05/karzai-says-civilian-deaths-could-hinder-us-pact/

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