Beyond “mainstream” framing and distortion, key readings on Afghanistan – News Block

Throughout the centuries echo
new false screams
of honor won
last duty accomplished
From the land of conquest

rushed departure

The legions of the empire clash and run

The arrogance fell silent

silenced trumpets

Liberal hats keep urging

High-tech helmets chased by turbans

Overdrawn Fair Mission

Weight of our tan moral burden

Imperial servitude yours to learn

great backwards game

deadly merchants

spent armament of lies and weapons

youThe rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has been widely treated by the Western political class and the “mainstream” media as a disastrous turn of events.

Indeed, beyond the tragic human carnage and sordid neglect, the humiliating withdrawal of US, UK and other NATO forces represents a positive historic outcome in rolling back the tyranny of imperialist invasion, occupation and looting of states around the world.

And, whatever troubling governance lies ahead for Afghanistan, it reaffirms the supreme right of indigenous peoples’ determination over predatory outside forces.

glenn greenwald makes the elementary point:

Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan, not to the US and NATO.

In their chaotic retreat, we now glimpse the true extent of the deceit and interventionist folly of this warmongering mission.

Or maybe not so angry for some. Because when it comes to the motivations and maneuvers of power, there is always a mercenary method in that madness.

That meddling madness will continue in Afghanistan, as elsewhere, in whatever devious guise.

However, as with Vietnam and the fall of Saigon, the liberation of Afghanistan and the easy capture of Kabul illustrate the ultimate historical failure of imperial invasion and regime change as a model of control.

As those who ran and worked for the occupation climb onto the last remaining planes, we see the true fragility of that entity and its spurious claims: the false ‘state-building’ and ‘democratization’ narratives; the so-called ‘quest for peace and stability’, while relentlessly bombing the country and murdering its people; the proclaimed ‘concern’ with educating, protecting and promoting women and girls.

If only our media had been telling people the truth about the ‘winning war’. If only the public had been properly informed about the systemic corruption and capricious nature of the Western puppet regime. Hopefully, as happens with real journalists like Julian Assange and wikileaksthey had been exposing the mass war crimes of the United States and its policy allies.
As the last british troops and the UK ambassador left Afghanistan, the British state media could only echo the platitudes of ‘honorable service’ trotted out by Boris Johnson and military officials, without even mentioning the deaths, displacement and suffering of the Afghan people.

Fortunately, beyond the amp of the BBC and other powerful outlets, we have a wealth of informed, probing and truthful journalism to rely on.

Please read and share:

jonathan cook
How the Taliban surge exposed the Pentagon’s lies

low key
about afghanistan

Yvonne Ridley
What can the Taliban offer the women of Afghanistan?

John Pilgrim
The Great Game of Smashing Nations

joe gleton
British ex-soldier DESTROYS official account of Afghanistan

Claudia Webbe, MP
Afghanistan was a war without a just cause, and simply a continuation of Western imperialism

Vijay Prashad

How the Taliban drove the West out of Afghanistan

Phil Miller and Mark Curtis

Four failed wars must finally force the UK to adopt an ethical foreign policy

Ali Abunimah
What Israel hopes to get from America’s Afghan mess

julie yell
The media rediscover Afghan women only when the US leaves

gavin lewis

Afghanistan: The Abomination of the “White Man’s Burden” and False Feminist Narratives

alex rubinstein

Did the US support the growth of ISIS-K?

mark curtis
The Great Game: The Reality of the British War in Afghanistan
(since 2011)

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