Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Former CIA torturer is the new Afghan VP

Left: Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan's new 1st VP.  Dostum is a former CIA man, mass murderer and torturer. 

by Richard Mellor

I was listening this morning to the reports from Democracy Now about the recent elections in Afghanistan where the new government of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzaihas agreed to keep 10,000 US troops in the country.  Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai refused to sign such an agreement with the US due to the murder of civilians by US air strikes. Ghani is a former World Bank employee so there's no solution for the Afghani people to the misery they have been subjected to for years with this US proxy in power.

Democracy Now's report also talks of the Convoy of Death a documentary about a massacre of Taliban prisoners that took place as they were being transported in trucks.  A dominant figure in this is Abdul Rashid Dostum, a CIA employee and notorious Afghan Warlord who has just been elected as Afghanistan's 1st Vice President. He is a well known mass murderer and one of the many mass murderers that the Pentagon has supported.

This blog aired Convoy of Death that clearly implicated the US in the massacre and torture of these prisoners and I was about to republish it but I see that it has disappeared. Here is a trailer for the documentary.
There have been attempts to get the Obama Administration to open an investigation in to it but the US military's involvement in the massacre is obvious when you see this film and the Obama Administration has repeatedly covered for these war crimes.

As an earlier blogpost pointed out, the rise of Islamic fanaticism is due to the meddling and violence in these countries and murder of the people by US imperialism.  Convoy of Death is a very powerful film, a condemnation of US military presence in Afghanistan and a brutal example of the horror that is committed in our name. 

Today's Democracy Now has a fairly extensive audio clip from Convoy of Death and it's well worth listening to or the reader should be able to download the transcript. I just heard Amy Goodman say that they are selling the film for a $75 donation.  It's worth it.

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