Feb 15, 2010
Thousands of U.S. marines, reinforced with NATO and Afghan troops, have launched a major attack on the city of Marjah, a farming town of 80,000 in southern Afghanistan.
A few days before the offensive, the U.S. military called a meeting of Afghan tribal elders, to convey the following message to the people of Marjah: “If you stay in your homes, you do so at your own peril. We’ll be cautious, but we will give no guarantees.”
What is this, if not an open threat to the residents of Marjah? If there had been any Taliban fighters there, as the U.S. military claims, they certainly will have fled the town by now.
No, the target of the assault on Marjah is not the Taliban, it’s the population of Afghanistan.
To continue, or even escalate this war, as the U.S. is doing in the name of a military “surge,” means to attack the population – and to terrorize it.
The assault on Marjah is proof of this.