Aug 2, 2010
Last week a huge batch of 92,000 classified military documents were leaked to the public for the first time, offering an “unvarnished, ground-level picture” of the war in Afghanistan, as the New York Times put it. Unvarnished they may be – but surprising, they’re not.
Yes, they certainly offer a grimmer picture of the war than that offered by the Obama administration, or by Bush before him. But the supposed revelations focused on by the news media – that the so-called U.S. allies in Afghanistan are corrupt; that civilians have been killed and even targeted by U.S. forces in Afghanistan; that U.S. special forces have been operating in Pakistan; and even that the U.S. has used assassination squads to further its objectives – have all been said over and over and over again, by the peoples of that region and by U.S. soldiers coming out of that war.
The crime has been that the news media have ignored the vast majority of such stories until it was all thrust upon them with these leaks.
The news media have been willingly helping to sell a war that is nothing but a brutal attack on the entire population of Afghanistan. “Success,” to the U.S., could only come at that population’s expense, and could only be achieved when (and if) the population could be beaten into submission.
It needs to end NOW.