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Who really did carry out the attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel? : Comments

By Revelly Robinson, published 1/7/2011

Recent attacks in Kabul are a show of defiance by an increasingly brazen insurgent movement against the Afghan Government and international forces.

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>>Who really did carry out the attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel?>>

I don't much care.

No, I REALLY don't.

What I care about is that Australia high tails it out of there immediately.

Not as soon as possible.

Not when the Americans leave.

But today.

Afghanistan is not worth the life of one more Australian soldier or the expenditure of one more Australian dollar.

I understand we are in Afghanistan because we need to show our most important allies that they can rely on us. I don't despise that motive. It is in our interest to keep the US engaged in the Asia Pacific. The US Navy helps keep the Pacific "pacific" which is important for Australia's enormously long supply routes.

But there are other ways we can engage with the US. This is getting ridiculous.

Staying in Afghanistan is not in Australia's interests and it's not in America's either.
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Friday, 1 July 2011 12:29:32 PM
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"Afghanistan is not worth the life of one more Australian soldier or the expenditure of one more Australian dollar."

That pretty well sums up the majority of Australian thought.

Go in there and wipe out the problem, or pull out, and stop the war industries for making pointless human-death profits from the whole affair.

If the US and alike are going to have a WAR! go in there boots and all, and at least make it look like there's a point to all the deaths so far.

LEAP
Posted by Quantumleap, Friday, 1 July 2011 8:29:32 PM
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The connection of this terrorist attack with the ISI is well taken.

The mainstream media reports have memories that would not extend to the September 2008 suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad Pakistan http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2008/10/islamabad-marriott-hotel-bombing.html where ISI links appeared probable.

Our theory is that both Hotel attacks are an odd combination of protection racket and religious extremist attack. That is that a regional protection racket that collects money from large businesses (such as Hotels) who wish not to be bombed dupes Muslim extremists into targeting non-paying businesses as symbols of Western infidel defilement.

The combination of corruption/Muslim extremism/ISI has been a constant theme for decades. "Shaking down" hotels is a worthy racket true to form.

see http://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2008/10/islamabad-marriott-hotel-bombing.html

Pete
Posted by plantagenet, Friday, 1 July 2011 9:40:08 PM
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The security racket in Afghanistan is a far-reaching phenomenon. The main highways are all littered with the carcasses of fuel tanker trucks , half of which have been deliberately set alight to exhort protection money. So far there hasn't been any speculation that these sorts of protection gambits would extend to hotel attacks but there does seem to be no limit to the lengths of destruction that people will go to to protect their businesses. This truly is a war economy.
Posted by Revelly Robinson, Saturday, 2 July 2011 3:21:18 PM
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The Afghan economy is headed for the gurgler anyway.

From the NY Times:

>>Over the next three years, however, as the American military and civilian presence and spending decrease, thousands of jobs will end for Afghans who work at or around bases and under grants and contracts financed by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development.

Afghans and American civilian and military planners fear that the country will fall into an economic abyss, sending some Afghans back into the insurgency and deepening the poverty of people throughout the country.>>

On one level I do have some empathy for the Afghans- especially the women. Their situation, already bad, can only get worse as the Taliban re-establishes control over Afghanistan.

But I still think Afghanistan is not worth the life of one more Australian soldier or the expenditure of one more Australian dollar.

Afghanistan has been a hellhole for women for centuries and it is beyond our powers to change that
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Saturday, 2 July 2011 3:34:31 PM
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I have to wonder why Afghanistan is militarily or politically important to the West? Ok, it was supposed to be the home base of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and appears to be the home of the Taliban, but why is its stability and governance not of greater importance to the Muslim and Arab world than has been demonstrated thus far?

Are we there for religious reform? Is it for the sake of the women? Or, are we there for counter-terrorism? If so, surely all of this is something the West has to take up much more vociferously with the Muslim and Arab world, rather than just by military intervention?

Could Pakistan, or western relations with Pakistan be the key? Or is the West rightly afraid of a takeover of the Muslim and Arab world by the Taliban, and thus afraid of a potential major conflict of WW3 proportions? Or is the aim ultimately to protect oil supply?

Can parallels be drawn with the intervention in Libya? In Syria? Could it be that Tunisia has started a movement which could threaten to reshape western/mid-east relations?

Is it possible that we are seeing a new "Domino Theory" in operation, but this time concerning middle-east stability and not only oil security but world security? If this is the case, and if this time the threat is real, then it would appear appropriate for a much more concerted effort be made in Afghanistan, both militarily and through much more strenuous engagement in diplomatic relations with the Muslim and Arab world as a whole.

Many questions, but I have no answers.
Posted by Saltpetre, Sunday, 3 July 2011 1:20:03 PM
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