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NATO Forces Fire on Targets Inside Pakistan

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Posted on Sep 30, 2010
AP / Shah Khalid

A Pakistani border guard stands near an Afghanistan-bound NATO oil tanker after it was reportedly attacked at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday.

In an incident that could lead to even more tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants. In this case, as in many, one side’s claimed self-defense is another side’s act of aggression.  —KA

BBC:

Pakistan says the helicopter attacked a military checkpoint, and that it “strongly disapproves” of violation of its sovereignty.

It has blocked supply routes for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.

However, if it becomes permanent, the blockade of one of two important routes could lead to a major escalation in tensions between Pakistan and the United States.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said after the border attack on Thursday: “We will have to see whether we are allies or enemies.”

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By call me roy, October 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

We already sent aid. And the Pakistanis have torched 24 NATO trucks. We already sent aid and Pakistan has enabled terrorists to launch a coming attack in the West within the next few weeks. We already sent aid and the Pakistani Muslims are denying that aid to Christian Pakistanis. We sent aid and yet they still teach Muslim kids to hate us, they still train terrorists to kill us.So I will NOT donate another cent ever to Pakistan.I will rather help the poor in my country. Let their Wahhabi Saudi brothers send aid.

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By call me roy, October 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

How many hearts and minds were changed after the tsunami relief? With the best of intentions, the Israelis offered aid and were turned away. If the Little Satan is not worthy of aiding muslims, I fail to see how the Great Satan is more acceptable. And if by some slim chance the hearts and minds were changed, aren’t they susceptible to being changed right back to the default mode after a few Friday night pep rallies?

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By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, October 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Obama needs to start telling the truth about the real reason we are at war in Pakistan (and Afghanistan) - namely the Chinese-built deep water port in Gwadar, Pakistan - which will guarantee China a virtual monpoly on Iranian oil and natural gas. I blog about this at http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2010/09/26/iran-china-and-the-gwadar-port/

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By rico, suave, October 1, 2010 at 8:15 am Link to this comment

“NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants.”

Yeah, right. We all know the chopper was sent to kill women and children. Why does NATO continue this charade of pretending to target the Taliban?

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By diamond, September 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

NATO’s a joke. Not a brain cell between them. And consider this: the drones that kill people in Afghanistan (many of them civilians) are fired by someone sitting at a computer screen in America. The entire drone war is being run by the CIA. It’s not under the control of the elected government and the CIA chooses the targets and ‘liquidates’ them. Does this make any kind of sense, knowing that the CIA handpicked the drug lords and Islamic extremists who now constitute the government of Afghanistan and is involved in acts of terrorism itself via various terror groups it funds and controls?

‘In 1991 the first Bush administration had expressed support for a proposed oil pipeline across Azerbaijan, across the Caucasus to Turkey. In the same year- during a Congressional ban on US arms sales to that country- three veteran US covert operations experts Richard Second, Heinie Aderholt and Ed Dearborn, all formerly active in Laos and later with Oliver North’s Contra operations, landed in Baku through the auspices of a company called ‘MEGA oil’. The three were career Air Force officers, but had in the past been seconded to the CIA. In Azerbaijan, they engaged in ‘military training’ and established an air transport network’ which soon was picking up hundreds of mujaheddin mercenaries in Afghanistan. (Gulbuddin)Hekmatyar- who was still in receipt of US aid and an ally of Osama bin Laden - was recruiting Afghan Mujaheddin to fight ‘in Azerbaijan against Armenia and its Russian allies’. By 1993, at least two thousand Afghan mujaheddin had arrived in Azerbaijan and been armed with thousands of dollars of weapons.’

Of course there was a lot at stake:

‘An $8 billion oil contract with a consortium of western oil companies headed by BP. Part of the contract would be a pipeline which would, for the first time, not pass through Russian controlled territory when exporting oil from the Caspian basin to Turkey. Thus the contract was bitterly opposed by Russia.’

A former Congressional terrorism expert (Bodansky) reported one year before 9/11 that the US government was actively involved in ‘yet another anti-Russian jihad’ in the summer of 2000.

‘As if reliving the ‘good ‘ol days’ of Afghanistan in the eighties, Washington is once again seeking to support and empower the most virulent anti-western Islamist forces. The US crossed the line in mid-December 1999, when US officials participated in a formal meeting in Azerbaijan in which specific programs for the training and equipping of Mujaheddin from the Caucasus, Central/South Asia and the Arab world were discussed and agreed upon.’

And it isn’t only in Afghanistan: in Algeria and other places (even in Europe) the same game is being played.

‘The military regime (of Algeria) is perpetuating itself by fabricating and nourishing a mysterious monster to fight…In October 1997, troubling reports suggested that a faction of the army, dubbed, the ‘land mafia’, might actually be responsible for some of last summer’s massacres…The French magazine ‘Paris Match’ reported that the ‘land mafia’ consisted of Algerian military-intelligence officers who wanted to cleanse premium lands of peasant occupants in anticipation of the privatisation of all land in 1998.’

And this double game continues to this day in all corners of the globe.

This information is from a book called ‘The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry’ by Nafeez Mosaddeo Ahmed. This is the book they should have burned.

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