Ett citat till, denna gång av Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) — m.a.a. ockupationsmaktens problem i Irak (Maj 2004):
Conquered states that have been accustomed to liberty and the government of 
their own laws can be held by the conqueror in three different ways. 
 The first is to ruin them; the second, for the conqueror to go and reside there in person;
 and the third is to allow them to continue to live under their  own laws, 
 subject to a regular tribute, and to create in them a government of a few, 
 who will keep the country friendly to the conqueror:
  Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince 

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Det följande är från en afgansk kvinnoorganisation, RAWA som på nätet visar bilder inifrån landet samt information som delvis skiljer sig från den gängse i våra media:

Det kan mycket väl vara så att kvinnoföreningen sponsras av CIA — men ändå är informationen delvis unik och bilderna kan väl inte ljuga (eller kan de?)

In our opinion, the Taliban and other jehadi fundamentalist cliques of Rabbani, Sayyaf, Masoud, Khalili, Hekmatyar and their like are brothers in arms. They are all of the same hue, because:

All of them have a Klashnikov in one hand and the Quran in the other to kill, intimidate, detain and mutilate our people arbitrarily.

All are violently misusing Islam, interpret the Quran according to their own personal whims and political interests, and use religion as a cover to hide their heinous crimes.

They are all proud of stoning men and women to death, cutting their limbs, public executions and punishing the people without trial in an authorized court.

Educational affairs during more than four years of the jehadi fundamentalists' rule were not better than what we find today under the Taliban. All of them are equally hostile to science and culture. If Taliban simply close the doors of all schools and name Radio Kabul as so-called Radio Shariat, the Rabbani and other bands of jehadi fundamentalists were not different. They called schools "the doors of hell" and termed radio as "devil's box" and TV as "Satan's mirror"! Book burning ceremonies were held in Kabul and elsewhere under the personal supervision of the infamous Seddiqu Chakari, the so-called minister of information and culture of Rabbani's administration.

All of them are not indigenous and are dependent on foreign countries. The Taliban too cannot last long without foreign support and the same holds true for other jehadi fundamentalists as well.

They are not only incapable of providing any economic relief to the Afghan people but are also unwilling to take any step that benefits the masses. The conditions are so disastrous in Afghanistan that people are forced to sell their children just to save them from dying of starvation in cold winters. Unprecedented abuses of human rights were committed on mass scale under the domination of both types of fundamentalists.

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En kung för Afganistan?

Stormakterna förnekar sig icke! För när 1a Balkankriget tog slut och (Innan det andra började) när Osmanska riket inte längre var så väl representerat i Europa — ja då försökte stormakterna sätta in en tysk Kung (prins Vilhelm av Wied) att "härska" i Albanien eftersom man då, liksom nu, var rädd för ryssarna!

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Edward Said 9 mars 2003

The media has simply become a branch of the war effort. What has entirely disappeared from television is anything remotely resembling a consistently dissenting voice. Every major channel now employs retired generals, former CIA agents, terrorism experts and known neoconservatives as "consultants" who speak a revolting jargon designed to sound authoritative but in effect supporting everything done by the US, from the UN to the sands of Arabia. Only one major daily newspaper (in Baltimore) has published anything about US eavesdropping, telephone tapping and message interception of the six small countries that are members of the Security Council and whose votes are undecided. There are no antiwar voices to read or hear in any of the major medias of this country, no Arabs or Muslims (who have been consigned en masse to the ranks of the fanatics and terrorists of this world), no critics of Israel, not on Public Broadcasting, not in The New York Times, the New Yorker, US News and World Report, CNN and the rest. When these organizations mention Iraq's flouting of 17 UN resolutions as a pretext for war, the 64 resolutions flouted by Israel (with US support) are never mentioned. Nor is the enormous human suffering of the Iraqi people during the past 12 years mentioned. Whatever the dreaded Saddam has done Israel and Sharon have also done with American support, yet no one says anything about the latter while fulminating about the former. This makes a total mockery of taunts by Bush and others that the UN should abide by its own resolutions.

The American people have thus been deliberately lied to, their interests cynically misrepresented and misreported, the real aims and intentions of this private war of Bush the son and his junta concealed with complete arrogance. Never mind that Wolfowitz, Feith, and Perle, all of them unelected officials who work for unelected Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, have for some time openly advocated Israeli annexation of the West Bank and Gaza and the cessation of the Oslo process, have called for war against Iraq (and later Iran), and the building of more illegal Israeli settlements in their capacity (during Netanyahu's successful campaign for prime minister in 1996) as private consultants to him, and that that has become US policy now.

Never mind that Israel's iniquitous policies against Palestinians, which are reported only at the ends of articles (when they are reported at all) as so many miscellaneous civilian deaths, are never compared with Saddam's crimes, which they match or in some cases exceed, all of them, in the final analysis, paid for by the US taxpayer without consultation or approval. Over 40,000 Palestinians have been wounded seriously in the last two years, and about 2,500 killed wantonly by Israeli soldiers who are instructed to humiliate and punish an entire people during what has become the longest military occupation in modern history.

Never mind that not a single critical Arab or Muslim voice has been seen or heard on the major American media, liberal, moderate, or reactionary, with any regularity at all since the preparations for war have gone into their final phase. Consider also that none of the major planners of this war, certainly not the so-called experts like Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami, neither of whom has so much as lived in or come near the Arab world in decades, nor the military and political people like Powell, Rice, Cheney, or the great god Bush himself, know anything about the Muslim or Arab worlds beyond what they see through Israeli or oil company or military lenses, and therefore have no idea what a war of this magnitude against Iraq will produce for the people actually living there.

And consider too the sheer, unadorned hubris of men like Wolfowitz and his assistants. Asked to testify to a largely somnolent Congress about the war's consequences and costs they are allowed to escape without giving any concrete answers, which effectively dismisses the evidence of the army chief of staff who has spoken of a military occupation force of 400,000 troops for 10 years at a cost of almost a trillion dollars.

Källa: Edward Said