The Afghans are fighting for their own country.

How long before we learn the lesson of Afghanistan?
The recent troop rotation between British and American forces was agreed some months ago. e UK troops were dying at a significantly higher rate than US troops, so now it’s the US troops’ turn to pay the “blood price”, as Blair called it.
Vital statistics

The vital statistics of Afghanistan after 9 years of British involvement, go like this –
Worst infant mortality in the world: Afghanistan
Worst life expectancy in the world: Afghanistan
For those of you conned that we’re trying to do some good – It’s not working!
We’re the enemy!

The greatest single unifying force in Afghanistan, isn’t the government, isn’t the media, isn’t X-Factor, Kabul! – it’s the presence of foreign troops on their soil! We are THE enemy. The people know that they have fought off the Russians, 300,000 of them. They know foreign invaders have never held their country. Now for years ordinary people across Afghanistan have been taking up arms against us – or planting bombs – or even joined the ANA and passing weapons to the Resistance, which we almost always call the Taliban, just to keep things simple.
Doubling the UK deaths

It’s no surprise then that after record violence this year there has been a massive drop in the repatriation of refugees back into Afghanistan.
The Dead UK forces in Afghanistan now stand at 337. Another 21 deaths and we will have lost TWICE the number that Britain lost in Iraq.
We MUST leave!

Yes – if we leave there’s likely to be further violence. But eventually even America will leave – like Russia’s 300,000 troops did before it – and like the British Empire did before that! AND at least it won’t be our families killing – or dying – or, mark my words, taking their own lives later at home.
And finally, whether we’re there or not, the Afghans are fighting for their own country.

Green Party fringe on Palestine

Conference was full-on as usual and I’m sure many of us have highlights to share.
One fringe I attended was by the PSC.
Alex Philllips was there and spoke. She was actually on board the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by Israeli forces on the night of May 31st.
The recent BBC Panorama programme on that attack was slammed as propaganda by the meeting. Very much the Israeli slant on the attack was given, and it included a smear on the IHH, an important Turkish charity which was involved. A note was made of a small campaign of people pledging to withhold their licence fees in disgust. It was underscored how we cannot rely on mainstream media for balance in this issue. And how it is worse still in America. Organisations such as PSC are devoted to telling the truth on the issues and finding ways of supporting Palestinians.
The meeting ranged around Israel-Palestine issues – such as the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. This was indeed an Israeli withdrawal but it also marked the closing of the doors on Gaza by Israel, making it a giant prison, and additionally, and importantly, it masked a major increase in settlers on the West Bank! This is typical of the dealings by Israeli authorities with Palestinians, and indeed the numerous so-called peace processes over years, always ending up disempowering Palestinians and further threatening the little territory that remains to them.
Also there was Pippa who will be on the Viva Palestina convoy leaving this month to bring aid to Gaza. This is the 5th such convoy and regular updates will be on its website – http://www.vivapalestina.org/vp5/intro.html
The convoy leaves London on Sept 18th and will meet up with sister convoys from Casablanca and Doha, all heading to Gaza.
Our helping to spread the word to whatever groups we belong to, will be very valuable.
You can also donate via the Viva website. I have been approached myself to help support a man from the area going. Our local Hull Stop the War group will be helping and if anyone can spare a tenner or whatever I shall pass it on.
I’m sure we wish Pippa and the whole convoy every strength and good wish in what they are doing for bringing much needed supplies to the people of Gaza.