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Afghanistan: NATO's ten-year war in South Asia

Rick Rozoff | 01.09.2010 15:58 | Afghanistan | Analysis | Anti-militarism | Globalisation | Sheffield | World

In slightly over a month, on October 7, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan will enter its tenth year.

The conflict represents the longest continuous combat operations in the history of the United States and Afghanistan alike. With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the only time in its existence activating its Article 5 mutual military assistance clause in September 2001 and thus entering the Afghan fray, European nations that had not been at war since the Second World War are now engaged in an endless combat mission.

There are 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, 120,000 of them under the command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Military personnel from over a quarter of the 192 members of the United Nations. They include soldiers from almost every European country, several Asia-Pacific states, and nations in the Americas and the Middle East.

member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - March 2006
member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - March 2006

NATO members (in blue), the Partnership for Peace countries (in green), the Mediterranean dialogue countries (in brown)


Afghanistan: North Atlantic Military Bloc's Ten-Year War In South Asia

by Rick Rozoff, 1 September 2010

In slightly over a month, on October 7, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan will enter its tenth year.

The conflict represents the longest continuous combat operations in the history of the United States and Afghanistan alike. With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the only time in its existence activating its Article 5 mutual military assistance clause in September 2001 and thus entering the Afghan fray, European nations that had not been at war since the Second World War are now engaged in an endless combat mission.

There are 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, 120,000 of them under the command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Military personnel from over a quarter of the 192 members of the United Nations.

They include soldiers from almost every European country, several Asia-Pacific states, and nations in the Americas and the Middle East.

NATO has grown from 19 to 28 members since it took control of ISAF in 2003 and has expanded military partnerships with several nations that have deployed troops to Afghanistan, from Australia to Georgia, Montenegro to South Korea, Armenia to the United Arab Emirates.

In the same interim the North Atlantic military bloc has assumed the role of an international, expeditionary, increasingly more multifaceted and politicized armed intervention force, a status that will be formalized this November at its summit in Portugal when its first 21st century Strategic Concept is adopted.

In the middle of August the death count for U.S. and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan passed the 2,000 mark and has grown almost every day since - 2051 by August 31 - with American fatalities accounting for some 60 percent of the total. The U.S. suffered 19 combat deaths in the four days beginning on August 28.

Troops from at least 26 nations serving under NATO's ISAF have been killed in Afghanistan, a record number of countries to sacrifice soldiers in one nation. 521 foreign troops lost their lives in the Afghan war theater last year, a dramatic increase from the preceding year when 295 were killed. So far this year the number is 478, with 2010 poised to be the deadliest year in the nine-year war for U.S. and NATO forces.

The amount of foreign soldiers killed is matched if not exceeded by the number of Afghan civilians slain by NATO.

On August 15 a NATO vehicle hit a motorcycle in southern Afghanistan, killing five civilians including a woman and her three children.

Two days later NATO troops killed a father and son in a raid in Nangarhar province, triggering a protest that blocked the highway from the capital of the province, Jalalabad, to the capital of the country, Kabul.

On August 21 as many as 1,000 Afghans took to the streets in Baghlan province after NATO raided a house in the Baghlan-i-Jadid district, killing one civilian and abducting two others. "Chanting anti-government and anti-NATO slogans, the protesters warned [they would] hold demonstrations in the future if the killing of civilians is not investigated." [1]

Two days later officials and residents of the same province accused NATO of killing eight civilians during an early morning raid.

On August 25 an Afghan identified as a police trainee and two Spanish soldiers were killed in a shoot-out at a NATO base in Badghis province. Afterwards thousands of Afghans attempted to storm the base in response to what they viewed as the slaying of an Afghan soldier by NATO troops. Four Spanish soldiers were hurt in the melee. One account of the incident reported that NATO forces opened fire on demonstrators, "killing dozens of people and wounding more than 20 other civilians." [2]

Two days later NATO aircraft bombed a remote part of Kunar province, and according to provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziayee, "In the bombardment six children, aged six to 12, were killed. Another child was injured." [3]

The time when NATO could pretend that the International Security Assistance Force was a peacekeeping and reconstruction initiative is long over, the pretext drowned in the blood of Afghan civilians.

Earlier this month the German Bundeswehr announced that it was dropping all charges against Colonel Georg Klein, who ordered a NATO air strike in Kunduz province last September that killed 142 people, by Afghan accounts all civilians. [4] "Investigators found no evidence that Klein had broken any rules." [5]

On August 29 Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg paid an unannounced visit to "a combat zone in Afghanistan" - in Kunduz province - "the first time a senior German politician has met German troops who are facing off day to day against the Taliban." [6]

15 kilometers from the rapid reaction force base he inspected, four German soldiers were killed in a firefight this April. Guttenberg participated in "ceremonies paying tribute to German soldiers who had been killed." [7]

German ground combat operations in the province are the nation's first since the defeat of the Nazi regime in 1945.

Berlin has abandoned post-war limits on the number of troops that can be deployed abroad - moreover to a war zone - and has as many as 4,600 in Afghanistan. 47 Bundeswehr troops have died serving NATO in the country.

On August 23 France lost two troops, a marine officer and soldier, in a firefight 55 kilometers north of the Afghan capital, bringing France's death toll to 47 also. Paris supplies 3,750 troops to NATO's ISAF.

Two days afterward President Nicolas Sarkozy, who reintegrated France into NATO's military command structure last year, stated "France will remain engaged in Afghanistan, with its allies, for as long as necessary...." [8]

On August 21 Britain lost a solider in Helmand province, its 332nd death, the second largest number after that of the U.S.

The Afghan war is also providing the 12 Eastern European countries brought into NATO in the past 11 years as well as new partners in the Asia-Pacific region their first combat in decades. Along with operations in Iraq starting in 2003, new NATO members are involved in warfighting for the first time since War World II and NATO Contact Countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Korea for the first time since the Vietnam War.

A Polish convoy in Ghazni province came under mortar attack on August 24 and the following day two Polish soldiers were wounded in shelling outside the Four Corners base in the same province.

As Poland's armed forces were fighting their first war since 1939, the U.S. Air Force deployed airmen and planes from the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Poland's 33rd Air Base near Powidz for seven days of joint training. Operation Screaming Eagle included paratroop and night flying training.

"The training also allowed a chance for members of the Polish air force to receive incentive flights on a C-130J Super Hercules....Polish airmen received the first of five refurbished C-130E Hercules military transport planes in early 2009" [9] from the U.S. for use in Afghanistan and other NATO military missions overseas.

Earlier this year Britain conducted its latest Exercise Flying Rhino war games in the Czech Republic. "The British Army's largest land-air military exercise" occurred in that country where "Forward Air Controllers [prepared] to coordinate aircraft flying over Afghanistan at 1,000mph (1,600km/h) in an airspace littered with 45kg rounds being fired from the ground."

"The fast-paced European deployment saw more than 2,000 UK troops linking up with military personnel from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Slovakia and the United States in an operational environment....[A] unified effort was imperative to the logistics of the exercise with 32 aircraft, 600 vehicles and thousands of servicemen and women being moved into the training area." [10]

In the middle of August the Czech military disclosed it would deploy its first four Pandur armored personnel carriers to Afghanistan. A spokesman for the nation's General Staff said "The Pandurs were specially modified for tens of millions of crowns to serve in allied operations" and, in addition, "14 Iveco light armoured vehicles will be sent to Afghanistan," where a Czech unit has already been using 15 of them. [11]

Despite talk of a drawdown of NATO military forces in Afghanistan, new member states in Eastern Europe are being tasked to increase the deployment of troops and ordnance to the war front.

NATO's war in Afghanistan is being used not only to integrate the armed forces of over 50 nations into a U.S.-controlled globally deployable military force, but also to expand the Pentagon's reach into Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, ever closer to the borders of Russia, Iran and China.

Since 2005 the U.S. has acquired seven new military bases in Romania and Bulgaria, including strategic air bases, and launched the world's first multinational strategic airlift operation at the Papa Air Base in Hungary.

In June the U.S. led 100 personnel from five NATO nations in the first paratroop exercise under the auspices of the Heavy Airlift Wing at the Hungarian base. An American sergeant present at the drills said, "It's...beneficial for the other countries participating if they were to deploy to Afghanistan, because from the training, they would understand how the U.S. military works." [12]

Activated in the summer of 2009, last October the Heavy Airlift Wing flew one of its U.S. C-17 Globemaster IIIs into the Afghan capital with military representatives of 42 countries, all 28 NATO members and 14 other troop contributors.

By this April the operation had "moved 2.1 million pounds of equipment essential to surge operations supporting the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

"The international wing has been part of the operation to move more than 6
million pounds of basic expeditionary airfield resources, or BEAR materiel, to build six forward operating bases...." [13]

On August 23 a Hungarian convoy in northern Afghanistan was hit by a roadside bomb and then fired on from several directions. One Hungarian soldier was killed and three wounded in the attack. One of the injured troops later died, Hungary's first female combat fatality in Afghanistan and undoubtedly ever.

Last week the former Soviet republic of Estonia, with a population of only 1,300,000, announced its largest-ever military vehicle deal, purchasing 80 armored personnel carriers from the Netherlands.

A spokesman from the country's Defense Ministry stated, "The deal doubles the number of armored vehicles in the Estonian defense forces and is the biggest armored vehicle deal ever made (by Estonia)" The transaction followed by five months the biggest arms purchase in the nation's history with the "delivery of a short-range surface-to-air missile system from European defense giant MBDA and Sweden's Saab costing one billion kroons." (Kroon = 0.0814 U.S. dollars.)

"Estonia joined NATO in 2004 and has been upgrading its defense equipment to meet the standards of the 28-nation trans-Atlantic alliance...." [14]

On August 30 the country lost its eighth soldier in Afghanistan.

Again to demonstrate that NATO has no plans to leave South Asia in the imminent future, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan announced on August 28 that fellow Baltic state Lithuania will deploy military personnel to train the Afghan National Army, partnering with Ukraine, not an official ISAF troop contributor. The former Soviet states signed a two-year commitment to begin in 2011.

A Los Angeles Times feature of August 19 entitled "Romania shows its support for the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan" stated "the U.S. military and political leadership has put a priority on strengthening ties with Romania," which has turned four military bases over to the Pentagon and NATO in recent years and this February announced it would host American land-based Standard Missile-3 anti-ballistic missiles.

While the Netherlands became the first NATO member state to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, since last year Romania has increased its contributions to NATO's Afghan war effort from 962 to over 1,500 troops, "even as Romania's economy is suffering and defense spending is being cut."

"To the Romanians, participation in the Afghan mission is a good way to demonstrate their bona fides as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and as an ally of the United States...." [15]

Earlier this month NATO awarded Romanian troops medals for their role in the Alliance's first ground war. "The event started with a moment of silence in memory of Romanian, US and Afghan troops killed in Afghanistan." [16]

Neighboring Bulgaria, where the U.S. has acquired three new bases including the Bezmer Air Base, sent 200 army rangers to Afghanistan in the same week. At the beginning of August Defense Minister Anyu Angelov "announced that Bulgaria was going to change the functions of the Bulgarian troops in Afghanistan, and that instead of guard units, it was going to send a 700-strong combat regiment by the end of 2012." [17]

Montenegro, the world's youngest nation (and newest member of the United Nations) with a population of only 670,000, lately deployed its second contingent of troops to Afghanistan. The diminutive Adriatic state became independent in 2006 and joined NATO's Partnership for Peace program the same year. The next year NATO signed a pact with Montenegro permitting the bloc's troops to cross the country, and in 2008 granted it an advanced Individual Partnership Action Plan. Last year NATO followed up with a Membership Action Plan, the final step to full membership.

This year Montenegro became the 44th Troop Contributing Nation for NATO's Afghan mission, preceded by Armenia - the first member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization to be assigned that role - and followed by Mongolia, South Korea and Malaysia, to indicate NATO's expanded reach into Asia.

On August 24 Australia - a NATO Contact Country partner along with Japan, New Zealand and South Korea - lost its 41st soldier in Afghanistan. With 1,550 troops in the country, Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor.

On the same day Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, announced that Australian troops will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014: "We will still be there...beyond the two to four years [scheduled for training Afghan army units], for a period of time." [18]

Last week Singapore deployed a 52-troop Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Task Group to southern Afghanistan, which "will operate out of Multinational Base Tarin Kowt to augment the International Security Assistance Force's (ISAF's) surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in Uruzgan...." [19]

NATO's role in Asia is not limited to 120,000 troops in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It is steadily deepening military partnerships with an expanding array of Asia-Pacific nations.

It is also consolidating its grip on the three former Soviet republics in the South Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, all of which have troops serving under the Alliance in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Transport of Caspian Sea nation Azerbaijan announced earlier this month that "NATO is expected to increase shipping to Afghanistan via Georgia and Azerbaijan," in particular that "A part of the equipment [of] the troops withdrawn from Iraq...will be sent to Afghanistan via Turkey, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan." An Azerbaijani government official estimated that "NATO countries transport 1,500 containers to Afghanistan via Azerbaijan every month." [20]

In October NATO will conduct a regional training course on border security in Azerbaijan for Central Asian and other countries. According to a news source in Azerbaijan, currently "training is carried out with the involvement of Iraqi and Afghan border the State Border Service’s base." [21]

The war in Afghanistan provides long-range integrated combat training for global NATO and a foundation for the U.S. to build a far-reaching military network unprecedented in scope.


Related articles:

Military Watershed: Longest War In U.S. And Afghan History

NATO In Afghanistan: World War In One Country

War In Afghanistan Evokes Second World War Parallels

Afghanistan: NATO Intensifies Its First Asian War

West’s Afghan War: From Conquest To Bloodbath

Afghanistan: World's Lengthiest War Has Just Begun

U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan: Antecedents And Precedents



1) Xinhua News Agency, August 21, 2010
2) Press TV, August 26, 2010
3) Agence France-Presse, August 27, 2010
4) Following Afghan Election, NATO Intensifies Deployments, Carnage
Stop NATO, September 6, 2009
5) Deutsche Welle, August 19, 2010]
6) Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 29, 2010
7) Ibid
8) Agence France-Presse, August 25, 2010
9) U.S. Air Force, August 25, 2010
10) Defence Professionals, August 24, 2010
11) Czech News Agency, August 19, 2010
12) United States Air Forces in Europe, June 17, 2010
13) United States European Command
United States Air Forces in Europe
April 2, 2010
14) Agence France-Presse, August 26, 2010
15) Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2010
16) The Financiarul, August 17, 2010
17) Sofia News Agency, August 18, 2010
18) Xinhua News Agency, August 26, 2010
19) Straits Times, August 27, 2010
20) Azeri Press Agency, August 20, 2010
Pentagon Chief In Azerbaijan: Afghan War Arc Stretches To Caspian And
Stop NATO, June 8, 2010
21) Azeri Press Agency, August 18, 2010


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Flashback: Polish Holocaust, Afghan Holocaust And Western Holocaust Denial

01.09.2010 16:23

Polish Holocaust, Afghan Holocaust And Western Holocaust Denial

by Gideon Polya, 17 April 2010

Most people in the English-speaking world have never heard of the World War 2 Polish Holocaust (6 million Poles killed by the Nazis) or the 21st century Afghan Holocaust (4.5 million post-invasion excess deaths in the Afghan Genocide part of the global US Alliance War on Women and Children). The reason for this ignorance is extraordinary holocaust ignoring by Western academics, politicians and media. And one must state at the outset that holocaust ignoring is vastly worse than holocaust denial, because holocaust denial at least admits the possibility of debate whereas holocaust ignoring by the Anglo Mainstream simply “disappears” the Awful Truth.

For anti-racist Jews and indeed all anti-racist humanitarians the core moral messages from the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and from the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again to anyone”, “zero tolerance for lying” and “bear witness”. “Bear witness” is crucially important because History ignored yields history repeated.

However these sacred injunctions are grossly violated by the anti-Arab anti-Semitic racist Zionists running Apartheid Israel and their Western backers variously involved in the ongoing Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide (post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths 0.3 million, 2.5 million and 4.5 million, respectively; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 0.2 million, 0.8 million and 2.4 million, respectively; refugees totalling 7 million, 5-6 million and 3-4 million, respectively, plus a further 2.5 million NW Pakistan Pashtun refugees – genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention: ) .

All decent, anti-racist, humanitarians must vigorously oppose and sideline those supporting racist Zionism, Apartheid Israel and racist Western wars and occupations and who are currently complicit in 0.7 million non-violent excess deaths annually in the overseas American Empire stretching from Occupied Somalia to NW Pakistan; continuing, racist perversion of human rights, humanitarian values and rational discourse in the Western democracies; ignoring of worsening climate genocide (that may kill 10 billion non-Europeans this century through unaddressed man-made climate change); and egregious anti-Jewish anti-Semitism through falsely identifying decent, anti-racist Jews with these appalling crimes.

One of the more obscene of the racist Zionist lies is perpetuation of the falsity that there has been only one WW2 holocaust and indeed only one holocaust ever. The reality is that the first WW2 holocaust to be described as a holocaust per se was the Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death in the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine (for the transcript of a recent BBC broadcast about the Bengal Famine and involving myself, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and other scholars see: ; see also my book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”: ) . Indian writer N.G. Jog described the Bengal Famine as a :holocaust:' in his 1944 book entitled “Churchill's Blind Spot: India ” (New Book Company, Bombay ).

The WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) was part of the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead). Another part of the WW2 European Holocaust was the Polish Holocaust in which 6 million Poles perished under the Nazis. The racist Zionists who have been variously ignoring or minimizing the Polish Holocaust (6 million dead) or the WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are world's most repugnant holocaust deniers in addition to being the world's worst anti-Semites according to Jewish American scholar Professor Bertell Ollman (see: ): “ Furthermore, if Zionism is indeed a particularly virulent form of nationalism and, increasingly, of racism and if Israel is acting toward its captive minority in ways that resemble more and more how the Nazis treated their Jews, then we must also say so. For obvious reasons, the Zionists are very sensitive about being compared to the Nazis (not so sensitive that it has restrained them in their actions but enough to bellow "unfair" and to charge "anti-Semitism" when it happens). Yet, the facts on the ground, when not obscured by one or another Zionist rationalization, show that the Zionists are the worst anti-Semites in the world today, oppressing a Semitic people as no nation has done since the Nazis. ”

History ignored yields history repeated. The Polish Holocaust (1939-1945; 6 million dead) has ben assiduously wiped from history by the racist Zionists (RZs) and their associates and now in the 21st century the same whitewashing is being applied by the racist Zionists and US Alliance warmongers to the ongoing Afghan Holocaust (the post-invasion carnage involving, so far, 3.4 million non-violent excess deaths, an estimated 1.1 million violent deaths, 2.4 million under-5 infant deaths, and 3-4 million refugees, with a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated under Obama war policies in NW Pakistan; see “Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide”: ).

Let us attempt to redress this awful holocaust denial by the racist Zionists (RZs) and the Western Mainstream academics, politicians and media in relation to the Polish Holocaust (1939-1945) and the ongoing Afghan Holocaust (2001-).

On 1 September 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland and on 3 September 1939 the UK declared war on Germany . The Soviet Union (USSR) occupied the eastern third of Poland . In 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union .

Nazi Germany was finally crushed by the Red Army in 1945 after the loss of some 20 million Soviet Union lives.

Deaths from violence and deprivation in the racist, genocidal German "lebensraum" program of Germanizing Poland in the 68 month (5.7 year) period from September 1939 to May 1945 totalled about 6 million out of a population of about 28 million. The average population of Poland in this period would accordingly have been about 25 million (see "Occupation of Poland (1939-1945): ).
1A. Accordingly, the "annual death rate" of Poles in WW2 expressed as a percentage = 6 million people killed x 100/(5.7 years x 25 million people) = 4.2%.
1B. Another way of expressing this carnage is as "deaths per million of population per year" = 6,000,000 killed / (5.7 years x 25 million people) = 42,105 deaths per million per year.

Decent folk believe that "all men are created equal and have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Accordingly it is important to compare the Polish Holocaust with other atrocities associated with World War 2.

According to Professor Sir Martin Gilbert, 5.65 million Jews were killed in WW2 out of an initial population of 8.18 million in Nazi-occupied Europe . The average Jewish population in Nazi-occupied Europe in WW2 was 5.35 million (see Gilbert, M. (1969), Jewish History Atlas (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London ); Gilbert, M. (1982), Atlas of the Holocaust (Michael Joseph, London )) .
2A. Accordingly, the "annual death rate" of Jews killed by the Nazis in WW2 expressed as a percentage = 5.65 million people killed x 100/(5.7 years x 5.35 million people) = 18.5%.
2B. Alternatively, this can be expressed as "killings per million of population per year" = 5,650,000 people killed /5.7 years x 5.35 million people = 185, 276 deaths per million of population per year.

Related data from Professor Gilbert is 65,000 French Jews killed out of a population of 300,000 (average WW2 population 268,000) in Nazi-occupied France and accordingly death rate estimates can be made.
3A. "Annual death rate" of French Jews killed in WW2 expressed as a percentage = 65,000 people killed x 100/(5 years x 268,000 people) = 4.9%.
3B. "Killings per million of population per year" for French Jews under the Nazis = 65,000 people killed /(5 years x 0.268 million) = 48,507

A further shocking instance of mass murder in WW2 was that of Australian prisoners of war (POWs) of the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. Of 22,000 Australians taken prisoner by the Japanese (mostly in Malaysia and Singapore ) , 8,000 perished in the period February 1942 to August 1945 (3.5 years). The average number of Australian POWs was accordingly (22,000 + 14,000)/2 = 18,000 (see Tim Bowden, "Prisoners of War: Australians under Nippon ", Australian ABC Radio National: ": ).

4A. Accordingly, the "annual death rate" of Australian POWs of the Japanese in WW2 expressed as a percentage was 8,000 killed x 100/(3.5 years x 18,000 people) = 12.7%
4B. Alternatively, this can be expressed as "killings per million of population per year" = 8,000 people killed /3.5 years x 0.018 million people = 126,984 deaths per million of population per year.

According to the UNICEF data (see: ), 338,000 under-5 year old infants died in 2007 in US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan, 90% avoidably and due to war criminal US Alliance Occupier non-supply of life-sustaining food and medical requisites demanded unequivocally of Occupiers by Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (see: ) . According to the UN Population Division the under-5 year old population in Occupied Afghanistan in 2007 was 4.86 million.
5A. Accordingly, the "annual death rate" of Occupied Afghanistan infants expressed as a percentage is 0.338 million x 100/4.86 million = 7.0% (as compared to 0.1% in Occupier country Apartheid Australia )..
5B. Alternatively, this can be expressed as "deaths per million of population per year" = 338,000/4.86 million = 69,547.

The bottom line in any comparative analysis of violent wrongdoing is consequential death. The current "annual death rate" for Occupied Afghan under-5 year old infants under the US Alliance is 7% - as compared to that of 4% (for Poles under the Nazis in WW2), 5% (French Jews under the Nazis and the Nazi-collaborator Vichy régime in WW2), 13% (Australian POWs of the Japanese in WW2) and 19% (Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe).

The "annual death rate" in "deaths per million per year" is currently about 70,000 for Occupied Afghan under-5 year old infants – as compared to that of 42,000 (for Poles under the Nazis in WW2), 49,000 (French Jews under the Nazis and the Nazi-collaborator Vichy régime in WW2), 127,000 (Australian POWs of the Japanese in WW2) and 185,000 (Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe).

Axis leaders and generals responsible for the carnage of WW2, including the specific atrocities summarized above, were tried and variously punished. The German people adopted a post-war protocol that can be summarized by the acronym CAAAA (C4A) – Cessation of the killing, Acknowledgment of the crimes, Apology for the crimes, Amends and Assertion "never again to anyone".

However the remorseless active and passive killing of the ongoing Afghan Holocaust continues uninterrupted. The Afghan Holocaust has been associated so far with post-invasion non-violent excess deaths totalling 3.4 million; post-invasion violent deaths of 1.1 million (if the ratio of post-invasion violent/non-violent excess deaths is one quarter of the 1.3 for Occupied Iraq); post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths total 2.4 million; and refugees total 3-4 million with a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated in NW Pakistan under Obama's war policies – an Afghan Holocaust and also an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (see: ) .

In relation to the Afghan Holocaust there is no CAAAA (C4A), no Cessation of the killing, no Acknowledgment of the crimes, no Apology for the crimes, no Amends and no Assertion "never again to anyone". Indeed the French and Germans in particular are violating "never again to anyone" by their obscene participation in the Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide. George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Hussein Obama (BHO), Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Stephen Harper, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and their war criminal associates and underlings should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, including the mass murder of children (mass infanticide, mass pedocide, mass paedocide).

Thou shalt not kill children but the #1 in the World for saying this is not the Holy Father the Pope nor the Archbishop of Canterbury , but an agnostic, humanist scientist from Melbourne, namely the present author (see “Thous shalt not kill children”: and ).

In his 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Jewish British playwright Harold Pinter stated in relation to the Iraqi Genocide: "We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice." (see: ).

In relation to the ongoing atrocity of the Afghan Holocaust one is compelled to paraphrase the late Harold Pinter thus: "How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? 4.5 million? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush, Blair, Obama , Brown and their cronies be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice."

Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. Like the Good Samaritan we cannot ignore our responsibility to our fellow human beings – we cannot walk by on the other side. Please inform everyone you can – because, as we see with the ongoing Afghan holocaust, today history ignored is yielding history repeated even as history is happening. Arundhati Roy in “The Chequebook and the Cruise Missile” has commented thus on this simultaneous First World holocaust commission and holocaust denial: “the ultimate privilege of the élite is not just their deluxe lifestyles, but deluxe lifestyles with a clear conscience.”

Don't allow the racist Zionist and US Alliance mass murderers the privilege of a “clear conscience” – tell everyone you can about the Palestinian Holocaust and Palestinian Genocide (see: ), the Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide (see: ), the Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide: ), the Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide (see: ) and the worsening Climate Holocaust and Climate Genocide that is predicted to kill 10 billion non-Europeans this century due to unaddressed man-made global warming (see: ) . History ignored yields history repeated indeed.


* Dr Gideon Polya currently teaches science students at a major Australian university. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: ); see also his contribution “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007): ). He has just published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: bengalfamine_programme.html ). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: and .

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02.09.2010 13:08

Gideon Polya's claim of under 5 "genocide" by NATO is utter bollocks, as a cursory two-second glance at the cited Unicef "source" demonstrates. Afghanistan, unfortunately, does have the highest infant mortality rate in the world (doubtless not unconnected to the unavailability of medical treatment to women and who knows what "tradititions" of female infanticide) - but this rate is almost identical to that in 1990 (end of Soviet occupation) and 2000 (Talibans and Al-Qaeda holding sway).
Oh and of course, the NATO war has not been going on for ten years, but just under nine. A spurious and premature anniversary.

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