Tag Osama bin Laden

Who would have thought?

Who would have thought when I wrote this that six years later a leading contender for nominee as Republican U.S. presidential candidate would be arguing the same thing in his campaign.

He sums up the problem with U.S. foreign policy nicely: “We don’t mind our own business!”

Fun fact: U.S. military veterans have given more money to Ron Paul’s campaign than all the other campaigns put together.

Jason Burke’s Bin Laden obituary perpetuates myth that Taliban refused to hand Bin Laden over

Jason Burke’s Osama bin Laden obituary for The Guardian perpetuates the myth that the Taliban never offered to hand Bin Laden over:

Faced with an ultimatum, the Taliban again refused to surrender Bin Laden, who initially denied involvement, and an American-led aerial bombing campaign followed.

In fact the Taliban publicly offered in October of 2001 to hand Osama bin Laden over to a third country, provided the U.S. halted the illegal bombing of Afgh­anistan and produced the necessary evidence about involvement of Bin Laden or any of his associates in the 11 September attacks. Would they have gone through with the offer? We’ll never know because Bush rejected it, put­ting an end to any possibility of a potentially peaceful, legal resolution to the events of 11 September 2001, and opened up the way for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the millions who have lost their lives or had them destroyed as a result.

Update: Jason Burke says he’ll correct obituary.

Actually Obama, America did seek war in Afghanistan

Obama accepting his Nobel prize:

… perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek …

Except that America did seek armed conflict with Afghanistan.

In October of 2001 the Taliban publicly offered to hand Osama bin Laden over to a third country, provided the U.S. halted the illegal bombing of Afghanistan and produced the necessary evidence about involvement of bin Laden or any of his associates in the 11 September attacks. Bush rejected this, putting an end to any possibility of a potentially peaceful, legal resolution to the events of 11 September 2001, and opened up the way for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and the threat of invasion of Iran, along with the millions who have lost their lives or had them destroyed as a result.

Jacqui Janes is wrong about why her son is dead

Jacqui Janes believes her son is dead because the war in Afghanistan is under-resourced.

He’s not. He’s dead because he was fighting an unjust war.

The stated aim of the invasion of Afghanistan was to find Osama bin Laden and other high-ranking Al-Qaeda members. On 14 October, 2001, the Taliban publicly offered to hand over Osama bin Laden to a third country, provided the U.S. halted the illegal bombing of Afghanistan and produced the necessary evidence about involvement of bin Laden or any of his associates in the 11 September attacks.

George Bush junior dismissed this offer and continued with the offensive, putting an end to any possibility of a potentially peaceful, legal resolution to the events of 11 September 2001.

The United Nations Security Council never authorised the invasion of Afghanistan and it certainly wasn’t an act of self-defence. It was an act of aggression, the supreme international crime.

Neither George Bush nor Gordon Brown had to go off to war, but Jacqui Janes’ son did, and now he’s dead.

So what came before September 11?

According to Jack Straw, in response to George Galloway’s quite reasonable point that the cowardly attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq increased the threat of terrorist attack in Britain, “People have to remember that 11 September was in 2001 before the military action.” This cheap little chunk of self-deluded spin is an attempt to weave the story that the September 11 attacks came out of the blue.