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A young man is skinned alive. A sign of new Taliban brutality?

A young man is skinned alive. A sign of new Taliban brutality? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A cycle of rage and revenge keeps Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries.
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The barbarity if some humans make it clear that a raging animal lies within our species.What reduces us to this level? Surely it is the force of madness, Surely it is the force of evil. Foul beasts abound in the modern age. We need no god to punish us; clearly we are preparing our self-destruction. Humanity they name is beast.
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Taliban close to taking over Helmand: Afghan official

Taliban close to taking over Helmand: Afghan official | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Deputy governor takes to Facebook to warn president the southern province may fall after 90 soldiers killed in two days.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Quick, let's send more Americans to die, drop more American bombs on the hapless people, and remember that the Afghan government has minimal popular support or capacity to govern, Enough. We should never have gotten involved in this civil war.Instead of taking sides, we should have gone after bin Laden and gotten the hell out. 

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Afghan soldiers who left Cape Cod for Canada tell their story - The Boston Globe

Afghan soldiers who left Cape Cod for Canada tell their story - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
They watched a YouTube video to find the best way to cross the border into Canada. They made their getaway during a group outing to Walmart. And they spent more than $1,600 on taxis to travel from Cape Cod to a border checkpoint in Niagara Falls — just steps away, they hoped, from asylum and a new life.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I came of age with the slogan, "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" I know nothing of these three men, but I do know a great deal of the foolishness of trying to force people to fight a war in which they do not believe. I have never been to Afghanistan, but I have the clear sense that many of the people there don't want to be caught in the middle. So, should these people be given asylum or not? Are they deserters or just plain shlemiels caught up in events that make no sense?

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Loose Lips at the White House Created a Polio Crisis

Loose Lips at the White House Created a Polio Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it

There is a tragic story unfolding in Pakistan, which is the
only country in the world where polio infections increased last year. According to the Centers for Disease Control there were 416
reported cases in the world last year. Ninety-three of them were in
Pakistan. So far this year there have been 128 recorded cases. Ninety-nine have been in Pakistan. Pakistan saw a 60 percent increase from the prior year despite the availability of a licensed polio vaccine since 1962. The problem is that the Taliban is shooting the doctors administering the vaccine and has banned the vaccine outright.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Forget the fact that this is one example in which the Obama administration has "famously" done something stupid; it is an incredibly sad commentary on humanity. Might I suggest that the U.S. government offer to train Taliban personnel to administer the vaccine. Is it really that complicated a process to deliver it? The training could be provided by health professionals from other countries at U.S. expense (Yes, we should pay the bill since we helped create the crisis.) Are we really that bereft of thinking outside the box?

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Meet Sultana, the Taliban’s Worst Fear

Meet Sultana, the Taliban’s Worst Fear | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Afghan girl’s hunger for knowledge is stronger than the threat of an acid attack.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What happened to the theocratic views of the New England Puritans? They founded schools and their children began to think. Theocracy fell before the onslaught of rationality and humanism. That is the only way theocratic thinking is ever defeated, by educating the young. Are there risks to letting young people from Islamic countries into ours? Yes; there may well be some terrorists and some may be alienated by the enormity of the change from home to America. BUT, if we do not offer young people the future that can be theirs, we will leave power in the hands of traditions and would be holy men. 

Even more upsetting is the propensity of the American government to welcome with open arms the militaristic scions of dictators. Happily we train them to use weapons. How much better to equip minds with the tools to make the world a better one. 
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As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex

As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Taliban is transforming into a patchwork of forces with conflicting ideals and motivations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

That these men may believe they can hide under the Taliban label and strive for local independence actually suggests that they will end up being destroyed by the eventual (and I have no doubt it is coming) Pashtun state. The American policy in Afghanistan is as absent good sense as was the Russian. Help the Pashtun develop a nation within their traditional geographic boundaries and allow the remainder of Afghans to either join surrounding countries or set up their own separate country (or perhaps a couple of smaller countries). But to believe that the Taliban name has something to do with all Afghans is as foolhardy as believing that the mujahideen were going to be pro-Western once the Soviets were driven out.

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Malala suspects held - Pakistan army

Malala suspects held - Pakistan army | Upsetment | Scoop.it

"The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested," army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference on Friday.

He said 10 members of a faction called "Shura", which the army says is part of the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), had been arrested in a joint operation with Pakistan's army, police and intelligence services."

Kenneth Weene's insight:

One of the saddest realities of human society is that when a people  are deprived of autonomy, liberty, and quality of life the most brutal and hateful among them often rise to leadership. While I support the creation of a modern Pashto state in Afghanistan and part of Pakistan, the brutality and repressiveness (especially towards women) of the Taliban must disgust us all. Malala is not just a symbol of the educational rights of young women but of the rights of the Pashto to proper government.

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Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan

Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The group has attacked police outposts and government facilities in several districts of northern Helmand Province, sending the police and military officials scrambling to shore up defenses.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I have said it before and I will keep saying it, the war in Afghanistan is a fool's errand. The Pashtun nationalism which underlies the Taliban (along with their commitment to Islam as they understand it) make this a movement that will not go away and cannot be defeated by guns. It can only be dealt with by both recognizing the nationalist aspiration (including those in Pakistan) and by trying to introduce a more moderate interpretation of their faith. 

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