|Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, is the world's largest Buddhist archeological site; China owns the mineral rights and wants to raze the square-mile complex for its ore (zenpundit.com).|
The "ghost" soldiers of Afghanistan
|Afghan Buddha (Gandhara)|
|Endless war milks American taxpayers to feed US war profiteers. Afghan security forces gather at site of a suicide attack after clashes with Taliban fighters in front of the Parliament in Kabul (AP).|
|Racist fears in US spur killings and abuse.|
Funding the Enemy:
How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban
|Buddhas of Bamiyan the CIA's Taliban erased.|
Sonali Kolhatkar (truthdig.com, July 29, 2015)
The 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, which was confirmed this week, should have marked the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. But the fates of the two main leaders identified as responsible for the 9/11 attacks -- Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar -- are only milestones. Thanks to the destructive nature of the U.S. war, many newer and more formidable enemies have emerged.
America’s first post-9/11 war, launched in Afghanistan in October 2001, is a grand symbol of our foreign policy failure. Fourteen years ago, Afghans were caught between two brutal and fundamentalist factions, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance. Today they are caught between four: the Taliban, government warlords who morphed from the Northern Alliance, U.S. forces, and Islamic State.
But just a few months ago, Afghanistan’s first transition of power within an ostensibly democratic system took place, offering the promise of a better future under the U.S.-educated President Ashraf Ghani.
The U.S. was to withdraw its forces and NATO nations had already begun doing so. Government-sponsored peace talks with the Taliban were meant to herald a stable future for the war-weary nation. But that future never came and what appeared as progress was only a facade. More
Take a look at these statistics
December 8, 2015
The death toll from jihadist terrorism on American soil since the Sept. 11 attacks -- 45 people -- is about the same as the 48 killed in terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacist and other right-wing extremist ideologies, according to New America, a research organization in Washington. And both tolls are tiny compared with the tally of conventional murders, more than 200,000 over the same period. But the disproportionate focus they draw in the news media and their effect on public fear demand the attention of any administration. More
California attack has U.S. rethinking strategy on homegrown terror
Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt (NYTimes.com, Dec. 5, 2015)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The day before Thanksgiving, Pres. Obama reassured Americans there was “no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.” Seven days later came an explosion of gunfire and the deadliest terrorist attack in America since Sept. 11, 2001. More
Love him or hate him, Zbigniew Brzezinski stands apart as the inspiration for the Ukraine crisis. His 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives lays out the blueprint for how American primacists should feel towards drawing Ukraine away from Russia. (p. 46)
“Without Ukraine, Russia…would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south.” More
Whatever Russia is called outwardly, there is an inner eternal Russia whose embryonic character places her on an antithetical course to that of the USA.
The rivalry between the USA and Russia is something more than geopolitics or economics. These are reflections of antithetical worldviews of a spiritual character. The German conservative historian-philosopher Oswald Spengler, who wrote of the morphology of cultures as having organic life-cycles, in his epochal book The Decline of The West had much to say about Russia that is too easily mistaken as being of a Russophobic nature.
That is not the case, and Spengler wrote of Russia in similar terms to that of the "Slavophils." Spengler, Dostoyevski, Berdyaev, and Solzhenistyn have much of relevance to say in analyzing the conflict between the USA and Russia. Considering the differences as fundamentally "spiritual" explains why this conflict will continue and why the optimism among Western political circles at the prospect of a compliant Russia, fully integrated into the "world community," was so short-lived.
Of the religious character of this confrontation, an American analyst, Paul Coyer, has written:
Amidst the geopolitical confrontation between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the US and its allies, little attention has been paid to the role played by religion either as a shaper of Russian domestic politics or as a means of understanding Putin’s international actions.
The role of religion has long tended to get short thrift in the study of statecraft (although it has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance of late), yet nowhere has it played a more prominent role -- and perhaps nowhere has its importance been more unrecognized -- than in its role in supporting the Russian state and Russia’s current place in world affairs.
Spengler regarded Russians as formed by the vastness of the land-plain, as innately antagonistic to the Machine, as rooted in the soil, irrepressibly peasant, religious, and "primitive." More