More Calls for “All Civvy, No Military” Afghan Mission

The appeasers folks at ceasefire.ca are drawing attention to an article calling for the civilianization of the mission in Afghanistan under United Nations auspices.

Interesting how the authors of the source article view the U.N. – on the one hand:

The lack of impartiality that has hampered the effectiveness and legitimacy of the international presence in Afghanistan must be redressed. UNAMA and Isaf were created in 2002 to assist the new Afghan government, and thus neither can be considered neutral by design. The direct involvement of troops from some Security Council member-states in war-fighting further complicates the issue.

and then on the other:

The UN alone can be perceived as an impartial actor able to act as a legitimate third party, broker negotiations within Afghanistan and lead a political strategy for the region.

Well, which is it?

First off, the U.N. Security Council has repeatedly endorsed the mission, so it’s already a U.N. sanctioned mission.  Or are the authors buying into the Taliban’s “well, we don’t like ALL of the Permanent Members of the Security Council” storyline?

As for the UN being perceived as “impartial actor,” the authors may think so, but the Taliban certainly think differently – from some recent statements:

…the oppressed people of the world do not trust the United Nations any more because of its partial and unlawful resolutions. They consider this World Body as an extended instrument of America and Europe for the execution of their colonialist policies. Now many impartial personalities of the world say that the World Body has assumed the shape of the secretariat office of the USA from where they get passed resolution palatable to them. (12 Oct 09 statement)

Not happy with words?  How about the Taliban’s deeds?

According to reports, three heroic Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan carried out a martyrdom-seeking attack inside the guest house of UNAMA, killing a great number of workers of the runoff campaign. In the heart of the Kabul city, Share Naw, Mujahideen killed 50 foreigners in UNAMA guest house no. II as a result of martyrdom seeking attack. (Statement claiming responsiblity for 28 Oct 09 attack on U.N. staff in Kabul)

If the Taliban is willing to shoot up suicide bomb mosques. shoot at medical transport protected by international conventions, threaten and kill aid workers, what makes one think they’d stop when the foreign soldiers are all gone?

Bottom line:  if the bad guys are already threatening and killing foreigners trying to help Afghans, even with all the Afghan and NATO troops deployed trying to stop the violence, the Taliban will continue to threaten and kill foreigners trying to help Afghans once the troops leave.

TALIBAN PROPAGANDA WATCH: Not So Happy About U.N. Anymore

Remember when the Taliban wanted the United Nations to conduct an investigation into the air strike against hijacked fuel trucks in Kunduz?

Well, it appears the Taliban have read the papers, found out about the latest U.N. Security Council resolution backing the ISAF mission, and are displeased.

This, in Google English, from the Arabic version of a statement from the Taliban Info-Machine on the latest resolution:

Security Council extended the United Nations presence of ISAF troops in October of next year for another year in Afghanistan.  This measure violates the Security Council a clear violation of the publication of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions, because the United Nations gave each people the right to liberty in the selection and formation of a government would approve of …. We do not complain of the Western colonial powers as it is revealed Alnha on their faces ugly reality of the world of work heinous against humanity in the prisons of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, and Bagram …., but marvel at those members of the Security Council who consider themselves as separate from Western colonialism …. As a result of these practices and of no legal decisions atheist side, lost the oppressed peoples of the world’s confidence in the UN and they consider it a tool for the implementation of the policies of colonial America ….

PDFs of Arabic and Google English versions to be posted to non-terrorist site shortly.

UPDATE & CORRECTION (1): PDF available, as promised, at non-terrorist site here.

UPDATE (2): Now that the official English language version is available (PDF at non-terrorist site here), a few more tidbits and observations to share with you.

The Taliban accuse the United Nations and its members of violating the Charter of the United Nations:

The Security Council, UNO, by doing this, has categorically violated its Charter and the Geneva Conventions rules because the United Nations Charter grants to every nation, the right to have independence and a government according to their aspirations, whereas the foreign military and political forces in Afghanistan have deprived the Afghans of these natural and legitimate rights.

In fact, the Talibs go so far as to say:

…the oppressed people of the world do not trust the United Nations any more because of its partial and unlawful resolutions. They consider this World Body as an extended instrument of America and Europe for the execution of their colonialist policies. Now many impartial personalities of the world say that the World Body has assumed the shape of the secretariat office of the USA from where they get passed resolution palatable to them.

Here’s another term that comes up often:

They consider this World Body as an extended instrument of America and Europe for the execution of their colonialist policies.

because of UNOSC negative and pro-colonialist policy, peace and stability will not be established in the world.

it would have been more becoming for the Security Council to have parted its way with the strategy of American colonialism and acted in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

we are flabbergasted at the attitude of those member countries of the Security Council who think their path is different from that of colonialism but still they do not stop the approval of such resolutions by using their right of veto.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan urges all progressive, nationalist, Islamist and anti-colonialist forces to part their ways with the global colonialism and extend their moral support to the sacrificing Mujahideen in Afghanistan because in this current juncture of time of the unipolar world, the current resistance movement in Afghanistan is the only force that constantly add oil to the candle of freedom by shedding their blood and have kept the torch of hope of the oppressed people blazing.

In this last quote, I also note the use of the words “progressive” as well as “anti-colonialist”.  I wonder if this is a call to other “progressive, anti-colonialist” groups in the west to take their cue and bash NATO (more than they already do)?

I wonder how long it will take for such “progressive anti-colonialist” groups to start posting messaging to the effect that now, the United Nations is just following what the U.S. wants, thus negating any internationalist support for the mission in Afghanistan?

I’ll let you know if I find any such thing lying around the internet.

Afghanistan Mission STILL U.N. Mandated

H/T to The Torch for catching this.

Another reminder:  NATO’s presence in Afghanistan is sanctioned by the United Nations, further proven by the latest Security Council resolution:

The Security Council….

1.   Decides to extend the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force, as defined in resolution 1386 (2001) and 1510 (2003), for a period of twelve months beyond 13 October 2009;

2.   Authorizes the Member States participating in ISAF to take all ecessary measures to fulfil its mandate;

3.   Recognizes the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF;

4.   Stresses the importance of increasing, in a comprehensive framework, the functionality, professionalism and accountability of the Afghan security sector, encourages ISAF and other partners to sustain their efforts, as resources permit, to train, mentor and empower the Afghan national security forces, in order to accelerate progress towards the goal of self-sufficient, accountable and ethnically balanced Afghan security forces providing security and ensuring the rule of law throughout the country, welcomes the increasing leadership role played by the Afghan Authorities in security responsibilities throughout the country, and stresses the importance of supporting the planned expansion of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police;

5.   Calls upon ISAF to continue to work in close consultation with the Afghan Government and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General as well as with the OEF coalition in the implementation of the force mandate;

6.   Requests the leadership of ISAF to keep the Security Council regularly informed, through the Secretary-General, on the implementation of its mandate, including through the provision of quarterly reports;

7.   Decides to remain actively seized of this matter.

Also note:

As its members unanimously adopted resolution 1890 (2009), the Council also called on Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources in order to allow ISAF to meet security and assistance challenges.

So now, even the U.N. is calling for others to start doing more, not just the American or British “imperialists”.

I’m looking forward to seeing a post on this here and here.

Hey, can’t a guy dream?