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KING MIDAS IN REVERSE


In an ancient Greek myth, Kind Midas had a golden touch. Everything he handled turned to gold. King George Bush has a similar gift, however it is slightly different from that of the monarch of the Greek myth: everything Bush touches turns to shit. Even the most uninformed nitwit realizes the mess going on in Iraq. Bush’s prediction of U.S. soldiers being welcomed as liberators was far off the mark and Iraq is in shambles. A current statement now in vogue in Iraq about the embargo years is, "Those were the golden years." How about other Bush ventures? They don’t seem to gain as much publicity as the Iraq issue. Let’s look at Afghanistan...

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KING MIDAS IN REVERSE

Malcom Lagauche

Opium production produces billions of dollars in Afghanistan


October 12, 2006

In an ancient Greek myth, Kind Midas had a golden touch. Everything he handled turned to gold. King George Bush has a similar gift, however it is slightly different from that of the monarch of the Greek myth: everything Bush touches turns to shit.

Even the most uninformed nitwit realizes the mess going on in Iraq. Bush’s prediction of U.S. soldiers being welcomed as liberators was far off the mark and Iraq is in shambles. A current statement now in vogue in Iraq about the embargo years is, "Those were the golden years."

How about other Bush ventures? They don’t seem to gain as much publicity as the Iraq issue.

Let’s look at Afghanistan. Shortly after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Bush told the people:

We know that true peace will only be achieved when we give the Afghan people the means to achieve their own aspirations. We’re rebuilding roads. We’re clearing minefields. We’re improving medical care. And we will work to help Afghanistan to develop an economy that can feed its people without feeding the world’s demand for drugs. By helping to build an Afghanistan that is free from this evil and is a better place in which to live. We are working in the best traditions of George Marshall. Marshall knew that our military victory against enemies in World War II had to be followed by a moral victory that resulted in better lives for individual human beings.

Those were lofty goals, however, no serious attempt was made to implement them. As with Iraq, the U.S. spent much money on destroying an infrastructure of a country, yet little or none in repairing the damage. Today’s Afghanistan has made many people long for the Taliban regime. Mike Whitney’s article "Buildings Down, Heroin Up: Afghanistan Five Years Later," published by www.counterpunch.org gives us a dose of reality in today’s Afghanistan:

"Marshall Plan?" "Building Roads?" "Improving the medical care?" Developing the economy?"

Bush’s penchant for hyperbole has not been lost on the Afghani people.

"The new Afghan government promised us new schools, clinics, water pumps, but it has done nothing at all. People are so disappointed. At least the Taliban would grade the roads, build madras’s, while this government has done nothing," said Nyamatullah, Zabul tribal leader.

"This government has done nothing" is a fitting summary of the Afghanistan failure. The Bush administration had no intention of rebuilding or democratizing the country, rather the full thrust of the American effort has been to paper-over the obvious deficiencies of the policy with glowing media reports.

Let’s look at how successful Bush’s prediction of eradicating the opium trade in Afghanistan. Prior to the U.S. invasion, opium production in Afghanistan was low. The Taliban had destroyed many of the opium fields. (Opium is the base of heroin) However, today Afghanistan supplies 90% of the world’s opium. The business is thriving. And, money made from the opium trade is finding itself back in the hands of the Taliban, who, instead of destroying the crops, now encourage the opium trade.

Let’s look at some similarities between occupied Iraq and occupied Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is back. About 50% of the country, mostly in the south, is now controlled by the Taliban or its allies. In Iraq, much of the country is ruled by the Iraqi resistance. Anbar Province has been virtually left to the resistance by the U.S. military.

In Iraq, the stooge government is imprisoned in the Green Zone. If any member walked down the street outside the heavily-fortified section of Baghdad, he would be killed.

According to Whitney:

American puppet, Karzai, has no power beyond the capital and must be protected by 40 to 50 U.S. paid bodyguard wherever he goes …

… The Karzai regime has no popular mandate and will vanish in the first few hours after the American occupation ends.

Now, let’s go to Europe and see where the hands of two U.S. presidents (Clinton and Bush) have created a King Midas in reverse situation.

In 1999, the U.S., with assistance from other NATO countries, bombed Serbia’s infrastructure and created much damage and many deaths because of the so-called "genocide" of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. The Serbs held an election and President Milosevic won. The U.S. negated the elections because "the wrong side won." More elections were called and the U.S. publicly and proudly proclaimed it put $42 million into the campaign of Milosevic’s opponent. Milosevic lost.

The U.S. now had its own stooge in power in Serbia. The next step was to have Kosovo declared an independent country and the U.S. would have a strategic place to set up military bases. Life was good for the U.S.

For the next few years, the Serbian government did mostly what the U.S. ordered. Now, it became time for Kosovo to make its bid for independence. Currently, the U.N. is discussing the issue. But, the stooge Serbs don’t want to be pushed any further by the U.S. Serbia does not want to relinquish Kosovo.

An International Herald Tribune article of October 11, 2006, called "Serbia Revives Milosevic-era Policies Over Kosovo," stated:

It’s all there: nationalist rhetoric, pledges to resist Western pressure, even saber-rattling. As far as Serbia’s Kosovo policy is concerned, Slobodan Milosevic is not dead.

The prospect that Kosovo — the separatist province that has been under U.N. control since 1999 — might be granted independence in U.N.-brokered talks has unleashed a tide of nationalism in the Balkan republic that is reminiscent of the era of the late Serbian autocrat.

Top Serbian officials, who normally advocate pro-Western reform and European integration, in the past weeks have switched to Milosevic’s language of defiance and resistance, to the "evil" world that is plotting to rid Serbia of its sacred territory.

According to Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, "Kosovo has always been and forever will remain within Serbia."

For some reason, the U.S. thinks it can send in the troops and change a country’s borders and government at will. It is the only country on the Earth that has this mindset.

There are always elements within countries that will make alliances with the U.S. to rid them of a standing regime. Then, the opposition becomes stooge spokespeople for the imperialists, all the time thinking they are in charge. They are only in charge until they make a statement that differs from what the U.S. desires. Malaki of Iraq and Karzai of Afghanistan have both stated that it was time for U.S. troops to leave their countries. They thought they were on solid ground. However, both were summoned to Washington within days of making their statements. The U.S. had to teach them who was the real boss and they did it in an embarrassing and public manner. On national television, Karzai was shown coming out of an office with Bush to attend a press conference. Bush was laughing and smiling, while Karzai had his head pointed downward and showed evidence of his admonishment. Bush then said there had been a disagreement and that Karzai was happy with the ongoing involvement of U.S. troops. Karzai remained silent.

Not too long after Karzai’s public humiliation, Malaki of Iraq said that U.S. troops should leave Iraq by the end of the year. The script was the same. Within 48 hours of the statement, Malaki was in George Bush’s office. Again, on national television, they emerged from the office to hold a press conference. Bush said that he and Malaki were on the same page. Then, Malaki read, in English, a statement that had been handed to him by a Bush aide. He said he was happy to have an ongoing presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Malaki and Karzai had been taken to the woodshed by Bush and upon leaving the shed, both were humiliated in front of the world.

U.S. imperialism has not only destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and part of Serbia, but it has eliminated any actions in these countries that may run afoul of U.S plans. Even the stooges are not exempt from the trip to the woodshed. The gold they thought was theirs with the touch of King Midas turned out to be shit in King George’s hands. When will they ever learn?


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