Answer to Mr. Jeff
Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Mar 6, 2010 at 04:56
Hello Mr. Jeff,
You said >>>>> We could have easily won the war and left, instead of sticking around and trying to build a representative government (like the one you choose to live under) schools, irrigation systems, etc.
Only a fool like you can believe that the current government in Afghanistan is a legitimate representative government. Karzai and his cronies committed massive fraud in last year's election and still holding onto power only because of the presence of American troops.
What you people are doing in places like Iraq and Afghanistan is called classical empire building and not democracy spreading.
Remember it was a secular Mossadeq government in Iran which was toppled in a CIA-backed coup and replaced by the tyrannical Shah regime. That was the start of American colonial empire in the Muslim world.
You said >>> At least 15 Americans have been tried and sent to prison as a result of what they did at Abu Graib.
My Answer >>> Your justice system has not done anything great. All the 15 people that you mention are scapegoats. What about the real war criminals like Bush , Cheney , Condy Rice and Rumsfeld ? When will this people be tried in a court of law like the Nazis were tried ?Another point remember Haditha massacre . Why people were not given any serious punishments for that crime ?
You said >>>> How many Indian police have been sent to prison for torture and executions? Zero, at my last count. How many Iranians are in prison for the daily torture or any of the thousands of murders in Iranian prisons? Another zero. How many Syrians, with their lovely prisons? Another zero.
My answer >>>> Who gave you these figures ? I understand there are many problems behind Indian justice system and law enforcement agencies. We are not perfect. But unlike you we are trying to improve in this regard.
On Iranian situation , I believe even senior pro-regime Ayatollahs also condemned torture and custodial deaths after the post-election crackdown. They were quite vocal in their opposition to the crackdown.
You said >>> The civilian death toll in Afghanistan caused by US troops is extremely low
My Answer >>>> Ohh come on man. Even Gen. Mcchrystal is talking about the need to save civilian lives for winning the war, This means many more innocent lives are being taken by the US military operations in Afghanistan than you people know about.
Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".
Reader comments (108) on this item
Comment on this item
Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes