U.S. & the Afghan vote

although U.S. troops will be utilized to control and manage the electoral process in order to ensure a favourable and “democratic” outcome, the actual job of voting manipulation (including but not limited to, assassinations, bombings, abductions, attacks, intimidations, bribes, and threats) will be left to newly U.S. organized Islamic militant groups.

The U.S.’ plan to counter the Taliban insurgency by training, arming, and funding non-Taliban Afghan militias or mujahedeen, first developed under the Bush administration and carried forward through the Obama administration by Bush appointed Defence Secretary Robert Gates, has officially begun as of yesterday according to Afghan government officials.

However, this strategy has been tried in the past and has not worked out so well for the U.S.

The last time the U.S. initiated a program to train, arm and fund Afghani Islamic militant groups, al-Qaeda emerged and the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s presidential elections will be the latest in a long list of foreign elections that the U.S. has challenged or manipulated via funding and arms. In the Palestinian territories, the U.S. refused to recognize the democratically elected government of Hamas; in Somalia the U.S. overthrew the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) via the invasion of an Ethiopian proxy army despite the Islamist government’s broad support and ability to bring security to the war-torn nation; in Algeria, the U.S. backed a military coup that installed a military dictatorship after the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) won democratic elections in 1991; in Lebanon, the U.S. continues to refuse to recognize the participation of Hezbollah in government despite the fact that the people of Lebanon have so decided; in Pakistan, the Bush administration supported the military dictatorship of Musharraf. Closer to home, the U.S. has supported the undemocratic suspension of Canada’s Parliament by Stephen Harper, and in 2000, the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush despite Al Gore winning the popular vote. READ ARTICLE

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