Sunday, 29 April 2012

British Aid Worker Decapitated in Pakistan - The War of Terror is Over

While a senior official in the Obama Administration uttered the words this week "The War on Terror is Over," a British aid worker's decapitated body was found in Quetta, Pakistan on Sunday morning.  The body of Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60 was  found with a note staing he was killed after his captors' demands were not met, police said.  The body was found in an apple orchard outside of Quetta, Pakistan.

Khalil Rasjed Dale was abducted on January 5th.  A British Muslim, Dale had been managing a health programme in Quetta for almost a year.

The International Red Cross (ICRC) has  condemned the killing in the strongest possible terms as has the British government.

 "This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr Dale," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in London.

According to a police surgeon at Bolan Medical College in Quetta said that some of his joints had been dislocated "because the body was forcibly stuffed into the bag,"

This killing comes just days after a senior official in the State Department, according to the National Journal proclaimed that "The War on Terror is over."

 “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida,” the source said, “now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

Since it's unknown what prompted the statement, one can only assume that it was made to support the NATO exit from Afghanistan in 2014.  Unfortunately, soldiers and civilians are still killed at alarming rates and the Taliban apparently is far from being done.

 Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed responsibility and demanded that Washington end air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, and release the 1993 World Trade Center bombers and relatives of Osama bin Laden.

There seems to be a misrepresentation based on facts on the ground and what the Obama Administration wants us to believe.  While the Afghan Security Forces are being trained, it is also apparent that many of the facts are being hidden.   Those are the mistrust of Afghan Security Forces and the Afghan population towards foreigners, the severe problems with drugs and high absentee rates.

We can stick our heads in the sand or face up to reality.  What is needed here is a decision to either fully disengage from Afghanistan now, or get serious about truth and face reality.   The questionis,  "Is it worthwhile to waste one more year and then  commit to another decade in a supporting role that will cost over $4Billion."

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