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Taliban 'Offensive' Going Nowhere
Yep, I told you that the vaunted Taliban spring offensive, supposed to be the largest and most powerful yet, would sputter and fail.
American airpower in particular has been devastating to the woefully underequipped and poorly-trained Talibs. AK-47's are no match for Apache helicopters, as Taliban commander Mullah Najibullah should have known before attacking U.S. and coalition forces in Helmand province.You can see stills of Najibullah's recent demise on video here.
The Taliban have been so ineffectual and inept thus far, that Army Col. Mark Schweitzer, commander of forces in eastern Afghanistan, is not even sure the much-anticipated spring offensive has even begun. "I hope this is their spring offensive, because it's not very effective," Schweitzer said.
Posted by Ken McCracken · 29 April 2007 10:08 PM
I saw yesterday at Scribbal Terror Blog, In Afgahnastan since the Taliban has been gone 40.000 more babies per year are born alive. I guess because the pregnant women are not being beeaten...
Posted by: zsa zsa at April 30, 2007 07:55 AM
Or maybe because maybe now the cure for everything there isn't 'read the Koran'.
Well actually, Afghanistan had 76% illiteracy under the Taliban, so scratch that . . .
Posted by: Ken McCracken at April 30, 2007 08:53 AM
I loke the way I spelled beaten! Ha... Now I am going to read the Koran. NOT!
Posted by: zsa zsa at April 30, 2007 11:06 AM
Tributes to the sheer bravery (sarcastically speaking) of the muslim warrior:
"the tallest man in the group, struggled to pull what appeared to be a burqa over his head"
"By then, most of the men were ashore, walking quickly towards the tree line. They appeared to be pulling clothing over their heads - burqas, Capt Staley thought, and Lt Denton concurred."
What a flaming bunch of wusses, hiding under women's clothing!
Zsa zsa, if you can ever force yourself to read the Koran, could you see if it says anything about men dressing like women?
Posted by: Bigfoot at April 30, 2007 01:15 PM
Bigfoot...I will do that. IF I ever get around to reading it? I wonder why they are so offended by women?
Posted by: zsa zsa at April 30, 2007 02:14 PM
Because they hate themselves, Z.
Posted by: Ken McCracken at April 30, 2007 03:57 PM
I wonder why?
Posted by: zsa zsa at April 30, 2007 04:01 PM
Zsa Zsa - any society which oppresses women necessarily raises narcissistic young men. If you pass your mother in status when you are still, oh, five years old, your personality does not develop as it should. This works in reverse as well. Narcissists have great difficulty integrating something different into their environment, and seek to devalue it.
Posted by: Assistant Village Idiot at May 1, 2007 08:38 PM
Seeing AVI's Learning Annex Pop Psychology training has paid off, it's time for an adult to address the issue of the Taliban.
BTW, the definitive book on the Taliban is The Taliban by Ahmed Rashid.
First, one has to understand how the Taliban came to power. In Afghanistan, the Taliban came to power because most of the citizenry grew tired of wanton corruption and crime. Rashid's book tells of a pre-Taliban Afghanistan where a 150 mile trip between cities would ential being stopped about a dozen times by local warlords and gangs demanding "tolls" for safe passage. The rise of Mullah Omar was created when Omar led a group of students to rescue schoolgirls who had been abducted by a local warlord for use by his gang.
The reason why there's a resurgence of the Taliban is because many Afghans simply see the Taliban as the lesser of two evils.
Frankly, the US has very little room to pass judgment WRT the treatment of women given the GOP's own denigration of women.
Posted by: Jadegold at May 3, 2007 02:47 PM