September, 2008

Afghanistan: The Right War?

Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed on GRITtv, on September 12, 2008

Watch the entire interview here.

According to Human Rights Watch, civilian deaths from U.S. and NATO action have tripled in the past year. Ninety civilians were killed in just one day August 20 and now there’s news of US action claiming lives on the Pakistan border provoking a “strong protest” from the Pakistani government who this week said they reserved the right to retaliate.

Yet President Bush announced Tuesday his plans to increase U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Senator Obama countered, “his plan comes up short – it’s not enough troops, and not enough resources with not enough urgency.”

Some are declaring Afghanistan the “right war” but does that sound RIGHT to you?

Here to discuss US policy in the region –past and future — are filmmaker, Wazhmah Osman, director of the film, Post Cards from Tora Bora, …

Continue reading

Afghan Civilians Bear the Brunt of Taliban Violence and US, NATO Bombings

Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed on Democracy Now, on August 22, 2008

Read/watch/listen to the entire interview here.

Interview Transcript

JUAN GONZALEZ: NATO has denied a report in the French newspaper Le Monde that ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan earlier this week died as a result of friendly fire from allied planes. A NATO spokeswoman said Thursday that Le Monde’s claims were “completely unfounded.”

The Le Monde report had quoted French soldiers who had survived the Taliban ambush. The soldiers told the newspaper that NATO planes arrived four hours after the ambush and accidentally hit French troops.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited survivors in Kabul earlier this week and vowed to continue the fight against terrorism. He said no regrets about the sending of 700 additional troops to Afghanistan, despite the soldiers’ deaths.

At a memorial service in France Thursday, Sarkozy justified maintaining the French presence in Afghanistan.

Continue reading