The catastrophic Norwegian participation in Afghanistan

The Norwegian participation in Afghanistan was a catastrophe from beginning to end.  A newly released rapport from a commission appointed by the Norwegian government states already in the first sentence that: «After many years of international participation the situation in Afghanistan is daunting.»

The commission continues to state that Norway got little or nothing back from the military and civilian effort in Afghanistan. After the cost of 20 billion NOK (2,47 billion dollars) and 10 killed soldiers. What should we got back anyway? NOTHING BUT SHAME! Except the dog-like obedience we give “Uncle Sam” every time we participate in US imperialistic wars and the so called «goodwill» we get back. And it’s exactly this the rapport concludes was the only goal our nation achieved: «The only thing Norway succeeded with in Afghanistan, was to show us as a good allied of USA and NATO». BIG DEAL!

This is what we Norwegians are so afraid of! Can you imagine? Ill:

When little Norway is out there in this Big almost for us scary world we need to hold hands with Big brother. We are so afraid you know, that we will meet the nasty «bug man». Who is he you might ask? Well, Uncle Sam told us who he is and surely we believe everything he tells us. So here we are, in the middle of the imperialistic quagmire, waiting, waiting, waiting…

Ivar Jordre

Just to show a «little» piece of Norwegian participation history in Afghanistan I’m posting this WikiLeaks revelation of secret forces:

WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets of Norwegian Forces in Afghanistan

After WikiLeak published NATO’s war reports in Afghanistan, NRK has revealed the entries in which Norwegian troops were involved. They show that Norwegian soldiers killed at least 40 rebels
WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets of Norwegian Forces in Afghanistan

Photo : ERNEST SEALING | Norway has about 500 troops in Afghanistan. The highest number of Norwegian troops killed in a single attack since the start of the war had occured in 27th of June, 2010. In a road side bomb trap, 4 Norwegian soldiers had died.
The entries include the reports of the missions and the incidents of Norwegian forces in Afghanistan which were not published and revealed in Norway before. Some of the entires also show there are civilian killings and damages in some cases. An incident where Norwegian vehicle ran into a group of children in 2009 is one of these cases. Similarly, the report depicts another event in which Norwegian troops shot a civilian car having approached at high speed from behind for warning.

In two other events referred in the entries, it is reported that a man with flashlight was killed and a civilian motor cyclist was shot.

NATO Accuses, WikiLeaks Founder Defends

The USA, Britain and Pakistan have condemned Wikileaks for having published the documents. Norwegian authorities also argued that publication of the Afghanistan War entries may pose a security threat for Norwegian forces in combat. However Wikileaks founder Julian Assange believes there is evidence of war crimes and this event will be helpful to understand what really happened in Afghanistan in the past six years , and it may help the direction of the war to change.

«They Lie and Hide the Truth»

Norwegian Daily, Klassekampen published the opinion’s of journalist and peace activist Erling Borgen about the case. Borgen accused Norwegian and other NATO governments of misleading people when they argue that publication of the 90,000 documents on Afghanistan War is a security threat.

In the article, he said that it sounds hollow when the government says the documents undermines soldiers» safety because the latest reports are seven months old, and most are much older. Borgen also stated that he believes Western government secrecy wants hide the truth about the war , not to shield the soldiers.

Facts About Wikileak

Wikileaks is an international organization, based in Sweden, which publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive documents while preserving the anonymity of sources. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Wikileaks is led by Julian Assange , an Australian journalist and former hacker. Wikileak gained public attention when they published a video of an attack on a U.S. combat helicopter in Baghdad in Iraq In April 2010 where a dozen of civilian people were shot and killed in the attack , including two employees of Reuters news agency.

Article from – 28.07.2010

See also:

Taliban and US oil interests – a drama in imperialism

and (in Norwegian):

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