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I am very sorry to hear of the attack on the British Council office in Kabul. I do hope that, as details of the dead and injured start to come in, the count does not rise higher, whoever they are, and that the British Council staff are safe. I am a great believer in the contribution of cultural diplomacy in international peace and understanding, even if I do not support every detail of the British Council.

But this attack does represent, yet again, the folly of the occupation of Afghanistan. It has reinforced old anti-British sentiment dating back to our first invasion of 1839 and a series since. It will be generations before we might be forgiven our bombings, and I can guarantee you that the British Council will not be able to maintain any effective operation in Kabul after our troops slink away defeated.

The British Council opening there at all is empty bravado that has now cost lives.


42 thoughts on “Kabul Attack

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  • Azra

    @Mary, Israel’s aim is to push Palestinians into the sea, you see they have not grab enough land yet..
    They will get their comeuppance one day, hopefully not in the too distant future. Their best friend is bankrupt and it is only the matter of time that USA will not be able to afford propping them up, in fact USA will need propping up. The house of cards!

  • mary

    FAO anyone in Glasgow tomorrow, interested in Palestinian affairs.
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    Afif Safieh: The United Nations bid for Palestinian Statehood – In Glasgow

    MENAFiS & GRAMNet Lecture: “The United Nations bid for Palestinian Statehood”

    Sunday 21 August 2011, 16.00 – 18.00, University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre 1 (Ground Floor), University Avenue
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    D1 on campus map: http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_1887_en.pdf
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    Middle East and North Africa Forum In Scotland, in partnership with the Libyan community in Scotland & Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network presents a Special Lecture with Guest Speakers:
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    Afif Safieh (Palestine Liberation Organization)
    Osama Daneshyar (Barrister at law)
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    Afif Safieh has held the 3 most important diplomatic positions in the Western world, the US Britain and Russia, and is considered the most skilled Palestinian diplomat. This is a key opportunity to gain an insight to Palestinian politics.
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    All are welcome – event is free of charge. No booking necessary.
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    Terrible situation in Gaza again.
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    ISRAELI WARPLANES CONTINUE DEADLY AIR STRIKES
    Where is the reporting of this human slaughter in our media?
    19 dead 42 injured
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    A compilation of photos taken since Israel began bombarding Gaza on 18 August. To see a large version, please go to our website and click on the photo {http://australiansforpalestine.com}
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    Editor’s note: Israel is continuing to pound Gaza – MEMO reports 19 killed and 42 injured. More distressing photos on MEMO website {http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2745-israel-assault-escalates-in-gaza}
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    Is anyone going to do something about Israel’s flagrant disregard of human life? Children are being slaughtered and parents have nowhere to run to escape. Israel has the entire population of Gaza under siege and there is no safe haven for the Palestinians.
    Collective punishment directly contravenes Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and is identified a war crime. How big must the numbers be before journalists will have the courage to write and editors to publish what Israel is doing again with impunity in violation of international law?
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    Sonja Karkar
    Editor
    Australians for Palestine

  • mary

    An e-mail just in to a friend in East Anglia who Ameera calls Mum. Bless Ameera and all the other mummies and children there.
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    Hi mum,
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    Airstrikes in almost everywhere in Gaza Strip; the north, south, middle and Gaza city.
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    it is terrifying Mum. Every night, I don’t want to fall asleep and then wake up terrified over a loud explosion! I prefer to wait until it happens so I can sleep well afterwards! My children always wake up feeling very bad and crying when hearing the explosion. Great panic! I am very terrified. There are children killed or injured in every israeli strike on Gaza. it’s a war not escalation.
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    Doctors in Gaza say that Israel uses @internationally banned weapon in Gaza which causes great damage in bodies.
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    Pray to Gaza
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    May Allah save us all
    Your loving Daughter,
    Ameera

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    *She is referring either to depleted uranium weaponry or to cluster bombs or to white phosphorus all of which Israel has used on the people of Gaza in the past.

  • mark_golding

    Al-Jazeera reported that an Israeli drone attack on a civilian car in Gaza City killed three Palestinians including a five-year-old boy. Three people including a woman were reportedly injured.
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    Effective jamming of the military encrypted GPS signal to ‘confuse’ drones operating as a role management hierarchy is possible using high power dual frequency Gaussian noise phase adjusted jamming on both L1 AND L2 GPS frequencies disrupting P(Y) and M code lock with signal energy shaping.
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    With increased reliance on armed ‘killer drones’ it is important to continually study ways of defeating these grotesque flying machines including the use of anti-drone drones themselves working as a team to detect and destroy anything with an ‘foreign’ signature that is intermittently transmitting synchronous state and/or rendezvous information.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Manipulate the signal, spin the machine around and send the drone at high speed right back to its control centre in Langley (or its Israeli equivalent) – something I suggested awhile back. The boomerang effect. A valid act of self-defence.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Mary, that is a deeply moving e-mail – thanks very much for sharing it – definitely put it up on all media sites you can access and send it widely to the MSM, including the tabloids, as well (just in case it gets through).

  • Azra

    Mary, the e-mail brought tears to my eye.
    When Kuwait was invaded we were there,I remember how terrified my kids were and that was hearing the tanks and noise of bullets from a block away. After so many years they are still bearing the scars of that experience and our subsequent flee in middle of the night from Kuwait and leaving they called home.
    I cannot imagine what Palestinians feel,what scars they bear, what weight they carry.. They are pushed into a a corner and have been left with nothing to live for. Is there any surprises that they become suicide bombers??

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Well, Cherie Blair once said the same thing and was pilloried. I have not time for her, and she probably said it to curry favour with rich Arab regimes, etc. Nonetheless, you get the drift.
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    Sounds terrifying, Azra.

  • Azra

    Suhayl, I was terrified .. imagine driving 300 km , taking 24 hours, 100 of it going through Iraq..going through numerous check point with no passport. I do not know whether I would have done it, leaving a much loved husband behind.. I am not sure I would have done it if it were not for the kids, but my point is what a Palestinian would feel and react. My experience was nothing and I mean absolutely nothing to what a mother, a father, or a kid would go through in Gaza today. I feel it for them with all my heart..

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