Monday, June 5, 2017

Afghan Spring

Looks to me like the U.S. has grown sick of Ghani and wants to install Abdullah (who is ready to sit down for talks with the protesters).

"In tense Kabul, hundreds protest near blast crater" by Annie Gowen and Sayed Salahuddin Washington Post  June 04, 2017

KABUL — Hundreds of protesters rallied for a third day Sunday near the site of a deadly bomb blast in Kabul, demanding greater security and the ousting of the US-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.

And once again, my agenda-pushing pre$$ is there to cover them.

Protesters staged a sit-in under tents in the blazing heat — while fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. They clapped and chanted ‘‘God is great’’ a few hundred yards from the crater where a massive truck bomb killed nearly 100 Wednesday. 

If you scroll down my roll you will see that I have been trying as best I can to keep up with observations in my Globe. My Zioni$t War Pre$$ has been in and out of the tent, so to speak.

About 500 antigovernment protesters also rallied for change in the western city of Herat.

The protests were peaceful, but the country remains tense after antigovernment protests Friday and a gruesome triple suicide bombing that killed 20 Saturday at a funeral for a protester according to the public health ministry.

Protesters said they were angry the government could not keep the country safe, and demanded the arrest of security officials who allegedly fired into the crowd Friday, killing six.

‘‘The duty of the government is maintaining of security. No one can prevent protests,’’ said Jawed Kohistani, a retired general and military analyst who spoke at the demonstration.

“Why were they not able to prevent the attacks with all the money and resources they have accumulated from the world? This shows their failure,’’ Kohistani said. 

Huh. A retired general and military analyst leading the protests that is the lead story of my World section (England is on the front page). Stink.

An intelligence official for the National Directorate of Security said Sunday that agents had arrested a panicked, barefoot man who fled from the funeral bombing. They believe may have been a fourth suicide bomber.

The man left high-top sneakers fitted with explosive devices at the scene, the official said.

The embattled Ghani, in a video statement released Saturday evening, blamed ‘‘savage terrorists’’ trying to ‘‘break down the nation’s spirit’’ for the violence.

I'll bet he is feeling embattled. He just learned he is on his way out.

‘‘They want to create confusion, division, lack of confidence, and a vacuum in the nation and the government,’’ the president said. He promised reforms in military and civilian sectors of the government and vowed to prosecute the ‘‘culprits’’ who fired on protesters.

Security experts say that if the protests catch hold and widen it could weaken Ghani’s fragile coalition government, already worn thin by the Taliban insurgency and militants linked to the Islamic State.

On Sunday, the demonstratorsmost of them from Afghanistan’s Tajik ethnic group — hunkered down under two tents on an avenue leading to the presidential palace Sunday in Kabul’s diplomatic zone.

Some had spent two nights there already, breaking their daily fast with the traditional iftar meal at the site.

They accused Ghani’s government of killing the protesters and of orchestrating the suicide attacks to ‘‘wipe out’’ and ‘‘subdue’’ the Tajiks, the second largest ethnic group after the Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s traditional rulers.

Ghani, like most of the Taliban insurgents, is a Pashtun.

‘‘They are bullying us, tearing us apart so that they can rule on us. This movement will become nationwide. Our blood from drops will become a river and will turn into a flood and will submerge our enemies,’’ said Kabul University professor Faizullah Jalal, who spoke at the demonstration.

Organizers hope to expand the protest beyond the Tajik ethnic group to attract those from Uzbek and Hazara minorities as well. 

I need to explain something here. These are the awful U.S. warlords and allies that were overthrown by the Taliban in the 1990s, and at that time the Afghan people were relieved. These guys are worse than Taliban, and at this point in the article you can pretty much see that this is another coup under cover of protests. 

If you have any doubt that what I say is what is really going on, there is further testimony from the mouthpieces own mouth.

One of the protesters, Rahim Frotan, 26, said he had spent three days and two nights at the protest because ‘‘we don’t want any more suicide attacks in Kabul.’’ He said Ghani’s security team should be fired — ‘‘they have all failed us.’’

The protesters had their own security. Abdul Hameed Khorasani, showing an assault rifle and several magazine bullets, said he expected more protesters will join the crowd Monday.

Khorasani said the organizers will present their demands in writing to the government but will not back away from their key demand — the end of Ghani’s government

Ahmad Zubair Masood, one of the protesters, used the term ‘‘Afghan Spring’’ Saturday to describe the demonstrations in Kabul. 

I rest my case.

‘‘This is not Cairo, this is Kabul,’’ he said.....

Meaning Cairo WAS real-grass roots. Mubarak was handed over as a sacrifice with the hope that a new, fresh face would take over. Morsi winning the election meant they had to go to Plan B.


Related: McMaster’s War

So much for the reported peace talks, 'eh?