February 17, 2010
During a discussion on Fox News about “mirandizing” Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab after the Christmas non-bombing, the corporate media appointed leader of the Tea Party movement, Glenn Beck, said POWs captured in Afghanistan should be shot in the head. See the video:
Beck was, needless to say, a little confused. He said the U.S. had captured the second most important member of al-Qaeda today. In fact, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, second within the Afghanistan Taliban only to the group’s leader Mullah Omar, was captured near Karachi about ten days ago. Of course, there is a big difference between the Taliban and al-Qaeda, not that we should expect Beck — or for that matter the corporate media — to notice the difference.
Beck said Baradar should be tortured and then shot in the head.
Isn’t this what the Nazis did to POWs and the resistance in countries they invaded and occupied?
“Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely,” states the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
But then neocons like Beck have nothing but contempt for the Geneva Convention.
Translated, the French term hors de combat means a soldier who is incapable of performing a military function. Baradar was arrested in a slum in the Pakistani city of Karachi. He was not on the battlefield and not engaged in a military function at the time of his capture.
Many are speculating that Baradar was not captured but rather surrendered (see video below). Of course, for Beck and the neocons — and Beck is indeed a neocon, not a constitutionalist or patriot — the facts surrounding Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar are irrelevant. He should be tortured and then promptly shot in the head.
The second in command of the Taliban was captured or turned himself in to agents working for Pakistan’s ISI and the CIA, two intelligence organizations that collaborated to create the Taliban. According to Newsweek, Baradar was far less militant than his comrades. “Baradar is consistently described as more open, more consultative, more consensus-oriented, and more patient than Omar. Taliban operatives say he’s less mercurial and more willing to hear different views rather than act on hearsay, emotion, or strict ideology,” Ron Moreau wrote on July 29, 2009. “His influence among the insurgents — and with Mullah Omar — is unmatched, and he’s not as close-minded as many of the leaders in Quetta are.”
Does not matter. Beck would have him tortured and then shot in the head.
Baradar is essentially a creation of the ISI-CIA collaboration in Afghanistan. He studied in the same madrassa as Omar — a religious school organized by the ISI and CIA (the latter provided militant Islamic textbooks and more) and lavishly funded by the Saudis — and they fought together against the Soviets in Rockefeller minion Zbigniew Brzezinski’s brutal covert war back in the 1980s.
“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” Brzezinski infamously responded when asked about his war crime. Brzezinski’s vendetta against the Soviet Union ultimately resulted in around 400,000 dead Afghans, not counting those killed more recently by the Pentagon.
Glenn Beck is a neocon and a brutal warmonger who hates Muslims opposed to the illegal invasion and occupation of their countries (note the expression on his face when he says Baradar should be shot in the head — pure anger and hatred).
The neocon link to Trotskyism is well documented. Beck makes a big deal out of a scattering of Marxists in the Obama administration (while ignoring the strong presence of Wall Street banksters) and warns that the “progressives” will take us down the same road as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, i.e., gulags and mass extermination, and yet Beck ignores the murderous totalitarian strain in the neocon movement. This psychopathic proclivity has thus far resulted in well over a million dead Iraqis and an undetermined number of dead Afghans and Pakistanis. If the neocons and their neolib collaborators have their way, the death toll will escalate considerably after they attack Iran in the coming months.
Beck and his ideological soul-mate, Tea Party Sarah Palin, are all for killing Iranians. “Blowing up Iran. I say we nuke the bastards,” said the popular television and radio talk show host on May 11, 2006.
Said just like a rabid neocon.
The media in Pakistan has reported that Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik believes the news of Baradar’s arrest (or surrender) is propaganda.
“We are a sovereign state and hence will not allow anybody to come and do any operation. And we will not allow that. So this (report) is propaganda,” Malik told Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest and most widely-read English-language newspaper.
Malik criticized the New York Times for announcing the capture as a fait accompli and victory against the Taliban. “If the New York Times gives information, it is not a divine truth, it can be wrong. We have joint intelligence sharing and no joint investigation, nor joint raids,” said Malik outside parliament in Islamabad.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 5:48 am