Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The NIE, and a message from Mr. Karzai

Recently, a portion of the National Intelligence Estimate from February was leaked to the press with the intention of manipulating the upcoming national elections. Bush declassified the document today, proving that the national hysteria it produced was based on lies and distortions. The NIE did not claim that the war in Iraq had created more terrorists - in fact, it says exactly the opposite.

At a joint press conference today, Presidnet Karzai of Afghanistan had something to say to us about this situation:

KARZAI: Ma'am, before I go to the remarks by my brother, President Musharraf, terrorism was hurting us way before Iraq or September 11. The president mentioned some examples of it.

These extremist forces were killing people in Afghanistan and around for years, closing schools, burning mosques, killing children, uprooting vineyards with vine trees, grapes hanging on them, forcing populations to poverty and misery.

They came to America on September 11, but they were attacking you before September 11 in other parts of the world.

KARZAI: We are a witness in Afghanistan as to what they are and how they can hurt. You are a witness in New York.

Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit them? Can you imagine what it will be for a man or a woman to jump off that high?

Who did that? And where are they now? And how do we fight them, how do we get rid of them, other than going after them? Should we wait for them to come and kill us again?

That's why we need more action around the world, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to get them defeated. Extremism, their allies, terrorists and the likes of them.

Are you listening?

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