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December 12, 2006

Afghan Insurgent Leader Hekmatyar For Democrats

Afghan warlord: insurgents helped Democrats win U.S. mid-term elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - In a rare video message, Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claims that American troops will be forced out of Afghanistan like the Soviets before them.

The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group also touts the Republican Party defeat in last month's U.S. midterm elections as a victory for militants fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"It seems that every bullet that mujahedeen had fired toward the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan has turned into a vote against Bush," Hekmatyar said in the undated video statement received by Associated Press Television in Pakistan.
"There is no doubt that is a great victory and success for Afghan and Iraqi mujahedeen," he said. "I am convinced that the fate Soviet Union faced is awaiting America as well."

The bespectacled and bearded Hekmatyar, who wore a neat black turban, speaks in an undisclosed location in front of a rattan backdrop. He is wrapped in a light grey shawl.

It was not clear where or when the three-minute video was made. But the reference to the mid-term elections, when the Republican Party of U.S. President George W. Bush lost control of the U.S. Senate and Congress to the Democrats, indicated it was recorded after Nov. 7.

Hezb-e-Islami is active in eastern Afghanistan along the Pakistan border where U.S. forces are deployed. Western security officials suspect Hekmatyar is hiding in the border area. This year has seen an escalation in the insurgency led by the former ruling Taliban.

"Very soon we will see that, God willing, American troops will leave Afghanistan and Iraq with their heads bowed down," Hekmatyar said in the video.

Hekmatyar was a leader of the mujahedeen that fought the Soviet occupation of the 1980s and was briefly Afghan prime minister during the civil war of the early 1990s that cost tens of thousands of lives.

Wild Thing's comment......

Ever notice how so many of these terroroists are pure ugly. Not only their hearts but on the outside as well.

Just some of the violence this guy has been responsible for include car bombs in downtown Kabul, a massive bridge explosion in Kandahar province, an assassination attempt on the interim Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and deadly exchanges of gunfire with U.S. troops at Spin Boldak. Such incidents suggest a galvanized commitment and growing confidence on the part of Hekmatyar and his cabal in destabilizing Karzai's transitional government through violent means. Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister, has repeatedly vowed jihad, or holy war, against not just the Karzai regime, but also the foreign military presence in the country, and anything else that blocks his goal of an Islamic Afghanistan under sharia jurisprudence.

Hekmatyar's Hezb-I-Islami party — a mujahadeen Sunni-fundamentalist movement was one of the most active in fighting against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The Afghan warlord and his organization were the beneficiaries of millions of dollars of American aid during that period, as the CIA and Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency found them brutally effective in fighting Soviet occupation troops. Today, Hekmatyar and his followers still oppose the presence of foreign militaries in Afghanistan, and seek to kill as many of them as possible.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 12, 2006 01:47 AM


Anyone notice how the Dhimmicrat Dupes claim that:

(1) American involvement in Iraq (supposedly a terrible mistake) is taking away from American involvement in Afghanistan (supposedly a wonderful and necessary thing).

(2) Our enemies in Iraq had/have no connection to our enemies in Afghanistan.

Well, Gulbi (or is that Glubbi?) here knows better. He even spells it out for the Dhimmi Dupes. (I can't ENITRELY hate a bad guy who is THAT honest). And yet the Dhimmi Dupes go on being Dhimmi Dupes....

Contrary to the bogus “Iraq takes away from Afghanistan” claim, the fact is that had America not invaded Iraq, Iranian funding and jihadis from around the world would have poured into Afghanistan instead, with a still in power Saddam’s tacit encouragement and oil money as well.

America could not have avoided this fight by simply not going to war in Iraq and focusing on Afghanistan alone-- it just would have had a different battlefield. A more difficult and costly one at that. Iraq at least has oil revenue and a much more educated population to rebuild with. Most people in Afghanistan are illiterate. And our resupply efforts in Afghanistan to some extent rely on Mushy Musharraf not losing his head (literally) in a coup next door.

In fact, Afghanistan's shaky new regime, lacking control of most of the country, makes Iraq's government look positively stable and placid!

Yes, to some extent it IS about the oil---look here, Mr./Ms. Liberal Dupe, would you prefer that oil revenue still going to Saddam, who would continue to give aid and safe harbor to Al-Quaeda and other terrorist goons? (Yes, Virginia, and Noam and Mikey, he was doing that....)

Posted by: Nick Byram at December 12, 2006 03:37 PM

Nick Byram, I agree it is about several things and one of them is about the oil. Als even if we had stayed out of Iraq, the Dems would be complaining about Afghanistan as well. We still hear complaints about not finding Osama etc. augh!

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 12, 2006 03:55 PM