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AFGHAN WAR: LARGEST MILITARY COALITION IN HISTORY


By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 27 October 2010

From Project Censored / Original Article

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become history’s first global army. Never before have soldiers from so many states served in the same war theater, much less the same country. At the eighth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, the world is witness to a twenty-first-century armed conflict waged by the largest military coalition in history.

With recent announcements that troops from such diverse nations as Colombia, Mongolia, Armenia, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, and Montenegro are to join those of some forty-five other countries serving under the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), there will soon be military personnel from fifty nations and five continents serving under a unified command structure.

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I figured this'd be based an article by Rick Rozoff, but wondered why the war on Afghanistan was said to be in its eigth year when it has now entered its 10th, having just ended its 9th. It's an August 2009 article.

He's written plenty more since and I'll refer to some of his articles available and for which the titles seem related, enough anyway.

"Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West's 21st Century War"

by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, rickRozoff.wordpress.com, Oct. 25th, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21612

"Global Military Agenda: Increased US-NATO Military Presence in Southeast Asia.
Completing Plans For Asian NATO"

by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, Oct. 22nd, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21562

"Pentagon Partners With NATO To Create Global Cyber Warfare System"

by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, Oct. 8th, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21366

"U.S. And NATO To Wage 15-Year War In Afghanistan And Pakistan"

by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, Oct. 6th, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21328

"Baltic States: Pentagon's Training Grounds For Afghan and Future Wars"

by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, Oct. 1st, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21269

There isn't a continent left untouched. The US and NATO have been militarizing, building up militarily on all continents, with (I believe) the exception of only the US doing this in South America. So not only is the war on Afghanistan, or it and Pakistan, committed by the largest military coalition, of willing and coerced allies, there isn't a part of this globe, planet that's left untouched by the leading military powers.

However, and as far as I've gathered, so far, most countries with military forces making up part of the criminal foreign coalition in Afghanistan or Af-Pak don't have many forces or troops there; while the US and surely NATO keep trying to get all countries taking part in this criminal coalition to provide more troops or forces. But what's supposedly lacking in that respect is surely offset or very offset by the large number of "security" contractors employed for this criminal war.

There are many thousands of them in Iraq, so there surely are many thousands in Afghanistan or Af-Pak. And these mercenaries are from many countries. I've read of them being from the US and UK, as most people have surely read by now; but have also read of others from Colombia, Peru, maybe one or two other South American countries, very possibly Rwanda, Uganda, and maybe some other African countries where the governments are basically proxies for the US, and also read of some coming from Jordan and some southeast Asian countries. There must surely be some from some European countries, western and/or eastern European ones.

When we're told about thousands of American "security" contractors being used in these two war zones, meaning to include Iraq, maybe some mention is also made of some British contractors, but I don't recall having read (in most articles about these wars and mentioning the mercenaries) of these contractors being also employed from many other countries. I wonder what their complete total numbers are in Afghanistan or Af-Pak, as well as Iraq.

Anyway, 50 countries in the coalition of aggression in Afghanistan must surely consist of many that have been coerced, instead of all of them having willingly accepted to take part in this. It was known to be this way with the so-called "coalition of the willing" for the war on Iraq and I imagine that coercion has also been used to get governments to send military forces to "contribute" to the war on Afghanistan. Maybe not though, for I've read of Iran and Malaysia wanting to "contribute", and it surely wasn't because they think the US and NATO are good, but both still want the Taliban out of power and/or wiped out, f.e. Iran wouldn't require coercion anyway.

People can check Rick Rozoff's index of articles at GR by using the link for it at the bottom of any of the above articles. I didn't check the titles of any earlier pieces from this year and maybe there are some that are more strongly related to the massiveness of the coalition warring on Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Some of those are the following.

"America Threatens Russia: U.S. Consolidates New Military Outposts In Eastern Europe
Bases, troops and missiles along the entire length of Eastern Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean"

by Rick Rozoff, Sept. 24th, 2010

"US Led Militarization of the European Union: NATO Provides Pentagon Nuclear, Missile And Cyber Shields Over Europe"

by Rick Rozoff, Sept. 22nd, 2010

"U.S. Marshals Military Might To Challenge Asian Century

The rise of a dynamic, integrated and dominant Asia in this century is inevitable and inexorable. Any attempt to retard or thwart it by military force from outside the continent will produce catastrophic consequences."

by Rick Rozoff, Aug. 21st, 2010

"Iraq: NATO Assists In Building New Middle East Proxy Army"

by Rick Rozoff, Aug. 14th, 2010

"Global Military Agenda: U.S. Expands Asian NATO To Contain And Confront China"

by Rick Rozoff, Aug. 7th, 2010

"Europe And Beyond: U.S. Consolidates Global Missile Shield"

by Rick Rozoff, Aug. 4th, 2010

"NATO Pulls Pakistan Into Its Global Network"

by Rick Rozoff, July 24th, 2010

And there are plenty more; some for which the titles say that the articles are about the U.S. vis-a-vis Russia and China.

This beast is massive, powerful, and totally out of control, so are elections, assuming that the results are very good next month, going to be sufficient to be able to rein in this unleashed beast? It's not Obama who's really commanding. The military chiefs are very much in command. And both work for the rich and influentially powerful imperialist and economic elites. So would a corrected Congress really be able to rein in this beast and put an end to these wars, as well as the global militarism of the U.S.?

In theory, yes; the Congress, a sufficiently or strongly corrected one, could rein in this beast. But we're clearly going to need a much stronger position than only a theoretical one.

And for people who haven't yet fully realized the scope of all of this warring and militarism, welcome to WW III; or IV, for those who understandably consider the former US-USSR Cold War as WW III, such as at World War 4 Report, ww4report.com.

"Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West's 21st Century War"

by Rick Rozoff, Oct. 25th, 2010

The monumental expansion of arms sales and the buildup of naval and air power in the Arabian Sea region are unprecedented. They are also alarming to the highest degree.

A quarter of the world's nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

The Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the region on October 17 to join the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, which in turn had arrived there on June 18 as part of a regular rotation.

The Charles de Gaulle, flagship of the French navy, the country's only aircraft carrier and the sole non-American nuclear carrier, will soon join its two U.S. counterparts. The U.S. possesses half the world's twenty-two aircraft carriers, all eleven supercarriers (those displacing over 70,000 tons) and eleven of twelve nuclear carriers.

(map)

Regarding the unscheduled deployment of a second American aircraft carrier to the region, a CBS News report stated:

"Air strikes in Afghanistan are up 50 per cent and now Defense Secretary Gates has ordered a second aircraft carrier, the USS Lincoln, into the fight.

"Two carriers operating off the coast of Pakistan means about 120 aircraft available for missions over Afghanistan. And that's not counting U.S. Air Force missions flown out of Bagram and Kandahar." [1]

(snip)

USS Lincoln and USS Truman are currently assigned to the Fifth Fleet's area of responsibility, which encompasses the Northern Indian Ocean and its branches and offshoots: ..., the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

(snip)

The Fifth is the first fleet established in the post-Cold War period, recommissioned in 1995 after being deactivated in 1947. (Similarly, the Fourth Fleet, which is assigned to the Caribbean Sea and Central and South America, was reactivated two years ago after being decommissioned in 1950.)

It shares a commander and headquarters with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) at Manama, Bahrain, across the Persian Gulf from Iran. ...

The Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command are jointly in charge of five naval task forces operating in and near the Arabian Sea which patrol several of the most strategic chokepoints on the planet: ...

(snip)

Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) was launched in January of 2009, operates in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin and covers an area of 1.1 million square miles. Twenty nations are scheduled to participate ...

Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152) operates from the northern Persian Gulf to the Strait of Hormuz, between the areas of responsibility of CTF-150 and CTF-158, and is part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Combined Task Force 158 (CTF-158) operates in the northern-most part of the Persian Gulf, .... Its main tasks are to oversee Iraqi oil installations and to create an Iraqi navy under the Pentagon's control.

The U.S. has divided the world between six regional military commands and six navy fleets. The Arabian Sea is covered by three of the Pentagon's overseas military commands - Central Command, Africa Command and Pacific Command - to provide an indication of the importance attached to the region.

(snip)

Beforehand, shortly after entering the Mediterranean Sea in May, USS Truman engaged in joint interoperability exercises in Marseille with its French fellow nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. ...

(snip)

"The new mission of the ship is to join the fight against pirates that is taking place off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean [where a] NATO mission is ongoing." [4] Nuclear aircraft carriers are a curious choice for contending with piracy.

(snip)

When the French carrier arrives in the Arabian Sea this month it will be accompanied by two frigates, an attack submarine and a refuelling tanker, 3,000 sailors and 27 aircraft: Ten Rafale F3 fighters, 12 Super Étendard attack jets, two Hawkeye early warning planes and three helicopters.

(snip)

With USS Lincoln and the USS Truman carrier strike group, there will be three carriers, ten other ships, an attack submarine and as many as 150 military aircraft in the Arabian Sea. That is in addition to the five warships of the NATO Maritime Group 1 in theater, 14-15 ships with CTF-150 and perhaps dozens more with CTF-151, CFT-152 and CTF-158. A formidable armada covering the sea from one end to the other.

In the north of the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and into the Persian Gulf, on October 21 the U.S. announced a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia for advanced fighter jets, helicopters, missiles and other weaponry and equipment," according to a Western news agency "the largest US arms deal ever." [7]

(map of 10 US bases surrounding Iran)

(snip)

The monumental expansion of arms sales and the buildup of naval and air power in the Arabian Sea region are unprecedented. They are also alarming to the highest degree.

The West, America and its NATO allies, are escalating military operations across the area, from Asia to Africa to the Middle East. The theater of operations has recently broadened from South Asia to the Arabian Peninsula with drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and air and cruise missile strikes in Yemen.

A war that started at the beginning of the century is in its tenth year and gives every indication of being permanent.

Much of what's omitted in the above excerpt of Rick Rozoff's article doesn't seem at all related to US militarism vis-a-vis Iran, but maybe I'm wrong about this.

"Largest U.S. Arms Deal Ever: $60 Billion In Weapons To Saudis"

by Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Oct. 21st, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21565

US announces Saudi arms sale of up to 60 billion dollars

The United States announced an arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday worth up to 60 billion dollars that includes advanced fighter jets, helicopters, missiles and other weaponry and equipment, dpa reported.

The deal that will be implemented over 15 to 20 years is the largest US arms deal ever.

The deal proposes the sale of 84 F-15 fighters jets to Saudi Arabia and upgrades older 70 F-15s previously purchased by the Saudi government, Andrew Shapiro, the State Department's assistant secretary for political and military affairs said.

The helicopters included in the deal are 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds, Shapiro said. Also in the package are an assortment of advanced missiles, bombs, radar and other equipment.

The Obama administration formally notified Congress of the sale, which is required under such a massive agreement.

The Obama administration decided to proceed with a deal after evaluating Saudi's defence needs and determining would would not diminish Israel's military edge in the region, and concluded the deal would promote security and stability in the Middle East.

The Obama administration clearly is not qualified to assess the defense needs of Saudi Arabia, for it certainly doesn't need anywhere near $60bn worth of war machinery. But the US MIC definitely will be glad.

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