Three British Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

News Brief – July 2, 2012

This is becoming an all too familiar tale. An Afghan, usually described in the Western media as “dressed in the uniform” of the  Afghan security forces and who later turns out to be an actual member of the local security forces, opens fire on members of the ISAF.
In this latest incident, the BBC initially reported a ‘gunman in a police uniform’ – implying he might not have been a policeman before later altering the report – opened fire on British soldiers at a checkpoint, killing three.   
As the New York Times later reported though, the killer was indeed an Afghan policeman and a member of a “highly regarded” unit at that.
Apart from underming morale among Western forces in Afghanistan, the so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks reveal a mounting mistrust between NATO forces and their supposed local allies.
Background checks are now routinely carried out on members of the Afghan security forces to ensure their sympathies do not lie with local insurgents.
Nonetheless, ‘green-on-blue’ incidents have continued.
In May two British servicemen were killed while part of a security detail at a base in Helmand Province. Initially their killers were also reported to be ‘gunmen in Afghan police uniforms’, until they were later confirmed to be Afghan policemen.
Beyond underming trust and operational efficiency however, every green-on-blue incident renders the illusion that the International Security Assistance Force represents less convincing. Coalition forces are not in Afghanistan to assist a legitimate government, they are effectively an army of occupation used to prop up an installed regime and ensure that Afghanistan’s drugs trade continues.
This is indeed their primary mission although, of course, no one is openly saying as much.
Prior to the 2001 invasion the Taliban had outlawed the production of opium and Afghanistan’s drugs trade all but ceased to be.
Following NATO’s ‘intervention however, the lucrative drugs trade quickly resumed and within a short time Afghanistan’s drugs exports had reached record levels.
So more than being a mere army of occupation, the International Security Assistance Force is in Afghanistan to enforce the continued trade in drugs.
It is a matter of historical record that drugs have been used to enforce imperial rule for centuries now. From the Opium Wars, when Britain and its imperial allies fought a rebellion in China against the opium trade, to modern Afghanistan the same principle prevails.
Drugs are used to generate huge revenues, which are all unaccountable, and effectively used to undermine a civil populace.
It is therefore no coincidence that much of Afghanistan’s drugs produce first finds its way into Iran and Russia before travelling further West. Both countries have been adversely affected by Afghanistan’s drugs exports and both are veiwed as potential threats to Western interests.
The fact that Afghanistan’s drugs exports ultimately ends up on the streets of Western capitols doesn’t unduly worry the powers that be either. Apart from generating vast amounts of unaccountable revenue, drugs are also seen as a means to confuse and sedate the lower rungs of society.
The latest ‘green-on-blue’ happened on the day Afghan National Security Forces took the security lead in southern Afghanistan, prompting concern over whether local security forces will ever be able to maintain control over the country without outside ‘assistance’.

Also see: More Coalition Soldiers Killed By Afghan Security Forces

U.S. Advisors Killed in “Execution-Style” Shooting

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