Sunday, December 26, 2010

Well, at least they got the map right...

The Wall Street Journal and Afghanistan

"U.S.-led coalition forces operate in Afghanistan under a U.N. Security Council mandate, and the U.N. works hand-in-hand with the coalition on building up Afghan government institutions. The Taliban have repeatedly attacked U.N. buildings and personnel, labeling the U.N. an instrument of American imperialism."

Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2010

This is inaccurate. UN Security Council Resolution 1386 authorizes only NATO's "ISAF", not "Operation Enduring Freedom". The US might be the unseen hand in ISAF, NATO, and the UN Security Council, but the law isn't beside the point. The Security Council has not authorized, for example, the existence of the American prison at Bagram nor has it authorized any military operations in Pakistan. To imply otherwise is an Orwellian deceit, one that "falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details."