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Robert Greenwald Talks Afghan Civilian Casualties on MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’
Posted by ZP Heller on June 12th, 2009

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Director Robert Greenwald appeared on The Ed Show yesterday to discuss the civilian casualties of war, the fourth segment of Rethink Afghanistan. To my knowledge, this was the first time Brave New Foundation’s exclusive footage from an Afghan refugee camp reached mainstream news audiences. And Greenwald was right there to hammer home the message that the war in Afghanistan is militarizing what is actually a regional political problem.

It’s so crucial for more people to see this exclusive footage because it puts a human face on the war, US military airstrikes, and indiscriminate bombing. Gripping images from Afghan refugee camps remind us that Afghanistan is the third poorest country in the world–a country that, as Greenwald said, needs teachers, educators, doctors, and humanitarian aid instead of more soldiers and wartime spending.

It’s not easy for the mainstream media to report the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. The images and subject matter are deeply upsetting, and they fly in the face of policies set by a popular White House administration. What’s more, it’s literally difficult for reporters to access the real story, considering the stringer hired to film this refugee camp was arrested by the Taliban. Now that Brave New Foundation has made this footage available and it has aired on The Ed Show, however, hopefully other networks will follow MSNBC’s example.

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  1. 花蓮民宿 says:

    hopefully other networks will follow MSNBC’s example.

  2. Angel Ocasio says:

    As a social liberal democrat and a student of American history this is not new in the way our government operates. We have never been a true Democracy, our choices of leaders has always been from a pool of plutocrats. We have been governed by the rich and powerful and it is their interests that we live and die for. This Nation has always been a white ethnocentric society which after the second world war went global. Obama has been a disappointment, because he is protecting the fascist interest of the corporatocracy, continuing the wars, protecting war criminals, and doing very little for the people who elected him.

  3. silverbonn says:

    I lost 3 people dear to me, 9/11. To be honest? My first reaction was to want nothing less than *blood*.
    But War settles *nothing*. The Russians tried a military solution, finally running w/ their tanks tween their legs.
    When will we learn from history?
    President Obama began his service career as a grassroots organizer. He *knows* (but forgets?) REAL, lasting change ONLY comes from within.
    We'd do better to withdraw ALL our troops–at *now*–and send in a proportionate number of (*our* mostly UNEMPLOYED) “activists” to empower the Afghan people, teach them the *skills* needed so they can stand UP to the Taliban and take their OWN nation back, once and for all…
    I repeat: War accomplishes NOTHING — but vendettas!
    (“And Jesus wept…”)

  4. silverbonn says:

    I lost 3 people dear to me, 9/11. To be honest? My first reaction was to want nothing less than *blood*.
    But War settles *nothing*. The Russians tried a military solution, finally running w/ their tanks tween their legs.
    When will we learn from history?
    President Obama began his service career as a grassroots organizer. He *knows* (but forgets?) REAL, lasting change ONLY comes from within.
    We'd do better to withdraw ALL our troops–at *now*–and send in a proportionate number of (*our* mostly UNEMPLOYED) “activists” to empower the Afghan people, teach them the *skills* needed so they can stand UP to the Taliban and take their OWN nation back, once and for all…
    I repeat: War accomplishes NOTHING — but vendettas!
    (“And Jesus wept…”)

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