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quote: The mujahideen favoured sabotage operations. The more common types of sabotage included damaging power lines, knocking out pipelines and radio stations, blowing up government office buildings, air terminals, hotels, cinemas, and so on. From 1985 through 1987, an average of over 600 "terrorist acts" a year were recorded. In the border region with Pakistan, the mujahideen would often launch 800 rockets per day. Between April 1985 and January 1987, they carried out over 23,500 shelling attacks on government targets. The mujahideen surveyed firing positions that they normally located near villages within the range of Soviet artillery posts, putting the villagers in danger of death from Soviet retaliation. The mujahideen used land mines heavily. Often, they would enlist the services of the local inhabitants, even children.They concentrated on both civilian and military targets, knocking out bridges, closing major roads, attacking convoys, disrupting the electric power system and industrial production, and attacking police stations and Soviet military installations and air bases. They assassinated government officials and PDPA members, and laid siege to small rural outposts. In March 1982, a bomb exploded at the Ministry of Education, damaging several buildings. In the same month, a widespread power failure darkened Kabul when a pylon on the transmission line from the Naghlu power station was blown up. In June 1982 a column of about 1,000 young communist party members sent out to work in the Panjshir valley were ambushed within 30 km of Kabul, with heavy loss of life. On September 4, 1985, insurgents shot down a domestic Bakhtar Airlines plane as it took off from Kandahar airport, killing all 52 people aboard.Mujahideen groups used for assassination had three to five men in each. After they received their mission to kill certain government officials, they busied themselves with studying his pattern of life and its details and then selecting the method of fulfilling their established mission. They practiced shooting at automobiles, shooting out of automobiles, laying mines in government accommodation or houses, using poison, and rigging explosive charges in transport.
quote: You imply that Japan knew beforehand the destruction of a nuclear weapon, you imply that they knew about nuclear fallout and poisoning.
quote: I'm not accepting the premise that there even IS an argument here. What we did in WWII was right. Period. End of discussion.
quote: It's like you Liberals were born without a "context" gene or something. But you have three extra hindsight ones to make up for it!
quote: It took the U.S over a month to capture an island 4 miles long by 2 miles wide. The casualties were massive. The United States Marines lost 6,891 men and over 18,000 were wounded. There were only a total of 22,000 Japanese soldiers on the island during the battle, and only 212 were taken as prisoners. This historical battle taught Americans the strength of Japanese defense. This short but important battle played a key role in the decision to use atomic bombs when attacking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The battle showed just how far Japanese troops would go to defend their country. The small island came at a high cost in regards to the amount of lives lost, and though America won the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Japanese proved that their defensive tactics were much stronger. The simple fact is without the nukes this would have been repeated again and again and again. Better option indeed...
quote: The Japanese didn't surrender after the two bombs. They surrendered days after when their casualties were too high to sustain.
quote: The two bombs simply leveled cities and killed civilians, and they still kill civilians because of the radiation.
quote: take it into account before you say that what the United States did was "right".
quote: This was how wars were fought and won back then. It was brutal, it was NOT tactical or clean. BOTH sides fought this way.
quote: Speaking of context, take it into account before you say that what the United States did was "right". The Japanese situation wasn't that simple.
quote: You, north americans, are all cold blooded creatures.
quote: What we did in WWII was right. Period. End of discussion.
quote: War was different then. If you declared war, you were knowingly directly exposing your civilians to attack. America declared war.
quote: Thousands and thousands of helpless men were killed in Pearl Harbor, along with 68 civilians. A gutless and unprovoked attack!
quote: Yeah, I think Assange has lost sight of his original goal. Power corrupts.
quote: Geeze, bash America all you want, but how can this be explained? This is not whistle blowing - this is catering directly to anarchy and terroism. These documents apparently span the globe - no matter where you are posting from, theres a good chance Wikilinks just told the terrorists how to hurt you.Btw, jail is too good for Manning. I hate to say it, but its time to pull out the old firing line on this rat.
quote: Jason Mick's crusade against Wikileaks has become so ridiculous and disingenuous that I can't take this site seriously anymore.Wikileaks official press release on this cable.The document, while marked “SECRET//NOFORN”, was placed on SIPRNet, a network accessible by an estimated 2.5 million civilian, military and private sector employees.Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said:“The latest release from the Embassy Cables reveals US embassies were asked to gather information on key infrastructure and resources without the knowledge of, or consultation with, their host governments.“This further undermines claims made by the US government that its embassy officials do not play an intelligence gathering role.“In terms of security issues, while this cable details the strategic importance of assets across the world, it does not give any information as to their exact locations, security measures, vulnerabilities or any similar factors – though it does reveal the US asked its diplomats to report back on these matters.“This leaked cable was, like the rest of the Embassy Cables, available to 2.5 million people, including civilian, military and private sector personnel – a very wide distribution for information claimed to be of such high sensitivity, and relating to so many foreign governments”.
quote: SECRET//NOFORN is available to 2.5 million people, including civilian, military and private sector personnel – a very wide distribution for information claimed to be of such high sensitivity
quote: Its exposure doesn't hurt the U.S. gov't's credibility; it hurts the U.S. people and its allies by putting their lives in danger.
quote: Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said:“The latest release from the Embassy Cables reveals US embassies were asked to gather information on key infrastructure and resources without the knowledge of, or consultation with, their host governments.
quote: So you'll take Wikileaks as your trusted authority instead?
quote: I guess it exposes what a shoddy job the DoD/DHS is doing leaving these spots vulnerable if they know how alluring they are to terrorists without doing much about it to secure them.
quote: but how can this be explained?
quote: Btw, jail is too good for Manning. I hate to say it, but its time to pull out the old firing line on this rat.
quote: While I'm certainly not going to defend it, I think I can at least explain it. Wikileaks has lost just about all corporate level support (paypal, amazon, etc) and Assange/Wikileaks feel that they caved to US pressure. This is more or less payback for the recent events that have crippled Wikileaks. Realistically there aren't many other ways they can defend themselves so to speak.
quote: While Mr. Assange is already evading detainment on Swedish rape charges in Iceland
quote: If your sources of information are the mass media in countries like America, UK, and Australia then I'm afraid that you ARE brainwashed. Your opinions are shaped by the rulers of society for their own benefit . Wikileaks is supposed to show you the extent of government lying and corruption and yet people are closing their ears and eyes and pretending their leaders are still virtuous.
quote: If someone threatens your life and property you have every right to be pissed.
quote: with the bank complaining that the site submitted false details when making the account.