Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Message from Afghanistan

In July, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced [US soldier Bowe Robert] Bergdahl's capture as "outrageous" and said the United States was doing everything it could to free him.

  Raw Story

I wonder what that is.

The Taliban on Friday released a video purportedly showing US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan about six months ago.


"I'm afraid to tell you that this war has slipped from our fingers and it's just going to be our next Vietnam unless the American people stand up and stop all this nonsense," Bergdahl is shown saying on the video.


"We are ready to release him in exchange for the release of our prisoners but the Americans are not ready to release our prisoners in exchange for their soldier," Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP.

"He is not being tortured or tormented. He is being dealt with according to sharia teachings of a war hostage," Ahmadi added, without saying what would happen if the Taliban demands were not met.


In the latest video, Bergdahl warns soldiers who are about to be deployed to Afghanistan what to expect on the battlefield.

"So, (to) all you soldiers that are getting ready to come over here for their first time because of the stupidity of our country, our leaders: no, you are not fighting stupid farmers.

"No, you are not fighting a small group of terrorist guerrilla fighters. You are fighting an organised guerrilla army that has perfected guerrilla warfare better than any country has ever perfected it in history.

"You're not fighting stupid people. You are fighting very smart people who know exactly how to kill us and are extremely patient and know how to wait for the right moment. So, stop believing illusions," he added.

It was impossible to verify whether Bergdahl was coerced into making the statements.

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