A non story

January 3rd, 2013 at 8:22 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

An Afghan insurgent warlord has branded Prince Harry a shameless, drunken “jackal” out to kill innocent Afghans while on duty as an attack helicopter pilot for NATO forces in the country. …

“It seems that some British authorities still dream about the times of the 18th and 19th century and they want their ambassador to be treated like a viceroy and their prince to go out in uniform to hunt for human beings and play the Satanic role that they used to play in the past,” Hekmatyar said in translated comments.

He said Britain had gained nothing by entering an “unjustified, useless but cruel conflict” to please its ally, the United States, speaking in a recorded video response to questions put by the paper.

“The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujahideen with his helicopter rockets without any shame.

“But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy. Jackals cannot hunt lions,” Hekmatyar added. …

The US State Department lists Hekmatyar as a “terrorist” for supporting attacks by Islamist Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents, although he became a hero to many Afghans while leading mujahideen fighters against the Soviet occupation of the Central Asian country in the 1980s.

So a terrorist disapproves of Prince Harry’s deployment. This is of course globally important news.

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26 Responses to “A non story”

  1. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I guess that this just goes to show that one man’s ‘terrorist’ is another man’s ‘insurgent’. Usually the one playing away from home is the terrorist.

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  2. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    if Hekmatyar did say what is attributed to him, then he is a lot cleverer than many would like to admit. He makes some good points, and back in the day of the mujahideen he was a hero to more than just a few Afghans. Back then he was of course known as a ‘freedom fighter’. It’s an interesting bit of ‘news’, not headline of course but worth reporting all the same.

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  3. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Probably a slow news day – easy page filler.

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  4. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    He said Britain had gained nothing by entering an “unjustified, useless but cruel conflict” to please its ally, the United States, speaking in a recorded video response to questions put by the paper.

    He is right about that much. The occupying forces have no business there. The Taliban were not behind 9/11. The invasion (of their country) is on the basis they are sympathetic to terrorists. On that same basis they should have invaded London, or their allies Saudi Arabia (the home of Osama Bin Laden). Not the Central Asian country of Afghanistan.

    Not that the Taliban are too worried. The occupying forces will learn what many others have and go back home cloaked in failure. They will not beat those people.

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  5. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    The world needs more “drunken jackals” to wipe out the savage terrorists, all followers of the religion of peace.

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  6. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Good for you Manolo..telling it how it is is..Now just wait for all the theoretical types to come along.

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  7. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    If the Afghans are really that bad Manolo, then why have so many Western people immigrated there ?

    Afghanistan did NOT attack America. Not even the Yanks themselves claim that.

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  8. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    In other news, German born man living in Rome enclave found to be Catholic.

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  9. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Just as a side note on Afghanistan, I was recently amused watching the end of ‘Rambo 3′.

    There is a post script before the credits dedicating the film to the brave and noble warriors of that country, in their struggle against the Soviet oppressors. Can’t remember the exact wording (very Hollywood) but it sure doesn’t reflect how the general U.S. population views them now!

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  10. Yoza (1,879 comments) says:

    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, another CIA/ISI ‘success’ story: “ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 18— The leader of a powerful Afghan guerrilla party and major recipient of covert American military assistance, whose aim is a ”pure” Islamic state, consistently accuses the United States of conspiring with the Soviet Union against Afghanistan.

    Yet the leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, denies that he is anti-American, as is frequently charged.

    ”But there are people in America who are against our jihad,” Mr. Hekmatyar said in an interview in Peshawar, the Pakistani city near the Afghan border that is the center for the seven parties fighting the Moscow-backed Government of President Najibullah in Kabul.”

    As I understand, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Northern Alliance cohorts were so vicious that those who suffered under his thugs welcomed the comparatively moderate Taliban with open arms to help rid themselves of this nut. It speaks volumes for the failure of the occupation that someone with his history of sadism can still pretend to sympathise with the plight of the ordinary Afghan.

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  11. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    If this is “a non story” then why would you write a blog post about it?

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  12. Nigel (516 comments) says:

    He’s a former Afghan Prime Minister dpf, that is most definitely a story.

    Whether it’s a major story or even a valid point of view he holds is a different question, but nonetheless it’s a story & Reuters should IMHO be in the job of reporting stories as they occur. so I think you’ve crossed a line into censorship here which is best left uncrossed.

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  13. Paulus (2,628 comments) says:

    Boring Feral Herald. get back to continuing publishing cartoons of Jonh Key – he would be amused I am sure.

    Similarly Harry would say – “my big brother calls me worse than Hektmeyer” and has done all my life – brothers.

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  14. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    If the NZ Herald only published stories approved by DPF, it would be a very small newspaper indeed.

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  15. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    The meaning I get out of the story is how can horrid despotic dictators and warlords go about their reigns of terror with virtually no tut-tutting internationally. The UN is far more likely to have a swipe at NZ for some relatively minor human rights violation than those who seriously violate human rights all the time.

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  16. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    I would believe Hekmatyar to be more Afghan patriot then terrorist.

    This remembering that the US calls anyone Al Queda who does not wan the US in their territory which would be 90% of the Middle east by now.

    When the US is in they in to stay. Obama has also sent thousands of troops by stealth back to Iraq.

    Incidentally, US troops are now all called NATO to camouflage their presence in the media

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  17. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Whether it’s a major story or even a valid point of view he holds is a different question, but nonetheless it’s a story & Reuters should IMHO be in the job of reporting stories as they occur. so I think you’ve crossed a line into censorship here which is best left uncrossed.

    DPF is criticizing the media for giving voice to a known terrorist, saying what known terrorists say. You want him to stop.

    So by your own standard, you’re just as much into censorship as he is.

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  18. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    I would believe Hekmatyar to be more Afghan patriot then terrorist.

    Hence the calm, rational tone of his statements.

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  19. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘So by your own standard, you’re just as much into censorship as he is’
    Criticising DPF’s take on this story is not a call for censorship.

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  20. Nostalgia-NZ (5,214 comments) says:

    Jackals cannot hunt lions,”

    He got that bit right. Soon the Jackals will slink off leaving Afghanistan undefeated by the World’s ‘greatest’ Superpower. Reminds me of Ron Paul’s thoughts that the Americans should simply mind their own business. Their drones must now rate as the no 1 terrorist weapon.

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  21. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I am always interested in the language used when talking about different issues. Hekmatyar is a ‘freedom fighter’, ‘mujahideen’, ‘insurgent’ or ‘rebel’ or ‘terrorist’

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  22. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    Nostalgia, “defeat” does not even begin to describe the US failure in Afghanistan. The first thing Obama did (other than recieving the Nobel peace prize) was to massively esculate the war. It is the only election promise he has kept. This has resulted in record deaths, on all sides, and the country is no more stable than it was before. The only people who have restored order in the region, in recent times, are the Taliban. As soon as the Western forces move out, to invade someone else, the Taliban will restore that order. None of this need concern us, as the Taliban are indigenous Pashtun people who are only interested in their own tribal areas, regardless of the lies told by the black jesus Obama.

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  23. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    Of course Nobel peace prize laureate Obama will move much of his invading army out of the region, to murder people in other areas. The left have given him the green light and he is going to up-his-game in his second term. He will be moving troops into 35 African countries this year, as well as continuing to murder people all over the Middle East and Central Asia.

    http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/obama-sending-troops-drones-into-as-many-as-35-african-nations-in-2013/

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  24. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    No, Prince Harry is only a drunken jackal on offduty hours when naked in Las Vegas hotel rooms with obliging young women! :) And I’m relieved that New Zealand soldiers will shortly be withdrawing from this particular geopolitical quagmire. Afghanistan is a dysfunctional failed state, dogged by generations of interneccine squabbling between its constituent ethnic minorities and warlords. As with the earlier Soviet withdrawal at the end of the eighties, it may take time for regional warlords or (shudder) the Taliban to reassert some degree of authority, but it will never be total. At the best, all we can do is offer the brave Afghans who assisted our military personnel in Bamyan province, and who have therefore put their own lives in deadly danger from reprisals, some degree of neccessary sanctuary. And Winston can go take a running jump into oblivion. We have a moral obligation to assist these people.

    As for some of the crass sectarian stereotypes of Islam offered here (a) you people are aware of the Sunni/Shia schism, and that al Qaeda is a Sunni organisation, as is the Taliban? (Not that I have much time for Iran’s Ahmadinejad regime, or Iraqi Shia insurgents- they execute gay people there). (b) What about the Arab Spring? Islam is a global faith and encompasses a variety of divergent ethnicities and political systems.

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  25. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    Prince Harry !!.. Just another Anglo Saxon .. Enjoying what Anglo Saxons enjoy..

    Kicking the Shit out of ??????..

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  26. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    Oh !!.. He has a small touch Kraut and Greek.. They enjoy it too..

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