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Afghans Abhor Taliban Trade for Bergdahl

Updated on June 6, 2014
Fazi is center, first row
Fazi is center, first row
What is left after Fazi left the Shomali area
What is left after Fazi left the Shomali area

One of the Gitmo detainees rotting in the cell was Mohammed Fazi. His mere appearance is revenge and nasty, just as the other four. You know, they are killers with no regard. So, when President Obama made the secret deal to get back one U.S. soldier of questionable character and intent because of policy, Fazi must have been thanked Allah and laughed. What Americans do not know is what Fazi did.

In 1999, Fazi and his men swept through the Shomali plain north of Kabul to "cleanse" the area, much like Hitler did as he invaded many areas. This scorched earth operation was just as bad, forcing 300,000 locals to flee to escape the horror of being caught. In the Shomali area, before the Taliban arrived, was considered the "orchard of central Afghanistan" because its vineyards and grapes. At the time, this area was controlled by a rival group and once the battle had been fought and Fazi had won, he systematically demolished this thriving area. He burnt and destroyed the many small villages, he burned the fields and ravaged the vineyards. Once he had basically ruined the area, he sowed it with land mines to make sure the locals who fled, would not return. The thriving livelihood's of many were lost. But Fazi did not stop there. He also randomly seized suspects for no real reason and tossed them in jail for years. Some suspects were simply going to the store when they were taken.

Fazi did commit atrocities on the battlefield in 2001, with random massacre's of women and children in Yakawlang district that is within Bamyan Province to "cleanse" the area. While Fazi was charged with these crimes against humanity, the other released detainees are not with clean hands. All of them also did the same to much lesser extent.

Another released detainee, Khairullah Khairkhwa, was the Taliban liaison between them and al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. The other three were senior Taliban commanders that had fought against the U.S. forces n 2001.

It was only a day after the Bergdahl release that the Afghan made its protest about the deal and release of the detainees. They opposed the release because not only of who they are, but part of the deal was the detainees would be free under the Qatar's eyes for one year before allowing them to return to Afghanistan. Why did Afghanistan not protest before the deal was completed? Well, they did not anything about it until AFTER it occurred! No wonder there is no trust between the two countries.

The Afghanistan government is concerned about Fazi and the others. They will return to conduct war against them and also to derail the new government via political processes. It is a win for the Taliban as these men are hardcore warriors and have a Taliban agenda to continue the war as America exits.

President Obama made moral decision about the right to do. Perhaps he thought one American is worth five Taliban leaders that have killed hundreds or thousands of Afghans. The Afghan people would disagree.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I agree, especially Taliban

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      The whole Muslim world is laughing at PROTUS. The Sargent was clean shaven to prove so. Facial hair is a sign of manliness in that custom. Muslim saying: boys are for toys and women are for birthing.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      As I said, Obama made a moral decision. The negotiations were ongoing and at some point, Obama realized that his health was weakening, the taliban played hardball in demands and Obama really wanted him as a matter of principle. The taliban had indicated they would just kill him, in fact, many of them wanted just that. The deal is bad but it was the only one on table. If the afghans find the deal abhorrent, that speaks volumes.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      I don't have to ask anyone. Common sense will tell you that when we deal they will make more of an effort to capture more prisoners. That's what puts our troops in more danger now than before. If they got it once they will assume they will get it again. Greg

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Then I'd rather ask the past Presidents why they didn't deal.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      You seem to forget about the prisoners in the past that literally lost their heads because we wouldn't deal. Greg.

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      As far as I understand, there aren't any other American POW's in Afghanistan. Plus, I understand Bergdahl was ill.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      There is no value for a hostage. BUT they have always followed the rule in the past, NO DEALS. That's why I ask, "why this one". Greg

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      So what would've been a not-costly swap? What is Bergdahl's worth in Taliban "currency"?

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      That was a very costly swap, and like I said, why is he so much more important than any other prisoners? Greg

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I was referring to the reaction to the swap from a lot of people, not your comment.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      I am not questioning his character or how he was captured. I am questioning, WHY HIM. What is so special about him over any other of our soldiers that have been held prisoners and there were no trades or negotiations for them? I just want to know that. Greg

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I, for one, am glad that a human being had the chance to return to his home and family after being at war. If he was a deserter or abandoned his post, then gather the evidence, and submit him through the necessary process so he can defend himself, and face the consequences if found guilty. But with this news being only a few days old, a lot of people are being way too swift to emit verdict on Bergdahl's character without giving him the benefit of the doubt that the Constitution provides (innocent until proven guilty).

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      But why just him?

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Well, Obama made a decision on a moral basis and does not give a shit about what anyone thinks because no American should be left behind even Bergdahl.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      I heard someone say maybe he was a spy, but I think that is far fetched. Greg

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      Rachael O'Halloran 4 years ago from United States

      The opinion piece in the LA Times today speaks similarly about Bergdahl and promises there will be more that comes to light in this matter. I am sure there will be. There is far too much secrecy around this episode.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      I want to know what was so important about Bergdahl that they would risk sending these other cold blooded killers home when they would never make deals for anyone else. I would bet money he wasn't the only prisoner they hold. Greg.

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