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Commentary Last Updated: Nov 7th, 2007 - 01:17:40

Man of the year: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By Gabriele Zamparini
Online Journal Guest Writer

Nov 7, 2007, 01:15

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Two more little children have been slaughtered by the Amerikan war-machine in Afghanistan.

Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Forces-82 spokesman, farted: "While resisting multiple requests to surrender, the militant barricaded himself in a room. Unbeknownst to Afghan forces, his family was barricaded in the room with him. It is regrettable when innocent lives are put at risk by militant forces. Our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the deceased and wounded."

More than 5,600 Afghans have been slaughtered this year alone, according to an Associated Press count based on figures from Afghan and Western officials.

Meanwhile Japan said goodbye: �Japanese warships were ordered home from the Indian Ocean Thursday after opposition lawmakers refused to support an extension of their mission supporting U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.�

The Afghan resistance has captured a third district in western Afghanistan. Reuters informed us: "Poor morale among Afghan police meant that up to 38 officers had defected to the Taliban in the last week in Farah, the security analyst said, and those that remained were unwilling or unable to put up much of a fight."

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said the international forces in Afghanistan have a �crucial role� in preventing the country from again becoming a �host for terrorist and extremist groups.�

�The secretary general notes that it is an unfortunate reality that such operations continue to be necessary in Afghanistan, but reaffirms that the hope for lasting peace and in Afghanistan and the region, and for a world without terrorism, depends on their success,� he said in a statement over the role of NATO and Afghan forces in maintaining security.

"While thanking those countries which have provided assistance, he appealed to all Governments involved in Afghanistan to maintain their existing commitments in order to ensure the success of the joint effort to rebuild Afghanistan, 'so that it can offer hope and opportunity to its people, friendship to its neighbours, and an example to the rest of the world.'�

Ban Ki-moon�s country, Republic of Korea (South Korea) was the first to welcome his words: "The South Korean Defense Ministry said on Monday that it will complete the withdrawal of all the 210 South Korean troops in Afghanistan by mid-December. ( . . . ) The South Korean government pledged to pull out all its troops from the country earlier in return for the release of 23 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban militants in July."

Gabriele Zamparini is an independent filmmaker and freelance writer living in London. He's the producer and director of the documentaries "XXI CENTURY" and "The Peace!" DVD and author of "American Voices of Dissent" (Paradigm Publishers). He can be reached at More about him and his work on

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