Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Free Jack Idema Blogburst 12/6/2006

One of the major factors in the campaign to free illegally-imprisoned U.S. Special Forces soldier Jack Idema has always been his relationship with the Northern Alliance.

Back in 2001, these were the Afghans who fought alongside U.S. and British Special Forces to remove the Taliban from power. Prior to that, and under the leadership of Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance were responsible for driving the Soviets out of Afghanistan, and, later, of organising the only effective resistance to the Taliban -- By 2001, Massoud and the Northern Alliance controlled the only Taliban-free territories in the country. Indeed, Massoud was so feared by Islamofascists that, just two days prior to the 9/11 attacks, he was murdered by a pair of Al Qaeda suicide bombers posing as journalists.

This tragedy notwithstanding, it was the Northern Alliance presence in the Panjshir Valley that gave the U.S. a firm foothold from which to launch the 2001 campaign to remove the Taliban. Moreover, the efficiency with which Afghanistan was liberated owes much to the professionalism and bravery of the troops Commander Massoud trained -- Given proper support, equipment and direction by Special Forces soldiers like Jack Idema, they easily removed the Islamofascists from power, scoring a very major victory in the WoT with remarkable speed.

It's important that we revisit this story right now because some of Jack's Northern Alliance comrades (formerly his guards and protectors at Pulacharke) are now under arrest:
    A few days ago, four top Al Qaeda terrorists escaped from Pulacharke. Karzai then imprisoned the anti-Al Qaeda Northern Alliance or UFMF colonels at the prison (which makes no sense). For a few days pro Taleban guards were in place, and it was during that time and the other guys were ‘off’ to be with their families, that the Al Qaeda terrorists escaped. So when the UFMF guards came back to their posts, they were suddenly faced with arrest, while the pro-Taleban guards had left some time after the Al Qaeda terrorists had escaped.
This is a situation that seems to defy logic -- That four terrorists escape Pulacharke prison on the watch of pro-Taliban guards, and the men arrested for dereliction of duty are all vehemently anti-Taliban NA personnel who weren't even on duty at the time of the escapes. What on earth is going on?

Well, the Northern Alliance in general, and those protecting Jack at Pulacharke in particular, are certainly an annoyance to the Karzai administration, so perhaps the prison escape was used as an excuse to settle some scores.

In any event, it's clear that the Karzai administration remains as committed as ever to a policy of imprisoning innocent men for the sake of political expediency. Jack Idema might be the most famous example of this, but he isn't the only decent man it has happened to.

So what can we do? Well, anyone reading this with their own blog can sign up for the weekly Free Jack Idema Blogburst by emailing Cao or Rottweiler Puppy for details. I'd urge everyone to do this, as we're still terribly short on takers. If you want to know more about the story, Cao's Blog has a large section devoted to Jack Idema. There's also a timeline here, and, of course, a huge amount of information is available over at SuperPatriots, without whose work none of us would have learned about Jack's story.

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