Archive for April, 2012

China Voice: Why do rumors repeatedly arise in Bo Xilai incident? [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Black propaganda, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Law enforcement, Media smear campaign, Sinophobia, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, USA 21st Century Cold War, USSR on April 30, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) — Wiretaps, political struggles and so-called “exclusive tip-offs” regarding the Bo Xilai incident have been reported by some foreign media in recent days.

However, people who know a little bit about China’s actual conditions may find these reports quite absurd.

Generally speaking, the tip-offs in the foreign reports have something in common. They lack exact sources of information, make groundless speculations and feature critical remarks about China’s political situation.

In fact, those reports made by some foreign media have been circulated long ago on some websites sponsored by the evil cult [Falun Gong – Zuo Shou ] that the people despise. Isn’t it a startling anecdote in international press history that rumors from cult-run websites appear in traditional media?

The truth is, as the Chinese authorities said on April 10, that the evidence uncovered so far in the investigation of the death of British national Neil Heywood indicates that he died of homicide. Bogu Kailai, wife of former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, and Zhang Xiaojun, an orderly at Bo’s home, are suspects in the case. Both have been transferred to judicial authorities over suspected intentional murder.

After Heywood’s death and the Wang Lijun incident, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee suspended Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, as he is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations.

The case should not be interpreted as a political struggle.

The incidents are being handled under law and Party discipline. With no proper sources and a lack of knowledge regarding China’s actual conditions, some foreign media bodies have failed to respect the facts and ignored their social responsibility by making groundless comments and misleading the public.

This is not the first time for foreign media to circulate rumors about China, only to find that their statements were unfounded. This time around, they will once again lose their accountability.

But the question is: why are they still doing this?

For one thing, most of them are still trying to turn a profit. Many media organizations have suffered from the global economic downturn and the impact of the Internet.

Consequently, some media organizations have turned to gimmicks to attract readers and maximize their profits. China has become a common target for speculation, as demand for news about China has risen in foreign countries in recent years.

For another thing, foreign media bodies often lack a basic understanding of China’s actual conditions. Some have used incorrect theoretical models and statistics to conclude that China’s economy will collapse in the near future, and it appears that they are using a similar attitude in appraising China’s politics.

Their opinion of the current situation remains tied to Cold War-era beliefs, with preoccupations, biases and hostility toward China. Therefore, they have interpreted China’s decision on the Bo Xilai incident as a political struggle, when in fact, the country has made the decision in line with the rule of law and Party discipline.

There are some in the West who are uneasy about China’s development. They may wish to slander or destabilize China, hoping to see the country collapse as the former Soviet Union did instead of watching it become a democratic, modernized socialist nation.

Criminal case has nothing to do with political struggles. Foreign media entities that have disseminated rumors will have to face the music when the truth comes out.

China’s development will not be interrupted by individual incidents and the country’s overall situation will not be intentionally disturbed.

China’s clear targets for development, major policies and socialist system with Chinese characteristics allow all of its people to unite as one and make it impossible to destabilize the country through individual acts, let alone rumors from foreign media.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2012-04/29/c_131560026.htm

U.S. accusation against China over space-tech spying comes out of thin air [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, France, Iran, Japan, USSR on April 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Zhu Lei

BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) — A U.S. accusation that the progress China has made in space exploration, particularly satellites, should be partially attributed to espionage involving American technology is utterly groundless, irresponsible and detrimental to bilateral relations.

A Pentagon report released Wednesday recommended loosening U.S. export controls to international clients on “hundreds of thousands” of items used to build communications satellites and remote sensing equipment.

However, the report stubbornly recommended maintaining or even tightening controls on those exports to particular countries such as China and Iran, accusing China of spying to obtain space technology.

The accusation, first of all, is an underestimation of China’s ability to independently explore space. The Chinese are known for their hard work and diligence in space technology and other high-tech fields. That’s already been long proven by China’s independent development of its first man-made satellite in 1970.

With the successful launch of Dong Fang Hong I on April 24, 1970, China, amidst a time of Cold War confrontation and isolation, became the fifth country, after the Soviet Union, the United States, France and Japan, to independently put a satellite into space.

The successful launch of Shen Zhou 5 in 2003 made China the third country to independently send a human being into space. China’s space history speaks volumes about the fact that any restrictions against China’s space exploration will end in vain.

The U.S. accusation of skullduggery also is an underestimation of its own ability to keep secrets. The United States is well known for possessing the widest and most advanced secrecy network in the world. All U.S. laboratories have strict security measures in place to keep their work secret.

The accusation is also a reminder of the notorious case against Chinese-American scientist Wen Ho Lee. The scientist was charged in 1999 with stealing secrets to leak to China from the Los Alamos National Laboratory — the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

Lee spent nine months in solitary confinement before authorities dropped all charges against him except for a minor face-saving count, and the judge had to apologize to him in court.

The United States should learn from the Lee case and stop making groundless accusations against China.

Meanwhile, America’s insistence on its two-decade-old satellite export restrictions against China runs counter to the consensus reached between the two heads of state on enhancing space cooperation, and would be harmful for overall bilateral ties.

The latest recommendation for making American space technology available on the global market obviously is aimed at creating a more competitive and profitable U.S. space industry amidst a tightened federal budget.

The United States has grumbled about its huge trade deficit with China, while Beijing, for its part, has repeated its willingness to buy American high-tech products.

So why should the United States distrustfully shut the space-tech door to China and miss a possible win-win situation?

It is a plain fact that loosening export controls to China, particularly on high-tech products, could earn the United States a large pile of greenbacks and considerably reduce its trade deficit.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-04/21/c_131542523.htm

Mike Daisey and the great Foxconn con [Spiked-online.com]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Black propaganda, China, China-bashing, Employment, Labor, Media smear campaign on April 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

12 April 2012

by Nathalie Rothschild

+ A new report from inside the giant Chinese factory gives the lie, again, to claims about life on the Apple assembly line. +

Standing on the steps of the Grand Central Station Apple Store in February this year, Mike Daisey, the monologist behind the off-Broadway hit The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, told journalists of the harsh lives of workers at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, where Apple products like iPads and iPhones are assembled. The popular radio show, This American Life, had just dedicated a full programme to Daisey’s account of his trip to China. His stories of maimed workers, underage factory girls and sardine can-like dorm rooms were threatening to do to Apple what the anti-sweat shop movement did to Nike in the Nineties.

But the problem, as we now know, was that Daisey’s dramatic account of his brief visit to China was largely fabricated. He had employed a great deal of artistic licence while presenting his narrative as fact on This American Life, as well as in appearances on media outlets like CNN, C-SPAN and MSNBC, and at Grand Central Station, where he headed up a protest against Apple.

By now, the flaws in TAL‘s fact-checking process and Daisey’s largely unapologetic response to the saga have been mulled over in great detail. With this week’s airing of The People Behind Your iPad on Marketplace, an American Public Media show, we’re likely to get a more nuanced take on what life as a Foxconn worker is like. The journalist behind this radio series, China correspondent Rob Schmitz, was the one who exposed Daisey’s lies, leading to TAL retracting its show.

TAL is a great, well-respected factual storytelling institution and it has baffled many that it let Daisey’s lies slip through. As for Daisey, he has expressed regret for presenting his story as journalism on TAL, but he does not regret writing the story, which he continues to tell. Others have defended his decision to play around with the facts in order to send a big message that should come out, namely that Foxconn’s working conditions are dire, that Apple has a responsibility to do something about it, and that Westerners should change their consumption habits in solidarity with Chinese workers.

What really seems to have happened is that Daisey found it appropriate to manipulate reality in order to reveal what he sees as a ‘higher truth’. To the folks at TAL, and commentators and campaigners elsewhere, his concoction of the most horrid claims ever made about Chinese brutality, Western greed and corporate negligence made for such a powerful story because it all rang true. In other words, it confirmed certain broadly accepted views of the consumerist world order that rarely go unquestioned. Daisey’s storyline gets told in myriad ways these days and the narrative is very familiar: there’s the brutal developing world regime exploiting its people, the Western corporation acting on the profit motive, the hapless victims, and the rescuers – us here in the West – who must be made to feel guilty about our material lusts so that we take action to help free those victims.

As Adam Minter, a Bloomberg columnist who has visited more than 150 Chinese factories, told Schmitz: ‘Foxconn bad. iPhone bad. Sign a petition. Now you’re good…That’s a great simple message and it’s going to resonate with a public radio listener. It’s going to resonate with the New York Times reader. And I think that’s one of the reasons [Daisey] has had so much traction…’

…A major issue for Daisey was the long working hours at Foxconn’s factories and Apple’s failure to hold Foxconn to account for violating its code of conduct, which limits working weeks to 60 hours and requires at least one day off per week. Foxconn has recently agreed to reduce the overtime hours for its workers. So the Chinese employees must be happy, right? After all, this will give them more time to relax, more time to themselves.

According to Schmitz, the cut in hours may actually put many Chinese people out of work. ‘Now keep in mind’, he says, ‘that 99 per cent of the workforce at the Shenzhen factory are migrant workers. They came to Shenzhen from hundreds of miles away to work here, and they came here specifically to work a lot of overtime. So many of the responses I got were like this one, from a worker named Xu… he’s saying that he’ll return to his home village soon. He’s realised that he can’t save enough money living in a developed coastal city like Shenzhen – the cost of living is just too high.’

Other writers who have spent time at Foxconn and who have taken the time actually to speak to factory workers – with and without official approval from those workers’ bosses – have also shown that reality in Shenzhen does not so easily match the morality tale that Daisey has tried to present, well-intentioned as he may claim he is.

For instance, Tim Culpan, a reporter who has covered Foxconn for more than a decade, including co-writing, ‘Inside Foxconn’, a 6,000-plus-word cover story for Bloomberg Businessweek, has said that Foxconn workers’ biggest complaint is that they don’t get enough overtime. ‘They wanted to work more, to get more money.’ And Leslie Chang, who spent two years talking to assembly-line workers in China as part of her research for her book Factory Girls, has said: ‘They are not victims. The workers choose to leave the countryside to go to the city… Certainly the system is stacked against them. But their choice is to leave to a better factory. And over time, the really bad factories don’t have workers and they have to improve conditions or they go out of business.’

These kinds of accounts – less dramatic, less black-and-white, less Dickensian – do not fit the comforting tale that Daisey put forward and that TAL, way too unquestioningly, helped spread to thousands of listeners. Daisey’s story, harrowing as it was to listen to, was comforting to many because it confirmed a view of the Chinese and of ourselves that was already deeply ingrained. That also explains why some are still excusing his ‘good lies’ on the grounds that it supposedly stirred up debate and helped pressure Foxconn to clean up its act, nevermind that it might have an adverse effect on the migrants who are in Shenzhen to work as much as possible and then get out of there ASAP.

In an interview with Schmitz and Ira Glass, TAL‘s host, Daisey explained that the reason he embellished his story – even lying about meeting a man whose hand was twisted into a claw from making iPads – was that he ‘wanted to tell a story that captured the totality’ of his trip. In other words, what’s a lie here or an embellishment there when the overall message still fits Daisey’s view of reality?

In the end, a lie is a lie, no matter in whose name it is told. Daisey’s story was designed to deceive, and TAL, despite its access to journalistic tools of scrutiny, fell for it and clamoured to share it with the public. This shows that it is taken for granted these days that the story of evil Chinese people and harmful consumption is truthful and must be told.

Nathalie Rothschild is an international correspondent for spiked….

Edited / excerpted by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/12333/

“Our Men in Iran” by Seymour Hersh – Covert training of Iranian terrorist group MEK on US soil [The New Yorker]

Posted in Iran, Nukes, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA on April 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 6, 2012

[Excerpted]

…the terrain of the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site…has the look of northwest Iran. The site, some sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, was once used for nuclear testing, and now includes a counterintelligence training facility and a private airport capable of handling Boeing 737 aircraft. It’s a restricted area, and inhospitable—in certain sections, the curious are warned that the site’s security personnel are authorized to use deadly force, if necessary, against intruders.

It was here that the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K….

…in 1997, it was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department….

Full article link: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/04/mek.html#ixzz1rEeZZDZw

China and Russia hold joint naval exercises in North East Asia [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Australia, China, DPR Korea, Encirclement of China, India, Japan, Obama, Philippines, Qingdao, Russia, S. Korea government cover-up of Cheonan incident, SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organization, South China Sea, south Korea, Tokyo, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on April 28, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By John Chan
27 April 2012

China and Russia are conducting a major joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea from April 22 to 27. The drills are a response by the two countries to their growing concerns about the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot” to Asia that includes a military build-up and the strengthening of US alliances throughout the region.

Seven Russian vessels led by its Pacific Fleet flagship, the Varyag, a guided missile cruiser, arrived at Qingdao—a Chinese naval base on the Shandong Peninsula. They were joined by 16 Chinese surface ships and two submarines. Thirteen warplanes, nine helicopters and special force units also took part in the live fire drills.

Russia and China have held joint military exercises in recent years, within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and in the name of combatting terrorism. The main object of the latest war games, however, is the joint defence of sea lanes, involving maritime air defence, as well as anti-submarine tactics and electronic countermeasures.

Although Russian and Chinese officials claimed the exercises were planned last year and did not target at any third party, the “imaginary enemies” could only be the US and its allies. A key focus of the American military build-up is to ensure US domination of key shipping routes through South East Asia.

The location and timing of the naval drills was highly sensitive. As Russian warships crossed through the Tsushima Strait between Japan and Korea last weekend, the Japanese media speculated that this was a message to Tokyo. The strait was the site of the key naval battle in 1905 Russo-Japanese war for dominance in Korea and Manchuria.

This week’s drills were held close to where several US-South Korean naval exercises were staged following the alleged sinking of a South Korean frigate by North Korea in 2010. The US-South Korean naval exercise last November was only 170 kilometres away from the Shandong Peninsula.

The Russo-Chinese exercises coincided with US-Philippine joint war games near the South China Sea, which also involved Australia, Japan and South Korea. That exercise took place amid a continuing standoff between Chinese and Philippine ships near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. The US has encouraged the Philippines and other countries to take a more aggressive stance in territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

As well as raising concerns in [China], the strengthening of the US military presence and ties in Asia has also caused unease in Moscow, which in recent years has expanded its military exercises in Russia’s far eastern regions.

The Obama administration exploited North Korea’s failed rocket launch this month to renew calls for a joint missile shield with Japan, South Korea and Australia. The plan poses a threat not only to China’s nuclear missile arsenal but also to Russia’s road- and rail-launch missiles in the Far East, as well as its Pacific-based nuclear submarines.

By stationing radar and interceptor missiles in South Korea and Japan, the US can significantly shorten the detection time of any Chinese and Russian missile launch and enhance its ability to shoot down the missiles. While promoted as a defensive measure, the missile shield would enable the US to launch a devastating first strike on China or Russia, then neutralise any surviving missiles.

China’s and Russia’s shared anxieties about the threat of US militarism have led to a strengthening of their strategic partnership over the past decade. The SCO was formed in 2001, with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to counter growing American influence in Central Asia, especially after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

In 2005, Russia and China held their first major joint military exercise, “Peace Mission 2005,” in the Yellow Sea. Then, under the [rubric] of the “war on terror,” the SCO countries staged four joint military exercises. Far from being anti-insurgency exercises to suppress “terrorists” in the region, these drills were more in line with practicing for a large-scale land conflict in energy-rich Central Asia.

[Some Chinese] have become convinced in recent years that China should form a military alliance with Russia. During a recent National Security Policy Committee forum on the impact of the “US pivot to the East,” several of China’s top analysts argued for a shift in strategic policy.

Qian Wenrong of the Institute of World Issues declared: “We must change the no-alliance policy, without openly announcing it. We must consider the issue of forming alliances. Otherwise, in the future wars, in both political and military confrontations, we by ourselves will not have the slightest chance of overcoming the global network of alliances that the US has constructed.”

At the same time, the state-run press in China has generally played down any prospect of a formal alliance with Russia. Both countries fear that an alliance would antagonise the US and its allies, on which they depend economically. Russia is a major exporter of energy to Europe, while China remains a cheap labour platform for major Western corporations.

Moreover, China and Russia remain suspicious of each other. Moscow is worried about Beijing’s growing presence in former Soviet Central Asia, where it is tapping the region’s vast energy reserves. By assimilating Russian technology, China has boosted its military strength, provoking concerns in Moscow over a potential conflict with an “overcrowded” China seeking to dominate the resource-rich and underpopulated Russian Far East.

The Chinese regime is concerned that Russia has been supplying sophisticated military hardware, including nuclear submarines, tanks and an aircraft carrier, to its regional rival, India, in an attempt to counter-balance Chinese influence in Asia. Russia is also selling submarine and strike aircraft to Vietnam, which in turn has invited India and Russia to jointly explore energy reserves in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

The very fact that China and Russia are considering closer military ties, despite these antagonisms, underscores the dangerous tensions being produced by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot” to Asia.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/apr2012/ruch-a27.shtml

“Two Worlds, Two Truths” – The Anglosphere’s pathological hypocrisy [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Germany, Iran, Poland, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, USSR, World War II on April 28, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 7, 2012

Dimitriy Sedov

…Vladimir Putin’s election for a new term means the major foreign policy guidelines outlined in his article called Russia and the Changing World are going to be further implemented. The article calls for the resurrection of the bipolar world order when no one involved in confrontation could allow the luxury of breaching the UN Charter. And even if it was done, there was “a bill to pay” for it as a rule. True, those days the world order was based on intimidation but it no doubt helped to strengthen global security.

After the old bipolar world was destroyed and the balance of power between the USSR and the USA no more served as a foundation, the West was quick enough to say goodbye to the spirit of equality in interstate relations and embarked on the way of establishing unilateral global dominance. In his article Russia and the Changing World Vladimir Putin clearly showed it is not the trend in international politics that Russia is going to support.

The Russian leadership is convinced that the efforts should be applied to restore the UN as a tool to maintain the interstate relations based on equality and justice. Washington is given a clear signal that Russia will strengthen its independent foreign policy. An attempt to involve Russia into [sic] defending…US interests instead of the national ones with the help of the “reset” policy failed. Russia will not do what it is told. The Western response to the article is interesting because it allows to see the extent of mutual understanding between Russia and the West . The inert and skeptical reaction of the Western political community makes the article be a voice in the wilderness. During the last twenty years of permissiveness on the international stage the powers representing the driving force of their society have become accustomed to the idea that they are irreproachable in their vision of the world. Their hearing is configured to hear only the sounds that match the tune…Putin’s ideas about the equality, sovereignty and mutual respect in international relations are simple at first glance but they perceive them through a filter of ideological prejudices. The response is most clearly seen among US and British politicians.

It couldn’t be any other way for the basis of the Anglo-Saxon vision of international relations is the conception of the world as a stage and them being stage directors. This political culture has been in existence for many dozens of years. It was hidden or stood out depending on how strong the adversary was but it never disappeared…The system is based on the principles that have never been made public but have been adhered to in real life. Here are some of them:

1. There are real policies defined by a limited number of individuals and groups of people, and public policies serving as a cover for the real ones.

2. The real policies always serve the interests of a narrow group in possession of the major part of national wealth. Today it’s a few dozens of Anglo-American and Jewish financial and industrial clans.

3. The public policies are a theatre where parts are played for money. The actors are public politicians, the whole range of commercial media, special mechanisms of mass consciousness control in the form of ideological, propaganda and information centers, special services, as well as the “fifth columns” abroad.

The synchronous play of the two instruments – the public policies “for people” and real policies “for themselves” since a long time have become a factor of international life that received the name of “double standards” policy.

The term may not be fully correct. In reality there is only one standard here – self-interested approach of the real policies creators to the relations with other nations. The public policies is a theater set for sanctimonious concealment of real goals. That’s why no such thing as double standards exists – there is only a habit “to use” the public as a managed herd.

The more the theory of globalism have spread around, the more false moral categories have become in demand. Sanctimonious moralism has put down deep roots in the Western political culture and has become part and parcel of influence exerted upon opponents. Special attention should be paid to the US “fifth columns” in many countries, where the USA tries to strengthen its position. No matter what the motives are in separate cases, the “fifth columns” serve the “real” Anglo-Saxon policies that stands far from the national interests of their homelands, be it Russophobia in Central Europe, especially in Poland, “westernism” in Ukraine, or “liberalism” in Russia. The fact that they got mixed the “real” policies with “public” ones could hardly ever be a justification of their actions. The correct wording of the Putin…article leads to the conclusion that a new confrontation with the West is inevitable. We are different in our perception of basic values of international relations: the issues concerning international morals, justice and equality.

The Anglo-Saxons have never been true adherents of these values, that’s what defines other things. They are unable to be honest and equal partners in the cooperation process. It will not let them unite efforts while trying to solve the most important global problems. The behavior of the Anglo-Saxon allies in the Second World War is an example. They were waiting till Germany and the USSR exhaust each other in a pitched battle and opened the Second front only to be in time to jump on the footboard of a departing train. That’s the example…to be remembered by the politicians who count on receiving dividends while cooperating with the West.

As…history shows[,] the Americans start to hear the arguments of the other side only if it has teeth to show if required. That’s how it was in the middle of the 1970s when the USSR achieved nuclear parity with the USA or in 1961, when Soviet missiles appeared in Cuba.

No doubt they study…Putin’s article attentively in Washington, London, Brussels, Paris. First of all it’s plausible weaknesses that they are looking for. At the same time, they, in the West, cannot understand that the program like presentation is not his personal vision of the world or something said due to competition oriented motivation. This is an address reflecting the sentiments of the whole Russian society longing for their country to rise and restore the position of great world power. It wouldn’t be timely according to the Western views. The feeling of indignation concerning the policy of “double standards” is spreading in the world . In fact the policy is “the law of jungle” barely disguised by hypocrisy. The ”law” is rejected by the very nature of interstate relations that badly need a counterbalance to stand up to international brigandage attempts. By the will of fate Russia is the one who lays the claim.

The crisis engendered by the situation in Syria and Iran is transforming into the crucial factor that will finally disperse the mist of political mystifications away and make clear the global division into two camps. Moscow doesn’t speak about it in full voice yet but very soon this kind of conversation will become inevitable.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/03/07/two-worlds-two-truths.html

Army major’s despair at our ‘pointless war’: Senior officer’s damning emails reveal plummeting morale at heart of Afghan campaign [Daily Mail]

Posted in Afghan quagmire, Afghanistan, Karzai puppet regime corruption, NATO invasion, U.K., US "War on Terror" on April 26, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Glen Owen

PUBLISHED: 21:10 GMT, 21 April 2012

They are stark words that reveal the despair of our [sic] forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Emails sent to a former military chaplain paint a damning picture of sinking morale among Servicemen who feel the human cost of the conflict can no longer be justified.

Dr Peter Lee, a university lecturer who spent seven years as an RAF padre, has released the emails to highlight the extent of disillusionment within the ranks.

The correspondence includes two emails sent by a major on the brink of a fresh deployment to the region. He likens the prospect to ‘being put on for the last two minutes of a lost game’ of rugby.

In an accompanying article for The Mail on Sunday – published below – Dr Lee describes this as ‘enough time to get hurt, badly, and perhaps enough time to make the defeat fractionally less embarrassing. But there is no chance that defeat can be turned into victory’…

…Polls have shown that a majority of British people are confused about the purpose of our mission and want the troops to be pulled out immediately. Barely one in ten think the conflict is winnable…

…‘John’ writes: ‘Because we are civvie private security and get paid well we are seen as mercenaries. So unlike when a soldier gets IEDd, when we get killed or injured nobody gives a s***.’

He adds that the bulk of the casualties are locals working for the British, adding: ‘If anything happens to us we might get lucky and be shipped back home in a box or on a stretcher but the media don’t want to hear about it so nobody else hears about it…

Excerpted by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133204/Army-majors-despair-pointless-war-Senior-officers-damning-emails-reveal-plummeting-morale-heart-Afghan-campaign-cost-409-British-lives.html