Friends, I’m privileged today to have Kathy Kelly as a guest. Kathy is an internationally recognized member of the peace movement. She has been unembedded as a witness to our wars of terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places. It’s been my special honor to know and work with her for 28 years, and I see the endless number of uninterrupted wars that have taken place in the Middle East – whether we’re talking about Yemen or Syria or Iraq; and elsewhere, throughout the world – Libya, Somalia, Central and South America, Vietnam, Indonesia. Everywhere. Our business is war; it is our main business, and that the military that carries out this endless, globe-spanning war is our Number One Employer. Welcome, Kathy Kelly.
Kathy: Thank you, Blase. It’s good the think of the 28 years of being in touch with you and being on your show.
Blase: You have just come from Kabul, and you used to say that it was one of the more peaceful places in Afghanistan. But that is not true anymore?
Kathy: No. It’s become very dangerous, and I can remember in 2010 and 2011 we would be able to stay for a month and a half or two months and could walk the streets with relative freedom. But it’s very different now. We recommend staying no more than ten days, and it’s just not possible to walk the streets of Kabul without bringing risks to whoever is walking next to you as a westerner.
Blase: Well the Taliban were our concern at the beginning of this war. We had given birth to them when the Soviet Union was engaged in Afghanistan, and now I believe they’re larger than ever? Is that correct? (Read More)