Italian Aid Workers or Terrorists?

In Afghanistan its becoming hard to believe anything. Everybody lies. Unlike Israel, where the nefarious activities of the NGO’s are obvious and undeniable:

Most of the Israeli NGOs that call themselves human rights groups are part of the propaganda war on Israel, almost never concerned about human rights of Arabs in the Palestinian Authority and the rights of Jews anywhere.  The language of human rights is their pretext for advancing Arab interests, including criminal interests, against national security and Jewish human rights.  That has been the subject of perhaps a hundred of my articles.  NY Israel Conflict ExaminerRichard Shulman

Analysis: bizarre – even by Helmand standards

Governor Gulab Mangal said one of the men had received a $500,000 advance.  Three Italian medical workers are among nine men arrested in Afghanistan in connection with an alleged plot to kill a provincial governor, officials say.  BBC

Times Online

The arrest of three Italian aid workers for alleged complicity in a plot to kill the British-backed Governor of Helmand province is a bizarre development but not one without a certain amount of history to it.

The Emergency hospital in Helmand is the best source of medical care in Helmand, outside the military field hospitals run by the British and Americans.

The hospital’s moral commitment to care for all those in need means that a sizeable proportion of those treated for battle injuries are suspected of being Taleban fighters. They invariably describe themselves as civilians caught in crossfire.

This has long been a source of irritation and suspicion for the Afghan Government.

However, in 2007 darker accusations were made by the Government, which accused employees of the Emergency hospital of a role in the kidnap of an Italian journalist, Daniel Mastrogiacomo, and two Afghan colleagues by the Taleban.

The Italian was freed after the release of a number of Taleban prisoners. The Afghans were beheaded.

Afghan officials say that Italian government pressure stopped further investigation of the hospital’s alleged role in the kidnap. As one senior government official said in Kabul yesterday: “There has been suspicion for some time of Emergency.”

The Italian Government has so far been guarded in its responses to the allegations, while British officials have confirmed that their forces were called to make safe weapons and explosives allegedly found by Afghan security services at the hospital.

If proved, claims that Italian aid workers helped to facilitate a Taleban assassination plot would cause huge embarrassment to the Italian Government and provoke outrage among the wider aid community in Afghanistan.

The Italian-run charity insists that the allegations are a fiction. As so often in Afghanistan, the truth is at present obscure.