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Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

WikiLeaks' Enlightened Betrayal

 

"It is said that a withdrawal is unthinkable now because the Afghan people cannot be left in the hands of the Taliban. The publication of these documents makes it clear that this will be the case even three, four, or five years from now. So two conclusions can be drawn from these materials: A) We need much more time than was previously stated publicly to get the country under control. So we have to stay longer and with even more troops; B) We failed before. We won't succeed in the years to come. So let's get out as soon as possible."

 

By Arno Widmann

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Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

July 26, 2010

 

Germany - Frankfurter Rundschau - Original Article (German)

Founder, spokesperson and editor in chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange: His group's release of 90,000 classified documents pertaining to Afghanistan has turned the media world and world at large upside down.  

BBC NEWS AUDIO: Daniel Ellsberg, who was behind the 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers, compares his release to that of WikiLeaks, July 27, 00:04:22RealVideo

The betrayal of secrets is nothing new in the history of war. But when 75,000 classified documents are made available to the global public - thatís unprecedented. It will take a while to process this mountain, even for those familiar with the subject matter.

 

WikiLeaks has declared us worthy of enlightenment - but not completely. The organization is withholding 15,000 documents. Their publication - as explained by WikiLeaks and the print media involved - could endanger human lives. The impressions we get now may differ little from those many had before. But one thing seems certain now: There will be no peace in Afghanistan for the next few years and itís sure that there will be no peace without the Taliban. The moment that seemed possible has long since passed - and it passed unused. Now there's no way around the Taliban. Bombing them out of existence didn't work and no one believes any longer that it could.

 

It is said that a withdrawal from Afghanistan is unthinkable now because the country cannot be left to its fate, i.e.: the Afghan people cannot be left in the hands of the Taliban. The publication of these documents makes it clear that this will be the case even three, four, or five years from now. So two conclusions can be drawn from these materials: A) We need time, much more time than was previously stated publicly, to get the country under control. So we have to stay longer and with even more troops; B) We failed in previous years. We wonít succeed in the years to come. So letís get out as soon as possible.

 

Perhaps the documents now found their way into the open to convince the public of the first conclusion. Perhaps WikiLeaks' source isn't as far from the government as we assume in our initial enthusiasm. Maybe we, along with WikiLeaks, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, are being used to create a climate in which a retreat from the withdrawal can be announced. Then the exercise, while giving the appearance of enlightening us, is in reality a case of counter-enlightenment. The game of intelligence and counterintelligence.††

 

But what does "in reality" mean in this jungle of intrigue? After all, itís conceivable that a large majority of the public, so adeptly guided toward A, might, in view of the documents, decide on B. Playing with the public mind is a dangerous game - for everybody involved. When the public - that is, us - knows precisely what needs to be done but doesnít have the faintest idea how to get it done, we have a tendency to drop the issue and resign ourselves to the next one - hopefully one that can be solved more easily.†††

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SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Der Speigel, Germany: Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It
Der Speigel, Germany: Task Force 373: The Secret Hunters
Guardian Video, U.K.: WikiLeaks Founder Tells Why Public Must See Documents

Guardian, U.K.: Complete Investigation of the Secret Afghanistan War Logs
Guardian, U.K.: U.S. Commanders Point the Finger at Pakistan

Times of India: WikiLeaks Release Shows Undeclared War by Pakistan on India

Hindustan Times, India: ĎPakistan Intelligence Paid Taliban to Kill Indians in Kabulí

 

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Only in rare cases does knowledge come with insights into how to put solutions into practice. When people fail over and over again, resignation follows. Knowledge is not, in fact, power. Usually, knowledge is nothing more than the realization of oneís own powerlessness. All too often in these cases, we draw the conclusion that it's better to do without knowledge and allow the powerful to carry on.

 

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