Our Afghan source speaks up

Whaleoil was approached by someone with on-the-ground experience living and working in Afghanistan:

I was in Afghanistan many years before the current conflict, and one of my colleagues had the misfortune to run into a woman who tragically stepped in front of his vehicle while carrying a baby.

Both mother and baby were instantly killed.

He stopped, and there was no concern from the local people until it was discovered that the baby was a male.

It was previously thought to have been a female.

Then there was a problem, and my colleague was imprisoned in Kabul Prison (a most unpleasant place) until blood money was paid, but paid only for the dead male child.

Not the mother.

The value of Fatima to those people would have been infinitesimal. The value of some money from some gullible foreigners would doubtless buy many guns.

Fatima would only have been put forward to provoke a reaction from soft and gullible western people, she would have had no value otherwise, alive or dead.

In the mountains of Afghanistan females have no value at all.

Unless someone comes around and tells them that if they “share their testimony”, someone will take the New Zealand government to court – at no cost to them.

Then Fatima is worth a lifetime of salaries for the whole village.

Fatima is a ruse.  A literary device to pull on the heart strings.

One thing is for sure:  the NZSAS did not kill Fatima.  If she’s even real.

If only we had a Foreign Affairs ministry and a Foreign Minister we could trust to sort this out by short circuiting this show and putting an end to it.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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