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Latest update : 2009-11-27

Obama's strategy in Afghanistan doesn't convince Web users

In this edition, web users question Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan. Others raise doubt about the global warming.

Obama in Afghanistan

On Tuesday Barack Obama announced that he had decided to finish the job in Afghanistan. According to the US press, the decision could mean the deployment of 25 000 to 35 000 additional troops to the country. A possibility which is not generating unanimity on line.


This video, filmed by an anti-war organisation, calls on Americans who want to end the conflict to make their voices heard by calling the White House. The aim being to avoid the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan.


The site ‘Rethink Afghanistan’ hears from Afghan war veterans who explain here that sending in additional troops would be, in their opinion, an error which could endanger the lives of many soldiers.


And net users are also invited, on the same site, to sign an online petition urging the US President to change his strategy for Afghanistan.


This female video blogger explains that we should listen to the Afghan people. She asserts that Afghans do not want additional troops but rather greater international aid to allow them to reconstruct the country.


This net user is baffled by his country’s stubbornness to continue with the war when, according to him, the US have absolutely nothing to get out of the conflict. Obstinacy which is even more incomprehensible in his eyes, given that President Obama is the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner.


An opinion not shared by this blogger. He declares that the deployment of additional troops is needed if the country is to witness definitive stability. Troops which could be used to protect civilians and earn the sympathy and support of the Afghan people.


The climategate


Just a few days before the Copenhagen Summit, the debate named ‘Climategate’, is shaking the blogosphere. Pirates have stolen and published online emails exchanged between specialists at a prestigious climate research centre. Thousands of documents which, according to global warming sceptics, prove that climatologists are manipulating figures.


Researchers have recognised the authenticity of at least some of the emails. But they stress that these exchanges were taken out of context.


This specialist considers that this is an attempt to intimidate some scientists.


Global warming sceptics are very active online. This documentary entitled, ‘Global Warming The Big Con’ is a great online success.


This debate allows them to renew their efforts. The last assault to date: this video mocking climatologists. Using irony, it shows how specialists apparently hide falls in temperature.


But for most net users there is no doubt that the planet is in danger and that we must act quickly. The Web is brimming with initiatives such as this video petition which calls on world leaders to reach an agreement in Copenhagen.



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