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Wheels within Wheels in Afghanistan
Thursday, 28 June 2007 14:39
by Dr. Ehsan Azari

If US Really Wants to Win Over Terror, it Must Dismantle Gothic Houses of Warlords and Ex-communists in Afghanistan and ISI in Pakistan.

Imagine you are in the middle of a country road in a hot and bare field in Afghanistan, emptied of any living soul. The human body parts and pools of blood can be seen in (seen from every direction) every direction. Dead animals are lying with their legs up towards the sky. No sun-backed mud house is standing. You see an American marine officer beside a hoisted banner of the US, giving a lecture to dozen Afghans hired for building a so called “Afghan national army,” on how to fight the enemy. Add to the crowd Mr Karzai with his dark blue sheepskin hat which looks larger than his head, watching with a toothy smile. You will have absolutely no need for Samuel Beckett or Pinter to write you a theatrical masterpiece.

If Afghan history is any guide, nothing is new in this sordid scene. Less than a hundred years ago the same village should have been bustling with a bloody colonial and anti-colonial hide and seek battle between the British troops and the rebellious bearded Afghans.

Afghanistan is a country where armies vanish into thin air like goblins of the Arabian Nights. The Russians in 1980s trained thousands of local troops like British Raj before them. “The nineteenth century brought,” wrote Churchill in 1897 “two new facts: the breech-loading rifle and the British government [in Afghanistan]. The first was an enormous luxury and blessing; the second, an unmitigated nuisance.” The same happened to the Russians’ Kalashnikov and communism, and if the US fails to change its current policy, the same will happen to the Americans’ M-16 guns and democracy.” The Guardian recently reported that the US plans to replace Russians guns with M-16 in the Afghan army.


Living in an abject poverty, no food and no jobs available, most of the Afghan youth left terrified by the prospect of unemployment, are joining the army for the $100 a month it offers, for the only means of survival left in the country are either joining Kabul’s army, poppy cultivation, or smuggling. Tens of thousands of young Afghans still live in Iran and Pakistan as refugees preferring to stay in neighbouring countries rather than going back home, which the Bush administration is keen to portray as a promised land thriving with freedom and democracy. The Afghan middle class have entirely vanished in the past ceaseless turmoil and the new elite is the US-backed warlords, ex-communist apparatchiks, and Western-run NGO bosses who are connected to Karzai’s regime, most of whom got there through corruption. The members of the pro-Western upstarts are living in newly-built mansions in a forcefully seized land, Shirpur literary meaning the son of the loin, which was a historical military base in Kabul. The area is now nicknamed by Kabulis “Choorpur,” meaning “the son of the looter.”

All that glitter in Kabul is not gold. Mr Karzai is clearly a man with no talent, living in the Presidential Palace surrounded by a legion of warlords and well-paid and well-fed charlatans. Money comes from the US. However, Mr Karzai has a certain je me sais quoi which makes him an indisputable puppet. In Baghdad, several of his fellow puppets have been paraded, but in Kabul, only one Karzai sits on the throne since US troops captured Kabul from the medieval rule of the Taliban.

A joke in hot circulation nowadays in the Afghan capital, Kabul tells the whole story about the government of Mr Karzai, who according to Washington Post, was “clearly anointed by the US embassy,” to lead the post-Taliban Afghanistan:

An Afghan comes up to Mr Karzai and complains?
“Mr President, a Mr so and so wants a $10,000 kickback in exchange for my legitimate demand!”
“Well, how much would you give me to stop this fool from doing so?” Mr Karzai replies.

His government is no better than himself in anyway. The Ministry of Defence is infested by warlords, and ex-communist militiamen whose criminal past is well-recorded by International human right organisations. A barely educated pro US ex-communist militia leader, General Dostum is now the chief of army staff who recently boasted that if Karzai orders him, he will finish off the Taliban in six months. This is the man who was once titled by the Russians as a “hero of the people,” leading the cruellest militiamen in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1989 when I was imprisoned in a communist concentration camp in Kabul, one day the communist secret police brought one of these militiamen by mistake to the camp. I have never seen a more restless man in my life. When he was inside the camp, he would ask everyone: “beat me a rhythm on the wall I want to dance, for I haven’t killed any man for three days.” After two days the man was released.

The Police and Security forces in Kabul are as a Western analyst aptly called it thieves in uniform. The Foreign Ministry is high jacked by ex-communist bureaucrats, especially those die-hard pro-Russian elitists. Like career criminals, they haven’t developed any sense of guilt. Following the fall of the communist regime, they swapped their love of Russia and communism for the love of the US and capitalism. In vertigo of American love, these charlatans would now shout the name of the US and Mr Bush from the rooftops in London and New York. There could be differing explanations for the revival of the communists. One might argue that the US wants to make Russia and China happy by sharing the bloody Afghan cake in order to keep them away from helping a Taliban insurgency. So Washington’s flirtation with Afghan ex-communists is for appeasing regional powers.

Karzai Parliament, as the White House is proudly defining it as a sign of Afghanistan’s fledgling democracy, which in fact, is a gothic op-shop for warlords, drug lords, ex-communists and war-criminals. An Afghan MP, Malalay Joya describes this so called parliament worse than a stable, as she recently said, “a stable is better. At least there you have a donkey that can carry a load and a cow that gives milk.”

The only beneficiaries of the US’ pursuit of a romantic ideology of wiping out the Taliban by gun power are predator neighbours of Afghanistan and even Russia. Recently Russia resumed nudging its former clients, known as the Northern Alliance, by urging it to change its name to National Front. The White House’s head-in-sand approach to Pakistan’s clandestine meddling in Afghanistan make things even more virulent.

There are cries foul over Iran’s support for the Taliban. But they are ignorant of the fact that Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan are strategic and thus follow a policy to maintain strong links with the Taliban. Pakistan has a deep-seated political culture of using extremist religious parties for the strategy of the ruling elite. Pakistani generals will never stop fomenting religious extremism in Afghanistan. Pakistani notorious Inter-Service Intelligence ISI has a long-coveted history to encourage the Taliban for cross-border raids in Afghanistan. Its Afghan operation is being directed by a top secret inner circle called “the Afghan-cell”. All members of this cell are Punjabis. In 1991, provincial Premier of Pakistan’s North-Western Frontier Province told me that his province was host to more than two millions Afghan refugees, but no one from his Pashtun dominated province is represented in this cell. It is not certain whether the Bush administration knows anything about this “Afghan-cell” within the ISI.

The Afghan government parades in Kabul, from time to time, scores of captured Pakistani militants in Afghanistan without raising eyebrows in Washington. Fareed Zakaria, a well-paid neoconservative horn, inaptly advises recently in Newsweek that by removing Pakistani dictator from office, the US will gain nothing, because the alternative may be even more risky. This means forget about the root cause of terrorism, September 11, and buttress military dictatorship in Pakistan and reduce Afghanistan to rubble, instead.

Pakistani Luciferous mullahs help generals to save their country’s national interest by fomenting insurgency and especially suicidal attacks on the Afghan’s girl-schools, and Westerners. Pakistani Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islami extremist party continues to seduce young Afghans into becoming suicidal Jehadists. The mullahs’ perverted ideology is something like this: Kabul is occupied by the Americans and Jews, so go and kill these infidels. “Education for girls is prohibited in true Islam.” “Jehad is a blessing of Allah in so far it is centred in Afghanistan.” “Jehad in Pakistan is Haram or blasphemy.”

In Anglo-American media among many misleading assumptions, it is always said that Islamist cannot get more than 10 percent of votes in any Pakistani election. That is true but a lethal one. Whatever the Islamists get in the rest of Pakistan, its two provinces, the so called North-West Frontier and Baluchistan Provinces where Pakistani generals needs mullah, the Islamists are ruling. They can collect in these two provinces more than 90 percent of vote. The Bush administration is either ignorant of this wheeling and dealing or is silenced to appease the generals in Islamabad.

It is true that Iran too creates mischief for the Americans in Afghanistan, but it is tactical. Iran’s Shiite extremism seems irreconcilable with the Taliban’s Sunni extremism. Many analysts speculate that the US draws on Iranian mischief as grist for a military strike on Iran. One can see a puzzling contradiction in the heart of Washington neocons. With the help of Pakistani radical militants the Taliban continues killing Americans and other Westerners in Afghanistan for six years, but Iran has to be bombed. Pakistan will never enter any act without the proviso that its interests be ensured. The ISI’s ex-director, General Hamid Gul said after the US invasion of Afghanistan: “Washington cannot stop Muslim attacks. The Taliban are still alive and, along with friends, they will continue the holy war against the United States.”

The US has done everything in its power to achieve its goals in Afghanistan militarily. There is no doubt now that the Americans and their allies are unable to defeat the Taliban militarily. This is largely because of Pakistan and the ineffectiveness of Mr Karzai’s government. The entire Pashtun majority are looking forward to the Taliban despite their barbaric past. The Pashtuns think they would recover their traditional hold in Afghan politics. In their eyes, Kabul is occupied by a minority government subservient to Western interests. Mr Karzai’s weakness and regrettable performance to appease both warlords and the Americans destroyed prospects for moderating the Taliban and isolating the hardcore of pro-Pakistani and pro-Alqaida factions, what seemed attainable a couple of years ago. The American careless aerial strikes and brutal treatment of war prisoners in its notorious Bagram Base, north of Kabul, and victimising poor and defenceless villagers no doubt has helped the expansion of insurgency. Without foreign military backing, the Karzai regime will collapse within months, even weeks to be more precise.

There are signs that the Americans will ultimately succumb to the Pakistani solution to the Afghan war. And that would be something like this: leave it to us. We will go back to Kabul with the Taliban and we will keep them at bay and quell Alqaida on your behalf. But this is a suicidal solution. Leaving Afghanistan at the mercy of Pakistani slippery generals and Mullahs once again is a lethal game from which Washington will reap nothing but more 9/11s.

 
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So what do you propose? If tomorrow the Americans, NATO, and the ISAF forces left, what would happen? Who should be in charge, and who would bring about stability? Your complaints, without suggestions, are nothing more than rantings.
 
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