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A Trail of Failed Policies and Lost Battles

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The lame alibi that the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in order to save oppressed Afghan women falls apart for two reasons.

The first is that the social structure of a society is an internal, domestic matter and when a foreign government intervenes they are violating the principle of national sovereignty.

The second reason suggests that the reader visit the reports of RAWA Amnesty International, UN, Boston Globe and various other news media and humanitarian groups; these have shown how much worse off Afghanistan is today than it was under Taliban.

The third reason is very simple and transparent. Anyone who knows anything about U.S.-Afghan history in recent years understands the real reason for the invasion was the Taliban's refusal to grant the U.S. right of way to build their pipeline to Caspian petroleum.

Thesse three reasons had nothing to do with saving women from Taliban oppression, and contrary to what many people in the U.S. think, it had nothing to do with 9/11/01 except that the attacks were used to justify the invasion and occupation and eventually ... what still remains a U.S. "Pipe Dream". Just one example is the speech of Mariam Rawi, Member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) at the University of South Australia on April 27, 2006, five years after the invasion: "You might expect me to talk about Afghanistan as a free, peaceful and liberated country but painfully and unfortunately, the reality is not what you might be aware of through media. After the 9/11, and the subsequent US military intervention in Afghanistan in the name of "war on terror" and "liberating Afghan women", despite tall claims of USA and its allies, Afghanistan is still burning in two-fold fire. On one hand, there are the brutal and horrific Jihadi fundamentalists of the "Northern Alliance" who are supported by the USA, and on the other hand, there are the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists who have the support of all the fundamentalist and terrorist regimes, parties and organizations in different parts of world". Rawi continues, "The USA and its allies have always been hypocrite(s) in (the) war on terror. They have never been concerned with the main cause behind terrorism. The US government keeps promising not to repeat its past mistake(s). But the agonizing truth is that the USA is committing the same mistake(s) by replacing the Taliban with infamous 'Northern Alliance' fundamentalists. And by bringing them back to power, USA proved that they are not concerned with the establishment of peace and democracy in the region." Rawi tells of conditions in Afghanistan under the current U.S. occupation which can hardly be described as success: "I speak of a land where 11 year old Rahima, fourteen-year old Fatima and her mother were raped by warlords, gunmen; a land where Amina was stoned to death; where 9 year old Saima was easily tortured and scarified for her father's violence; where Gulbahar was burnt by her husband when she refused to go back to his house; a land where young UN worker Muska --exactly on the election day-- after being kidnapped by gunmen, had to immolate herself to save her honor; where despite the presence of more than six thousands UN peace keeping troops in only in capital city of Kabul, aid workers are kidnapped in broad daylight" [6]

Ahmed Karzai, Drug Runner

It is well known that Ahmed Karzai, the brother of the U.S.-installed puppet, Hamid Karzai, is the narco lord of the country. Ahmed is operating a drug wal-mart in Afghanistan supplying to the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia in plain view of the U.S. military, the CIA and Mossad. It's interesting that neither NATO nor US troops are able to stop this drug trade, when Taliban eliminated the majority of the drug trade during their rule. The CIA's use of drug money to fund their operations against unfriendly governments in Latin America is another well-known "secret". In Afghanistan, we posit that an organised Mafia, comprised of the Karzai brothers, the CIA and Mossad, is working to control - not eliminate the multi-billion dollar heroine traffic out of Afghanistan. [8]

Farzanah Shah reports for Pakalert Press: "In Afghanistan, U.S./NATO have put the blame on Taliban for poppy cultivation to finance their resistance to allied forces. Ironically, it was only in Taliban era when the world had seen a sharp decline in opium crop in Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban had banned opium cultivation nationwide, probably for the first time in Afghan history. A more important question is how and when this business of drug production and trafficking started in region? CIA has long been using drug money to generate money to support its operations all over the world. It did not start in Afghanistan, it was brought here after experimenting somewhere else. This is something which is not a lead story in international media, despite the fact it is harming millions of lives around the globe.

Without active support of Pentagon and CIA it is not possible to export drugs prepared with more than 8,000 metric tons of opium. To ensure undisturbed trade, the U.S. appointed all Northern Alliance drug lords at key posts in Afghanistan and the most prominent appointment was none other than President Hamid Karzai. Karzai's brother, head of Kandahar's provincial council is a proven drug trafficker facilitating the transportation of heroin from Kandahar eastward through Helmand and out across the Iranian border.

The US has now focused its attention on Pakistan for a couple of reasons.

The first of course, is destabilization which they think will lead to their control.

The second is to mask their obvious failure in Afghanistan. Establishing their military in Pakistan would give them a base for continued operations in Afghanistan after they have been forced to leave. When they do leave, instead of admitting defeat, they will brag about their defeat of the Taliban in Pakistan and the generals will blame politicians for not allowing them to kill enough people.

Vietnam anyone? The Kerry-Lugar Bill The latest misadventure of the U.S. was the recently approved Kerry-Lugar Bill. This bill is basically asking Pakistan to surrender its sovereignty to the US for just $1.5 billion per year. The U.S. thought that the Pakistani nation will sleep and not respond. It's another gross miscalculation on the part of the U.S. They may have some Pakistani politicians in their pocket, but the people will never surrender their freedom to this foreign invader. Short of surrender, the U.S. hopes to Palestinize Pakistan with perpetual war. This bill asks the Pakistani government to take action against any target within Pakistan that the U.S. tells them is a "terrorist hideout". It happened this week when the Pakistan army attacked a suspected "hideout" killing "dozens of people" (CNN Europe).

The Kerry-Lugar bill is designed to legitimize their future operations. They did the same thing by passing the Patriot Bill in March, 2006. In that case, they plan to control any possible domestic reaction to their foreign and domestic policy and failing economy with legislation enshrined for that purpose. They are doing the same thing in Pakistan.

For example, if the US tells Pakistan to strike at Quetta, or Mureedkay (both places mentioned in the bill) then, according to the bill, Pakistan army must do so. Further, the bill says that the US authorities can question any Pakistani official working on Pakistani nuclear program if the US thinks that person is involved in "suspicious activities".

The farce continues... the US demands that Pakistan must get a certificate of good behavior from India (Pakistan's arch enemy), showing that Pakistan is behaving well with India before the US will give aid to Pakistan.

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Talha is a Sr. Analyst of (PKKH). Pakistan's first independedt media from Pakistan. Talha is wireless communication engineer by profession. Has studied, lived and worked in USA. Talha follows current affairs and history (more...)
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