Afghanistan - roots of a war without end
Viewpoint from an anarchist in Britain
Things are going from bad to worse in Afghanistan because of US imperial designs on Iraq. Not the first time that US imperialism has messed up that country. And now the British state stands to be further dragged into that war.
Mission Unaccomplished (yet again)
Blair and the British military are in a difficult position. The Bush
Junta is putting enormous pressure on them to send more troops to
Afghanistan. Afghanistan? Yes, while you may have thought that war
was over the reality is somewhat different. The Taliban has regrouped
and has launch an Iraq-style guerrilla war (or, for that matter, a
soviet-era Afghinstan-style guerrila war -- yes, US training does pay
off!). In response, Blair is talking about reducing the number of
their troops in southern Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan. Yet
the problems in Iraq means that Bush wants Blair to send more troops
there as well as sending new units to fight the Taliban.
So Blair is a bit trapped. On the one hand, Iraq is on the brink
of disaster. He has to send thousands more British troops to
Afghanistan to try and stop it sliding into civil war. As in Iraq,
there are warnings that the coalition faces a "complete strategic
failure" in the effort to rebuild the nation.
And why has this happened? Because Bush and those sections of the
elite he represents wanted (long before 9/11) to invade Iraq to
secure a strong US presence in the heart of the Middle East. As such,
by failing to stabilise Afghanistan Bush has created more problems in
the long run.
The big question is, will we put up with being dragged into a
two-front civil war and, if we are active enough, can we bring down
Blair's government? So not only has Bush and Blair fucked up Iraq,
they have fucked up Afghanistan as well. Impressive.
Opps, they did it again!
This, it should be noted, is not the last time the US state has
messed up Afghanistan by failing to predict the consequences of its
actions. As should be well known, in a 1998 interview with Le
Nouvel Observateur, Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security
Advisor under Carter, admitted that the Carter administration began
funding the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviets
invaded (a statement corroborated by former CIA director Robert
Brzezinski stated that "[a]ccording to the official version of
history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say,
after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the
reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed,
it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive
for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I
explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a
Soviet military intervention."
He thought the idea was a grand one, as it "had the effect of
drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap" and "a conflict
that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the
Soviet empire." As for having regrets about having supported the
Islamic fundamentalism and given arms and advice to future
terrorists, he was dismissive: "What is most important to the
history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet
empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe
and the end of the cold war?"
And how many tens of thousands have died because of this? How many
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