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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Afghanastan: WEST WON'T WIN AFGHAN WAR

U.S. AND ITS ALLIES ARE FIGHTING FIERCE PASHTUNS, NOT TERRORISTS

Toronto Sun
By: Eric Margolis
September 17, 2006

As Canadian, American and British soldiers continue to die in Afghanastan, it is time the truth be told about this ugly little war.

Much of what we've so far been told by our government and media has been untrue, wishful thinking or crass jingoism.

The respected European think tank, Senlis Council, which focuses on Afghanastan, just reported the Taliban is "taking back Afghanastan" and now controls the nation's southern half. According to Senlis, southern Afghanastan is suffering "A humanitarian crisis of starvation and poverty.

"U.S. policies in Afghanastan have re-created the safe haven for terorism that the 2001 invasion aimed to destroy," Senlis found.

Claims that withdrawing Western garrisons from Afghanastan or Iraq will leave a void certain to be filled by extremists are nonsense. Half of Afghanastan and a third of Iraq are already largely controlled by anti-Western resistance forces.

Were it not omnipotent U.S. airpower, American and NATO forces would be quickly driven from the area.

Last week, Canadian and British commanders boasted they were about to annihilate Taliban forces "surrounded" around Panjwai and Zahri. They crowed about already killing an "estimated 500 Taliban."

After a storm of bombing and shelling, British and Canadian commanders admitted "we were surprised the enemy had fled." Surprised?

"Good Morning Afghanastan!" Doesn't anyone remember the Vietnam War's fruitless search-and-destroy missions and inflated body counts? Don't NATO commanders know their every move is telegraphed in advance to Taliban forces?

Did Canadian officers making such fanciful claims really believe the Taliban's veteran querillas would be stupid enough to sit still and be destroyed by U.S. air power?

U.S., British and Canadian politicians say they are surprised by intensifying Taliban resistance. They have only their own ignorance to blame.

Attacking Pashtuns, renowned for xenophobia, warlike spirits, and love of independence, is a fool's mission. Pashtuns are Afghanastan's ethnic majority; long-term national stability is impossible without their co-operation.

What the West calls "Taliban" is actually a growing coalition of veteran Taliban fighters led by Mullah Dadullah, other clans of Pashtun tribal warriors, and nationalist resistance forces under Jalalladin Hakkani and former prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar. Many are former mujahadeen once hailed as "freedom fighters" by the West, and branded "terrorists" by the Soviets.

The UNs anti-narcotic agency reports narco-state Afghanastan now supplies 92% of the world's heroin. Production surged 20% last year alone. Who is responsible? The U.S. and NATO, Washington, Ottawa and London can't keep pretending this is someone else's problem. Drug money fuels the Afghan economy and keeps local warloards loyal to the U.S.-installed Kabul regime.


RUSSIAN INFLUENCE

Afghanastan's north has become a sphere of influence of Russian and its local allies, the Uzbek-Tajik Northern Alliance (led by notorious war criminals and leaders of the old Afghan Communist Party).

The U.S. and its allies are not going to win the Afghan war. They will be lucky, the way things are going, not to lose it in the same humiliating manner the Soviets did in 1989.

Ottawa's deepening involvement in a conflict in which it lacks any national interests---save pleasing Washington and selling lumber---jeopardizes Canada's security.

Western troops are not fighting "terrorism" in Afghanastan, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper claims. They are fighting the Afghan people. Every new civilian killed, and every village bombed, breeds new enemies for the West.

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