though it has been true from day one, it is only now that he has spoken out,
asserting that the occupiers are in Afghanistan for their own interests. … Altruism
has never had much to do with foreign interventions. These are most often motivated
by the self-serving interests of the interventionists, as the Iraqis have learned
to their great distress."
It should come as no surprise.
For quite sometime, American media has been publishing leaks that the U.S.
administration has been talking to the Taliban. But as the fog clears, an ugly
reality has emerged out of the haze. First - it appears that Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai hasn't been part of the talks. The Americans may have
told him they were in contact with the Taliban, but they've been keeping him
out of the loop. That much is obvious after his angry public outburst the other
If the Taliban were invited
to it as a separate group, he said his government wouldn't attend the upcoming
Bonn conference on Afghanistan. Sadly, Karzai has woken up too late to the
great game that has been going on. Even though it has been true from day one, it
is only now that he has spoken out, asserting that the occupiers are in
Afghanistan for their own interests.
Altruism has never had much
to do with foreign interventions. These are most often motivated by the self-serving
interests of the interventionists, as the Iraqis have learned to their great
distress. The increasingly lethal terrorist attacks in Iraq are in reality evil
works engineered to raise political and public pressure for a prolonged stay by
U.S. occupation forces, which are scheduled to vacate Iraq completely by year’s
Karzai, too, should have
understood that the occupiers, particularly the Americans, were there not just
to dismantle al-Qaeda or topple the Taliban. They had larger objectives, as should
have become clear to him when the Americans pressured him to agree to a
permanent U.S. military presence after the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of
foreign combat forces and the transfer of security responsibility from occupation
troops to the Afghan army and police. In fact, since the beginning, in Karzai they
had a mere showpiece, while their real interests lay with the Tajik-dominated
Although the Western media, that
powerful propaganda machine wielded by the U.S.-led occupiers, has managed to
camouflage many Afghanistan realities from the outside world, being an insider,
Karzai couldn’t have been completely unaware of them. He couldn’t have been ignorant
of the fact that until the end of Bush’s presidency, the Afghan war was
conducted by the CIA. And all the way through, Karzai has played the role of a U.S.
satrap of a conquered state. Long before the invasion, the CIA had established
a close and lasting rapport with the Northern Alliance, which
it took under its wing. And after the Taliban were ousted, the CIA gave this coalition
of Afghan minorities a powerful role in Kabul's ruling dispensation, with Karzai
merely warming the presidential seat and the Alliance in actual control.
The independent posture Karzai
now flaunts is undoubtedly hard for the Americans to digest. It seems that
Washington is out to sideline him from peace talks in order to include elements
of the Pashtun majority, which in the past had been foolishly shunted from the
power. In this way, the U.S. seeks to leave a broad-based but pliable
government ruling the country after the occupiers withdraw.
America's move at the U.N. to
separate the Taliban and al-Qaeda on terrorist watch lists is intended to
encourage the Taliban to join the reconciliation process. But the real intent
is to give Americans the chance to poach Taliban weaklings from the list and marginalize
Karzai and hardcore Taliban. With the seductive power of the greenback, the
U.S. may succeed in its ploy. By manipulating this powerful tool, they may even
be able to maneuver Karzai out of office. But they will not achieve peace.
The only hope for this, as
bleak as it is, would be a purely Afghan-driven venture. Not dirty tricks from
the occupiers, which will instead ensure that Afghanistan remains a cockpit for
the intrigues and plots of rival outside powers, jostling to remain in this
very turbulent land.