AFGHANISTAN TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION March 16, 2012Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
Afghanistan can be used as another illustration of the repeated failure to the point of perhaps stupidity and definitely barbarity of the policy of regime change and occupation.
By staying the Imperialists are not making success more possible, but rather they are increasing the costs of defeat.This dynamic should give pause for the pursuit of military violence and destruction elsewhere, yet it probably will not, in part by the allure of military technology, such as but not exclusively drone missile delivery systems and the equal appetite for money that acts as the self-reinforcing process for political decision makers and their principle supporters. Wars can be comprehensively lost over there, and even more comprehensively won at home, however great the social opportunity cost. It will be a cruel irony for humanity this system of brutality will not be arrested by the human decency or the rule of law but by the remorseless march of climate change, if and when that set of relationships and interactions marches beyond a remorseless tipping point.
Afghanistan is the war that keeps on being lost, and it seems to reach new levels of barbarity. In the early years of the war, regardless of the experience the British had experience of with the IRA, for example, any form of negotiations were arrogantly dismissed. Now the BBC reports:
The Taliban in Afghanistan have suspended nascent talks with the US over [after] opening an office in Qatar.
The US had been trying to set up a dialogue with the Taliban in the Gulf state for some time.
Meanwhile, President Hamid Karzai has called for Nato-led forces to move out of Afghan villages and rural areas after a US soldier killed 16 civilians.
He told the visiting US defence secretary Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013.
In a statement, the Taliban said they were suspending the talks because of “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans”.
They said the US kept changing the terms of negotiations aimed at setting up a political office in Qatar and on a prisoner exchange.
It was thought that a deal to exchange five Taliban fighters currently held at Guantanamo Bay for a kidnapped American soldier was only weeks away, says the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul.
This is a significant setback for tentative efforts to begin peace talks with the insurgents, our correspondent adds.
Reconciliation among Afghans will be difficult, if only because from the beginning the Occupation took sides in a civil war. Enmities will last for a long time, more so in a tribally organized and ethnically diverse society. That difficulty becomes the rationale for continuation of the Imperial Occupation, whose strategic rationale is perhaps more to achieve domination and threat power than to secure resources.
The difficulty of establishing some workable form of post-occupation political order was illustrated by the assassination of former President Burhanuddin Rabbani. He was interviewed a short time before his death:
And then there is the litany of trauma and suffering on the American side. The one we do not hear about, but which Richard Falk addresses:
The latest occupation crime in Afghanistan is a shooting spree on March 11 by a lone American soldier in the village of Balandi in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, were shot in their homes in the middle of the night without any pretense of combat activity in the area. Such an atrocity is one more expression of a pathological reaction by one soldier to an incomprehensible military reality that seems to be driving crazy American military personnel on the ground in Afghanistan. The main criminal here is not the shooter, but the political leader who insists on continuing a mission in face of the evidence that it is turning its own citizens into pathological killers.
American soldiers urinating on dead Taliban fighters, Koran burning, and countryside patrols whose members were convicted by an American military tribunal of killing Afghan civilians for sport or routinely invading the privacy of Afghan homes in the middle of the night: whatever the U.S. military commanders in Kabul might sincerely say in regret and Washington might repeat by way of formal apology has become essentially irrelevant.
These so-called ‘incidents’ or ‘aberrations’ are nothing of the sort. These happenings are pathological reactions of men and women caught up in a death trap not of their making, an alien environment that collides lethally with their sense of normalcy and decency. Besides the desecration of foreign lands and their cultural identities, American political leaders have unforgivably for more than a decade placed young American’s in intolerable situations of risk, uncertainty, and enmity to wage essentially meaningless wars. Also signaling a kind of cultural implosion are recent studies documenting historically high suicide rates among the lower ranks of the American military.
It is to be no more than noted that now it seems opinion polling suggests a majority of Americans now want to leave Afghanistan. In the advanced and regressive democracy such aberrant opinion counts for as little as the votes cast, and manufactured consent is to be desired.
Whenever the occupation ends in Afghanistan, it is more likely to badly for all concerned. The longer it is drawn out the worse it will become.
- Afghanistan: The War Turns Pathological – Withdraw! (richardfalk.wordpress.com)
- Massacre in Afghanistan – Time to End the Occupation (altahrir.wordpress.com)
- Taliban Promise Revenge for Civilian Murders in Afghanistan (wrc559.com)
- Afghanistan Massacre Reax (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Afghanistan Killings, Quran-Burning Test Obama’s Exit Strategy (ibtimes.com)
- National News: VIDEO: Fears for British troops in Afghanistan after American soldier allegedly guns down 16 villagers (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Taliban Suspending Peace Talks With United States (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Past time to end U.S. mission in Afghanistan (mysanantonio.com)
- American soldiers are losing the plot in Afghanistan (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Afghanistan shooting: Barack Obama must let Afghans see that justice is done (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Amy Goodman, “Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War”- Common Dreams.
- Jason Ditz, Pakistani Leaders Spurn US Calls to Reopen Border Soon – Anti-War.com.
- Panetta sizes up Afghan anger - Voltairenet.org. – including the following views of a former Afghan PM:
- President Karzai who like to think he has some authority demands that US troops be confined to their bases – The New York Times.
- Shooting rampage soldier had brain injury: lawyer – ABC Online (abc.net.au)
- Tarak Bakawi, Denial and Defeat in Afghanistan, Al Jazerra.
- Justin Raimondo, Massacre as Metaphor, Anti.War.com
- Afghans kill three Nato personnel (independent.co.uk)
- Afghan army says Taliban infiltration very sophisticated (alhittin.com)
- Discontent among U.S.troops in Afghanistan? (luvsiesous.com)
- First Taliban, now turncoats: Another Afghan soldier opens fire (csmonitor.com)
- Another Afghan militant group halts talks with U.S. (ctv.ca)
- US war veteran raps US war in Afghanistan, Kandahar massacre (promoteliberty.wordpress.com)
- Militant faction breaks off talks with US, Afghans (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Wake-up call: Kandahar shows Afghan troops are not quite ready to lead (stripes.com)