INVISIBLE WAR July 17, 2012Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
Perhaps in twenty years time, the question will be not that the war in Afghanistan is now lost, but when it was lost.
One answer might be it was some time before the rigged election that returned the Karzai Government to its seat of temporary and illusory power in Kabul. Interestingly, the Dutch Parliament set a sunset clause on the participation of its military commitment. The Dutch withdrew their military in August 2010, and in doing so set the stage for others.
So when and how did the Taliban become the enemy? There seems to be a consistent pattern of co-operation between the armed resistance to the invasion and the “Afghan National Army”, which is remarkable given the ethnic divide between them. This appears to be the case with the recent death of an Australian soldier. Rory Callinan and Ali Safi reported in The Sydney Morning Herald:
A TALIBAN fighter hiding in a tree is believed to have shot special forces Sergeant Blaine Diddams in an act that has raised fears Afghan soldiers have been collaborating with insurgents.
A Herald investigation into the seven-tour veteran’s death in Oruzgan province has found Afghan soldiers in the same district had been suspected of negotiating an unofficial truce with the Taliban leading to concerns of information leaks to the insurgents and an unpredictable security situation.
Sergeant Diddams was killed in the July 2 mission that had been aimed at trying to capture or kill prominent local Taliban commander Najibullah ”Najib” Haibat in the Qala-e-Naw district about 20 kilometres north of the provincial capital Tarin Kowt.
When the raid occurred at about 5pm, Sergeant Diddams was reported to have been among a group of special forces soldiers who moved to surround the compound where Haibat and his fighters were supposed to be meeting.
However an insurgent in a tree fired on the 40-year-old father of two, killing him instantly, according to Afghan sources. They told the Herald the angle of the shot meant the bullet went through his shoulder, missing his bulletproof vest, and ended up in his chest.
Chora tribal elder Nik Mohammed, who is the district’s former public works director, said the shooting happened in daytime, very soon after the Australian arrived by helicopter into the remote district. He said it was suspected the local Afghan army unit responsible for providing security in the district had been in contact with the Taliban and had previously negotiated some form of truce.
Mr Mohammed said in the past three months, there had been no attacks on the local Afghan soldiers and their vehicles had not been targeted by roadside bombs, while those of the police and foreign forces were still being targeted.
The consequences of the drone terrorist campaign will no doubt be beginning to have effect. Still it is the case that “friendly” fire has had struck American personnel as well.
While the war may well be very much worth it for the war profiteers, like all wars it is never worth for all those who die and suffer the consequences.
Perhaps the war is as visible as the media manipulation and “reinforced” assumptions will allow, but the reasons for the war are indeed invisible. Could it be the potential fossil energy resources of the Caspian Sea, or simply some aspiration for world domination through violence? The arguments in this radio program may be wrong, but if true they have important implications for Australian military and political policy, not to mention safeguarding the lives of Australian personnel and the lives of the Afghan population.