“Oh, Lord Shiva, save us from the claw of the tiger, the fang of the cobra, and vengeance of the Afghan” – Old Hindu Prayer.
“We cannot win the war, but can bleed United States to death” – Osama Bin Laden.
“The 9/11 terrorists were no cowards. We have been the cowards lobbying cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hit the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly” – Bill Maher (son of a Jew mother and Catholic father), host of ABC’s “Political Incorrect”, September 17, 2001.
“These gentlement remind me the Fathers of our nation” – US president Ronald Reagan, while posing for a picture with Afghan Mujahideen leaders at White House.
Afghanistan is one of world’s few nations, which refused to be occupied by foreign forces. In the past, Greeks, English, and Russians – all tried to colonize Afghan people, but failed miserably. Now, the US is trying its best not to let turn this land its next Vietnam. It were Afghan Mujahideen who destroyed USSR colonial power and made United States the sole world Superpower.
So what was the reason for Bush Zionist administration to bomb Afghanistan, which posed no threat to the US or Israel (as Iraq and Islamic Iran could be to Israel) and none of the so-called ’19 hijackers’ (six found to be alive and laughing at the US) were Afghans? There are two possible reasons – Afghanistan is part of Central Asia, which is rich with unexploited oil, gas and mineral reserves. According to ‘The Oil and Gas Journal’, September 10, 2002 – by 2050, Central Asia will acount for more than 80% of the oil consumed by the US. The other is to control this region before emerging world power, China, get hold of these natural reserves.
Canadian syndicated war columnist, Eric S. Margolis, in his latest column Time to face facts in Afghanistan, wrote:
“The US-installed Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, revealed last week he had asked Saudi Arabia to broker peace talks with the alliance of tribal and political groups resisting Western occupation collectively known as Taliban.
Taliban leader Mullah Omar quickly rejected Karzai’s offer, and claimed the US was heading toward the same kind of catastrophic defeat in Afghanistan that the Soviet Union had met. The ongoing financial panic in North America lent substance to his words.
In recent years, Western war propaganda has so demonized Taliban that few politicians have the courage to propose the obvious and inevitable: a negotiated settlement to this pointless seven-year war. A noteworthy exception came last April when NATO’s secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who admitted the war could only be ended by negotiations, not military means.
The current war in Afghanistan is not really about al-Qaida and `terrorism,’ but about opening a secure corridor through Pashtun tribal territory to export the oil and gas riches of the Caspian Basin of Central Asia to the West. The US and NATO forces in Afghanistan are essentially pipeline protection troops fighting off the hostile natives..
Both Barack Obama and John McCain are wrong about Afghanistan. It is not a `good’ fight against `terrorism,’ but a classic, 19th century colonial war to advance western geopolitical power into resource-rich Central Asia. The Pashtun Afghans who live there are ready to fight for another 100 years. The western powers certainly are not.”
Haroon Siddiqui, the former Editor of The Toronto Star, wrote on October 2, 2008:
On Afghanistan, Harper’s support for Bush’s policy of more war and no talk is well-known.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with Harper, there’s no denying the disastrous results of the policies he has so wholeheartedly backed.
There’s more terrorism now than before Bush began his war on it.
In both Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory. There’s no end in sight, despite the expenditure of $1 trillion and tens of thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people.
Today, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran are stronger than before.