Time is Running out for Afghanistan
Date: Saturday, July 08 2006
Time grows short for Afghan project
[ARTICLE IS CONDENSED FOR BREVITY]
KABUL – The most telling indicator of the state of affairs in Afghanistan was described by Rakesh Sood, ambassador for India in Afghanistan, who described the shrinking window of opportunity that exists for this country to get back on its feet. ‘The international community will start losing interest,’ he said. In the first six months: 125 schools have been attacked; 75 of which were burned; teachers have been threatened and some killed.
Most of those seen as "supporting" the Taliban aren't ideologues, they are this country's most vulnerable people -- the poorest of those in rural villages, the most uneducated, the least connected with the Afghan national government. Three decades of almost constant fighting, war and insurgency has left them one of the world's most impoverished and illiterate nations, with a peculiar and pervasive culture of violence. As one Afghan official told me recently, the Afghans have been traumatized to such extent that, "We can be bought [by warlords]. We can be brainwashed [by the Taliban]. We are a society in shock, our leadership is paralyzed, the country is paralyzed."
He doesn't believe the majority of Afghans actively support the Taliban, but are waiting to see which side prevails. Mr. Alexander, (deputy special representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Afghanistan), says: ‘The best the Taliban can hope in the south, is for a few tribes so hard done by they're willing to turn to any alternative, some alliance of convenience with the drug traders.’ ‘Afghanistan is also inoculated against the Taliban in important ways, because they lived under them, it was a real tyranny.’
But the government is also sorely troubled and a home to former tribal warlords identified as suspected war criminals by the Afghanistan Justice Project. It is these ordinary people who see in positions of authority ranging from local police chiefs and district administrators to government ministers - the same people they personally know committed atrocities, or are part of the opium drug mob or who at have at minimum have gained their jobs and influence by nepotism. "These people should not be promoted and rewarded and that is what has happened. Their networks are established; they are now out of control. The control of the Afghan government is now limited to the palace, not even to Kabul."
The situation can be resolved if: nations flooding this country with money for development and security, and Karzai cleans up the government. But the remaining window is perhaps a matter of three to six months. The trends – assassinations; schools being burned; bombings even in the capital are worrisome.
As ambassador Sood said, ‘It's not a question of optimism. We have to make it work. The consequences otherwise are much too serious to contemplate."
NOTE: THE US-CIA CREATED THE TALIBAN-MUJAHADEEN TO PROVOKE THE SOVIET INVASION, ACCORDING TO Zbigniew Brzezinski
WORSE STILL, THE CIA DID NOT APPROACH LOCAL CIVIL LEADERS FOR THIS JOB, THEY INSTEAD CREATED DRUG-WARLORDS (JUST AS THEY DID WITH CAMBODIANS AND ALBANIANS)