Afghanistan and its annihilated future
By Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. The US empire seems to have God on its side as Bob Dylan sang decades ago. Again, history repeats itself, after having attacked and destroyed a country for almost 2 decades in name of democracy and human rights and especially in the name of Afghan women, the country is left so that the civil war can start in there. What Cherie Blair said in 2001 and what Hilary Clinton repeated in 2010, was a lie. And if this is feminism, I am not a feminist. The pseudo-feminism, the war in the name of the protection of Afghan women, is a totally distorted and false way of struggling for the right of other women in another society which is different from our own. Afghan women do not need Cherie and Hilary to become feminists, but they need their own independent struggle for women rights. Bombing people is not a method for the creation of a diverse and democratic society focusing on the protection of women and their children to build up their future in a safe and peaceful country.
After having “protected” the Afghan population from Taliban fundamentalism, the US occupation forces leave the country to the total war among brother-tribes.
On the page of the US Department of States you can read:
„Given the deteriorating security situation, we support, are working to secure, and call on all parties to respect and facilitate, the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country. Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility—and accountability—for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.
Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so; roads, airports and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained.
The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them. “
After 2 decades of war and after being the cause for the next civil war of a destroyed country with almost 10 million of children who do not attend school, the USA still affirms to support the Afghan people who deserve a safe life, and even a life in dignity. At the same time, the Afghans must restore the order and are responsible for the security in the country. This is the expression of the never-ending US-double standard politics which has a long history.
As the German philosopher Hegel said:
“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.”
Afghanistan is a society based on different tribes and ethnic groups having the same religion which is Islam. Afghanistan is a diverse mosaic society. And killing diversity means killing the soul of Afghan people. Everybody struggling against diversity is destroying the Afghans and their future which is at a zero turning point.
Ethnical diversity is what makes the peace in Afghanistan so difficult, but it is the only option we have. Inclusion is the only option for all Afghans. And inclusion cannot be generated from outside, it is a process which must come from the people and for the people in the country without any military interference from outside.
Militarising the country, robbing the resources, and westernising the country in the name of human rights because we have God on our side is the expression of an endless ignorance and “Western” stupidity. It is a bit too late to sit on a table and talk, but we must do it because it is the first and last chance we have for Afghanistan and the Afghans. We do not have to overcome tribal societies, but we have to create inclusion in tribal societies from inside without arms and weapons… and in particular without increasing the drug sales in the country and promoting the development of terrorist groups of all kinds financed by the opium trade.
In July 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborating with the UN to eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan, declared that growing poppies was un-Islamic, resulting in one of the world’s most successful anti-drug campaigns. The Taliban enforced a ban on poppy farming via threats, forced eradication, and public punishment of transgressors. The result was a 99% reduction in opium poppy farming in Taliban-controlled areas, roughly three quarters of the world’s supply of heroin at the time. The ban was effective only briefly due to the deposition of the Taliban in 2002.
In the two decades following the end of the Taliban regime, opium trade increased. Opium finances tribal wars and terrorism of all kinds and generates a never-ending circle of war economy. And at the same time the number of addicted people in the country increases.
Afghanistan needs peace, inclusion, and coexistence in diversity. As an Afghan guy told me once: You know that if two Afghans meet they have three different opinions? As convinced anti-imperialist I can tell you: I prefer two Afghans with 3 opinions than a colonised westernised Afghanistan where the US Empire tells people what they have to think, what their dignity means and what security is and must mean to them.
I have no recipe for the Afghan future, but I know that the future of Afghanistan cannot be decided by Western military forces even and precisely because they have been there fighting against Afghanistan future and against Afghan hope for almost 200 years now (First so-called Anglo-Afghan war: 1839-1842).
And the only ones who profited from this were the weapons companies. So please don’t dare to say that this is a religious war. It is a war around mineral resources. First of all, around the precious lithium, the “resource of the future”. And this war will likely be won by…China without any bullet.