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It’s not how we think it is how the US-led NATO forces think about War in Afghanistan

Question is how we think and how our allies in US-led NATO powers think about ongoing war in Afghanistan; we think that we have to combat the menace of talibanisation in the name of global war against terrorism. The US led NATO forces which has spent millions of Dollars in sucking Soviet Union Afghanistan initially through sour revolution of Noor Muhammad Tarakai. At that time the main American brain Dr. Henry Kissinger was making attempts to heal the wounds of Vietnam and was preparing for much ahead. If we go through the Nixon-Kissinger Doctrine the picture will not be a foggy one. The Americans had decided to nash the Soviet Union which had supported North Vietnam through every mean. Americans did not get a bloody nose in Vietnam and finally in a humiliation withdrew from Vietnam.

The idea of “Great game” was floated by the Henry Kissinger who attempted to reveal upon then Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that Pakistan must play its due role in a proxy war. Bhutto simply refused saying Pakistan is too small and can not enter into a super Power rivalry.

Not only Mr. Bhutto refused but he did convince the emperor of Iran not to play any such role. At that time Iran was the major ally of United States in the Middle East. Emperor of Iran paid attention to advise of Mr. Bhutto and avoided entering Kissinger’s proposed proxy war in land-locked Afghanistan.

Two leaders of Pakistan and Iran underestimated the powers of United States and particularly that of CIA.

Bhutto was destabilized and disposed; finally Bhutto hanged. His replacement was Gen. Zia ul Haq who was already a CIA mole according to Bob Woodward. In Iran American game failed when the CIA failed to install Shahpur Bakhtiar and liberal revolution surfaced from Tehran University spread all over Iran.

Imam Khumeinai’s audio cassettes did the rest when the Iranian revolution was hikacked by clergy and Imam Khumeini returned to a new Iran totally controlled by Islamic Pasdaran.

Americans however did prove smart. They derived Iranian revolution into Iran –Iraq war which last for 10 years with no power emerging a winner. But oil resources of two Islamic nations were spent on procurement of best weapons.

In Afghanistan sour revolution having deep rooted germs of Marxism was curtailed by yet another coup detest when HafizUllah Amin took over in 1979.

Brezhnev the strong man of Soviet Union was not satisfied by the performance of the HafizUllah Amin and he so decided to send one million Soviet Troops into Afghanistan with Babrak Karmal arriving in Kabul on Soviet Army’s tank.

This is what exactly men at Langley anted. They wanted to suck Soviets in Afghanistan’s rugged mountains. Their appointed man in Islamabad Gen. Zia-ul-Haq was fully prepared to play the role of an obedient subordinate. He did what Americans told him.

Initially the ISI of Pakistan was created 9 political parties of those Afghans who were opposed to Babrak Karmal regime and considered it a unislamic one. Those Afghan leaders ranging from Gulbadin Hikmatyar to Ahmad Shah Mehmood, Rashid Dostam to Mujaddadi ali joined hands with Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan with funding from the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Then Mujahi inddeen and later Taliban were afraid of D-Hind gunships of Soviet Army but when CIA agreed to provide stringers to Mujahideen the tide of proxy war turned in favour of Pakistan and United States.

Soviet Union was dismembered. Russia alone emerged after Helsinki Agreement. Meanwhile Pakistan’s Prime Minister Juejo favoured Geneva accord but was not able to save himself from infamous 58-2B and was fired by Gen. Zia-ul-haq. Concept of controlled democracy was introduced in Pakistan with Benazir Bhutto winning majority. She was made Prime Minister with her one hand tied.

Democrates with Clinton remained busy in improvising economy and had perhaps ignored the real objective set by the Nixon-Kissinger and furthered by Reagon and Bush Senior. The objective was control of Central Asian Oil and Gas reserves.

He who masterminded 9/11 had a multi-pronged strategy for the world.

After 9/11 different events were set in motion. Americans bombed bashed Talibans and with same stroke invaded Iraq, plan was successful for Californian Oil and weapon Industrials who are the back bone of Republican party of USA.

This time Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf like Gen. Zia played to the tune of central command of the USA and he too was considered useless by his masters and a new kind of democracy was introduced in Pakistan.

Hamid Karzai from Adghanistan and Benzair Bhutto from Pakistan were the considered players. But Benazir Bhutto even after agreeing on “power sharing” deal was not trusted by not less then the Dick Chenny who is the main tactician in US policies. New president of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari will also play an unending game designed by the United States.

Placed below is how the US-Led Coalition partners think of Pakistan.

All sides need to help bolster security along the Pakistan-Afghan border, where recent US incursions have strained US-Pakistan ties, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Thursday. Speaking as NATO defence ministers gathered for informal talks, he underlined the need for closer contacts between NATO and the Pakistani government, which is angry at the US military action. “Clearly, it is up to Pakistan to define its own security interests,” he said in an address at a security think-tank shortly before the start of the two-day NATO talks in London.

“We all need to do a better job together of monitoring and controlling the border, and we need to intensify the work of our so-called tri-partite commission,” he added, referring to representatives from the two countries and NATO. “The election of a new Pakistani president gives me hope that this is the right time for a new approach.”

US and Afghan officials say Pakistan’s tribal areas are a safe haven for Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who sneaked into the rugged terrain after the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001. Missile strikes targeting militants in Pakistan in recent weeks have been linked to US-led coalition forces or CIA drones based in Afghanistan, seriously straining ties between Islamabad and Washington.

De Hoop Scheffer added: “Success in Afghanistan also means stepping up our political engagement with her neighbours, notably Pakistan.”We need to establish a permanent dialogue between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the international community.” He conceded that Afghanistan seemed to “offer a limitless supply” of bad news stories, but insisted that “we have no reason to be so pessimistic… our key objective of creating a safe and secure Afghanistan that is able to look after itself remains entirely within our grasp.”

He said the Taliban “continue to suffer heavy losses” and “have not been able to strangle Kabul”. “ISAF will not be defeated, neither tactically nor operationally,” De Hoop Scheffer said, referring to the NATO-led multi-national force in Afghanistan.

“And our training of the Afghan National Army is now enabling that new force to engage alongside our own — with increasing success, and with popular support. “As the ANA expands, it will increasingly be able to deny our opponents their freedom of movement, hold the gains we make, and ultimately allow Afghanistan to take responsibility for its own security.”

About the author

Azhar Masood

Azhar Masood is Controller of News in PTV, and Chief Instructor of PTV Academy, working for Arab News. He has Covered Iraq War from Baghdad for CNN, BBC, FOX News, and Al-Jazeera and other regional channels. He covered conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina. He interviewed Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Paul Wolfoweit, Prime Minister Jean Ghteyan of Canada, Dr. Amar Musa of Egypt, Mr. Haris Slajic, Prime Minister of Bosnia Dr. Akbar Ali Vallayati, former Foreign Minister of Iran, President Kumaratunge of Sri Lanka, Mr. Kumar Su Bramanyem, Director of National Defence Institute of India, Mr. Hamid Karzai President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi of Iraq National Congress, Mr. Hoshyar Zubari, Vice President Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq


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  • Excellent and insightful report. I agree the blame lies with the US and its compulsion to control middle eastern oil (and consequently middle eastern affairs). Yet American people remain insulated (ignorant) of this simple fact. Perhaps a combination of huge increases at the gas pump and a dire economic slump will motivate their needed awareness on the issue. Better yet, new energy technology is needed to reduce their gluttonous consumption of oil. In the end, it is not about oil or politics. It’s about the money. Both Pakistan and the US need leaders who are not so desperately concerned with their own personal wealth.