By Kadir A. Mohmand
The majority of the American people and Afghan people, and Afghan Freedom Fighters want peace and stability but the CIA, MI6, ISI Mossad, war profiteers, Zalmay Khalilzad, drug traffickers, Karzai, and Afghan warlords do not want peace in Afghanistan and the region!
After the tragedy on 9/11 and the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan despite the fact that no Afghans were involved in that tragic event, I began to talk with other Afghan and Americans about how to end the war and achieve true peace in Afghanistan. I along with another member of our group went to New York, Washington D.C., Turkey, Arabia, and Afghanistan to talk with all Afghan groups to obtain their perspectives on how to achieve Afghan unity and peace.
We traveled to many provinces including Helmand, Kunar, Jalalabad, Shamali and others. We made this trip because we did not want to see more bloodshed in Afghanistan. We met and discussed how to achieve peace and unity with Afghan resistance leaders, U.S. Department of State, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, United Nation officials from several European Permanent Missions, UNAMA officials, with the Deputy Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy, religious scholars, Shia religious leaders, tribal leaders, many ministers and parliament members of the Kabul government, Afghan women organizations, Afghan engineer and medical societies and other organizations, presidents, deans, and professors from universities across Afghanistan, leaders from various political parties, Abdullah Abdullah , Jamiat Islami, Northern Alliance, influential Afghans, and last but not least villagers.
The main concerns and opinions that were expressed by Afghans to us are the following: Afghans want unity and peace. They want an end to the war and foreign troops to leave. Afghan people want a friendship with the U.S. but they want their true independence. They are looking for a true national leader not a corrupt one nor one selected for them.
Today, there still is not peace and stability in Afghanistan. A covert war continues to be waged by the U.S. and NATO against the majority population, the Afghan villagers, who want to be left alone without foreigners waging war and a corrupt Afghan government terrorizing them.
I am concerned about the United States and Afghanistan. The United States is my homeland and Afghanistan is my motherland. History does repeat itself. In the 19th century, the British superpower lost its wars in Afghanistan. Soon after it lost its status as a global superpower. In the 20th century, the Afghans defeated the Soviets, who were forced to withdraw in 1989. It lost the war and was drained economically by the decade long war. Soon after the Soviet Union fell apart, the Warsaw Pact was demolished and it did not exist.
IN the 21st century, the United States invaded Afghanistan and has occupied it and waged war for almost 15 years. It has spent trillions on this war/occupation, but yet it has not won anything. In fact, the U.S has more debt and is less secure. Only the war profiteers have won and lined their pockets. The United States has borrowed trillions from China and others. China is winning. Right now, the U.S. must be very careful not to slip down the slope like the former superpowers because China and Russia want to see the United States fail and topple economically.
China wants to be the only superpower. Russia wants to be with China and be a superpower again. Afghanistan is a money pit and a war that cannot be won. I believe the solution is that the U.S. must change its policy from a war policy to a peace policy. The war profiteers are pushing for a continuation of the war. To achieve true peace, the U.S. must carefully hold direct negotiations with the Afghan resistance and hold sincere talks to bring true peace. Otherwise, I fear that the U.S. will crumble just like the other superpowers have and there will not be peace in Afghanistan. Both countries will lose. If the United States continues on the same course in Afghanistan, China will be the only superpower.
I hate war. I want true peace and stability in Afghanistan. The American people and the Afghan civilians especially women, children, the elderly and the Afghan majority, the villagers, are the victims of this war. This war continues because of the war profiteers’ greed, the U.S.’s goal to control the vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in the Helmand Region, which are needed to secure a supply chain independent of China, and because of its strategic location as the new outer defense perimeter for the United States.
The U.S State Department’s policy is the main obstacle to true peace in Afghanistan. I believe the U.S. State Department’s policy toward Afghanistan is controlled by the war profiteers and drug traffickers like Zalmay Khalilzad, Karzai and the majority of the Afghan government, who are war profiteers, Afghan communist war criminals and/or war lords. They do not want peace. They want more division and turmoil to justify a continuation of the covert war. The war provides them with enormous personal wealth.
Therefore, the U.S. State Department’s policy of having Afghan government led negotiations, will be a dead end . As I have stated many times, the U.S. government needs to directly talk with the Afghan Freedom Fighters. I believe this route has the greatest chance of bringing true peace in Afghanistan. The middle men need to be initially cut out of the process. The Afghan Freedom Fighters wants to negotiate directly with the U.S. without any foreign countries or war profiteers interfering. They do not want to repeat the mistakes made during the 1980s during the Soviets’ war/ occupation when the negotiations went through Pakistan, who profited enormously from that war. Unfortunately the public only hears the war profiteers’ perspective.
Besides bordering countries profiting from the war in Afghanistan, many individuals, Afghans, Americans and other nationalities, and companies from around the world have profited and continue to profit from the war in Afghanistan. The top ten U.S. companies profiting the most from war are:1. Lockheed Martin (LMT) — aircraft, electronics, missiles, space Arm sales:$36.3 billion,
- Boeing (BA) — aircraft, electronics, missiles, space Arm sales: $31.8 billion,
- BAE Systems — aircraft, artillery, electronics, vehicles, missiles, ships Arm sales: $29.2 billion,
- General Dynamics (GD) — artillery, electronics, vehicles, small arms, ships Arm sales: $23.8 billion,
- Raytheon (RTN) — electronics, missiles Arm sales: $22.5 billion,
- Northrop Grumman (NOC) — aircraft, electronics, missiles, ships, space Arm sales: $21.4 billion,
- EADS — aircraft, electronics, missiles and space Arm sales: $16.4 billion,
- Finmeccanica — aircraft, artillery, engines, electronics, vehicles and missiles Arms sales, $14.6 billion,
- L-3 Communications (LLL) – electronics Arm sales: $12.5 billion,
- United Technologies (UTX) — aircraft, electronics, engines Arm sales: $11.6 billion,
In addition, the U.S. government justifies in part its war and occupation in Afghanistan because it states in the media that it wants to free women and improve their rights. However, freedom for Afghan women means an Afghan woman being able to live in her country, with her family, with her culture being respected, with her honor in tact, with her faith being respected, and without foreign drones and intelligence balloons flying and buzzing overhead, without puppet leaders in Kabul, and without the constant fear of foreign soldiers invading her home and privacy, terrorizing her and threatening her safety and honor.
When speaking to U.S. Congressional committees and before the Council on Foreign Affairs, Mr. James Dobbins always emphasized that almost all Afghan women possess cell phones since the U.S. invasion and occupation. Cell phone possession does not mean freedom for Afghan women. Afghan women are experiencing problems under the corrupt Afghan government selected by the U.S. The United States’ selection and support of corrupt officials has harmed Afghan women. Rape and other crimes against women have increased.
Afghans do not like the puppet government and other war profiteers using Afghan women and children as sex slaves for foreigners. Respect for the Afghan majority’s culture and religion must be the cornerstone for improving the rights of the women. The U.S. war and occupation has only created disrespect, poverty, violence, death, rape, forced prostitution and slavery, widowhood and terror for the majority of Afghan women. Only a very few Afghan women have profited from the war/occupation. Those few of course are the only ones shown to Americans and the world in the media.
Afghans do not want a corrupt government with war lords and communist war criminals like Rashid Dostum like they have now. They want a government that represents all Afghans. Afghans do not want puppet leaders selected by the U.S. or other foreign country or through a corrupt fraudulent election. The Afghan majority is not represented by this government.
The Afghan/Pashtun, the majority, are being killed and treated as enemies by the U.S. The Pashtun people do not understand why the U.S. is treating them in this manner. The Pashtun people throughout Afghanistan are very angry. They realize that the U.S. is trying to divide the Pashtuns. They fear that this division will cause more bloodshed and innocent lives lost.
Afghans are greatly concerned and angry about the killing of civilians and about their tribal and religious Islamic leaders, and outspoken students, who are political activists, who are being targeted and killed by the U.S/NATO and the Afghan army.
Afghans are concerned that their vast mineral wealth, rare earth elements and other earth materials are being stolen by the war lords, war profiteers and the foreigners. They believe that the majority of the Afghan people will become poorer while a few Afghan war profiteers and foreigners will become extremely wealthy.
Afghans are concerned about the contamination of their environment by uranium –tipped weaponry and lack of infrastructure to handle the waste properly. Afghans are concerned about the high rates of birth defects, still births and cancer since this war/occupation.
Based on what has occurred during almost fifteen years, it appears that in order to achieve its goals the U.S. government has to eliminate the native population, the Pashtun, who is fighting for its independence. The U.S. government is trying to eliminate the Pashtun tribe, which is the largest native tribe in the world . Anyone, who has with knowledge about what is happening on the ground, knows that the Pashtun tribal leaders , Pashtun intellectuals and religious leaders are being killed and eliminated by the U.S. and its puppets with their weapon of choice being drones. The Pashtun villagers are being raped, killed and forced out of their homes after their villages are bulldozed or bombed, especially in the Helmand region because the Pashtun’s land contains the largest untapped REEs worth trillions. The U.S. and its puppets are destroying their villages, killing those who defend themselves, raping the women and children and forcing them to leave. These tactics sound really familiar to me.
I believe history does repeat itself. This U.S. imperialistic campaign of genocide against the native Pashtun tribe and the theft of the Pashtun’s home land and REEs is exactly what the United States has done to the Native American tribes in the U.S. in the past centuries. The U.S. tactics of killing the leaders of the Native American tribes, who resisted occupation, is being implemented today in the Pashutn villages. The U.S. tactics of forced relocation , theft of the native tribe’s land rich in valuable resources, and divide and conquer are being implemented against the native Pashtun tribe, who pose the only threat to the United States’ achievement of its three goals.
It reminds me of the forced relocation of the Cherokee Native American tribe , who resisted the U.S. invader/occupier in the 19th century. In 1824-25, the U.S. killed the Cherokee leaders, seized the valuable Cherokee land, and forced the Cherokees to relocate to undesirable, strange land called the “Indian territory.” This war crime is referred to as the “Trail of Tears”. Does this sound familiar? Now, a few greedy Afghan puppets are signing agreements with the U.S., Pashtun land rich in REEs is being seized with villages destroyed , Pashtun tribal leaders are being killed, and Pashtuns are being forcefully relocated to “tribal” territory.
History has shown that Afghanistan is the grave yard of the superpowers because the Native Afghans, who are the majority, cherish their freedom and never surrender when foreign troops are on their soil. I hate violence and war. I only want true peace in Afghanistan and an end to war, but I honestly I do not see that happening as long as the U.S. continues with its present policy of divide and conquer and exclusion of the Afghan majority.
The United States’ “selected” leader from the outside, Ghani, will not be accepted by the Afghan majority, who will not talk peace with the puppet or his selected cabinet. Unfortunately with the new puppet government of ethnic minorities, war lords, communist war criminals and drug traffickers it will just be more of the same- corruption, drug trafficking, the stealing of the Afghans REEs, violence and war. Four decades of suffering war is enough for the Afghan people. Fifteen years of war is enough for the American people. I hope that the U.S. government changes its policy in Afghanistan.
Borrowing money from China and amassing trillions in debt to finance the war/occupation of Afghanistan will only lead to the United States’ ruin. China is waiting for this to happen so that it will become the only superpower. Russia is waiting for this to happen too. The United States should focus on its true enemies, communist China and Putin’s “still communist” Russia instead of targeting and killing the Afghan majority. I strongly believe true peace can be achieved that will be beneficial to Afghans and Americans. Although will not be financially beneficial to the war profiteers .
Abdul Kadir Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighter for North America in the 1980s