The total failure of the Tory-Labour-Lib Dem alliance’s war in Afghanistan has been confirmed once again with the news that a new poll has shown that more than half of Afghans view western troops as “occupiers.”
The survey, conducted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Germany, has found that ten years after neocons conned Americans and Europeans into invading Afghanistan, a “majority of the local population has come to see the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as little more than occupiers.”
According to the survey, 56 percent of Afghans now see the foreign troop contingent as an occupying force. Furthermore, only 39 percent of those surveyed said they saw ISAF as a guarantee for security.
In addition, 60 percent think that the country will descend into civil war once ISAF forces withdraw.
The war was started by the necons under George Bush junior with the lie that the West needed to drive out Al-Qeada and “liberate the people of Afghanistan from Taliban tyranny.”
In reality, the attacks of September 11, 2001, were re planned in Germany and Spain, and conducted mainly by US-based Saudis to punish America for supporting Israel against the Palestinians.
The Taliban, a militant religious, anti-Communist movement of Pashtun tribesmen, was totally surprised by the events of /11. Osama bin Laden was in Afghaninstan at the time as a guest because he was a regarded as a national hero for fighting the Soviets in the 1980s, and was in fact aiding the Taliban’s struggle against the Afghan Communist-dominated “Northern Alliance.”
The Taliban also received US aid right up until May, 2001. The CIA was planning to use Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida to stir up Muslim Uighurs against Chinese rule, and to employ Taliban against Russia’s Central Asian allies.
Most of the so-called “terrorist training camps” in Afghanistan were being run by Pakistani intelligence to prepare mujahidin fighters for combat in Indian-held Kashmir, a fact which makes a mockery of the neocon’s claim that Pakistan is a “great ally in the war against terror.”
In 2001, Al-Qaida only numbered 300 members. Most have since been killed. A handful escaped to Pakistan, and only a few remain in Afghanistan. Yet David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the Labour Party leaders all claim that western troops must “stay in Afghanistan to fight al-Qaida and prevent extremists from reacquiring these terrorist training camps.”
This claim, like Saddam’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, is a subterfuge top keep the public supporting the war. In reality, half of Afghanistan is today once again under Taliban control. Muslim extremists are currently using Somalia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, North and West Africa, the Sudan—and Muslim demographic strongholds in Europe—as headquarters to plan attacks.
How many more soldiers must die needlessly for this war? How much longer will the public stand for this outrage?