There was the ”Süddeutsche Zeitung’ yesterday riddled with various reports of how Obama is preparing to talk to the “moderates” in the ‘taleban’, sending out feelers through Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and, at the end of the day, they might even end up talking to Mullah Omar.(1) Could this be a tentative admission that the war that could never be won, cannot be won? The evidence would appear to suggest that it is but there we have the same “hype man” committing 17,000 further American troops to a forlorn cause and Joe Biden, the US vice- president, appealing to Nato to help tackle the “worsening security”, while adding that “the alliance was struggling to deal with a threat to the West as a whole.“(2) Now, what are these people talking about? Their last idiotic criminal administration manufactured a threat from someone that they had put into power when it really began to look like those people weren’t going to give them what they wanted; namely, a pipeline through Afghanistan to Karachi. Having manufactured this threat to “all of us” they then preceded to pursue an illegal war in which men, women and children have been slaughtered. Now, “Uncle Sam” is telling the NATO allies to commit more troops and follow him in, despite the hype to the contrary, what he himself infers, is a hopeless cause.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a big fan of the Mullah Omars of his world and the regime that America’s CIA, Pakistan’s ISI and Saudi money installed in Kabul was a thoroughly nasty one. However, that is precisely the point; “Uncle Sam” does not care what kind of regime is in Kabul and we are left thinking of the compromise that they might just get from the “God Squad”. What about this one; “well “Uncle Sam”, you let us reintroduce sharia law, you let us ban radios, beat up our women, while keeping them locked in the house we will let you build your pipeline.” The signs are on the wall and the portents do not at all look good for the people of Afghanistan.
1 ”Süddeutsche Zeitung’, pp 1,2,4,8 monday 9th March 2009
The picture shows some “moderate” ‘taleban’ on their way to talks with the “hype man”