Post via Islamic Emirate
Sept 7th 2017
The US president at Fort Myer military base, Virginia, USA announced his strategy about Afghanistan on 21 August of the current year. It took almost six months for the new US Administration to formulate the new strategy but it still contains contradictions. From one side, they say that we will not tell the Afghans how to live and how to run their complex society, which is a positive point. But on the other hand, it practically emphasizes on the presence of invading troops and use of military approach. It is a hard fact now that the strategy of use of force and pressure has achieved no result during the past sixteen years. Once, the US and her allies had more than one hundred thousand troops in Afghanistan. They used all tactics and weapons against our Mujahid people but neither they resolved the issue of Afghanistan nor quashed the determination of our Muslim people aimed at achieving freedom and liberation. If America formulates similar strategies not once but tens of times while putting emphasize on use of force, it will not resolve the issue of Afghanistan until they accept the basic demands of the Muslim nation of Afghanistan i.e. end of occupation, independence of the country and establishment of a system based on their beliefs. To realize these objectives, the Islamic Emirate has always kept open political channel as well as continued its military activities. Therefore, if Americans are sincere about what they say, they should leave the Afghans to decide how to live and form a government.
It is to be mentioned that America has utterly failed in the process of nation building in Afghanistan. At the beginning, they were harping on slogans of freedom of speech, development and prosperity but practically, they imposed an unpopular group of warlords on the people under the slogan of democracy. As a result, people were further plunged into poverty, repression and insecurity. Neither, they developed agriculture nor industry rather a few unpopular figures gained billions of dollars due to corruption and embezzlement.
It shows that America has failed in all its slogans and promises in Afghanistan. Now, it is vital for them to consider ground realities in Afghanistan. As such, should accept the basic rights of the Afghans and seek to eradicate all those factors which have led the Afghan nation to rise against foreign occupation in the past one and a half decade with all their potentials. The issue of Afghanistan could neither be resolved with phony strategies nor has resulted into any tangible achievement in the past. However, if Afghan people obtain their legitimate rights, they assure their neighbors and the world that the land of Afghanistan will not be used against anyone rather we will establish good relations with them on the basis of our Islamic and national interests and mutual respect.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.