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By Iftekhar A Khan

Dear America,

Hi! This is your most favourite Non-Nato ally Pakistan that has fought your war on terror since you invaded Afghanistan a decade ago. When you attacked Afghanistan, many had professed that you would last for about a decade if history were any witness. The Soviets before you had a similar experience in Afghanistan. For them, the famous quote by Alexander the Great that Afghanistan “is easy to march into but hard to march out of” had held out. Similarly, when you entered Afghanistan almost a decade after the Soviets had left, your defeat was only a prophesy. Now it’s a reality; a decade later, it will be history.

The Russians withdrew from the black hole not because they’d run short of guns and munitions, tanks and aircraft, men and material, but they had gone broke. If modern military wherewithal could win wars, you wouldn’t have had a chance to invade Afghanistan because Russia’s Red Army would have been still around. During the Russian war, you had supported the resisting forces you then called freedom fighters and mujahideen and supplied them military hardware, and the Saudis provided them financial aid, matching you dollar for dollar.

It’s another story that yesterday’s mujahideens are today’s terrorists. It’s not that the freedom fighters of yore have transformed into present-day terrorists and insurgents; it’s just that their enemy has changed places. For “Soviets” read “Americans.”

A University of California-educated engineer insisted on calling the forces resisting foreign occupation in Afghanistan “terrorists and insurgents.” When it was argued that the people of a sovereign country had every right to resist foreign occupation of their land, he wouldn’t understand. But asked what would he do if a few bandits barged into his house to dispossess him of it, he replied, “I would pull out my gun…” It’s precisely the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Large Muslim populations furiously oppose foreign occupation of their lands but they are helpless because their governments are beholden to foreign interests.

Dear ally, isn’t it a pity that despite fighting your war on terror for a decade, sacrificing more than thirty thousand lives of innocent men, women, and children, and suffering financial losses worth billions, we now face the wrong end of your guns? If you messed up in Afghanistan, why should you blame us for it? If you refused to learn from history and marched into the Afghanistan trap, ignoring what Alexander the Great had cautioned against, we’re hardly to blame for it. Wars of occupation have their own pitfalls that you should face yourself.

What will ultimately force you to withdraw to your own boundaries is your sinking economy. And it doesn’t make sense to launch wars on borrowed money. How, for instance, do you intend paying trillions of dollars you owe to China and Japan? How long is your policy of printing dollars to stave off economic collapse going to last? Your economy is in a shambles; you don’t produce items of domestic consumption any more. How long will the defence industry alone provide job opportunities to unemployed citizens that now stand one in six Americans?

Surely, you’d continue to have plenty of aircraft and warships, but not many employment opportunities, nor much social security, insurance and health cover for your citizens. When the Soviets faced economic meltdown at the end of their Afghan adventure in 1989, nobody had imagined it would cause the disintegration of a superpower. Your plight, dear ally, is not much different from the Soviets at the end of their ten years’ adventure in Afghanistan. The Soviets, nevertheless, had the integrity not to blame any other country for their follies.

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  1. seebeyond says:

    Pity those who do not learn from history blinded by utter greed and hatred! History will surely teach a unforgetable lesson.

  2. The irony is that when the US and its allies are finally forced to pull out of Afghanistan, taking any of their Afghan supporters like the warlords and their mercenaries with them (because these guys will be lynched if they stay behind), the Afghan people may turn to Russia and join Vladimir Putin's proposed economic market or alliance or whatever you want to call it. Afghanistan may need to do this to avoid being dismembered by neighbouring countries or simply to avoid economic collapse. (The Pashto-speaking parts may opt to join Pakistan.) The union may become a military union and eventually a political union. Russia in the end thus advances towards the Indian Ocean without having to fire a shot. In the meantime we in the West are stuck with the warlords and their followers who might engage in drug and sex trafficking to survive and fund rebel movements which will have the effect of driving Afghanistan further into the Russian embrace. How deliciously ironic this all sounds!

  3. LittleStar says:

    Foolish article – one does not spend 1/2 trillion dollars on an "Embassy' for a country one will quit. The powers that control America – The NWO – see this resourse rich unexploited land – Key to their goals – whatever that maybe…i.e extermination of the Humanity in bulk. the afghan 'rebels' will die off in a geneartion or 2 due to exposure to DU tpped weapons .with a wise grip on Persia and a stanglehold on asia ….well……If one think for one moment that the USA still exist as a peoples Republic , think back to 9/11/01 when it was coup d'etat-ed by Powerful forces that it even now it's populous does not comprehend and that still manipulate it and vampirically drain it's vast resources : dollars, coperatocracy, human fodder, military etc etc
    Even the Great Alexander, with his beautiful persian boy and mighty warrior lover, with a choice of all the princesses of the World, married Bactrian i.e. afghan Roxanne to secure this jewel……why? answer that and you know that this battle was won the moment they stepped in……in time.

  4. Rick Kettell says:

    The American people overwhelmingly support and end to these wars. Next time you write a diatribe you should direct it towards the corrupt American goverment which has been stolen from the American people.
    Thank you,
    Rick Kettell

  5. Pakistanis better abonden habits of history of lying and cheating themself to live life like humans. How many millions of dollars of donated money through Pakistani airports crossed over to Dubai to buy property by Prophet Lovers? You know? How many girls are sexually blinded by Prophet Lovers with genetals mutilations? Any idea folks?
    Curse of Alexander has weekened due to new technologies we see but Prophets curse is permanent to rein among us for ever. Amen.
     

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