Groundhog Day in Afghanistan: US turns up 12 years late for talks with the Taliban
Editor’s remarks: At some stage every imperial war has to come to an end. In this regard, American criminal war in Afghanistan will be no exception. It seems the invaders ‘achieved’ much. The military-industrial complex made enormous profits and they inflicted immeasurable losses on the people and land of the Afghans. Americans learnt how to use increasingly brutal military force and new weapons with the help of their NATO partners and allies to crush a defiant people who wanted to oust the foreign invaders. They installed a puppet regime in Kabul and their man Karzai has done what the masters wanted him to do even though he made some noises from time to time against the indiscriminate killings of the civilians. They also learnt how to use war propaganda effectively to deceive the world when they killed and brutalised Afghan civilians. Last but not least, they introduced American values in Afghanistan! It is a long litany of achievements for the world to remember!!
Nasir Khan Editor
Why was one of the poorest countries in the world subjected to a decade of invasion and occupation, if the outcome was to talk to the very people the war was against?
By Lindsey German
Stop the War Coalition
20 June 2013
Cartoon by Steve Bell
It was always going to be an awkward moment: the day that the US announced it would be opening formal talks with the Taliban, its avowed enemy in Afghanistan for the past 12 years.
There was, on the one hand, the obvious question: what on earth was the war for?
Why had one of the poorest countries in the world been subjected to more than a decade of invasion and occupation, if the eventual outcome was to talk to the very people that the war had been against?
Why had tens if not hundreds of thousands died, and far more been displaced or injured, if the end of this terrible war merely brought everyone back to square one?