Posted on 02 January 2014.
By Kadir Mohmand
It is time for the United States, NATO, and UNAMA to leave Afghanistan. With the widespread, systemic corruption of the Afghan government, drug trafficking, foreign occupation of Afghanistan and the foreign interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, the scheduled 2014 Afghan presidential election must be postponed and not held under these circumstances.
The 2014 presidential election under occupation will be a fraud. It must be postponed. Because the Native Afghans in the Pashtun areas, who are the majority, and Afghan Muslims in the north of Afghanistan, who have lawfully opposed the war and occupation, have not been allowed to register to vote. Therefore, they will not be able to vote. Fraudulent Afghanistan elections will cause further bloodshed and further chaos. I have heard from an influential Afghan, who is actually working in the field that many of the provinces will not be able to participate in the election like Nuristan and Nangarhar Provinces.
He told me there would be no elections taking place in Nuristan provinces and many others. He mentioned that the Karzai government might move these provinces’ election polling places to Kabul, which just does not make sense. I was also told that in the open market, voter registration cards are selling like hot cakes. There already is so much fraud.
There are just too many problems with this process to hold a legitimate election. Our tax dollars will just be wasted. Right now so many areas in Afghanistan are being excluded from the election process it really will not be an election by the majority of Afghans. Karzai will sign a bilateral security agreement if he gets what he wants from the United States which is to choose the candidate that will become the next president so that his influence continues and his personal wealth continues to grow. The United States is negotiating with him. I believe this kind of dealing is shameful. It must stop.
The United States does not need to spend millions more on these fraudulent elections. Before any elections should be held, the United Nations , France, China, Russia, England and the United States need to act and hold peace negotiations now with the Afghan Freedom Fighters to reach an agreement that can lead to true peace and stability.
Even if Secretary Kerry, Ambassador James Dobbins, and U.S. Senator Carl Levin depict the war and occupation as positively impacting Afghanistan, in reality the war and occupation have had enormous negative effects on Afghanistan.
The United States’ war in Afghanistan is beyond the scope of self-defense allowed by Article 51. Self-defense can only legally take place when an armed attack takes place against a state. The Afghan government in 2001, the Taliban, did not attack the United States on 9/11. Nineteen individuals, 15 from Saudi Arabia, attacked the United States. Individual Afghans did not attack the United States.
That is a fact. No evidence has ever been produced by the United States to the contrary. Propaganda, speculation and expert opinions in the media do not constitute credible and relevant evidence. Furthermore, there was no imminent threat that Afghanistan would attack the US or another UN member country.
Self- defense can only be used to repel an attack. Immediately after the tragic events of 9/11, the attacks stopped. There was no imminent threat to attack the US by the Afghan government before or after 9/11. I believe the United States during the past thirteen years of war and occupation has collectively punished and scape goated the Afghan people. Many war crimes have been committed against the Afghan people which need to be lawfully prosecuted in international and/or national tribunals.
First, during the past thirteen years of war and occupation, hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been killed. I believe the United States and NATO are responsible. In addition, during these past thirteen years, Afghanistan has become one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The corruption in Afghanistan is systemic and not just in Kabul. It starts in Washington D.C. Aid monies and other funds knowingly have been given to Afghan war lords and communist war criminals, who have used those monies to grow their enormous personal wealth.
The U.S. has given truckloads of money to corrupt government officials, who do not govern. They do nothing for the ordinary Afghans. They only wait for their suitcases of money to arrive. Some U.S. officials and contractors are also unlawfully getting rich from this war and occupation. Unlike what ordinary Americans are led to believe, very little infrastructure has been constructed. Kabul still is without water and sewage systems.
The villages in the rural areas have faced destruction and contamination because of the war and occupation. Pashtun villagers have been killed, maimed, and forced to leave their villages. I think there has been genocide committed against certain groups such as the Pashtuns and other groups, who disagree with the war. Only a few luxury buildings with expensive stores and hotels have been built to serve the war profiteers.
Second, in 2001, before the war, there was very little drug trafficking if any, in Afghanistan. During these past thirteen years, Afghanistan has become a narco-state. It is now the main exporter of heroin. There is a hundred billion dollars in profit for the war profiteers from this war which is a great environment for the drug trafficking. Until the drug trafficking is stopped this war will not end. I have been told that the Karzai government and family, and some U.S. contractors and officials are involved in this drug trafficking. In addition, the United Nations has reported that 1.6 million Afghans are addicted to heroin. This increase in addiction has led to an increase in AIDS.
Third, due to the environmental contamination caused by uranium –tipped weaponry and western nuclear waste dumping, there has been an increase in cancer and birth defects. I visited many hospitals throughout Afghanistan and well respected medical doctors showed me the evidence. They were greatly concerned about the long term effects on the Afghan people.
When I went to Helmand Province, around the vast REE deposits I found out that the U.S., NATO and other countries were dumping nuclear waste and other chemical and contaminated waste nearby there. I was told by Afghans, who lived in that area, that the U.S. and NATO already has been excavating REEs and other minerals from that area. I also was informed that the west is bombarding and bulldozing the Pashtun villages on or near the perimeter of these areas.
The villagers are killed or forced to leave their villages. I have been told that special forces rape members of villagers’ families as a way to force them to leave also. In the Afghan culture, rape is very shameful and families leave their village out of shame. I think that there are war crimes being committed such as genocide and ethnic cleansing. I believe before the United States’ and NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO and other countries, who contaminated the areas, they need to remove and remediate those areas.
Fourth, with all of this corruption, greed, war, and drug trafficking, child abuse and prostitution have become rampant. When I was in Afghanistan many prominent and educated Afghans informed me about this problem and showed me evidence regarding the child prostitution trafficking. I was outraged to hear western officials and consultants say that this child sexual abuse and prostitution were part of the Afghan culture. Therefore, implying that it is no big deal. This sexual abuse is not part of the Afghan culture and never has been accepted by the Afghans. I know this fact because my father and many family members were in charge of police and security for Afghanistan before the Soviet war and occupation. Child molesters and pimps were prosecuted and faced severe punishment such as the death penalty.
Fifth, I believe the CIA and their agents and collaborators need to stop assassinating and intimidating through kidnappings and torturing the Pashtun leaders such as tribal leaders, university faculty and students, religious scholars and other professionals, who have lawfully opposed war, occupation and the corrupt Karzai government. I think these terrorist acts must stop immediately. Some of my educated Afghan colleagues are documenting these war crimes so that eventually these crimes can be lawfully prosecuted in tribunals. I believe Afghans deserve justice just like the Jewish, Bosnian, Rwandan war crimes victims deserved and received justice.
Sixth, I believe that one of the main problems is that the Afghan communists, many who are war criminals from the 1980s, are in high level and middle level positions in the Afghan government. I have been told that the Afghan translators and interpreters, who are Northern Alliance or communists hired by the United States, have been giving misinformation to the United States and NATO, which has resulted in many war crimes and ethnic cleansing of the Afghan/Pashtun. In addition, , the United States has hired many of them to work for the U.S. government, in the CIA, State Department, Department of Defense, VOA Voice of America, Azadi radio, etc. Theses communists again are causing the division of Afghans and problems in Afghanistan. Instead of prosecuting these communist war criminals in international tribunals, the U.S. governments pays them enormous amounts of money such as to the communist war criminal and war lord, Rashid Dostum, who receives at least $100,000 per month from the U.S. government. These communists are like chameleons, who will change their colors and loyalties for a dollar. I believe the United States government is stupid to support their involvement in the Afghan government, to pay them, and to trust them.
Ambassador Dobbins and Secretary Kerry continually highlight that that 85 % of Afghan women have cell phones and 70 television stations and hundreds of radio stations are broadcasting in Afghanistan. These stations are mainly operated by communists and war profiteers. The war lord and war criminal,Rashid Dostum has his TV station and radio.
Media is important in an open society. However, those Afghans who oppose the war, occupation and corrupt Karzai administration are not allowed to have stations and programs, and to speak out.
I believe this war and occupation needs to end. I think that the United States government, NATO and the United Nations need to leave Afghanistan because they are causing the problems.
I believe Secretary John Kerry and the U.S. Government need to stop interfering in Afghanistan’s government and election. The U.S. government tells the Afghan Freedom Fighters and all others to abide by the Afghan Constitution and not interfere in the upcoming election. Yet, I believe based on Secretary Kerry’s prior actions as a Senator immediately after the last Afghan presidential election and his actions now reveal that the U.S. Government and Secretary Kerry are interfering with the Afghan election and not following the Afghan Constitution.
Last year when I was in Afghanistan and met with Abdullah Abdullah and Northern Alliance regarding ways to achieve peace, I was told that in 2009 then Senator John Kerry promised Abdullah Abdullah that if he did not run in a second round in the fraud -ridden 2009 presidential election, then the U.S. Government would let him be the president in the 2014 election.
Then Senator Kerry pressured Abdullah Abdullah to back off and just let Karzai continue as the puppet president. Now already, Secretary Kerry is talking with the Punjab ISI, Russia and other neighboring governments to have Abdullah Abdullah, a minority Panshiri, as the next president. It appears that Afghanistan is going to have another puppet president, Abdullah Abdullah, because the U.S., Pakistan and Russia do not want a Pashtun president with a strong Afghan Islamic government.
This type of interference is déjà vu for the Afghans. In 1989, Pakistan, the U.S., and Russia negotiated to bring as Afghan president non-Pashtuns, such as Rabbani and Mojaddedi instead of Khalis Baba and other Pashtun mujahideen leaders. Instead, many of the Pashtun leaders at that time were assassinated such as General Abdul Hakim Katawazi, Professor Said Bahauddin Majrooh, Azizulrahman Ulfat, and Wali Karokhail.
Again, I believe the same interference in Afghanistan’s government and elections is happening because the U.S. government, Pakistan, Russia and others do not want a strong Afghan Islamic government, which is led by a Pashtun. They are sidelining the Pashtuns. These countries want a weak puppet that they can control. It is common knowledge that money to back candidates, such as Abdullah Abdullah, is given through CIA and other intelligence channels, U.S. AID and other ways. Just like in the United States’ elections now, money wins the elections and controls the process.
I think the United States should not be interfering in other countries’ internal affairs and elections like it has done in recent years in Honduras under Ambassador Hugo Llorens watch and it is presently doing in Afghanistan ( Ambassador Hugo Llorens is again on the scene as deputy of the mission.).
If ordinary Americans and Afghans truly knew what was happening behind the scenes, I think patriotic Americans and Afghans would not like such actions. Americans do not allow other countries to interfere in its country’s internal political affairs and elections, why should Afghans be subjected to such interference? The same puppets, warlords, war criminals are again the candidates for the Afghan fake election in 2014. It is shameful.
Seventh, I believe to stop this blood shed and further chaos, the United Nations , France, China, Russia, England and the United States need to act and hold peace negotiations now with the Afghan Freedom Fighters to reach an agreement that can lead to true peace and stability and a complete withdrawal of western troops. .
My father has always told me that if you identify a problem you must always provide a solution. The solution is for the west to leave the Afghan people alone and let them determine their own future. Afghans have already suffered thirteen years of war, occupation and interference in their internal affairs. I believe enough is enough. The Afghan natives have always considered from the Indus River to Amu River as Afghanistan. They have always fought the foreigners to defend this area and keep it independent.
Afghanistan needs to follow God’s law, Shariah law, which is a model system of Islamic life is contained inShariah law. Shariat Law means the straight path, straight way, and the divine law and system for social, economic, political and all aspects of life. Sharia law comes from two sources the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. Shariat is best translated the “Right Way of Religion”. Surah 45, Verse 18 of the Holy Quran states, “Then We put thee on the (right) Way Of Religion: so follow Thou that (Way), And follow not the desires Of those who know not.” Please see the attached peace plan.
It is time that U.S., global and Afghan scholars meet to discuss and analyze the current war approach, which has only escalated war and created more instability. They need to evaluate ways to end the war and bring peace. To date, I believe that the only advice that the U.S. government has been relying upon when forming its foreign policy and war strategy for Afghanistan has been from military think tanks, scholars with former national security , DOD and intelligence backgrounds and careers; basically all war mongers and war profiteers.
For example, the United States has relied upon advice from the Kagans, the RAND corporation, and Afghan Americans like Zalmay Khalizhad, Ehsan Bayat, and former Afghan communists, who are now working for the U.S. Department of State, Voice of America, CIA and Department of Defense. I believe these war profiteers will do anything for a dollar, which is the main reason the United States is in such a mess and Afghanistan is a narco-state and so corrupt.
Any forced-signing of the bilateral security agreement would only escalate the war in Afghanistan and the surrounding region. I think the war strategy diplomacy needs to change to a peace negotiation strategy with the Afghan Resistance, which is supported by the majority of Afghans. The current U.S. war approach with its proposed bilateral security agreement is just a formula that perpetuates the continuation of occupation, division, corruption and war. I believe the bilateral security agreement, which allows permanent U.S. military bases and troops in Afghanistan, will not lead to true peace and stability, as the presence of such foreign troops on Afghanistan’s soil only causes more war as evidenced by the past thirteen years.
Again, I believe it is time for the United States, NATO and UNAMA to leave Afghanistan, they are causing the problems.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during the 1980s