Impact on Afghanistan?

I read a story like this

Published on Sunday, July 2, 2006 by the Toronto Sun

No Place for Canada

Foreign invaders will never control the fierce Pashtun tribesmen of Afghanistan

by Eric Margolis

The war in Afghanistan that was supposedly won has resumed — with a vengeance. Fighting is reportedly intensifying and spreading across southern Afghanistan as resistance to foreign occupation grows.

In 2001, unable to withstand high-tech U.S. forces, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar ordered his men to disband and blend into the civilian population. At the time, this column warned war would resume in about four years, just as it did after the 1979 Soviet invasion.

Now, Taliban forces have taken the offensive against U.S. and NATO troops, often employing deadly new tactics like roadside and suicide bombs, learned from Iraq’s resistance.

Significantly, the Taliban have been joined by many other political and tribal groups. Prominent among them: Hisbi Islami, led by former CIA protege Gulbadin Hekmatyar — the most effective guerilla leader in the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad — and renowned mujahadin leader, Jallaludin Haqqi.

Small numbers of foreign jihadis have also come to fight. Most important, growing numbers of “khels,” or clans of the Pashtun (Pathan) tribe — the world’s largest tribal group, numbering 40 million — have joined the resistance.

Pashtuns comprise half of Afghanistan’s population of 30 million; 28 million more live across the border in Pakistan.

The U.S./NATO campaign is increasingly directed against warlike Pashtun tribes like the Afridi and Orokzai, and their civilians, rather than against so-called “Taliban terrorists.”

Only fools pick fights with Pashtuns.

Until recently, millions of dollars in monthly cash bribes from the CIA to Afghan warlords kept key areas under the nominal authority of the U.S.-installed Hamid Karzai regime. But that authority barely extends beyond the capital, Kabul.

and it’s not long before I’m wondering how SK uranium has contributed to the plight of the Afghan peoples.


2 thoughts on “Impact on Afghanistan?

  1. The Pushtun and Baluchi peoples of southwestern Afghanistan have been resisting foreign invaders since Alexander the Great.

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