The river of Afghan corruption and its American source
By Peter Chamberlin
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 20, 2010, 00:13
The distinguished American ambassador glibly explains the
unprecedented security situation in Afghanistan, blaming the entire mess upon
the last 30 years without accepting US responsibility for causing it all.
We created the conflict in the first place, by bringing
together the criminal enterprises of international arms dealers, opium
suppliers, suitcases full of cash, and the most dangerous militants we could
gather together from Africa and the Middle East into a �pipeline� which flowed
into Afghanistan and from there throughout the region, before abandoning it all
to start the first Iraq war. We �abandoned� the war and the Afghan and
Pakistani people, but we left the pipeline intact, running at full capacity for
the past thirty years.
Richard Holbrooke admitted that the core of the problem was
the �huge amount of �international contracts,� particularly American military
contracts which brought such a lucrative opportunity for . . . this kind of
thing,� but he didn�t bother to mention that all of the contracts were
initially American, or that the pipeline of weapons, drugs, and militants that
supplied the materiel to the contractors, was our pipeline, or that it was still in operation. This is diplomatic
deception of the highest order, meant to provide cover for a criminal war and
the long-standing criminal American foreign policy which made it all possible.
This is the only real problem with Afghanistan, the fact
that the governments which are waging war there are run by the same people who
have created the dangerous situation to begin with. This is the only problem
that affects everything else in the Afghan field of conflict. Cut the
American/Pakistani pipeline and the war either ends outright, or slowly winds
down, as the flow of money, weapons and foreign fighters simply dries-up, along
with the Afghan opium trade which pays for it all.
In spite of intimate knowledge of all of this corruption we
have sown, Holbrooke places the �cart before the horse,� claiming that the
corruption is the problem, and not the deluge of cash, weapons and drugs which
fuels the corruption. Without this enormous financial backing, the warlords and
drug lords of Afghanistan would be �small potatoes.�
There is no limit to American hypocrisy or the galling nerve
of American diplomats like Holbrooke, who front for the empire builders as we
wage covert war upon the entire world and call it �foreign aid,� or promoting
�democracy� or stability.
Peter Chamberlin may be contacted at email@example.com.
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