Osama Bin Javaid's Blog

Is Obama reading the Soviet guidebook?

…what is your view on what should happen in Afghanistan? I believe that a country should be ruled by the democratic principles of the early Chartists and Tom Paine etc..they are my moral compasses over here not knowing yours aside from Muhammed Jinnah of course… self determination. However is there the will there to protect the way of life that allows women and girls to be educated?
What should be done internally and how can people in these western countries involved help?

I was asked this question by a friend and here’s what I think

Afghanistan is a mess and a by product of the cold war. It has reached this state due to plundering both intentional and unintentional by vested interests of internal and external powers. The CIA funded extremist literature and brain washing created monstrous killing machines, not in numbers but in generations. The Pakistani intelligence knowingly remained a tool because it could salvage 2 cents from the dollars being pumped in. The foreign fighters aren’t acceptable to Pakistan or Afghanistan and their home countries sure as hell dont want them back. Not all the foreign fighters became Jihadi machines, some were doctors, some engineers, some preachers who settled down and had families. Bear in mind we are talking about a period of over 30 years. The geography of the area has tribal customs dating back to centuries. The tribals are hospitable people with traditions such as PakhtoonWali and doing everything to protect who they deem as guests.

I need to bore you with the background because the future is closely linked to learning from the past. After 9/11 they changed their minds and with a snap of their fingers wanted to mow down on beliefs and ideologies they had sown for decades.

Its a myriad of muddles which each successor with no foresight has complicated even more, both on the home and the international front and now there is no easy fix. The easiest solution which would’ve had lasting impact was education. Call me an optimist but I only see prosperity clubbed with knowledge giving people a sense of belonging and responsibility, as the solution.

War brings destruction and creates divides which run deeper with each battle. You’d become a suicide bomber if all of your family was hit by a ‘friendly’ mortar and charred everyone you loved alive in front of your eyes. Believe me I have come across people with such harrowing tales. Give them something to lose and then let them guard it. Take away everything and you have an unpredictable weapon which can explode in your face.

The only way the west can help is empowering democracy. Not the Karzai style, Washington/London approved version but the actual will of the people. Let the Taliban get the vote, let them come to power then set ground rules. You cannot wish them away as they are a mighty force the west created and if it took three decades to build it, it will take at least double the time to dismantle it. Build schools, build hospitals, build power stations, build roads – when they destroy them – build them again. That is the only solution.

Obama administration maybe on the right track but they have to do more to gain trust. The CIA’s counter plans of securing Pakistan’s nukes, just in case, of taking over Kabul, just in case, of securing Islamabad, just in case; are the white man’s burden Washington needs to put to rest. Until the double game is being played, there is no solution to Afghanistan or to Pakistan’s tribal areas no matter how many troops you send in.

Accept yesterday’s mistakes and facilitate a prosperous tomorrow.


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  1. reina said, on December 14, 2009 at 23:33

    Great article thank you for sharing!

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