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February 2, 2008

I'm pessimistic about Afghanistan. Despite overwhelming US and international military might, things are going badly awry in Afghanistan. It looks as if it is becoming a failed state that would become a safe haven for the Taliban and al-Qaeda. So why are we Australians in Afghanistan? What are we trying to do there?

armylife.jpg Steve Bell

The Taliban and al-Qaeda are different. Syed Saleem Shahzad remarks at Asia Times Online that:

The common perception is that all Arabs fighting in Afghanistan belong to al-Qaeda. This is not the reality. Arabs are present in Afghanistan in several groups, and not necessarily part of al-Qaeda, as with Libi [Abu Laith al-Libi]. He did cooperate with al-Qaeda but always took independent decisions. He was not known to be part of any international terror operations as he was fully committed to the fight against NATO in Afghanistan and to training fighters in modern techniques of guerrilla warfare.

He goes on to say that though NATO's commander in eastern Afghanistan, Major General David Rodriguez, recently said he did not expect the Taliban to mount a spring offensive this year as they wanted to focus their efforts on destabilizing the Pakistani government, this is is not the case.

Mullah Omar made it clear by "sacking" Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud - who wanted to concentrate on Pakistan - that all efforts would be aimed at Afghanistan....Apart from Mehsud and a few other groups, all jihadi groups in the tribal areas have now struck peace deals with Pakistani security and are regrouping for the spring offensive.
So we have local resistance to foreign occupation, just like Iraq. An insurgency with a counter-insurgency response by the US. This is the world's biggest debtor country and it is continuing to wield influence on the basis of military prowess alone. Has the US, as the sole global power, reached its limits in Afghanistan? Have the neo-conservatives in the White House and the Pentagon outsmarted themselves in so far as they have failed to address the problem of how to finance their schemes for wars in the Middle East and global hegemony.
| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:35 AM | | Comments (3)
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The funny thing is that whoever holds Bin Laden holds the world.
As much as he can turn terrorism on he can turn it off.
If he is alive he is being held.
He is a valuable commodity and maybe he has been traded many times since the start of Iraq?

Les,
its not just Al Qaeda that the US and its allies are fighting in Afghanistan. It's the Taliban as well. And they are homegrown. They used to be the government of Afghanistan after they kicked the Russians out of their country.

My comment was perhaps off your topic.
I had been thinking along the lines of what countries profit from Terrorism and would like to see it continue. Certainly those that like a high oil price do.
Then there is those that it gives the ability to push their agendas like the U.S., Israel, Iran and others
Then there is many countries that would like the U.S to be drained financially by wars and have their position slip in the world as it is now. China?
I wonder at the amount of increased revenue that has been earned from oil since the world trade center event?

If I was running one of these countries I think I would like to have Bin Laden locked away in Protective Custody(smirk)to make occasional statements.
I have suspected some for a while that he is being held in the U.S. but as of late I have noticed rumblings of a softening of his image by some. If this continues there is some possibility of him bobbing up. Being held by an oil producing nation is most likely then.