Afghan people suffer while big powers manipulate and bomb
By the most blatant and obvious pressure, use of the United Nations as a fig-leaf, the deployment of British and American troops on the ground in Afghanistan, and threats to withhold aid, the so-called coalition against terrorism is attempting to knock together a government which can be controlled by the Western powers — the US and Britain in particular. This is being done under the slogan of a "broad-based government" while berating various Afghan political figures who could be expected to take part in a unifying government as "warlords", "cronies", "power grabbers" and other derogative terms. Bruce Wilson, a correspondent writing in Sydney's Daily Telegraph painted the picture clearly. He writes that the victory of the Northern Alliance over the Taliban happened "far too quickly and decisively" and reports "frantic diplomatic moves to establish the broad-based alliance, the US and Britain, as the senior allies, want in Kabul. They desperately want this to include moderates from the Pashtun people who made up the Taliban ... That is why the Kabul celebrations at the end of Taliban rule had undertones of dread." "Dread" for who? Another correspondent, Paul McGeough, under the derogatory headline "Warlords Jostle for power, ignoring west's threats", (Sydney Morning Herald 19/11/01) reports that "an army of international diplomats made futile threats that there would be no international aid unless the Afghan leadership co-operated with their plans for a power-sharing deal involving all groups in a rotated sharing of key national positions of power." He describes the situation as "messy" and that things are "not going as expected by President Bush's coalition against terror, which came into this crisis believing it had all the answers ..." The "mess" is one which has been created over years by the interference of the US and its principal ally, Pakistan, in overthrowning the progressive revolutionary government that came to power in the 1980s. As has been frequently pointed out in The Guardian, the Taliban was created by US money, weapons and political support. A number of the political figures that the US wishes to include in a "broad-based" government include Rabbani who is now being maligned in the media for allegedly "grabbing power" and Hekmatyar, a leader of the anti- Soviet mujahedein who was proclaimed as a "freedom fighter" but is now being referred to as "one of the most appalling of the majority Pashtun leaders." In this cruel circus, which has nothing to do with the interests of the people of Afghanistan, the United Nations is playing the role of handmaiden to US and British interests. For these powers, the UN, which was not consulted in any way before the US and British bombing started, is there to implement their political objectives and to organise the distribution of some aid,. while at the same time, using aid as a means to exert pressure on Afghani forces to comply with Western demands. A compliant government in Afghanistan is necessary if the wider objectives of the NATO powers, including the establishment of military bases in central Asia, are to be achieved. While a political settlement is necessary, it has to be achieved by the Afghani people themselves without interference. A first step in this is to throw out the military and political forces that are attempting to militarily occupy Afghanistan and impose their will on the country. The Foreign Minister of China has put forward the necessary principles for a political settlement. Far from all aid for the Afghan people coming exclusively from the US as Western propaganda maintains, aid worth ...has been contributed by China and aid to northern provinces has been shipped in by Russia. China's aid included blankets, quilts, tarps and tents while Russia's included grain foods. Some so-called US aid was dropped by US planes with yellow packaging, the same coloured packaging as was used for US cluster bombs! Another development is the revelation that the letters sent by mail in the US containing anthrax spores were mailed in the US and almost certainly had nothing to do with any external terrorist act. Commenting on the panic which has arisen in the US as a result of the anthrax scare and the attack on the World Trade Centre, Fidel Castro in a speech delivered on November 2, said that: "The causes that gave rise to panic should be analysed. Certainly, it could not be said that the United States is not in risk of terrorist actions. "However, I do not believe that under the present circumstances of generalised alertness, and the measures taken, any group inside or outside America could come up with a co-ordinated action, organised in every detail for a long time, synchronised and executed with such precision as that of September 11. "In my view the main risk may lie with individual actions, or actions carried out by very few people from inside or outside America that could cause lesser or greater damage".