Editor’s Note: The people of Nepal can learn a lot from Afghan experience. Like Nepal, Afghanistan is also a strategically located moutnainous and land-locked country between Iran and Pakistan. Afghan society is also composed of different tribes and ethnic groups. Similarly, like Nepal, Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain complicates the conflicts tremendously. Like in Nepal, bringing the conflicting forces together under one democratic government has been a formidable task in Afghanistan. Fortunately, the binding factors among the commoner Nepalis are still very strong. Ironically, cunning politicians, paid-up professors, writers & activists, confused intelligentsia, and sensational media have been sowing the seeds of animosity & hatred among common people for their vested interests & false pride. Since ‘democracy’ isn’t delivering, and given its strategic position, Nepal may become another failed state like Afghanistan or even worse in no matter of time. Nepal’s own experience has already shown that in any conflict it’s the common people who suffer the most.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited & Rewritten by Divas
The US led NATO forces entered Afghanistan when Russians left after occupying it for over a decade.
US troops helped oust the Taliban regime from power.
Thousands of people have died and suffered the consequences of war between the US led forces and the rebels.
However, after staying there for over a decade, the US strategists now say Afghanistan is a dead end street.
But the Old Silk route is still partially under US control.
US President Barack Obama met his senior military commanders recently to discuss the American presence in Afghanistan.
Of late, Washington has been signalling that it could pull all its troops out after 2014 unless a deal is signed soon.
This would leave Afghanistan’s fledgling security forces to fight the Taliban insurgency alone, without U.S. financial and military support.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks in Kabul despite the peace talks.
Obama’s talks with US military commanders focused on whether US troops will remain in Afghanistan after this year.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said they long strongly supported an Afghan-led reconciliation, which would, of course, be Afghans talking to Afghans.
Washington would like to leave more than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for what it calls counter-terrorism and training of Afghan forces.
But Afghan Prez Hamid Karzai has refused thus far to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA) that Washington insists must be approved before it will agree to leave the troops behind.
The Bilateral Security Agreement would allow about 10,000 U.S. troops and about 6,000 from allied nations to remain in Afghanistan past 2014.
Karzai also repeated his demand for the US to jumpstart peace talks with the Taliban as a condition for him signing the agreement.
The Taliban on their part have refused to talk directly with Karzai, his government or its representatives.
Separately, Karzai criticized a detention facility on the US-run Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.
Karzai referred to Bagram as a “Taliban-producing factory” where he said innocent Afghans are tortured into hating their country. He also said he’d been trying to close it for some six years.