Dear Honorable Congresspersons:
I strongly believe the proposed four-way talks, which are to be held in Pakistan in January, 2016 regarding peace in Afghanistan, are a waste of time. First of all, I believe the proposed talks are not sincere but rather are just for appearance. Representatives from Pakistan, China, the U.S. installed Kabul Administration, and the United States will have representatives present to establish the framework for reviving peace talks with the Afghan freedom fighters. Lacking at the table will be representatives of the Afghan freedom fighter. This four-party committee will establish the framework, the preconditions and conditions for any so-called peace talks. I believe that the Afghan majority, who are represented by the Afghan freedom fighters, will not have any input when establishing the framework and preconditions to talks.
For many years, I have seen this same strategy used by the Israeli government when establishing a framework with preconditions to peace talks with the occupied Palestinians. Using the Israeli strategy, the four-parties will establish and set preconditions which they know the Afghan freedom fighters and the Afghan majority will not accept and/or not be able to meet. The four-parties know that the Afghan Freedom Fighters will not come to the peace table if Pakistan is involved. The Afghan freedom fighters do not want a repeat of the mistakes made during the 1980s when Pakistan was involved in peace talks.
Thus, when peace talks are held and the Afghan freedom fighters do not come to the table, then the four-parties will blame the failure of the so-called peace talks on the Afghan freedom fighters, while making themselves look like they were sincerely extending an olive branch. I strongly believe the intention of the four-parties is to establish a framework of preconditions or “hurdles” they know the Afghan freedom fighters will not or cannot jump over. The four-parties will then say we tried to establish peace through talks but the Afghan freedom fighters refused to participate and did not meet the preconditions for talks.
Why are the four-parties establishing a framework to revive farcical peace talks? I strongly believe the U.S. government and the U.S. installed Kabul Administration do not really want peace and stability because the U.S. government wants to have military presence in Afghanistan long term. The U.S. wants an outer defense perimeter in Central Asia and to secure a new supply chain and control of Afghanistan’s minerals especially its Rare Earth Elements (REEs) which are vital to U.S. defense technology. The U.S. government cannot justify its long term presence to the U.S. people unless there is a continued Afghan resistance and instability. To keep the Afghan resistance going, the U.S. needs to continue its divide and conquer tactics with Afghans fighting Afghans. Likewise, the U.S. installed Kabul Administration and all of the other war profiteers will not profit if there is peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In the 1980s, I fought the Soviets and the Afghan communists to stop their occupation and the spread of communism. Now, I see that communist China and Russia, with its KGB Putin, are gaining influence in Afghanistan, which greatly concerns me. They are our enemies.
Recently, it has been brought to my attention that Russia wants to supply the Afghan freedom fighters with modern anti-aircraft weapons and other weaponry. First of all, I do not want to see any Afghans partnering with any evil communists. Second, as I am a U.S. citizen I am greatly concerned if Russia does in fact supply such modern anti-aircraft weapons to the Afghan freedom fighters how this will impact the United States. I believe this will quickly escalate the war. The losers will be the American and Afghan people.
I think to stop the Afghan Freedom Fighters from receiving such weapons from and partnering with Russia and also communist China, the U.S. government needs to as soon as possible start true peace talks with the Afghan freedom fighters without the involvement of Pakistan and China. I think the U.S. government needs to reverse its strategy now.
I hate war. I know the suffering that war causes. It is time to end the cycle of war and suffering. It is time for sincere peace talks. It is not the time for a framework established by the four-party committee through talks that will place the usual hurdles and unattainable preconditions to peace talks.The U.S. needs to change its war strategy to a peace strategy.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during the 1980s
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