To the Honorable Gary Peters
RE: The Unconstitutional and Amoral U.S. War in Afghanistan is not winnable. Sincere Peace Negotiations Must be Held. No more U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.
Dear Senator Peters:
On May 25, 2017 the United States government will decide whether or not to increase the number of troops it deploys in Afghanistan. The U.S. Government, as emphasized by its new National Security Adviser, Retired General McMaster, still believes it can win this unconstitutional and amoral war against the Afghan villagers, who do not support the corrupt, U.S. selected Afghan puppet government. More troops, regardless of the number, in Afghanistan will not change the hearts and minds of Afghan villagers, who cherish their freedom and who will continue to resist this amoral and illegal war.
The United States’ divide and conquer policy where it divides the majority, native Pashtun tribe and also pits the ethnic minorities, forming the Northern Alliance, against the Pashtun, will not work in the long run. As history has shown, the Afghan villagers will wake up and unite. Bringing the criminal Pashtun war lord, “the Butcher of Kabul”, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, back into power in Kabul, in an attempt to divide the Pashtun, which will not work. Also, the CIA is bringing Hekmatyar back into power to further the Sunni Shia division as reflected in Hekmatyar’s rhetoric. He takes his orders from the CIA Central Asia headquarters located in the airport in Jalabad. It will back fire in the long run.
The United States’ Congress never declared war on Afghanistan. They never did anything to stop the executive branch’s perpetuation of this illegal war. Most do not know first hand the effects of war. Most have not fought in a war. Very few members of the U.S. Congress and executive branch have fought or have children fighting or have children who have fought on the front lines in Afghanistan. Let President Trump’s children and children-in-law fight in Afghanistan if he thinks this war in Afghanistan is just and winnable. He never fought in a war himself so he does not know first hand the horrors of war. The Afghan villagers/freedom fighters and their children are on the front lines of this war even the leaders’ children in their villages in their country. The Afghan villagers these past sixteen years know first hand the horrors and suffering of this illegal and amoral war unleashed upon them by the United States.
Over the past sixteen years, with hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, hundreds of thousands of U.S. paid private contractors/mercenaries, hundreds of thousands of pounds of bombs, tens of thousands of military drones, hundreds of puppet government Afghan warlords/criminals/thugs like Dostum, the dropping of one Mother of All Bombs (“MOAB”) onto the Achin District in Nangahar Province where 95,000 Pashtun villagers resided, and trillions of dollars expended on this ugly war, the United States has not been able to “win”. This war cannot be won. That is a fact. This war has only created more hatred of America, more terrorism and less stability and security in the world. If the Trump administration decides to increase U.S. troops in Afghanistan, to use more military drones and to drop more mother of all bombs and cluster bombs on Afghan Pashtun/villagers, the U.S. will still not win the war. It simply cannot be won.
After sixteen (16) years, the U.S. Government has a failed foreign policy in Afghanistan. The perpetuation of this ugly war by the Pentagon and CIA (and more than likely the escalation by the Trump administration) has resulted in systemic and rampant corruption and tremendous suffering and loss of life, which has only benefited the war profiteers. The U.S. war in Afghanistan is the longest one in U.S. history. As history has shown, Afghanistan is the graveyard of superpowers. Now the United States is stuck in the graveyard of superpowers. This war can never be won. The U.S. government and “selected” corrupt, puppet Afghan administrations, who consist of war profiteers, warlords, drug traffickers and communist war criminals like Rashid Dostum (the present first vice president) have not been able to win the war in Afghanistan. U.S. war policy and war strategy need to change to a “sincere” negotiations strategy for peace.
Peace cannot be achieved with the increase or continuance of the same number of U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan as desired by the war profiteers. I only want true peace for the American and Afghan people. This cycle of war cannot continue. I believe it is my patriotic duty to always support the U.S. Constitution but to question the policies and strategies of those U.S. government officials in power at the time when it is harming the United States in the long term.
Congress needs to find a way to honorably remove the United States from this war. The Department of State’s four-way talks and continued push to negotiate with the Afghan puppet government will not end this war. It is time for Afghan and American intellectuals, people who are not war profiteers, to talk with the U.S. government and the Afghan villagers/ Freedom Fighters to figure out how to end this ugly war. After the past 16 years, I think the United States should realize that it cannot win by force in Afghanistan.
Why does the United States ‘ government want to continue waging war in Afghanistan? Why is the U.S. government occupying Afghanistan? I strongly believe it is not about supporting its independence or sovereignty. It is not about caring for the Afghan people. It is not about Freedom for Afghan women . It is not about terrorism, al-Qaeda or Daesh. Afghanistan is not responsible for the tragic events of 9/11. The U.S. government’s 28 classified pages, which were referred to recently in the media and recent lawsuits, are pointing to Saudi Arabia. Yet the U.S. government chose to invade and occupy Afghanistan. I think it is time that the U.S. government reveal why it is really in Afghanistan.
It is all about the vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in Afghanistan especially in the Pashtun areas such as Helmand and about relocating its outer defense perimeter to Central Asia with Afghanistan at the heart. The U.S. Pentagon referred to Afghanistan as the “Saudi Arabia of lithium…” The U.S. government needs a new supply chain for REEs instead of relying on China to supply it with REEs. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is really about the U.S. and NATO having direct access and control over Afghanistan’s vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs), which are worth trillions. These REEs are vital to the manufacture of technology and defense systems. The U.S. sent down geologists with special operations forces into the REE deposits of the Helmand region at the start of the invasion. The U.S. even knew about these REEs deposits before the war. I believe control of the REEs is the real reason for the invasion, continued occupation and covert war and genocide against the Afghan villagers.
The New York Times wrote an article about the REEs in 2010 in which it referred to Afghanistan as becoming “…one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.” It is not about fighting terrorism. It is about the U.S. fighting for control of the Afghan people’s REEs. It is obvious that the U.S. and NATO will fight anyone that gets in their way of this goal. The Afghan villagers are in their way because this REE rich-land is their land and as history has shown they cherish their freedom and defend their homeland. I believe this is why genocide and other war crimes are being committed now against the Afghan/Pashtun villagers.
The United States can lawfully benefit from the Afghan peoples’ REEs without waging war and occupying Afghanistan. The Afghan/Pashtun villagers are not a threat for the United States. They do not want to be an enemy. Please do not force them to be one. As history has shown they do fight for their independence and to secure their families’ safety and honor, and to defend their villages and land, when invaded and a corrupt, puppet government is installed by the foreign invader. It is time the U.S. government changes its war policy to a sincere negotiation policy. As an American Afghan, Afghanistan is my motherland and the United States is my homeland. Thus, I want the United States to be at peace with the Afghan/Pashtun majority.
Increasing U.S. troops in Afghanistan and continuing to use CIA paramilitary forces, hundreds of thousands of private contractors/mercenaries and Afghan warlord puppet thugs to wage war against the Afghan Pashtun villagers must end. It has not and will not result in a “win” for the United States. War strategy must change to a peace strategy.
What will result in a “win” for the United States is to end this war in an honorable manner through sincere negotiations with the Afghan villagers/freedom fighters, who are defending themselves and resisting the corrupt Afghan thugs and puppet administration. Negotiations must occur directly between the United States and the Afghan/villagers freedom fighters, since the United States is the real party waging war and controlling the Afghan administration-its military, police, war policy and strategy, and the daily war on the ground. If the Afghan Ghani puppet, administration on its own negotiated peace with the freedom fighters but the United States government did not want peace, peace would not happen. The United States is the decision maker. Thus, it must be the party at the table to have sincere peace negotiations. Then the second step would be for only the Afghans, without any foreign or neighbors’ interference and involvement, hold their talks to resolve their problems as it has been done by Afghans for thousands of years
I’ll end with two thoughts. One from the Pashtun’s Code of Conduct. You are a friend for ten generations but an enemy for a hundred generations. More importantly, from the Holy Quran, you kill one human you kill all humanity, but you save one human you save all humanity.
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is not winnable. The U.S. war in Afghanistan must end.
I along with other educated Afghan Americans can help be the bridge in sincere negotiations for peace. I may be reached at (269) 353-7044. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during the 1980s
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009