By Kadir Mohmand
If Americans knew all of the facts about the war in Afghanistan, they would realize that the United States’ government and its war profiteers and puppets are the terrorists, war criminals, and drug traffickers. The good American people need to investigate the war crimes committed by our government, its war profiteers and puppets.
A committee with a special prosecutor needs to be appointed to investigate these war crimes. The U.S. war strategy needs to change to a peace negotiations strategy with the Afghan villagers/freedom fighters. History has shown that the U.S. cannot win the war in Afghanistan. The U.S generals, who cannot stand to lose, need to stop terrorizing the Afghan villagers. The United States cannot terrorize and kill its way to a win.
The United States invaded and occupied Afghanistan because it stated that its main goals were to stop terrorism and free Afghan women. Yet, during these past sixteen (16) years the U.S. with its war strategy has terrorized Afghan women and children in the villages.
Everyday Afghan women and children, especially the Pashtun, are raped, kidnapped, tortured, bombed, their houses demolished, their Rare Earth Elements and other natural resources exploited, imprisoned for political views, forced into prostitution, and killed. In many spots in Afghanistan, the U.S. especially its CIA, holds Afghan women in secret detention centers. The United States has and is committing war crimes against the Afghan villagers.
The majority ethnic group, the Pashtun, who are the natives, who live in areas rich with Rare Earth Elements, are being ethnically cleansed and genocide is occurring. I strongly believe that it is time the “good” Americans, who are not war profiteers, investigate these war crimes- the genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacring, torturing, raping and bombing of Afghan villagers in the United States’ longest war in history. The United States needs to follow the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, which protect civilians in war especially women and children.
New war strategies with new envoy or viceroy positions filled with old war profiteers, will not work. To continue the U.S. war against the Afghan villagers in order to score a win, U.S. General McMaster has suggested resurrecting the Office of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and the filling of it with an old, war profiteer, Zalmay Khalilzad, who will be based in our White House.
Blackwater founder, evangelical, war profiteer/private contractor, Erik Prince, wants more private contractors/mercenaries (even more than the hundreds of thousands already in Afghanistan) to fight and terrorize the Afghan villagers with the appointment of a “Viceroy”, so that the United States can control Afghanistan more than it presently does.
When will good Americans wake up and take action to stop the war it cannot win (only the war profiteers like Erik Prince and Zalmay Khalilzhad are the winners) and stop the terrorizing of the Afghan villagers?
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 wake up and unite. Strategies like bringing the criminal Pashtun war lord, “the Butcher of Kabul”, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, back into power in Kabul, in an attempt to divide the Pashtun, has not worked.
The CIA brought Hekmatyar back into power to further the Sunni and Shia division as reflected in Hekmatyar’s rhetoric, which has not been effective in its effort to win the war. Hekmatyar has taken his orders from the CIA”s Central Asia headquarters located in the airport in Jalabad. This strategy has already begun to back fire.
The United States’ Congress never declared war on Afghanistan. Congress never did anything to stop the executive branch’s perpetuation of this illegal war. Most congresspersons 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.
I strongly believe that any so-called Daesh, ISIS or ISIL in Afghanistan are mercenaries, contractors and just plain thugs paid for with U.S. and Afghan monies and drug trafficking monies. When I met with U.S. appointed “CEO” Abdullah Abdullah in September, 2012 in Afghanistan, after showing me his extremely expensive gold watch paid for with U.S tax dollars, he bragged that he was in charge of the mercenaries/contractors, DAESH, ISIL ISIS. I have known Abdullah since childhood.
Furthermore, I have been told from reliable sources on the ground in Afghanistan any “so-called” DAESH, ISIL ISIS, fighters in Afghanistan are really CIA and MI6 contracted thugs, and hired thugs of the Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, who had released from jail the worst killer and drug trafficker, Mohammad Mukhtar, to oversee these hired thugs, the so-called Daesh. Why does there need to be the appearance that Daesh is in Afghanistan? I believe it is because the American people will support the continuation of the war in and occupation of Afghanistan if they are led to believe that ISIL, ISIS or Daesh fighters are in Afghanistan.
The former, governor of Paktika Abdul Karim Mateen, admitted that the Afghan government paid several hundred thousand dollars for these mercenaries and thugs, which are the Daesh. He was removed from his position right after that comment. So I ask you, who the real “terrorists” are in Afghanistan? Who are they paid to terrorize?
I strongly believe they are hired to terrorize Afghans, who reside in areas such as Helmand Province where vast deposits of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are located. These deposits are worth trillions and vital components of defense and technology systems. I strongly believe it is an intentional and systematic targeting of civilians especially Pashtun in the REE rich areas. As history has shown, these Afghans, mainly Pashtun, in Helmand, fight for their independence, their land and now their REEs.
The Afghan villagers, Pashtun majority, are seen as the main roadblock to easy access and control of these REEs. Furthermore, Afghanistan is the Heart of Central Asia (not South Asia). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the United States determined its new outer defense perimeter would be located in Central Asia.
The Pashtun majority are viewed as the roadblock to the development of this outer defense perimeter and to its new REE supply chain, and as a road block to the economic development of the energy sector in Central Asia. The Afghan people’s natural resources will be exported through piping of the gas and the transporting of REEs and other mineral resources. The Afghan villagers especially the Pashtun in these resource-rich areas are being terrorized for their non-compliance.
The existence of Afghanistan’s valuable resources has been known by the superpowers for many years. In the 1990s, my attorney, Mr. G.P. Hardy of Houston, who had many clients in the oil industry, asked if I wanted to work for one of his clients to scout the area for the potential construction of a pipeline, which would be built through Afghanistan.
I did not take the assignment as I had a young family in the United States and for other reasons. I know the history of this pipeline and Afghanistan’s vast untapped natural resources. The Pentagon has even referred to Afghanistan as “the Saudi Arabia of Lithium.”
The foreign and Afghan war profiteers in the government and private sector will benefit financially from this exploitation of Afghanistan’s resources.. The U.S. government will benefit with a new supply chain for REEs. It will no longer have to rely on communist China to supply it with REEs. The U.S. will win with its new outer defense perimeter.
The Afghan majority, the villagers, will lose. It will be terrorized by the “so-called” Daesh, the U.S. drones, bombs and weaponry, the corrupt national and local warlords and government officials like First Vice President, Communist War Criminal, Rashid Dostum and their private militias and thugs, the continuation of the divide and conquer strategy of the west, the exploitation and theft of its resources and last but not least, the contamination, pollution and negative health effects on the Afghans caused by the radioactive by-products of mining REEs and the uranium tipped weaponry.
The Afghan majority will not benefit financially or in any other way from the present policies and strategies. The Afghan villagers will not be lucky like the Alaskan natives, who receive quarterly checks for the exploitation of their resources. The war will continue even though it cannot be won.
In addition, the drug trafficking attracts war profiteers to Afghanistan. The war profiteers want to see the war continue where corruption runs rampant. Since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, it has become a narco state and one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Systemic corruption has run rampant.
One would expect this corruption to happen since during these past sixteen years, the national and local Afghan governments, police and army primarily consist of communist war criminals like First Vice President Rashid Dostum, Northern Alliance war lords, drug traffickers and other thugs.
For example, I am sure you are aware of the government officials who stole from the Kabul Bank. The present government released the main criminal. As long as the U.S. supports and finances this Afghan government of criminals, war lords, communists, thugs and war profiteering technocrats, there will be this systemic corruption.
I think the United States needs to end its practice of hiring these thugs and criminals to be its puppets and do its dirty work. These Afghans will do any thing for money and a title. When the money stops flowing they will turn against the United States. Dr. Jodi Vittori of Global Watch testified regarding Afghanistan’s need for an attorney general. In the past, an inexperienced thug was appointed as Afghanistan’s Attorney General. The interim attorney general is the same. I am sure that practice will continue. The U.S. war will continue even though it cannot be won.
I am still appalled that the U.S. supports and funds the Afghan government with Afghan officials like the communist war criminal and war lord, First Vice President of Afghanistan, Rashid Dostum. All of the human rights organizations and the U.S. government know exactly who he is. I believe the U.S. government should be demanding his prosecution for his horrendous war crimes committed from the1980s to the present instead of propping him up, funding him and allowing him to be a member of the Afghan government.
I think that it is time that U.S., global and Afghan scholars meet to discuss and analyze the current war approach, which has only escalated violence, created instability, and a corrupt narco state. They need to evaluate ways to end the war and bring peace. To date, I believe that the only advice that the U.S. government has been relying upon when forming its foreign policy and war strategy for Afghanistan has been from military think tanks, scholars with former national security, DOD and intelligence backgrounds and careers; basically all war mongers and war profiteers.
For example, the United States has relied upon advice from the Kagans, the RAND corporation, and Afghan Americans like Mr. Zalmay Khalizhad, whose family’s wealth has increased in billions, Mr. Ali Jalali, a war profiteer and former Afghanistan Interior Minister from 2003-05, and former Afghan communists, who are now working for the U.S.
Department of State, Voice of America, CIA and/or Department of Defense. I believe these war profiteers will do anything for a dollar, which is the main reason the United States is in such a mess and Afghanistan is a narco-state and so corrupt.
I strongly believe this war in Afghanistan must end now. As history has shown, Afghanistan has been the grave yard of superpowers. As Afghanistan is my motherland and the United States is my homeland, I want the United States to be at peace with the Pashtun majority. I fought against the Soviet Union and the Afghan communists during the 1980s to stop communism. I know what war is. I hate war. I want to see the Afghans themselves prosecute the war criminals, who committed crimes from 1979 to the present, in lawful tribunals.
High level officials like Rashid Dostum should not be allowed to apologize for his war crimes and partake in reconciliation and be part of the Afghan government. Rashid Dostum is a documented war criminal. He was the subject of articles in the Time magazine and Newsweek.
As reported in the Time on November 19, 2001, and in Newsweek, on November 5, 2001, Dostum and his group raped many Afghan women and children, “…Dostum’s marauders chopped off breasts and tied the toes of women behind their heads..” Instead of prosecuting this criminal, my U.S. government ignores his war crimes, supports and keeps him on the payroll.
The United States government needs to follow the rule of law and international law. Instead it is covering up war crimes and helping him commit new war crimes against the Afghan/Pashtun like recently in Faryab Province. In addition, the Afghan majority has not forgotten about the war crimes committed by Dostum against the Pashtun in November 2001 at Dasht-e-Leili even though the United Nations and the United States has. When the UN asked the Afghans to surrender the Afghans did, and Dostum cowardly massacred them while he was partnering with the United States.
Afghans villager have suffered enough these past four decades because of war, occupation, drug trafficking, exploitation of its natural resources especially its REEs and corruption. The Afghan women and children have suffered enough. Average Americans have suffered enough because of this war. The war profiteers are the only ones benefiting. Change the war strategy to a “sincere” negotiations strategy for peace.
To do so, Pakistan cannot be involved in these negotiations. The United States knows that the Afghan Freedom Fighters will not come to the table if Pakistan is involved. Therefore, I strongly believe that peace negotiations must be held without Pakistan’s involvement.
American Afghans are willing to be the bridge in these negotiations. I along with members of our peace group are willing to be the bridge. I strongly believe the first step in this peace process is to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Maintaining or increasing troops will only continue and even escalate this war. I ask you for your help so that this ugly war can end in an honorable way for the United States and Afghanistan and true peace can be achieved in Afghanistan.
The U.S. war in Afghanistan does not have to continue if the good American people wake up and force with their sheer numbers and voices their representatives in the U.S. government to stop this war. After all, the United States government is of the people, by the people, and for the people.
It is not suppose to be a government of the wealthy war profiteers and war mongering generals, by the wealthy war profiteers and war mongering generals, and for the wealthy war profiteers and war mongering generals.
Abdul Kadir Mohmand was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He currently resides at Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Kabul High School. On an UNESCO scholarship, Mr. Mohmand studied at Sofia University, Bulgaria from 1976 until 1978 when his studies were interrupted by the Communist seizure of power in Afghanistan. The new Afghan Communist government ordered the Bulgarian government to return him to Afghanistan because he was anti-communist. Mr. Mohmand requested political asylum. With the help of the United Nations and the U.S. Embassy, he arrived to Italy and then the United States in 1979.
Mr. Mohmand returned to his studies and earned his B.S. in 1983 from Western Michigan University. He found employment in various positions in the engineering business. For many years, he worked for BFI and was country operations manager for BFI Italia. Currently, Mr. Mohmand owns a shopping center and develops commercial properties.
During the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand was the Representative of the Afghan Mujahideen for North America. During the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand returned to Afghanistan to fight as a freedom fighter against the Soviets and Afghan communists. Through an arrangement with Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Mohmand would bring back wounded Afghan children and Mujahideen for medical treatment at Borgess and recuperation in his home in Kalamazoo. He formed and was president of a nonprofit, Aid for Afghanistan.
In the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand also worked with the Committee for a Free Afghanistan in Washington D.C to bring wounded Afghans to the United States for medical treatment.
For the past four decades Mr. Mohmand has dedicated his life to working to achieve true peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A few years ago, Mr. Mohmand organized educated Afghans intellectuals across the world who drafted a comprehensive plan for peace. Presently, he has united many different Afghan peace organizations under one umbrella. The goal of this network is to unite Afghans to bring true peace in and the independence of Afghanistan. This network wants to be the bridge between the Afghan freedom fighters and the silent Afghan majority, and the Western World in any peace negotiations.
Mr. Mohmand wants true peace and stability in Afghanistan. As a veteran of war, Mr. Mohmand hates war.