Starvation in Afghanistan: What Needs to be Done

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September l 6, 2021

U.S. Department of State
To the Honorable Antony John Blinken, Secretary of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20520

Dear Secretary Blinken:

On behalf of the Afghan villagers, I thank you for your courage to end America’s longest unwinnable war. This was a task that took much courage when considering the significant pushback and roadblocks placed by the various defense contractors, lobbyists and other war profiteers who have profited handsomely off the past twenty years and have spent billions on lobbying and influence to push their false pro-war narrative. It is quite clear that ending the war was in the best interests of both U.S. taxpayers and Afghan civilians.

However, the United States needs to now make sure that the innocent Afghan civilians do not starve this winter, an outcome from 20 years of financial theft by the prior Kabul regime and financial restrictions.

For humanitarian reasons, the United States along with other countries need to provide immediate monetary aid and food supplies to the Afghan people to stop the impending starvation. The Afghan villagers need to receive money to buy seed for their food crops. It is not the fault of the Afghan people that during the past two decades the corrupt Northern Alliance, Karzai and Ghani administrations stole funds, recently absconding with Afghanistan’s money before the Taliban entered Kabul.

As noted by the United Nations and other organizations, Afghanistan is entering into an economic crisis that is being exacerbated by sanctions the U.S. and other European countries have placed on its estimated $9 billion cash reserves that are mostly held at the federal reserve. These sanctions only punish the ordinary Afghan people, especially the villagers, who have suffered tremendously these past four decades due to the superpowers’ wars and occupations. The leaders are not suffering and will not. The foreign ministers of the United States, European countries and Afghanistan’s neighbors need to meet to address this impending humanitarian crisis. Action needs to be taken now to help the Afghan people.

The United States must also not repeat the same foreign policy mistakes in Afghanistan that it has made over the past 40 years. History has demonstrated that in the 1990s economic sanctions and isolation led to negative outcomes for the world. The foreign policy from the past 20 years, prior to the pursuit of the Doha Agreement, was predicated upon military intervention and empowering warlords and communists also failed with lives lost and billions of U.S. taxpayer monies stolen. The only policy that will be successful in garnishing mutually beneficial relations with Afghanistan is one that is built upon diplomacy and economic trade.

Hence it is imperative that the United States has an embassy in Afghanistan. China and Russia left their embassies open. These two countries will gain influence over the Afghan government and control the strategic rare earth element reserves. China already is filling the vacuum left by our country. The United States has a national security interest in Afghanistan because of the vast untapped deposits of rare earth elements (REEs), which are vital for our technology and defense systems.

Afghanistan is the heart of Central Asia, the crossroads of trade, the Silk Road, and the transit route of countries in the region. For the sake of world security and peace, recognize Afghanistan as a nonaligned country. It is also necessary for the world superpowers and their neighbors to pledge not to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. A good relationship is needed for our national defense and security. In my opinion, it is not smart to abandon our embassy and not have a good relationship with the new Afghan government and let China and Russia fill the vacuum.

The Afghan people have suffered enough these past four decades. Please do not let the Afghan villagers starve. Please provide aid and release Afghanistan’s funds

Sincerely,
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Kadir A. Mohmand
Founder of ANPC
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-353-7044
https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/

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