Afghanistan; the ‘Big Lie’….
Fascinating piece in the pages of The Guardian today which really does expose the futility of the Afghan mission and Nick Clegg’s continued support for ‘liberal interventionism’. It is written by an Afghani women who was the youngest person elected to the new Parliament in 2005. She opens her article calling the democracy in Afghanistan a ‘facade’ and a ‘big lie’.
She empathises with the bereaved relatives of British war dead but says;
“It is my view that these British casualties, like the many thousands of Afghan civilian dead, are victims of the unjust policies that the Nato countries have pursued under the leadership of the US government.
Almost eight years after the Taliban regime was toppled, our hopes for a truly democratic and independent Afghanistan have been betrayed by the continued domination of fundamentalists and by a brutal occupation that ultimately serves only American strategic interests in the region.”
She goes onto say that Karzai government is full of ‘brothers in creed’ to the Taliban and explains the persecution she suffers in this supposed ‘paradise’ of democracy;
“For expressing my views I have been expelled from my seat in parliament, and I have survived numerous assassination attempts. The fact that I was kicked out of office while brutal warlords enjoyed immunity from prosecution for their crimes should tell you all you need to know about the “democracy” backed by Nato troops.”
Women’s position has not improved she says (which is supposedly one of the great gains of the intervention). You have to ask at this point what all the fatalities are in aid of especially when it is pointed out;
“Some say that if foreign troops leave Afghanistan will descend into civil war. But what about the civil war and catastrophe of today? The longer this occupation continues, the worse the civil war will be.”
Nick Clegg has admonished his own party to ‘grow-up’ over tuition fees and spending commitments but that is a little hard to swallow from somebody who naively wants to play GI Joe in Afghanistan feeling that ‘interventionism’ is the panacea for all evils.