The government’s shameful silence on American arbitrariness

Sunday, 02 October 2016 03:15 Written by  Heart of asia Read 209 times

The foreign troops’ arbitrary conduct and airstrikes resulting in civilian deaths have been the second leading factor of boosting the Taliban’s ranks after foreign support over the recent years.

As the main anti-government militant group, a part of the Taliban’s rank and file are seeking to exact revenge on the killers of their family members and relatives. Their family members have either lost their lives or been imprisoned illegally, or their rights have been trampled during the ground and air operations of foreign troops, after which no one has heard their voice, leaving them with no option but to join the Taliban.
This issue was the key bone of contention between ex-President Hamid Karzai, and the US, even to the extent that President Karzai had termed the Bagram prison a “Taliban producing factory”, which indeed was. After a lot of bickering and oppositions, restrictions were imposed on the attacks of foreign troops, especially of Americans, decreasing civilian casualties.
However after the National Unity Government was imposed on Afghans, and the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States signed with no conditions from the Afghan government, international troops, once again, got more freedoms during operations. Since then, the arbitrariness of foreign troops has been on an upward trajectory, causing casualties not only among civilians, but also Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The most recent incidents of this nature have occurred in eastern Nangarhar and western Farah provinces. Two separate US airstrikes martyred more than 15 civilians in Nangarhar’s Achin district, and six Afghan troops, including five commandos, in Farah; however, all government officials, including the president, are tightlipped as if they have sanctioned the US killings of Afghans.
Since its inauguration, the National Unity Government as a whole, and the president and the chief executive officer in particular not only have not criticized the killing of civilians in US operations, but also never talked of them. The president, as the commander-in-chief, and as he claims, the intellectual father of the armed forces, has been silent about the martyrdom of Afghan forces in addition to civilians.
Also outside the government, except few, individuals who consider themselves as the heirs of Afghan Jihad, and have been enjoying enormous privileges paid from the public purse under the name of Jihad,  have also been very quiet as if the victims are not Muslims and Afghans. Even people who quickly react to the killing of Muslims in other countries remain silent.

All leaders, from the president to Mujahideen leaders and to other politicians, should know that the history will judge about them. They should not forget that the history will clearly record that the anti-Soviet Mujahideen leaders, and those still enjoying privileges under the name of Jihad, were as quiet as a mouse about American atrocities in Afghanistan.

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