Privatization of Afghan war

Sunday, 13 August 2017 02:42 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 1091 times

Privatization of the Afghan war is one of the options on the table for the White House. Although the Pentagon and US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser oppose handing over the war in Afghanistan to private security contractors, it is still one of the options for the White House. The idea of privatizing Afghan war has been floated by Erik Prince, the founder of Black Water, and a certain influential circle at the White House, including one of Trump’s advisers, has been campaigning to drum up support for it. 


While the Afghan government says it has not been approached by the US government concerning the issue of privatization of the Afghan war, the news has provoked concerns not only among ordinary citizens, but also some politicians in Afghanistan. Ex-President Hamid Karzai who is a staunch critic of American policies in Afghanistan has described handing over the Afghan war to American private security contractors as a gross violation of Afghan Constitution and national sovereignty. In a press statement, President Karzai has said the move would only lead to the prolongation of the Afghan conflict, further bloodshed and law-breaking. Referring the black history of private security companies in some countries, including Iraq, he has warned that any move that leads to the protraction of war in Afghanistan, including the privatization of the war, will be received with strong reaction from Afghans. He has also called on the government to declare its stance on the issue as it was against the country’s best interests. 

 Through privatization, the Afghan war will turn into a source of income, and when a war becomes a source of income, expecting the war to end is futile because the longer the war goes, the more the profit will become. Thus, any expectation to put an end to the war through its privatization is nothing, but a daydream. 


Right now, the non-acknowledgement of some American generals of the failure of their military strategy in Afghanistan is one of the major reasons for the prolongation of the war, and that is the very factor they emphasize on war. When a private security company has vested interests in continuing the war other than ending it, how should one expect that the war will end? The privatization of the war is not intended to conclude it, so Afghans and Americans who want the war to end in Afghanistan should do all what they can to stand against the implementation of the proposal.


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