Analysts: Slogans of revenge is fueling war

Sunday, 13 August 2017 02:40 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 190 times

Leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), especially President Ashraf Ghani, swear vengeance on militants in the wake of nearly every major terrorist incident. 


In lieu of taking the blame for its failure to protect the lives and properties of its citizens, the government often resorts to the rhetoric of retaliation, analysts say, adding that it is unable to curb the corrupt and disruptive elements within the government,  let alone to wreck revenge on the insurgents. 

According to them,   the National Unity Government better pave the way for peace parleys in the country than bang the drum for war. 

Gen. Atiqullah Amarkhail, a military expert, said revenge could not be taken by words; it required actions, something which was above the ability of the president and his chief executive officer. 

“These are the very reasons fueling the war in Afghanistan. One day, the Taliban are exacting revenge on the government, while another day the government is seeking a revenge on Taliban," Amarkhail added, alleging that when they could not do so against each other, then they targeted civilians, the incident of brutal civilian killings in northern Sar-e-Pul was a clear example. 

In most cases, the victims of revenge attacks were civilians mostly targeted by either foreigners or Afghan forces in air or ground operations, or the Taliban and Daesh in suicide attacks and explosions, Amarkhail said, arguing that the president's remarks should be responsible and thoughtful, not ones for which he would regret later. 

Abdul Wali Wahab, a political expert, thought the Afghan government did not have a defined enemy, so how, where and on whom it was taking a revenge.

Wahab told The Heart of Asia that mercy on terrorists was not acceptable to any humans, particularly Afghans, but only when the government had an upper hand over the insurgents, not to make the insurgents spiteful because they would cause new tragedies at the time of retaliation.  

From one hand, the president was vowing a revenge, but on the other hand he was appealing to countries to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table, Wahab uttered, maintaining that whenever the government has promised to take revenge on the militants, not only that has not happened, but the Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF) has suffered more and more losses. 

Waqifullah Rohani, a member of Kabul Provincial Council, said the president was swearing vengeance on the rebels in order to shirk his obligation, an issue which has rather escalated the war and envy. 

"As the person in charge of the country, peace should be a priority for the president. It should be realized that the people are making ultimate sacrifice every day, and revenge leads to the continuation of these sacrifices and killings," he told The Heart Asia. 

There was no doubt the militants had committed crimes, but they should be dealt with through ways for which ordinary people should not pay a price.