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Burger-chomping surrender monkeys
By looking to cut a deal with the Taliban the US has virtually admitted defeat in Afghanistan. And the manner of its capitulation should rankle, says Chidanand Rajghatta.
So the burger-chomping surrender monkeys of Washington are at it again, simpering and sliding to yet another abject defeat. It's not in the Neville Chamberlain class, but judging from the initial results of the Obama administration's decision to negotiate with the Taliban, the US President might as well have headed from Berlin to Doha. Expect the Taliban yahoos to not even have to fire a bullet in anger as they return to Kabul on their SUVs and motorcycles, led by the one-eyed bandit hiding in some ISI safehouse in Pakistan. It is a shameful surrender - by the United States.
No wonder Hamid Karzai went ballistic and suspended talks. Washington's bilateral deal is with the Taliban. The Americans have simply pulled the carpet from under Karzai's feet, thrown him under the bus, and handed both the carpet and the keys to Kabul to the Taliban. The term "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" was coined by Americans to twit the French. Guess who are now the surrender monkeys prostrating before medieval-minded apes? Check this out: To initiate "peace" talks with the Taliban - a thinlyveiled cover for letting the marauding hordes back into Kabul - Washington backed down from each of the three conditions it initially insisted Taliban commit to before any such engagement. That included the Taliban forswearing al-Qaeda;their recognising the Afghan Constitution and renouncing violence;and their honouring the rights of women and minorities.
Taliban committed to none of this in return for being allowed to open a political office in Qatar, which it cleverly turned into a diplomatic mission before blindsided Americans figured out they had been, well, had. The Taliban statement crowing about the opening of what it calls the "political office of the Islamic Emirate [Taliban]" is not just a monumental snub;it is a poke in the eye, a sock in the jaw for the US. Among other things, it says: It is well known to all that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been waging jihad to put an end to the occupation and form an independent Islamic system. To reach this goal it has utilised every lawful means. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan simultaneously follows military and political actions and aims which are limited to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate never wants to pose harms (sic) to other countries from its soil...the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants good relations with all the countries of the world including the neighbouring countries, on the basis of mutual respect and while desiring security at the country level, the Islamic Emirate wants security and justice at the world level. Of course the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considerers it its religious and national duty to gain independence from the occupation and for that purpose has utilised every legitimate way and will utilise it in future too.
Let's read between the lines - and the lies. The yahoos have straightaway arrogated for themselves, without being elected, representation rights for the entire country, which for them is the Islamic 'Emirate' of Afghanistan, not the Republic it is now. They proudly proclaim they have been waging a jihad. They also consider it a religious and national duty to continue this jihad against occupation (by Americans, not by the brotherly al-Qaeda, which finds no mention in the statement), now and in the future. So it is any surprise that within hours of extracting all these concessions, they attacked Bagram airbase, killing four American soldiers, and claimed credit for it? Duh.
Just in case you thought the Taliban's dark, nihilistic jihad-crazed vision is restricted to Afghanistan, there is this paragraph of staggering self-importance and vaulting ambition: Similarly at world level, it -the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - "considers the struggles and efforts by the miserable and oppressed nations for achievement of their legitimate rights and independence as their due rights, because people have the right to liberate their countries from colonialism and obtain their rights. " Oh gee, thanks for speaking up for the rest of the world, goodfellas. Here, take my Bamiyan Buddha.
And it is "In order to elucidate this policy the Islamic Emirate has deemed it essential to open the political office in the Islamic country of Qatar. "Yep, to export jihad, and for the attainment objectives that include "to reach understanding and initiate talks with countries of the world for the purpose of improving relations with them" (in essence conduct foreign relations from Qatar pending full occupancy of Kabul); to support a political and peaceful solution which includes the end of the occupation of Afghanistan and the establishment of an independent Islamic system(to force the Americans out and re-introduce all the horrors of a Taliban rule).
The sheer chutzpah of this mob of apes is a stunning contrast to the feckless acceptance of the surrender monkeys in Washington DC. What this deal essentially signals is the US is ready to dump Karzai, forsake India's interests in Afghanistan, and allow the Pakistanbacked terrorists to return to Kabul, as long as they don't attack American shores. Everything will be fine if the 'Pakiban' - for that is what it really is - are restricted to Afghanistan. The NSA will protect Americans by bugging the bejesus out of the world and handing it over to Homeland Security to save the US. In other words, Americans and the rest of the world should sacrifice their personal freedom to contain the Pakiban to Afghanistan. Much of this is premised on the presumed indestructibility of Mullah Omar. So here is a country which can monitor every phone call and email in the world, but cannot hunt down a thug whose oneeyed vision will only result in the rebirth of al-Qaeda.
So this is the sad story of America's foreign policy: Cut and run, when you need to stay. As Churchill said, you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything. Right now they are trying everything but the right thing.
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