Thursday, 16 May 2013
Kiwi in Kabul
I have delayed posting this video for many years, but feel it adds a piece of history that is missing from Afghanistan's history. During the Soviet occupation, the West supported the Mujaheddin and gave them every possible weapon from SINGERS to SAMS to be their proxy army, and when the Soviets withdrew in 1989, the freedom fighters were totally abandoned by the West. This is where Osama bin Laden and others with the Al Qaeda dream, used Afghanistan for a training ground. The Talibans rose during this period of western abandonment, supported by Al Qaeda. We were visited in Kabul by Robin Raphel a career US diplomat in 1996 and I personally warned her that the West/US would pay for their misguided foreign policy on Afghanistan. Then came 9/11 which was of no surprise to me, nor should it have been to US diplomats. At some stage, your chickens come home to roost. In my book on Afghanistan (Mountains of our Mind)I said," For over two thousand years Afghanistan has been penalized by its geographic location." It is the crossroads of civilizations. Where do you think the main mountain range, the mighty Hindu Kush got its name; meaning 'The Hindu killers'. No one, yet no one has conquered Afghanistan for every Afghan is a King as the old proverb goes.