West, the force behind the decade-long occupation of Afghanistan and civilian casualties; the cause of sufferings and tragedies, at last, has come around to accept that Afghanistan has no military solution. This is in a time that more than 150,000 foreign troops are stationing in Afghanistan, maintaining their occupation of national independence and sovereignty of the Afghans.
Michel Steiner, Chief of UN Contact Group, revealed this in a meeting of the Contact Group in Jedda, Saudi Arabia last week. He was participating in the meeting on invitation of the Islamic Conference. He said, the issue and problems of Afghanistan could not be solved through the war and will not make it possible for the Afghans to reach the blessing of security and prosperity. He added, political means of solution should be sought to end the war. Similarly, the Islamic conference declared at the end of the meeting that the decade-long war had tremendously added to the sufferings and problems of the Afghans. Therefore, it was necessary to put an end to the military approach and seek means of political solution.
High ranking representatives of about 40 regional countries including those from the West participated in the recent meeting of the Contact Group. They have expressed their disenchantment with the current war of Afghanistan in a time that a few days ago, Germany and Britain opined that the war of Afghanistan was worthless. They showed their support for talks with the Islamic Emirate.
Last Week, some media outlets reported that US President Obama had approved a resolution which reaffirms an earlier withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan, citing the annual war expenditure of $100 billion as a cause for the step. This is because the tremendous outlay weighs down heavily on the shoulders of the American people and they are not able to bear it any more. America and her Allies’ resentments as regards the war of Afghanistan and emphasis on political solutions come at a time that the invaders used various poisonous, heavy and banned weapons against people of our country during the past decade. They continued their dreadful trend of torturing, fettering and detaining (innocent people) during the period and suppressed the throat of religious and national values of the Afghans.
The essential question now arises, while the Contact Group, the Islamic Conference including the West consider the war of Afghanistan as a worthless and fruitless war, then why they hesitate to single out those who started the war of Afghanistan, killed, handicapped and displaced hundreds of thousands of Afghans as the culprits and disclose the identity of those who are responsible. Still more, why they have been continuing the unjustified and deadly war for one decade. Those who call this war worthless should also simultaneously call for trial of the callous planners of the war and that they should pay proper compensations to the Afghans because, in the first place, they were those who began the war on mere pretexts and have been prolonging it till this very day.
Observers believe, the American and Western rulers who cover up their crimes in Afghanistan and seek an alternative way of solution do not seem to have any remorse about their belligerent policies, but, contrarily, their people and economic foundation do not allow them to keep up the current pace of war expenditure in Afghanistan relentlessly, or continue losing their countrymen.
We think, if the Contact Group, the Islamic Conference and other circles really want to bring the current war in Afghanistan to an end, then the solution is very clear and feasible– they should withdraw 150, 000 foreign forces from Afghanistan unconditionally and pave the way for establishment of an Islamic System on the basis of the Islamic and national aspirations of the Afghans.