By Chris Kanthan
America’s unfamiliar policy increasingly looks like the final stage from Scarface. After North Korea, Russia, China, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria, Hezbollah, Palestine and Iran, the latest country to be in the crosshairs of globalists is Pakistan. However, as usual, there’s some-more to the story than the propaganda. The real, tacit reason behind the play is America’s anti-China strategy, but let’s investigate the big picture.
The central articulate points victim Pakistan for terrorism in Afghanistan. The steady mantra is that Taliban and the Haqqani network of terrorists hide in from Pakistan and attack the US troops in Afghanistan. While there’s some law to this, the bloviating experts omit that 40% of Afghanistan is now under Taliban’s control.
17 years of U.S. presence, 2,300 passed and 20,000 bleeding American soldiers, and $800 billion after … the Taliban are as absolute as they have ever been. In 2017 alone, the Taliban killed over 10,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers. In a country where 70% of adults are ignorant and some-more than a third of the race live in extreme wretchedness – vital under $2 a day – it’s not tough to partisan fighters and self-murder bombers.
Another ignored fact: Afghanistan’s drug poppy prolongation has quadrupled given the US advance in 2002. In 2017, Afghanistan constructed record 500 tons of export-quality heroin, amounting to 90% of global market. Afghan poppy farmers and Taliban done about $1.5 billion, nonetheless the street cost of that heroin in the West translates to some-more than $100 billion. There are many global powers that advantage from this heroin trade, which is because nobody complains about it.
How does Pakistan fit into the picture? First, Pakistan is concerned in the drug trade as the primary pull (groups from Turkmenistan and Iran are other enablers).
As for Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, it’s the U.S. that combined the Frankenstein monsters in both Pakistan and Afghanistan during the 1980s. Even the now-demonized Haqqani network was created, lerned and armed by the CIA in the 1980s. The CIA indispensable immoderate and inexpensive fighters for its substitute fight against the USSR. Pakistan became the logistical core as good as the breeding belligerent for terrorists. Saudi-funded Islamic schools – Madrassas – were set up all over Pakistan, and the CIA even published children’s textbooks that were despicably filled with assault and hatred.
When the fight was over, the US abruptly left the segment and stopped its assist to Pakistan, which was also saddled with millions of Afghan refugees. America’s insane substitute warriors, the Mujahideen, morphed into Taliban (local fighters) and Al Qaeda (global fighters). Pakistan’s intelligence, ISI, also found terrorism to be a useful apparatus against India in Kashmir. Soon, even honest Pakistani politicians found that they couldn’t get inaugurated but support from extremists.
However, if Pakistan is personification double games, so does the US. First, deliberation the story of CIA and drug trafficking, it’s not fantastic to think that globalists are using Afghan heroin to fund off-the-book projects.
Second, many people, including Hamid Karzai – former Afghan President from 2011 to 2014 – have asserted that the US is bringing in and defending ISIS in Afghanistan. ISIS could be a Deep State apparatus to fight the Taliban and interrupt China’s Silk Road in Central Asia. (The law about ISIS is suggested in my book, Syria – War of Deception).
Third, many importantly, the U.S. wants to stay in Afghanistan for geopolitical reasons – to have a footprint against China, Russia and Iran. Thus, it’s not in the best seductiveness of the U.S. to have a peaceful, fast Afghanistan. As prolonged as there’s chaos in Afghanistan, there’s a justification for U.S. military bases. It’s the classical Problem-Reaction-Solution paradigm.
Now we come to the genuine reason behind the latest US-Pakistan feud: Pakistan’s fast pierce into China’s orbit. Under CPEC – China Pakistan Economic Corridor – China plans to spend $60 billion on several infrastructure projects in Pakistan. It has already built energy plants and many highways; and an airport and a seaport in the city of Gwadar are under construction to renovate the sleeping city into a colourful trade hub. Pakistan also recently concluded to use Chinese Yuan instead of the U.S. dollar in shared trade.
Globalists find all these to be unsavory, but what crosses the red line is Pakistan providing China an entrance to the Indian Ocean. You see, America designed to enclose China by determining South China Sea and the chokepoint – Strait of Malacca – by which many Chinese imports and exports travel. In case of a US-China conflict, the US can simply interrupt China’s economy by restraint the sea route.
However, China is operative on two shun routes: Pakistan and Myanmar. With pipelines, highways, railways and seaports, Chinese imports and exports to/from Europe and the Middle East can shortly equivocate the dreaded chokepoint. These shortcuts will also significantly revoke the shipping time.
This is because both Myanmar and Pakistan have unexpected found themselves under fire from the West. The Rohingya predicament has a lot of links to Saudi Arabia and ISIS. Regarding Pakistan, globalists have been plainly articulate for a decade about figure up a new country called Balochistan that would squeeze land from Iran as well. India and the US are suspected of actively ancillary Baloch separatists. And it’s no fluke that Balochistan will embody Gwadar, the vital sea pier that China is operative on!
The alliances are now solidified in South Asia: US+India contra Pakistan+China. The US-Pakistan divorce will accelerate if China and Pakistan attain in bringing Afghanistan into CPEC. Eventually, 4 countries – Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran – will try to pull U.S. military out of Afghanistan.
Afghans have gifted only war, destruction, drugs and chaos by aligning themselves with the US. During the Soviet war, 1.5 million Afghans died and 5 million became refugees. Between 1970-1978, opium/heroin trade was probably self-existent in Afghanistan. However, by 1984, half of all heroin in the US originated from Afghanistan.
Another attribution drug – of devout kind – is Wahhabism that was brought in the 1980s by the US and Saudi Arabia to reinstate the assuage Sufi Islam of Afghanistan.
When the fight was over, the US left Afghanistan abruptly, moving the republic into a polite war. The next time the US showed up, it was with fire and ire after 9/11. Since 2001, America has only brought some-more instability and misery. Afghanistan is now so vulnerable that when US officials such as Mattis and Tillerson visit, they come unannounced, fly in at night, and leave quickly.
The US claims to have spent some-more than $100 billion on Afghanistan’s reconstruction, but half the race doesn’t have entrance to purify water and 1 in 5 Afghan child dies before the age of two. The West gave a feign Nobel esteem to Malala, while 80% of Afghan girls are illiterate. (Here’s an glorious essay on how private military contractors have incited Afghanistan into a duct of bribes and corruption).
Compare this to the 1960s when the Soviet Union built dams (like this and this), highways (like Salang Highway, an engineering masterpiece), universities, apartments and hospitals in Afghanistan; and when Russian doctors, nurses and teachers were assisting Afghans in remote farming areas. There was no Taliban or Haqqani or Islamic terrorism or opium; and Kabul was famous as the Paris of Central Asia.
Similarly, Pakistan used to be a safe, assuage country that US Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon and First Lady Jackie Kennedy visited.
Pakistan and Afghanistan can retreat the mistakes of the last forty years and try to create a new future of cooperation, assent and prosperity. Both countries need to welcome China’s Silk Road and gradually exterminate Wahhabism (and retrieve their tradition of passive Sufism). If Afghanistan is smart, it will also kindly eject US military bases and adopt a neutral, non-aligned unfamiliar policy. As for the US, it needs to give up on its Machiavellian mania to order every dilemma of the universe and instead concentration on change by shared wealth and growth.
Chris Kanthan is the author of a new book, Syria – War of Deception. It’s accessible in a precipitated as good as a longer version. Chris lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, has trafficked to 35 countries, and writes about universe affairs, politics, economy and health. His other book is Deconstructing Monsanto.