Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An Afghan Reflection on OBL Saga

As an Afghan who grew up and lived a whole life in armed conflict and violence inflicted on my country and people, the OBL saga is just another indication on how external forces and powers have played with our lives. This is also because Afghanistan always lacked a strong goverment with a clear definition and defence policy, but the infiltration of terror from outside also became a reason that Afghanistan never reaches to a state level.
US administration used OBL in the Cold War era against Soviets, provided militants and Pakistani intelligence and military unlimited weaponry and support to revolt against the Soviet-backed Kabul regime and the consequences of availability of weaponry and hatred amongst different war factions, resulted in civil war in Kabul and the creation of Taleban and their further manipulation for the Pakistani interests by the ISI and Pakistani military. Therefore, I neither feel good nor bad about the death of OBL as an Afghan. However, as an activist I do support accountability measure against anyone who committs crimes against humanity if its OBL or the Special Forces that are complicit in civilian attacks or excessive use of force against civilian targets.
OBL's presence in Afghanistan and having a sanctuary before September 2001, caused him use the place and opportunities of extremist Taleban to wage war against West and United States, thousands lost their lives and the lives of their families as a result. His death however, reveals an important conviction claimed by Afghanistan all these years that is about Pakistan's support to militants and terrorists and OBL's life in a military suburb around Islamabad proves our claims that Pakistan continues to play with our lives for its own political interests defined by a dictator military and intelligence.
While Pakistani ISI nurtures terror and hosts OBL, US kills him in operations, its Afghans who pay the price of avenge by the Taleban with their lives. In the unrest of Kandahar this week, I lost a close relative who was an ordinary shopkeeper. It is actually the ordinary Afghans and ordinary Pakistanis that are being harmed for the wrong international and regional policies.

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