The US is never humble for long: a month after its rout in Afghanistan, the imperial order has been restored. Hence Washington’s recent snub to Paris. Not
So, in 1979 President Jimmy Carter, under the guidance of that infamous ghoul of war Zbigniew Brzezinski, threw US support behind a loose band of criminals known as the Mujahideen. The CIA knew that this bunch of violent, religious fanatics, based mostly in Northern Pakistan, had no use for education or women’s liberation or anything secular, but they funded and armed them anyway. In fact, it was the Mujahideen’s bloodthirsty qualities that made them a more appealing choice to inflict terror on the Soviet forces and locals alike. The USSR, which was riddled with its own faults and problems, foolishly took the bait and suffered irrevocably because of it. They withdrew. Chaos ensued. And the Taliban we know today was born. A ragtag, theocratic junta with a penchant for cruelty, especially against women and minorities like the Hazara, and a vehement hatred of anything that might smack of human joy.
Around the globe, warfare has faded enormously in this 21st century. It’s ironic that the world might become war-free, if not for religion.
Surely one has to see deeper than the Taliban here: the hidden drug trade at the core of some part of the American deep state, next to the arms profiteers, surely was a motivation in the prolongation of the war. The CIA got caught many years ago (cf. the Gary Webb saga) and with the Afghan start-up, the covert agencies are almost certainly under suspicion. But they have perfected their concealment to the foolproof level.
But George Bush was fighting a war for oil and empire, and victory would pose a huge tactical difficulty: with no enemy to fight he would have to demobilize his forces in the Mideast and bring them hom