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.

Source: A Letter to Americans About Afghanistan – CounterPunch.org

How the heroin trade explains the US-UK failure in Afghanistan |

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.

The long read: After 16 years and $1tn spent, there is no end to the fighting – but western intervention has resulted in Afghanistan becoming the world’s first true narco-state

Source: How the heroin trade explains the US-UK failure in Afghanistan | Drugs trade | The Guardian