The US has misplaced the battle in Afghanistan not when it determined to withdraw because the Taliban regained energy, however years in the past, when it bombed Afghan properties within the title of preventing terror, ex-president Hamid Karzai advised RT’s Oksana Boyko.
The invasion of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan again in 2001, after the tragedy of 9/11, was welcomed by a big a part of the Afghan inhabitants that needed to free themselves from “extremism and violence” of Taliban rule, Karzai mentioned.
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The help of the locals was one of many components that led to America’s “instant success” in its battle in opposition to Taliban. “We started to look ahead with super hopes,” the previous Afghan president mentioned. But, these hopes have been dashed by the US troops and the way in which Washington carried out its ‘battle on terror,’ he believes.
[The Americans] advised us that the sanctuaries are outdoors of Afghanistan. However then they started to bomb Afghan villages and houses and get our folks damage and killed, and houses destroyed.
The US actions additionally shattered all hope for political reconciliation in the course of the instances that his personal authorities was in energy, Karzai recalled. He defined that his cupboard gave many former Taliban fighters a pardon and that had satisfied them to quiet down and begin a brand new, peaceable, life.
“Then, the US immediately started to assault the Taliban properties and assault villages – and so they compelled them to flee the nation. It was this violence in opposition to the Afghan folks within the title of preventing the Taliban that led me to calling the Taliban our brothers,” the previous president mentioned. “Issues went incorrect. They started to re-emerge and the a part of the inhabitants went with them.”
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Now, because the US is about to totally withdraw from Afghanistan, Karzai believes that the one manner ahead is to speak to Taliban despite the fact that their terrorist actions can’t be merely forgotten. Afghanistan urgently wants a authorities that might have authority over the entire nation, the ex-president mentioned. If that is so, all of the threats that Afghanistan itself and the nations within the area are going through would “robotically go away,” he believes.
Karzai now not pins his hopes for Afghanistan’s future on some “distant superpowers” just like the US. As an alternative, he says, Kabul wants to grasp the worth of its geostrategic location and use it to “promote confidence and belief between our neighbors and main powers within the area” like Russia, India and China, and have them as “allies for stability.”
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