Barack Obama has announced that US-NATO forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan during his final year (2016) of presidency instead of the end of this year as agreed upon earlier.
Last week, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top US gun in Afghanistan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that 352,000 US armed and trained Afghan army is capable of defending the country against Taliban and any of its neighbors (Pakistan and Iran).
Earlier, Obama’s special envoy to Pak-Afghan James Dobbin also testified saying: “Afghanistan is not Iraq. In Iraq, the people didn’t want us, and not a single Iraqi politician was prepared to advocate our staying. In Afghanistan, people overwhelmingly want us to stay, and every contender in the presidential election said they would sign the bilateral security agreement with the United States. What a lying Zionist bugger. Taliban fighting US-NATO occupation already control 80% of Afghan territory.
However, US lawmakers on AIPAC payroll are not in favor of US army pullout from Afghanistan. Ten Israel Firster Senators including Lindsey Graham and Robert Mendez have blasted Barack Obama for his decision. to pull US-NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2016.
Saurabh Shukla, an Indian political analyst, warned at the ‘Mail Online India’ on April 20, 2013, that US pullout from Afghanistan would pose security crisis for India.
“The military hardware the US would leave behind in Afghanistan is large enough to equip a sizeable army. Up to 30,000 MRAPS and Humvees, night-combat equipment, grenade-resistant netting, light and medium machine guns, rocket launchers and mobile radars among others. That’s worrying India. Pakistan and other terrorist groups are eyeing on that armament. India’s security czars are already firming up strategies to tackle the spillover of the chaos in Afghanistan post 2014 when there will be a thinning down of the US and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force there,” wrote Shukla.
On July 19, 2014, Indian writer Sumitha Narayanan Kutty decided to put some more spice in Indian curry. She wrote at LobeLog: “Iran plays a witing game in Afghanistan.” Based on her Hindu hatred toward Muslim and ignorance of Indian sub-continent’s past history, she tries to prove that once US-NATO forces leave Afghanistan, the country like Iraq, will fall under Iranian influence due to Afghan-Iran common heritage.
“Any uncertainty in Afghanistan’s political transition does not bode well for the country’s future stability, especially on the eve of the American withdrawal. At this juncture, no other country could be more worried about what goes on in Kabul than Iran, perhaps even more so than the United States,” Kutty said. What about India dear? New Delhi has the largest numbers of diplomatic staff in Afghanistan. Indian military officials are known for helping American in training Afghan security forces. In addition to that Indian RAW espionage network and Israeli Mossad have full collaboration with CIA in Kabul.
“Iran pledged over $900 million in aid to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013. It spent over half of that amount on infrastructure projects in western Afghanistan that feed into Iran’s regional integration strategy, particularly in the border province of Herat. The protection of its financial assets and personnel engaged in commerce and trade is another priority for Tehran. Almost fifty percent of Afghanistan’s oil imports are provided by Iran and trade between the two countries has doubled in recent years to over $2 billion, with Afghanistan accounting for 45 percent of Iran’s exports,” Kutty said. So what India with over two Afghan population has done for Afghanistan?
“The countries’ centuries of interactions have produced deeply entrenched political, economic, religious, ethnic, and cultural influences that have proved very useful to Iran in recent decades – particularly during Afghanistan’s inflection points such as the Soviet invasion of 1979, the fight against the Taliban through the 1990s, and the group’s ultimate ouster in 2001,” Kutty said.
Historically, Afghan Muslim armies invaded Indian sub-continent more than a dozen times, and ruled India for more than 1,000 years. Afghans never attacked or ruled Persia (Iran). Therefore, logically, Afghans should have more religious, ethnic, and cultural influences over Indian people. Not only India has much larger Shia community than in Afghanistan, Persian language had been India’s official language for over three centuries under Muslim rulers.
During Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, India sided with Moscow while Islamabad and Washington supported Afghan Mujahideen.
According to professor C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University) Afghanistan has great strategic importance for India to contain Pakistan-Iran influence in the region. Fair is senior member at Jewish-controlled Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). She is considered an “expert” on US foreign policy concerning Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran. She wrote several articles in support of American drone war in Pakistan which has killed over 2,000 civilians so far. She labels Pakistan a “greedy state” that doesn’t want to live in peace with its powerful neighbor India. She claims that even if India give-away disputed Jammu and Kashmir Valley to Pakistan, Islamabad will continue its warmongering against India.
“By pursuing its varied interests in Afghanistan, New Delhi can demonstrate that its foreign policies are not driven solely or even primarily by Pakistan. Over the last decade, India has succeeded in some measure by cultivating a suite of sophisticated diplomatic relations with an astonishing array of countries in Southwest, central and Southeast Asia. Afghanistan and Iran are of particular import for India because they’re its only gateways for the transport of goods into and out of central Asia and beyond, particularly as Pakistan is not likely ever offer India its ground lines of control,” Fair wrote in one of her nine essays in the roundtable ‘Afghanistan Beyond 2014: the search for security in Heart of Asia’, published in January 2014.
In 1994, Iran and India signed a deal to build a 2,700-kilometre-long gas pipeline (IPI) at the cost of US$7.5 billion to transport Iranian gas through Pakistan to India. Dubbed as the “Peace Pipeline”, hoping that financial collaboration may bring peace between the nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. However, the construction of the proposed pipeline could not go ahead due to Washington’s pressure on New Delhi and Islamabad. In 2009, India dropped out of the deal under Washington’s blackmail with a nuclear deal in 2008. Read a good rebuttal to Dr. Fair’s Pakistan bashing here.