AF-Pak: Holbrooke’s dying humor

Some people do try to cover their past evil-deeds on death-bed. A recent example of that kind is Richard C. Holbrooke (1941-2010), Ben Obama’s special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan who met his G-d on Monday.

The Zionist-controlled mainstream media was full with sensational accounts of his death – surrounded by physicians of Egyptian and Pakistani descent (Jehan El-Bayoumi and Farzad Najam) at George Washington University Hospital – and how much Holbrooke was worried about the US-Nato war in Afghanistan and Pakistan and his death-bed wish to Dr. Jehan El-Bayoumi: “Stop this war”.

There was no mention of Holbrooke’s Jewish roots (a Russian Jewish father and Argentian Jewish mother) or how he showed his anti-Muslim mentality against Bosnian Muslims and expulsion of 300 Iranian government and military advisers (Dayton Peace Accord in 1995) and his campaign against Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. Holbrooke’s some of many diplomatic, financial and presidential campaigner credentials included being member of at least two of powerful America’s Jewish think tanks, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). He also wrote a monthly column for the Israeli propaganda organs, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy (he even acted as magazine’s editor for five years). In 2007, Joshua Frank wrote that Hillary Clinton, Holbrooke and Dennis Ross are Israel Lobby’s agents on US foreign policy. He even predicted that if Hillary Clinton became President, she would appoint Holbrooke as her Secretary of State.

Holbrooke had long been supporter of war in Afghanistan and Iraq in public. He even supported Ben Obama’s ‘military surge’ policy in Afghanistan. State Department spokesperson, PJ Crowley, called Halbrooke’s death wish a “humorous retartee”.

The US-Nato war in both Afghanistan and Pakistan has turned into Obama’s Vietnam according to several columnists writing for the pro-Israel media (Newsweek, Huffington Post, etc.).

Famed Canadian journalist and author Eric Margolis wrote on November 19, 2010: “Obama appears to want out of the Afghan War. His final gamble of sending 30,000 more troops into the $7.5 billion monthly war has so far failed to produce the hoped-for decisive victory. But powerful pro-war groups, including the Pentagon, the arms industry and Republicans, are thwarting the weakened Obama’s attempts to wind down the war……”

On December 13, 2010 – The Guardian UK published an OPEN LETTER, signed by 50 experts and field-workers – to Ben Obama, saying, it’s “time for negotiation (with Taliban) in Afghanistan”.

We have been engaged and working inside Afghanistan, some of us for decades, as academics, experts and members of non-governmental organisations. Today we are deeply worried about the current course of the war and the lack of credible scenarios for the future. The cost of the war is now more than $120bn per year for the United States alone. This is unsustainable in the long run. In addition, human losses are increasing. More than 680 soldiers from the international coalition – along with hundreds of Afghans – have died this year in Afghanistan, and the year is not yet over. We appeal to you to use the unparalleled resources and influence which the US now brings to bear in Afghanistan to achieve that longed-for peace…….

The 2014 deadline to put the Afghan national army in command of security is not realistic. Considering the quick disappearance of the state structure at a district level, it is difficult to envision a strong army standing alone without any other state institutions around. Like it or not, the Taliban are a long-term part of the Afghan political landscape, and we need to try and negotiate with them in order to reach a diplomatic settlement. The Taliban’s leadership has indicated its willingness to negotiate, and it is in our interests to talk to them. In fact, the Taliban are primarily concerned about the future of Afghanistan and not – contrary to what some may think – a broader global Islamic jihad. Their links with al-Qaida – which is not, in any case, in Afghanistan any more – are weak. We need to at least try to seriously explore the possibility of a political settlement in which the Taliban are part of the Afghan political system. The negotiations with the insurgents could be extended to all groups in Afghanistan and regional powers……

We believe that mediation can help achieve a settlement that brings peace to Afghanistan, enables the Taliban to become a responsible actor in the Afghan political order, ensures that Afghanistan cannot be used as a base for international terrorism, protects the Afghan people’s hard-won freedoms, helps stabilise the region, renders the large-scale presence of international troops in Afghanistan unnecessary and provides the basis of an enduring relationship between Afghanistan and the international community. All the political and diplomatic ingenuity that the US can muster will be required to achieve this positive outcome. It is time to implement an alternative strategy that would allow the US to exit Afghanistan while safeguarding its legitimate security interests.

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2 responses to “AF-Pak: Holbrooke’s dying humor

  1. I wonder if Holbrooke’­s lack of success had more to do with the limitation­s of his role and larger direction of policy than his personalit­y. He repeatedly stressed desire for direct talks, yet the military continued to dominate the strategy. Maybe the Ambassador had it right: a political solution through negotiatio­ns is the only possible one
    http://cos­tofwar.wor­dpress.com­/2010/12/1­5/richard-­holbrooke/

  2. Looking at his past background at the White House, foreign office and the powerful Jewish lobby groups – no one can doubt his clout at the current resident of the White House.

    In the past, Holbrooke was quite successful during East Timor, Bosnia, etc.

    Holbrooke is not the only one who talks about ‘negotiations’. Ben Obama, Gen. Petraeus, Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, etc. all rant the same – but not with the real leaders of Taliban – but their own stooges ( Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush’ ‘best Afghan’ and CFR poodle) among the Afghans. It’s no different than US foreign policy in Palestine. Washington refuses to negotiate with the democratically elected Hamas government, but love to kick around Mahmoud Abbas, whose mandate as PA president expired in January 2009.

    America always have double standard when one of the party involved is Muslim.

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