Hamid Gul: Afghanistan war ‘lost cause’

Early this month, Newsweek’s editor and CNN’s talk-show host Fareed Zakaria, interviewed Pakistan’s former top spy, Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul. In fact, General is no stranger to Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria has interviewed the General several times before, and his views on 9/11, Mumbai terrorist attack, Israel, India and the US are welknown and have always irked the Zionist evildoers.

Lt. General Hamid Gul headed Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) during Afghans Jihad against the Russian occupation and was in contact with the US, British and Saudi intelligence agencies on regular basis. He believes that only Taliban rule could control violence and insecurity in Afghanistan.

The General told Fareed Zakaria: “The US-led war in Afghanistan is a “lost cause”. The United States needs to negotiate with Taliban leader Mullah Omer. “You have to talk to him, and I’m sure it will work out very well”.

The hasbara Wikileaks has repeated the old lies about the General for supporting al-Qaeda. “I’m quite a convenient scapegoat. I don’t support any one faction in Afghanistan. I support the Afghan nation,” he told Fareed.

“The US occupation of Afghanistan is “unjust”. The Afghan resistance against the occupiers is legitimate. It’s a national resistance. It should be recognized as such. They’re Mujahideen of Afghanistan as they were during the occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union”.

The attacks of September 11 were a pretext to a war already under consideration, Gul said. “I think some of the neocons (mostly Jewish), who were very close to President George Bush, they wanted that he could embark on a universal adventure of Pax Americana, and they thought that the world was lying prostrate in front of them,” he said. The 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks helped win the public support for the neocon plans, he said.

There was no legitimate reason for the United States to attack Afghanistan, Gul said, because the FBI had no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks on New York and Washington. “Why has not a single individual connected to 9/11 been caught in America so far, and why hasn’t Osama bin Laden been charged?” With no evidence anyone in Afghanistan was involved, there is no way to legitimize the US occupation, Gul said.

The United States and its allies won’t win the war in Afghanistan, said Gul, who referred to US NATO allies as “pallbearers.” Supply lines through Pakistan are shaky, said Gul, who blamed US ally India (and Israel) for contributing to his country’s destabilization. Combined with what Gul termed poor US intelligence and a home-field advantage for the Taliban, it all adds up to a losing combination for the United States in his estimate. “Time is on the side of the resistance,” he said.

“In such a situation, to hope to win would be absolutely hare-brained,” Gul said. He expressed concern the U.S. military would never be willing to admit defeat. “I would advise President Obama – please, do not listen to your military, because militaries have the unfortunate tendency never to accept their defeat. They will say if we receive more proceeds, if we receive more logistics, if we receive more funds, then we will be able to overcome. This is a psychological problem.”

The only solution would be peace negotiations with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, not with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Gul concluded. “There is only one man who can give the guarantee that there will be no terrorism exported from Afghanistan,” Gul said. “Don’t talk to Karzai; he’s a puppet.”

Omar represents the entire insurgency, Gul said. “There are other factions of resistance fighters coming under the banner of Mullah Omar.” Scale down goals, negotiate with Omar, then move on and out of Afghanistan, was Gul’s advice to the United States.

Recently, Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul joined Veteran Today Editorial Borad of Directors.


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