Friday, February 19, 2010
Hamid Gul Interview Provides Insight into the Afghanistan Conflict
Mr. Gul described recent US aggression in Afghanistan as a "front loaded withdraw." Apparently, the US is trying to create a pretext for victory in Afghanistan, as a means to exit the country.
When the Americans leave, the foreign implanted democracy will likely crumble, as it is not a natural part of Afghanistan (its tribal systems), not to mention the Taliban will likely re-emerge as the political representative for Afghanistan.
Has democracy failed in Afghanistan? The failure lies with Western bureaucrats, stemming from the 2001 Bonn Conference, of trying to impose the western democratic system on Afghanistan. So the failure is not with democracy, but with those western individuals who try to impose it.
The health, pulse of democracy in Afghanistan is non-existent, because it has never existed in Afghanistan. An artificial, foreign implant of democracy, contrary to the will of Afghans, is contrary to the spirit of democracy: government of, by, and for the people.
Interview of Hamid Gul