Afghans Believe U.S. is Funding Taliban

May 29th, 2010

NATO Forces Supplied Food, Water and Arms to Taliban Forces in Southern Afghanistan

By some miracle, the article doesn’t mention opium.

Via: Guardian:

It’s near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn’t believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it’s the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organisations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced.

One Afghan friend, who speaks flawless English and likes to quote Charles Dickens, Bertolt Brecht and Anton Chekhov, says the reason is clear. “The US has an interest in prolonging the conflict so as to stay in Afghanistan for the long term.”

Research Credit: AM

One Response to “Afghans Believe U.S. is Funding Taliban”

  1. tochigi Says:

    one of the few insightful comments in the thread at the guardian:

    “i love these ‘reverse’ propaganda articles, first provide legitimate analysis and complaints then dirty them a little by hint of anti semitism etc – provide the argument against the analysis whilst seemingly to underplay it .. and end with conclusion that was always intended …”

    They don’t want Nato to leave for 15, maybe 20 years, anyway. It will take that long for Afghan institutions to be able to survive independently. In the meantime, as my literature-loving friend ? who works for a number of US agencies ? tells me, there is no contradiction in survival. “I like Benjamin Franklin in my pocket,” he smiles. So much for hearts and minds.

    “so alls good in afghanistan .. they want us there and any legitimate concerns have to be dismissed as cranky because for afghans its not principles (like us) but all about the money.”

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