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Global Research: Defeat Or Victory? The War On Afghanistan (2001-2021)

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Initially printed on Global Research.

“However once more, the factor to emphasise right here is that we’re not desirous to have the USA are available in and change into an occupying energy in Afghanistan… On the similar time, we wish to see to it that what’s left behind offers the Afghan individuals the chance to develop a powerful consultant authorities, a authorities that may assure that sooner or later, no terrorists will as soon as once more discover sanctuary or protected harbor in Afghanistan.”

– U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (December 9, 2001)[1]


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On October 7, 2001 navy strikes over Afghanistan had been launched by U.S. and British forces – the lengthy awaited different shoe to drop following the 9/11 terrorism assaults. [2]

NATO was additionally concerned, responding to the Article 5 name to retaliate collectively in opposition to an assault by the nation in query (which was never proven.) Over time, the Taliban was routed from energy and a brand new supposedly democratic authorities put in place. [3][4][5]

It was the beginning pistol marking the struggle “which might not finish in our lifetimes.”

Ten years later, Osama Bin Laden, the lead man behind the 9/11 assaults (although his involvement was by no means really established) was allegedly discovered, killed and thrown into the ocean – actually a testomony to the dedication of legality and due course of! But it could be one other ten years earlier than the forces dispatched to the West Asian nation would lastly be withdrawn.[6]

And what was upshot of 20 years of occupation, practically a trillion {dollars} in navy energy and the deaths and accidents of over 100,000 civilians? Afghanistan is as soon as once more within the palms of the Taliban![7]

The unhappy issue is that this tragedy began not with the September 11 assaults, however greater than twenty years beforehand to that when it was a secular nation already thrilling a lot of the populace with reforms and constitutional change, together with extra equal rights for girls! U.S. actions initiated the violent measures that basically created the Taliban and all the opposite Mujahedin fighters decided to interchange progressive builders with brutal killers.

On this unhappy anniversary week, the International Analysis Information Hour intends to replicate on the origins behind the chaos which appears to be as distant now because it was again in 2001 when the enterprise in opposition to terror was established. We’ll additionally look to the way forward for the nation with the U.S. and firm hi-tailing it away from there.

Our first visitor, Professor John Ryan, appears at Afghanistan’s historical past by inspecting his personal go to in November 1978 and the sequence of U.S. covert operations which led to the downfall of the Afghan of a progressive authorities and the rise of Islamic jihadists. He’s adopted by Professor Rodrigue Tremblay who displays on the the explanation why the U.S. basically misplaced the struggle, and what this determination enacted below President Biden would imply within the foreseeable elections. Our closing visitor, Professor Michel Chossudovsky expresses the knowledgeable viewpoint that the U.S. withdrawal was in truth a victory with respect to a few of the actual causes for attacking the nation within the first place.

John Ryan is a retired Professor of Geography and Senior Scholar of Geography on the College of Winnipeg. He’s additionally a long-time socialist. He was one of many few Western teachers to go to and report on his experiences in Afghanistan in a singular interval within the late Seventies.

Rodrigue Tremblay is an Worldwide economist, is the writer of the e-book about morals “The code for Global Ethics, Ten Humanist Principles” of the e-book about geopolitics “The New American Empire“, and the current e-book , in French, “La régression tranquille du Québec, 1980-2018“. He holds a Ph.D. in worldwide finance from Stanford College. He’s a Analysis Affiliate of the Centre for Analysis on Globalization.

Michel Chossudovsky is Founder and Director of the Centre for Analysis on Globalization in, Montreal, and Editor of International Analysis. He’s Professor of Economics (emeritus) on the College of Ottawa, and award wining writer of 11 books together with The Globalization of Battle, America’s Lengthy Battle in opposition to Humanity (2015) .

(International Analysis Information Hour Episode 327)


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  1. NBC Information Transcripts SHOW: Meet the Press – NBC December 9, 2001 ;
  3. Nice Britain: Parliament: Home of Commons: Defence Committee (2006). The UK Deployment to Afghanistan: Fifth Report of Session 2005–06; Report, Along with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Proof. The Stationery Workplace. p. 39
  5. Press for Conversion Concern #59, (September 2006), p. 5, ‘The New Face of Terror in Afghanistan: How so-called “Democracy” Empowered our Allies: the Fundamentalists, Warlords and Drug Barons’


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