By Chris Johnson
Broadly portrayed because the "success of the conflict on terror," Afghanistan is now in concern. more and more indifferent from the folk it really is intended to serve, and not able to regulate the large quantities of relief that it has sought, the management in Kabul struggles to control even the diminishing components of the rustic over which it has a few sway. Many Afghans believe themselves to be trapped, hostage among forces, either claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on lengthy adventure of residing and dealing in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie learn what the alterations of modern years have intended by way of Afghans' feel in their personal id and hopes for the long run.
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Given the lack of a peace agreement between the factions, disarmament was always going to be difficult; it was impossible as long as armed groups continued to be paid and supplied by those pursuing the ‘war on terror’: ‘These soldiers are standing up to terrorism like the coalition forces. I asked Karzai to take my soldiers and pay them and make them part of the Afghan National Army. ’7 Marshal Fahim’s words above illustrate all too well how the very commanders who proved useful to the immediate military goals of the US-led coalition now stand in the way of effective disarmament and demobilization.
Hazaras have always been dependent on the sale of livestock and with the roads closed no one could get their flocks to market. Livestock prices collapsed, resulting in mass impoverishment. While assistance came in through cash-for-work programmes, it was never enough to meet the needs of those affected by the blockade. Oxfam found that in some remote â•›| â•› villages one cow was being exchanged for as little as one sack of wheat ( Johnson 2000). In the meantime, as concern about the Taliban’s policies turned to condemnation, there were mixed political messages from the interÂ� national community.
Finally arrested in December 2003 by Pakistani forces in the semi-autonomous tribal belt of Waziristan, he was handed over to the authorities in Kabul, only to be pardoned by President Karzai. 6 The issue, it seems, is not whether you have guns, not whether you use them against the people, and certainly not that you use them for personal gain, but whether or not you challenge US plans. â•›| â•› New beginnings? For almost all Afghans, by far the most important issue is security. ‘Get rid of the guns’ is a constant plea.
Afghanistan: The Mirage of Peace by Chris Johnson