Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bush's Invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 - Was it Avoidable?

As I maintained in many of my posts the U.S. War against Afghanistan surely could have been avoided if the Bush Administration was serious. Instead, from the very outset, flanked by war-criminals-to-be, it wanted to embark on a different course. Just as pundits today would agree that even if 9/11 did not happen, Bush and his warmongers - Cheney and Rumsfeld - were well prepared to strike Iraq to complete the unfinished task of Bush Sr., the same is the case with Afghanistan. The Bush administration had no interest in peacefully resolving the OBL factor.

In an exclusive interview, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, Taliban's last foreign minister, tells Al-Jazeera that the Taliban government, which then controlled Afghanistan, made several proposals to the United States to present the al-Qaeda leader for trial for his involvement in plots targeting U.S. facilities during the 1990s.

"Even before the (9/11) attacks, our Islamic emirate had tried -- through various proposals -- to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)," Muttawakil says.

"But the U.S. showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had not relations with the U.S., no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government."

Al-Jazeera says Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Pakistan at the time of 9/11, confirms that such proposals were made to U.S. officials. It quotes Grenier as saying Washington considered the offers a "ploy." "Another idea was that [bin Laden] would be brought to trial before a group of Ulema [religious scholars] in Afghanistan," Grenier is quoted as saying. "No one in the U.S. government took these [offers] seriously because they did not trust the Taliban and their ability to conduct a proper trial."

For a reading of the interview with the then Taliban Foreign Minister read here.

Now look what has happened. America is in debts to the tune of some 18 trillion dollars, where those uncalled for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, factor large. Bush and his criminal partners in crime saw war as a means to prosperity for their friends in oil and defense industry, while still hoping that some would even trickle down to ordinary Americans. None of those Satanic wishes has turned into reality. Two wars were launched, which surely could have been avoided, if Bush was serious.

Is it that difficult to picture how our world would have been minus those wars?

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