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Losing More Than Afghanistan

Losing More Than Afghanistan

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As published in OpenDemocracy.net
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Published by: agdeagreda on Jul 21, 2010
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Overoptimistic calculations by Western Powers estimate that we are losing thewar in Afghanistan. Far from it, we are losing the whole of Asia and, what iseven worse, the credibility of the Alliance and the values it defends.The excellent remarks by
Valey Aria in OpenDemocracy’s
Afghanistan: one conflict, three faces,
helps us understand the depth and width of this war. Mostanalyses fail to see the whole picture and what it is at stake here. Not that theimage is blurred or obscured, it is just that we do not dare look at all theimplications. A mere glance at the map shows how Afghanistan seems tostretch itself so that it is in contact with more nations and troubled zones as if itdelighted itself with problems.Man has been making war in basically the same way for millennia. We have
tried to disguise it with a coating of respectability and make it look “morehuman”. Where did we get the notion that “human” meant bloodless? Evenworse, how could we ever think that we could “civilize” war? War is abou
twinning or losing and there is no greater nonsense than a war betweensomeone who has nothing to lose and he who has nothing to gain.Most of Asia is sitting on the stands of the Afghan Stadium watching this absurdgame and sounding their vuvuzelas. NATO and the US are defeatingthemselves at a very low cost for competing powers.Not even the business opportunity which represents the announcement of thetrillion worth mineral richness of Afghan soil has increased interest in the
country. Even McChrystal’s
sack had more media coverage.Neighbors benefit from Afghanistan not using all of its water for lack of
infrastructure but they gain little more than that. The rest of the “stans” to the
North have to endure with Islamic extremists sheltering there and opening newfranchises in Central Asia. Tension is also derived from US presence at ManasAirport with the Russians staying only a few dozen miles away at Kant andagreements built and broken on usage rights.While the situation lasts, resources coming from
the “stans” cannot travel South
and they are stuck with Russia and China as their only markets or transit areas.The gas and oil pipelines projected to link Iran, China, Pakistan and India arestanding by to the delight of the other regional powers.Pakistan fears that ethnic realignment will split the country in three. That wouldnot only benefit India, but probably China also. Colonial lines under the British
(Durand’s, in this case) did not take into account the reality on the ground and
most of the wars we are fighting these last decades are the result of Her
Gracious Majesty’s policy back then.
 Paul Rogers argues that NATO and the US are not seen as neutral althoughtheir citizens think of themselves as saviors of the Universe, the white-hat

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