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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Germany Should not Sacrifice the Historical Relations with the Afghans for the Interests of America

April 21, 2010

The following comment is from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban). Reprinted with permission.

Germany Should not Sacrifice the Historical Relations with the Afghans for the Interests of America
Source:  Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
April 21, 2010  04:59  Weekly comment

In World War II, The Allied Countries, America and U.K. being part of them, were waging war against Germany and Japan. They pressed Afghanistan to side with them in the war and urged to give them the German diplomats based in Afghanistan. But the honor and dignity-loving traditions of the Afghans and the close relations of the Afghan people with the people of Germany did not permit kowtowing before might and material incentives and going back on values and close ties. Afghanistan declared its neutrality in the war and ensured safe passage of the diplomats to their country.

After the World War II, Afghanistan and Germany enjoyed close relations. German engineers and other German nationals were living in Afghanistan without fear and security problems, particularly in Khust where they had technical projects. Generally speaking, they were more safe there than in Germany. Afghans regarded them with due respect. But Unfortunately, after October 2001, when America launched its colonialist aggression against Afghanistan under the unjustified name of fighting terrorism, the government of Germany joined hands with the Americans – contrary to the aspirations of the Afghans. They preferred might and material incentives and did not reciprocate the Afghans’ favor.

In the past nine years, the German soldiers have been fighting against the Afghan people for the advancement of the American colonialist interests and goals. They have martyred many Afghans. On 4 September 2009, American fighter’s planes, on information from German commanders, blindly bombarded civilians who were taking fuel from tankers stuck in mud in a river. 140 people were killed; some of them burnt up completely. The American planes had used phosphorus bombs which are banned at world level. Even the surrogate administration in Kunduz on instructions from the Americans, did not allow the injured victims to go to Kabul for medical treatment. They feared, the world will know about their crimes.

It was more becoming and expected of Germany to have announced postponement of their military cooperation with the Americans after this carnage. They should have withdrawn their troops from the country, but contrarily, they pledged 500 more troops for Afghanistan as a gesture to please the Americans. This is in a time that the majority of the people of Germany are against the presence of German troops in Afghanistan, according to fresh surveys and have staged several demonstrations as a protest.

No doubt, the current Jihad against the Americans invasion of Afghanistan and of their allies, is an Islamic nationalist resistance. Sooner or later, they will force the invading troops to flee this country. The government of Germany should respect the wants and aspirations of the German and Afghan people. They should not taint the splendid historical chapter of Afghan-German relations with the dark clouds of their partnership in the current unjust and unfair American war against Afghanistan. It is a rationale to do early what is anyway necessary to be done later – then with heavy losses.

We expect the government of Germany to take people-friendly decisions regarding Afghanistan instead of colonialism-friendly decisions and it is more appropriate for them to pull out of Afghanistan. The sooner, the better – because, it is key to sustaining the trust and dignity of Germany and strengthening bonds of relations betweens the two people.


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