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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Does the American withdrawal date matter?

August 28, 2010

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

Does the American withdrawal date matter?
Source:  Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
August 28, 2010  19:52  administrator

Ever since Barack Obama announced July 2011 as the date U.S. troops will start withdrawing from Afghanistan, western politicians, military personnel, and media figures have been ceaselessly discussing the pros and cons of the expected withdrawal. Recently the military has also joined in the fray, supporting Republican calls for a possible extension of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. The U.S. commander in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, has said on a number of occasions, that depending on the circumstances, he will be willing to suggest Barack Obama extend the U.S. withdrawal date to a later point in time. Other generals have been even more obtuse, stating that the withdrawal date was giving “the Taliban sustenance” (Comments by the head of U.S. Marine Corps, General James Conway).

The U.S. military believes, or purports to believe, that the announced withdrawal date by Obama is fuelling the Taliban’s resistance, and somehow winning it new recruits. Supposedly, the reason behind this is that everybody believes that the invaders will withdraw in a few months. There is no denying that the Mujahideen are in fact winning the war, nor that more and more people are joining the ranks of the Taliban. However, to suggest that an announced withdrawal date is the main driving force behind these two phenomena is an untenable premise. The Mujahideen are winning the war because of their devotion to their Islamic duties, and because of the brave Afghan people’s historical contempt for foreign presence in its home land. If, instead of dwelling on philosophical speculation, the U.S. politicians and military generals, had actually studied the history of Afghanistan, they would have come to the conclusion, that the Afghan people have seen enough foreign invasions to know, that no army has ever entered its lands to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan, and nor have they ever withdrawn due to some benevolent feeling of committing to an arbitrary timeline. Foreign armies have always invaded our lands, driven by their greed to plunder our resources and utilize our strategic geographical location to further their expansionist plans. And these armies have only left once they were bled to death by the brave Mujahideen of Afghanistan, whose bravery and steadfastness in battle has become proverbial.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan declared the war against the invading armies because it was their religious duty to do so. The brave warriors of Afghanistan enthusiastically responded to this call, fuelled by their devotion to their religious duty and their intrinsic hatred of the foreigners. The invading army, through its indignant violations of all religious norms, and their incessant brutality against the innocent Afghan civilians has alienated the entire Afghan populace against it. Today, it is hard to find any Afghan civilians who have not suffered at the hands of the invading infidels. The brave Afghan people have sworn to continue fighting in defence of their religious duties and their home country. To the Mujahideen, it doesn’t matter whether the invading forces stay for another 1 year or for the next 50 years, they will continue to harass the enemy, giving it no respite, until either it decides to leave our country, or it is bled to death by a thousand cuts. The longer the invading forces stay in Afghanistan, the more traumatic would be their experience and the more painful its torment. The invading army thinks that increasing its troop numbers to 150,000 would somehow miraculously destroy the morale of the Mujahideen. If only they knew that the Soviets had over 500,000 troops in Afghanistan but to no avail. As the Afghan proverb says: “These are our mountains and we are its dwellers”. Whether the invading enemy forces leave in 1 year or in 10 years, we will continue to fight them until they exit our lands, because long after these invaders have left, we would still be here, free and independent.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan


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