Afghan war was conspiracy: Karzai
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has said he is a pacifist and the long-running war in Afghanistan should never have happened as he saw it a conspiracy in which the Afghan blood was shed and his effort had been to repel it.
Karzai told The Atlantic in an interview that the Western powers were looking for a puppet leader. “They wanted me weak, and in conflict with the rest of the leadership of this country.. and wanted an isolated president, a president they could use .“So my purposes were different from those of the Americans or NATO,” the outgoing president said.
About the initial years after the Taliban were ousted in a US-led invasion, Karzai recalled the Taliban left without a fight but the Americans forced them back into taking guns.
“And Pakistan was willing and ready to use the opportunity. So a war was created in Afghanistan—there was no war, there is no war, and I would never agree to be at war in my own country. I would never be a commander in chief fighting a war among my own people. No. I am happy I wasn’t, and I will not be.”
After the Taliban left, he said, the Americans went around with thugs, the militias they employed and themselves, and forced the Taliban back into taking guns.
When asked if he stood with Afghan soldiers and appreciated their sacrifices as the commander in chief, Karzai said he had done it very often. “
I stand with our soldiers, I stand with our army, I defend them very much. They are the sons of this soil, they are giving their life. But that life is gone in a war that’s not ours, in a conspiracy in which we fall victim.”
However, he said unfortunately the Afghan military forces and security forces had been busy within the borders of the country, not beyond it over the past 30 years or more.
“I don’t want to be the commander in chief of conflict within our borders. If it ever comes to the promotion of Afghan interest and security beyond our borders, then the job of the commander in chief is clear and visible, and that I want.”
He said pacifism was a different issue in Afghanistan. “I would never go to war with anybody. But I will never ever be involved in an internal conflict, in particular.”
“Right now it’s Afghans dying on both sides, and that should end. Therefore I never wanted to be a commander in chief where an Afghan kills another Afghan. I saw that war as a conspiracy.”
“ Afghan-wazhena (Afghan-killing), they call [it] in Pashto. It can’t be translated into English. Afghan-kushi, they call it in Farsi. Here, it is Afghan-wazhena since the Soviet invasion until now. And our own forces, our own soldiers, are busy with themselves.”
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