A national unity government now in Afghanistan means that the struggles and oppression that people of Afghanistan went through since at least 2001 when NATO invaded Afghanistan were basically for nothing. It is like saying, “We made a mistakes. Let’s go back to drawing board and start over. Democarcy has failed.”
The idea that we are somewhat better off than 1992 is laughable at best. A government of coalition is basically what was agreed upon in Berlin back then and this is what we are going back to. As a matter of fact it is the same as when the Mujahideen took over Kabul in 1992. Hundreds of thousands of people killed by kinds of murderers from Jihadis to Talibs to Pakistanis to Americans since then and the ending is where it all began.
The naivety of us to think that somehow we would become civil and incorporate some form of democracy in our society boggles my mind. But then again I said this several times. My friends with whom I had similar discussions over the years will attest to that.
The fact that supporters of Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdulla embarassed themselves on social media belittling each other was not surprising either. This was exactly what happened back in 1994. Hekmatyar was on about the fact that Rabani had joined with Kuffar but the moment he had an opportunity to make a deal with Dostum he did not think twice. Similarly, people in Dr Abdullah’s camp throwing all sorts of hypocritical statements that Ashraf Ghani has joined with Dostum while they were the ones who empowered Dostum to being with.
The idea that somehow one of these people will make a difference in the lives of common Afghans is ridiculous. The fact that people are so up in arms to defend these symbols of neo-clonialism is shameful. They know that these two, whichever one becomes the next president is just a conduit to pass their masters wishes through. Proof enough is that when they could not sort out the problems, they called their master to come and make peace.
It is to hope that somehow this circus becomes an opportunity for people to learn a lesson and not blindly follow their ‘leaders’. However, political allegiances in Afghanistan being tribal and ethnocentric, it would be too much to hope for.
That is why I have put most of my energy into the situation in Palestine over the election mishaps in Afghanistan. Some sees it as an issue of priority. I see it as a “I told you so” situation that could have been avoided. It is clear from what is happening in Iraq, Palestine and Syria that America has no intention of letting peace finds its way in the middle east. Similarly, this development in Afghanistan is a proof that the same is true for Afghanistan.