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  • A way out of the morass: on the US' plan to pull out of Afghanistan

    A way out of the morass: on the US' plan to pull out of Afghanistan

    By: Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, a former Indian Ambassador to the United Nations, was also a Special Envoy for West Asia as a UN Under Secretary General.

    Hamid Ansari was the Vice-President of India (2007-17), a former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan and a Permanent Representative to the UN


    In article published in The Hindu(Editorial page, “Another approach to Afghanistan”, December 24, 2003), we had suggested that the only way out of the morass in Afghanistan would be to re-place Afghanistan in its traditional mode of neutrality. For that, two things were essential. The Afghans themselves must declare unequivocally that they would follow strict neutrality in their relations with external powers, and the outside powers must commit themselves to respect Afghanistan’s neutrality. In other words, external powers must subscribe to a multilateral declaration not to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan together with an obligation on Afghanistan not to seek outside intervention in its internal situation.

    We further put forward the idea that the agreement on the Neutrality of Laos, concluded in 1962, could provide a model for the neutralisation of Afghanistan. The present might be an appropriate time to revisit that proposal.


    https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lea...?homepage=true

  • #2
    Fat chance.
    Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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    • #3
      Seems a good idea to me!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gooner View Post
        Seems a good idea to me!
        Crazy - it could never happen until Afghanistan is united under a central authority whose writ ran throughout that could declare and enforce such neutrality and that seems light years away
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarkV View Post

          Crazy - it could never happen until Afghanistan is united under a central authority whose writ ran throughout that could declare and enforce such neutrality and that seems light years away
          the concern is that the Hazara, who reside in the alpine highlands, control the most valuable commodity- water.
          And th ePastun have not been "Kind' to put it mildly, to their Hazara betheren...
          The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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          • #6
            Looking at the long term Afghan history rebellion, secession and civil war appears to be the national sport
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • #7
              Afghanistan is suffering from big tumor called Pakistan.

              It's gut's are full of puss oozed out by neighbours Tumor.

              It desperately needs a place to drain out and get fresh breath of Air from world outside.

              Only 3 ways out.

              1) Balochistan gains Independence , so it will end the Isolation of Afghanistan .
              It will also end the hold and power of Queta Shura.

              2) India gets back control of Pak - Occupied Kashmir. It will provide uninterrupted help from India to Afghanistan.

              3) Iran becomes a great Ally of West, giving libral access to friendly countries of Afghanistan. May take the most active role in stabilising Afghanistan.

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              • #8
                About Queta Shura

                https://jamestown.org/program/the-qu...ns-leadership/

                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetta_Shura

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by vikram72 View Post
                  Afghanistan is suffering from big tumor called Pakistan.

                  It's gut's are full of puss oozed out by neighbours Tumor.

                  It desperately needs a place to drain out and get fresh breath of Air from world outside.

                  Only 3 ways out.

                  1) Balochistan gains Independence , so it will end the Isolation of Afghanistan .
                  It will also end the hold and power of Queta Shura.

                  2) India gets back control of Pak - Occupied Kashmir. It will provide uninterrupted help from India to Afghanistan.

                  3) Iran becomes a great Ally of West, giving libral access to friendly countries of Afghanistan. May take the most active role in stabilising Afghanistan.
                  Or we just leave Afghanistan alone and let them continue their tribal conflicts, which will keep them busy.

                  Pakistan keeps Kashmir to keep India from getting too involved in matters that don't concern them, and the continuing tension serves to sell more hardware, possibly to both sides.

                  And we focus on crippling Iran's economy and supporting dissident factions while will likely result in the same sort of internal strife that has wrecked our enemies Libya and Syria.

                  It is much cheaper and effective to convince the locals to simply destroy their own nation, as we have seen in Libya and Syria.
                  Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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