The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Vice President Biden:
Puppet Ashraf Ghani was not elected by the Afghan majority but “selected” by the U.S. Government. Ghani is not Afghanistan’s president because he was not elected by Afghans. He is just the United States’ puppet. He is the war profiteers’ and occupiers’ puppet president but not the president for the Afghan majority. I believe he does not have any authority to act on behalf of Afghanistan. Any agreement he signs with other countries is not legal.
These past two days when Ghani was in the United States the Kerry propaganda Daesh (ISIS) project was in full swing. All that Ghani could talk about in the media was that Daesh is supposedly in Afghanistan. I strongly believe that Daesh is not in Afghanistan . Afghan villagers have reported seeing U.S. helicopters dropping these alleged Daesh fighters on the ground in the villages. It has been reported in the Afghan media that it is a CIA operation (a false flag operation). The U.S. government needs to create the appearance of terrorism in Afghanistan to justify to the American public the permanent U.S. military bases in Afghanistan and the presence of its troops on the ground long term. Ghani speeches in the media focused on this Daesh’s propaganda so that it can continue to conduct its proxy war.
Obviously, the U.S. war in Afghanistan is not ending. Besides its 10,000 troops, its CIA paramilitary operatives, its Afghan “selected” government, which consists primarily of communists and warlords, the U.S. is continuing to conduct its war with approximately 100,000 private contractors/mercenaries. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is in charge of the U.S. paid private contractors/mercenaries (arbakai , ISIS, Daesh), which is controlled by the CIA. I along with other respected American Afghans met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Afghanistan on September 2, 2012. I have known him since childhood. During our discussion, he mentioned to us that he was involved with the private contractors/mercenaries. The mainstream media is reporting that various international terrorists, like the ones in Syria ( ISIS) are now conducting terrorists acts in Afghanistan. Based on my knowledge , I strongly believe that is not true but rather elements of the Afghan government controlled and paid for by the CIA who are conducting these acts and blaming them on ISIS to mislead the American public, who will believe there is a need to have the United States’ continue its military presence in Afghanistan.
For the past fourteen plus years, Afghans have been the victims of war crimes because of this illegal war. It appears that these war crimes by the agents and proxies of the U.S. are escalating. The genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacring, torturing, raping, disappearing, slaughtering of several hundred thousand innocent Afghan/Pashtun villagers are war crimes and human rights violations. The United States, NATO, the puppet Ghani and their governments and others have committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
Why does the United States want so desperately to stay in Afghanistan? Besides its strategic location in the heart of Central Asia, it really is about the U.S. and NATO having direct access and control over Afghanistan’s vast untapped Rare Earth Elements (REEs), which are worth trillions . These REEs are vital to the manufacture of technology and defense systems. Lithium is one of the REEs used for batteries, laptops etc. . That is why Afghanistan is referred to by the U.S. Pentagon in one of its internal memorandum as the “Saudi Arabia of Lithium”.
The REEs are a project in the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. sent down geologists with special operations forces into the REE deposits of the Helmand region at the start of the invasion in 2001. The U.S. even knew about these REEs deposits before the war and had people on the ground investigating them. The United States has sent planes above with special technology to map out and analyze the layers of deposits below the ground. I believe that is the real reason for the invasion, continued occupation and covert war and genocide against the Pashtun villagers. It is all about the REEs. Ambassador Hugo Llorens mentioned the REEs when I had the opportunity to meet with him in 2012 in Afghanistan.
The New York Times wrote an article about the REEs in 2010 in which it referred to Afghanistan as becoming “…one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.” It is not about fighting terrorism. It is about the U.S. fighting for control of the Afghan people’s REEs.It is obvious that the U.S. and NATO will fight anyone that gets in their way. The Pashtun villagers are in their way because this REE rich-land is their land and as history has shown they cherish their freedom and defend their homeland. I believe this is why genocide and other war crimes are being committed now against the Afghan/Pashtun villagers .
Besides the war crimes being committed against Afghan villagers being unlawful, the US war in Afghanistan is illegal. The United States’ invasion and occupation of Afghanistan violates the UN Charter and international law. First, the United Nations’ Charter is a treaty which was ratified by the United States. As a ratified treaty it became part of US law. Therefore the US must comply with the UN Charter. Article 2 (4) of the Charter, bans the use of armed force against another country except under two circumstances. It reads, “ All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” This article has also become part of the international customary law.
Under the UN Charter, there are two exceptions to the ban on the use of armed force. First, a country can use armed force against another country in self-defense as provided for in Article 51. Second, a country can use armed force when the UN Security Council approves such force to maintain or restore international peace and security. Neither of those exceptions were met before the United States invaded Afghanistan and began waging war.
The United States’ war in Afghanistan is beyond the scope of self-defense allowed by Article 51. Self-defense can only legally take place when an armed attack takes place against a state. The Afghan government in 2001, the Taliban, did not attack the United States on 9/11. Nineteen individuals, 15 from Saudi Arabia, attacked the United States. Individual Afghans did not attack the United States. The Afghan government did not attack the United States. That is a fact. No evidence has ever been produced by the United States to the contrary. Propaganda, speculation and expert opinions in the media do not constitute credible and relevant evidence. Furthermore, there was no imminent threat that Afghanistan would attack the US or another UN member country. Self- defense can only be used to repel an attack. Immediately after the tragic events of 9/11, the attacks stopped. There was no imminent threat to attack the US by the Afghan government before or after 9/11.
In addition, the UN Charter and well established international customary law, provide that self-defense would warrant only measures, which are proportionate to the armed attack and necessary to respond to it. It must not entail retaliatory or punitive actions. The US war tactics in Afghanistan are retaliatory, punitive and illegal. In and of itself, the use of cluster bombs, drones, uranium tipped weapons is a disproportionate use of force and unnecessary force.
The US’s illegal use of self-defense is collectively punishing an entire nation. It is in violation of the UN Charter and international law. The right to Self-Defense set forth under Article 51 cannot be legally used against Afghanistan because the Afghan government allegedly refused to extradite Bin Laden. Extradition matters are resolved through peaceful measures in courts and not through the use of armed force with massive cluster bombs, drones, uranium tipped weapons etc, which have killed thousands of innocent Afghans during the past ten years. The Afghan government (the Taliban) offered to extradite Bin Laden to a another country for trial. The U.S. rejected the offer. It appears the United States wanted war . This illegal war and continual killing of innocent Afghans violates the UN Charter and international law. It is not legal self-defense under the UN Charter, international law or any law.
In addition, when the United States invaded Afghanistan the UN Security Council did not authorize the United States or any country to use military force against Afghanistan under Chapter VII (7) of the UN Charter. The UN Security Council can invoke Chapter VII use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security only when actual military force was being used. “Terrorism” can be a threat to international peace. However, there has been no evidence showing that the Afghan government or any Afghans committed or was involved in the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11 nor that it was a threat to international peace and security.
The United States’ war in Afghanistan is illegal and amoral. Thus, the ordinary Afghan people have the legal right to defend themselves and resist this illegal war and illegal use of force against them. They are not the terrorists or criminals. As Afghans have done in the past, they are defending themselves, their country’s territorial integrity and their namoos. They are defending their vast untapped Rees from being stolen by the war profiteers’ and occupiers.
The United Nations and the world need to require the United States and NATO to immediately cease its use of armed force against Afghanistan and withdraw all of their troops. No US or NATO troops must remain on any permanent base. In addition, the United Nations must require that the United States and NATO stop conducting its covert war with its 100,000 private contractors, mercenaries, puppet Afghan forces and CIA paramilitary forces. However, just recently the U.S. Pentagon made it much more difficult to obtain any information about its use of private contractors/ mercenaries and its covert war by stating that it would not release any records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests regarding its use of private contractors/ mercenaries in its covert war in Afghanistan. How interesting is that change in procedure and policy?
Although some weak -minded Afghans argue that if there are no foreign permanent military bases inside Afghanistan, neighboring countries will invade and take Afghanistan’s territory. This argument is the argument of the war profiteers and the occupiers. These war profiteers especially the Afghan war profiteers are the main problem. They want the war to continue . It is all about greed, money, power and control. It is all about controlling the REEs. It is all about the defense companies’ government contracts and enormous profits.
It all about the U.S. wanting to control Afghanistan, which is the heart of Central Asia. The main stream media is just broadcasting the U.S. and war profiteers’ propaganda about the war and occupation. As history has shown, Afghans are capable of defending themselves and their territory even against super powers and countries that have more sophisticated weapons. The Afghan majority must unite. Afghans and law abiding good Americans must unite, work together to take lawful action, and demand that the UN force the US and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan. We must use all legal means possible to end this illegal war and occupation, to stop these war crimes and to stop the stealing of the Afghan people’s REEs.
Kadir A. Mohmand
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America in the 1980s
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