To the Honorable Members of the U.S. Congress:
Once again, I am outraged by all of the killing of innocent Afghan civilians stemming from the United States’ invasion and continuing occupation of Afghanistan. On Friday, August 7, 2015 many innocent Afghan civilians in the residential neighborhood of Kabul, Shah Shaheed, were killed by the U.S. war policy.
Since August 7th, Afghans from the Shah Shaheed area have been reporting on social media such as Facebook that it was not a massive truck bomb as was reported by the western controlled media, but a bomb from a U.S. military plane that targeted, killed and wounded hundreds of innocent Afghan civilians in that neighborhood.
I believe this aerial bombing of Afghan civilians in Shah Shaheed is definitely a terrorist act and a war crime. Those responsible including the top Afghanistan Operations Commander, General John Campbell, need to be brought to justice before a lawful tribunal to answer for this war crime.
It is well known that during the past 15 years, the United States and NATO have been experimenting with new weapons in Afghanistan especially in the Pashtun areas. The former Soviet Union tested its new weapons on innocent Afghan civilians. Was this Shah Shaheed aerial bombing done to see what effects a new bomb would have in a highly urban area? Some residents of Shah Shaheed think so.
In order to end these type of attacks on innocent Afghan civilians, I believe the United States and NATO need to leave Afghanistan because the United States’ war policy is not going to lead to true peace and stability in Afghanistan. It will only lead to more killings and war crimes against the Afghan civilians.
It is true that the United States may have withdrawn some troops on the ground in Afghanistan. However, General Campbell recently stated that the United States is using private security contractors or mercenaries in Afghanistan (he called Afghanistan “the battlefield”.) He also stated that the United States is hiring Afghans themselves on “ the battlefield” .
In other words, the United States is paying communist war criminals and war lords like Rashid Dostum and other thugs to do the dirty work. It is being reported that currently, U.S.- paid Dostum and mercenaries are burning houses, raping and killing innocent Afghan Muslim villagers in Faryab Province. How shameful that the United States partner with him. It is the same Rashid Dostum that human rights organizations have documented as a war criminal. It is the same Rashid Dostum that was the subject of articles in the Time magazine and Newsweek.
As reported in the Time on November 19, 2001, and in Newsweek, November 5, 2001, Dostum’s group raped many Afghan women and children, “… Dostum’s marauders chopped off breasts and tied the toes of women behind their heads..” Presently, Dostum is a Vice President in the Ghani government and on the CIA payroll. Instead of the United States making sure this socio-pathic communist war criminal is prosecuted in a lawful tribunal for his war crimes from the 1980s forward, the United States is partnering with him and keeping him on the CIA’s thug payroll.
The United States is responsible for unleashing him on the innocent Afghan people. There are over 100,000 U.S. backed mercenaries on the ground in Afghanistan terrorizing the Afghan villagers. There are countless northern alliance war lords, communist war criminals, drug traffickers and other Afghan CIA thugs on the U.S. payroll terrorizing Afghan Muslim villagers. I ask you, who are the real terrorists in Afghanistan?
It has been reported in the Afghan media that any so-called ISIL or Daish in Afghanistan are really CIA and MI6 thugs. Why would the CIA do such a thing? I believe because the United States wants a long term military presence in Afghanistan due to its national security interests (i.e. Afghanistan is the heart of Central Asia and the new outer defense perimeter for the United States, and control of the United States’ new supply chain of REEs vital to technology and the defense systems).
To justify this long term military presence to the U.S. public, the United States government needs to create a perceived new terrorist threat inside Afghanistan that the American public will hate.
I just want the world to remember. The Afghan people and the Afghan government in 2001 were not responsible for the tragedy of 9/11. There has never been any credible evidence to prove Afghanistan’s responsibility. However, for the past 15 years, the Afghan people ( other than the 1% of Afghan war profiteers, warlords, drug traffickers and other misc. thugs)) have been scapegoated and collectively punished for the acts of the non-Afghan perpetrators. I believe the United States government needs to tell the American people why it really is in Afghanistan.
At the House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 4, 2015,, when testifying General John Campbell presented a “rosy” picture regarding the use of U.S. funds for the construction of schools and roads in Afghanistan. It is not a rosy picture. It is well known by Afghans and others on the ground that the truth is very little has been constructed in Afghanistan.
For example, there has been corruption when building the Afghan ring road such as the section between Qaisar and Laman. Large number of schools have not been built in Afghanistan. It is just a scam. A good portion of the U.S. taxpayers’ money and the donors’ contributions dedicated for reconstruction has been stolen.
If the American public knew what has happened and is happening it would be outraged. American taxpayers cannot afford to borrow more money from China to continue to occupy Afghanistan and line the pockets of the war profiteers. There are probably a lot of classified documents that would reveal this corruption and lack of reconstruction if the light was shone on them. Congress needs to hear from individuals, who are not war profiteers, about what is happening in Afghanistan.
Congress heard from General Campbell, who was fed information from consultants at the Rand Corporation, who represent the war profiteers, and paint a rosy picture. Political Adviser Matt Sherman paints the rosy picture the war profiteers want to depict. Congress has not heard from the non-war profiteers on the ground in Afghanistan.
Congress needs to see the whole picture and not through rose colored lenses. In 2012, when I traveled all around Afghanistan I saw first hand the lack of construction and the extent of the corruption. I talked with ordinary Afghans from all over and Afghans within the government about the corruption.
I believe that the United States Congress and its many committees need to hear testimony from all perspectives of the war in Afghanistan and not just the war profiteers’ and war mongers’ perspectives of the Rand Corporation, U.S. Institute of Peace and other consulting organizations controlled by the Pentagon and war profiteers.
When I became a U.S. citizen, I thought the United States was a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but now it is sadly a government of the war profiteers and war mongers, by the war profiteers and war mongers, and for the war profiteers and war mongers.
Does Congress have the courage to change direction from a war policy to a true peace policy in Afghanistan?
For four decades the Afghan people have suffered because of the superpowers’ wars and games. I hate war. The superpowers and neighbors like Pakistan have caused the problems for the Afghan people. To have peace and stability, the United States and NATO must leave Afghanistan.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Representative for the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during the 1980s
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009