The US should end the Afghan war–China

October 6, 2009

Afghanistan’s political and social turmoil has been aggravated by different intentions of the participating nations that constitute the coalition forces. In the short term, the fragile Afghan regime is finding it difficult to tame its restive domestic situation. Still, a prescription could help bring the country out of the mess if key players adopt a peaceful and reconciliatory approach in their push for the end of the war.The United States should first put an end to the war. The anti-terror war, which the former US administration of George W Bush launched in 2001, has turned out to be the source of ceaseless turbulence and violence in the past years. To promote much-needed reconciliation among the parties concerned, the US should end its military action. The war has neither brought the Islamic nation peace and security as the Bush administration originally promised, nor brought any tangible benefits to the US itself. On the contrary, the legitimacy of the US military action has been under increasing doubt.

Public opinion within the US on the war has undergone dramatic change. According to a recent poll, opinion in favor of the war has declined from 53 percent in April to 39 percent, while opinion opposed to the war has increased to 58 percent from 46 percent. The US Congress has also cast doubt over the Obama administration’s Afghanistan strategy. The opposition from 74 percent Democrats and 70 percent independent votes to the war would be a big restraint on the Obama administration’s larger military strides given that the new president cannot afford to bet his political fate on a unpopular war. Since taking office as president, Obama has been under pressure from the Pentagon for military reinforcements in Afghanistan. The calls of war opponents over that of supporters will give the young US president the best chance to extricate himself from the Pentagon’s pressures. If Obama resolutely decides to stop the war, that would not only meet the US public expectations and save more American lives, but also help recover the US’ peaceful image and enhance the president’s personal political prospects.

Another way to help Afghanistan break the current deadlock is to promote reconciliation among the Afghan government, the Taliban and the country’s major warlords, all being key actors that can play an influential role in deciding the country’s prospect. In addition to the US factor, the chaos in Afghanistan is also closely related to the long-standing domestic strife between factions. Afghanistan experienced numerous wars and conflicts in history, including invasion by the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and the US war. The war-ravaged Asian nation is undergoing a chaotic battle that has involved the US-led coalition forces, its government troops and domestic warlords, the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. The disorderly confrontations and strife do no good to anyone but have only caused untold suffering to Afghan people.

Afghanistan’s political disorder is also the main cause of its domestic chaos. The country’s presidential election on Aug 20 has so far failed to produce a final result. The recount of votes in more than 600 polling stations alleged to have suffered fraud is expected to last another two or three months, which will add to the chaos. The US has urged Afghan president Hamid Karzai to hold a second round of voting. It seems that Karzai has hammered home the perception that the US is not a reliable partner that can help end Afghanistan’s current predicament. Talks, he thinks, is the only way out. The Afghan president is likely to open the process of tri-party peace talks with the Taliban and major warlords provided that the US ends its military action.

Support from the international community is needed to help Afghanistan make a substantive move toward peace. The international community can take advantage of the ever-mounting anti-war calls within the US to prompt the Obama administration to end the war and withdraw US troops. Germany, France and Britain have planned an international conference this year to discuss the gradual withdrawal of Afghanistan military deployment. International pressures may offer Obama another excuse to withdraw US troops. The UN Security Council should carry the baton from the three European nations to convene a conference on the Afghanistan issue and try to reach a consensus among its five permanent Security Council members and draft a roadmap and timetable for resolution of the thorny issue. In the process, a ticklish issue is whether parties concerned can accept the Taliban as a key player in Afghanistan and how to dispose of the Al Qaeda armed forces, an issue that has a key bearing on the outcome of any international conference on the Afghanistan issue.

Surely, an international peacekeeping mission is needed in the absence of US troops. With the aid of international peacekeepers, the Afghanistan government and its security forces can be expected to exercise effective control over domestic unrest and maintain peace and security.

The author is deputy secretary-general of the China Council for National Security Policy Studies



  1. In other words “bumreekens! Get out of afghanistan or face the consequences”

  2. We all know what India is all about? India is nothing but a faked up state created by the west to use against Muslim state Pakistan, China and Russia. It was India who helped America to giving Russian inside out. So Russia should attack India for leaking its info to Americans and Britain.

    India is behind most of the terrorist attacks around. 9/11 is not the only one attack Israel and India has wedged on America. So Americans open your eyes. Britain, Israel and India are working amidst you. 9/11 was done by Israel and India. Both are foe states.

    People of the world would need to get together and help breaking down India into three separate independent states giving Muslims and Sikhs their own independent countries. India is stolen land from Muslims and we know eventually we will capture it, sooner or later.

    Pakistan must set up an investigation board into Indian scientist kidnapping and must form a way to find out how many times India has lost her atomic enriched uranium and registered as stolen?

    India is a big threat and her nuclear are not safe for the world. Any given day we will hear someone has taken over on India nuclear arsenals and what we are going to do then??? So we must and should counter India and strip her off India from her dangerous bombs that she cannot contain safely nor she can guarantee its safe keepings.

  3. Why China didn’t mentioned India as a spear part in all Afghan sagas?

    India has no role to be in Afghanistan neither it has any standings on afghan issue. Americans will have to kick Indians out of Afghanistan and let the Taliban come on table.

    After all who the hell America is for wedging wars like this on Afghanistan. It is time for China to come out of its corner and take a charge of the world. Certainly we have seen America, Israel, Britain and India together will bring only anarchy to the region and will push the region further into the destruction.

    In all this the biggest culprit is not anyone else but India, which has no grounds nor does it have any position to be in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan must accept its responsibility towards Afghanistan and help free Afghanistan for the hold of America. Musahrif brought all these parties to Afghanistan and then into Pakistan, he done a dirty deed on both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    PPP is doing same and is pro Indian government not a Pakistani government. All politicos are corrupt to their bones. Pak forces should pack them back to India as all of them are from India and are working for India.

  4. before going to display the comments,i request the authorities to edit the comments made by the persons who have ulterior mind.this will help to avoid the kid’s response and will save us from mind shattering and will save us from laughing syndrome.

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