By Mustafa Kazemi
There is an abnormal mystification in what President Karzai stated on March 10th. The misinterpretation of his comments has sparked these drastic series of comments and reactions from the US government & military officials. However, Karzai did accuse the United States of speaking & acting with double standards, as he stated that he is aware that there are meetings between the US & Taliban officials being held in gulf countries everyday and the US tell Afghanistan that the US has no war with the Taliban but yet these Americans abuse his people under the name of fighting the Taliban.
Karzai further specifies this, that he is made aware by some patriot Taliban and also some foreigners (he refers to those Taliban & foreigners who spy for him) that there are talks going on between the Taliban & the US government but the US government denies these talks but still the Americans abuse Afghan people in their country under the name of fighting the Taliban, whom they say aren’t their enemy. He wants to say if the Taliban are not the enemies of the US, then why does the US government talk with them in secret and why do they abuse and annoy the Afghan people under the name of fighting someone who’s not their enemy at the first place.
In a second sentence the president repeats that there are secret talks between the Taliban & the US government taking place daily; he refers to the Talibans comment about the suicide attack in Kabul where they said they wanted to show off their power to the Americans. Karzai responds to the Taliban, addressing them & saying: “No! It was not showing off your power to the Americans, it was in fact a service that you Taliban did for the US, and a service to this “2014” slogan to scare us that if the Americans leave this country, you Taliban won’t leave us alone”.
So Karzai does accuse the United States of speaking with double standards about the Taliban & Afghanistan and that the US conducts secret talks with the Taliban without informing the Afghan government, but he does not directly accuse US of supporting the Taliban or the Taliban belonging to the United States.
Karzai’s direct quotes:
“We are aware, we are told; both by the foreigners and the patriot Taliban; (they) come and talk to us behind (the scenes) that ‘between our elders and the Americans such & such deals are ongoing, be aware. Every day in Europe and in gulf countries there are talks between Americans and the foreigners and Taliban, and the America says that Taliban are not their enemy and I don’t have any war with the Taliban – but yet they (Americans) everyday annoy our people under the name of (fighting) the Taliban.
Taliban are also in talks with the Americans every day, but yet again bombs go off in Kabul and in Khost that ‘I’m (Taliban) showing off my power to the Americans). No! These bombs that went off in Kabul & Khost yesterday were not showing off your power to the Taliban, it was in fact a service to the United States, a service to this “2014” slogan in order to scare us that if these people (Americans) won’t be here, I (refers to Taliban) won’t leave you.”