Mockery of democracy, independence, and freedom
Iran says that the US is "wearing out its welcome" in Afghanistan. Iran also says that the US has made a "mockery of democracy, independence, and freedom" in Afghanistan.
United States Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Friday that U.S. and NATO military forces will undoubtedly continue play an important role in Afghanistan in the near future.
It seems that it will take a decade until the Afghan police and military forces will be able to establish peace and stability in the country on their own, he added.
This statement by the Afghan-born U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan suggests that the U.S. has just made a mockery of democracy, independence, and freedom with the recent presidential election in Afghanistan it helped organize since U.S. officials do not intend to hand over full sovereignty to the Afghan nation.
It appears that the United States plans to use Afghanistan as a base to implement its expansionist policies in the region. Three years ago, the U.S. attacked Afghanistan on the pretext of bringing the country peace, stability, security, and democracy. However, the U.S. has not only failed in this endeavor but has further complicated the problems in Afghanistan through its military presence in the country and through its interference in the country’s internal affairs.
Continuing insecurity as well as poverty, high unemployment, and the increase in the rate of production and smuggling of opiates are just some of Afghanistan’s problems.
In addition, the great influence of some U.S. officials and especially the U.S. ambassador over Afghanistan’s internal affairs, including the ratification of the Afghan constitution and the recently staged presidential election, clearly indicate that the U.S. is trying to arrange the country’s affairs in line with its own policies and goals. Therefore, in view of the current scenario, one cannot expect the realization of democracy and development in this war-ravaged country in the foreseeable future.
In another troubling development, just like in Iraq, the United States has refrained from announcing an exact date for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghan territory. The statements of Khalilzad and some other U.S. officials have made it even more obvious that the United States does not plan to leave its military bases in the country. The U.S. actions in Afghanistan, particularly the establishment of military bases in various parts of the country, are further proof.
In light of all this, the Afghan nation expects their elected president to establish national police and military forces and to pave the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops as soon as possible.