The Emir of Afghanistan
kls at unidui.uni-duisburg.de
Sun Oct 13 11:03:06 MDT 1996
On Fri, 11 Oct 96, Chris Burford wrote:
>>From the point of view of this agenda, radical islam is=20
>a reaction against the culture of commodity based civil society
>as much as it is a progressive nucleus of political resistance
>to neo-liberalism, and imperialism.
>Where the Taliban lie on this I do not know. A good marxist
>analysis of the roots of the conflict and why they were able to=20
>overthrow the Kabul government would be fascinating.
In the mean time let's have a look into the left-liberal press:
ARE THE TALEBAN TOOLS IN THE BATTLE FOR OIL?
Access to oil reserves also underlies fighting in Afghanistan
By Pierre Simonitsch
Geneva - One underlying cause of the fighting in Afghanistan is
the struggle to secure access via pipeline to the rich oil and
natural gas reserves of the Caspian Sea, United Nations diplomats
in Geneva believe. Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and the USA are
all involved in the tussle.
Nicholas Burns, US State Department spokesman, denied that a high
ranking government representative had flown to Kabul for talks
with the Taleban militia, but the department has not denied
reports that the US oil giant Unocal has been given the go-ahead
from the new holders of power in Kabul to build a pipeline from
Turkmenistan via Afghanistan to Pakistan. It would lead from
Krasnovodsk on the Caspian Sea to Karachi on the Indian Ocean
President Saparmurat Nijazov of Turkmenistan stayed away from the
summit of affected CIS states held in the Kazakhstan capital
Almaty. UN diplomats are convinced that the president has already
made a pact with the Taleban and their behind the scenes
The UN and its organisations have spent billions of dollars on
redeveloping Afghanistan, on mine clearing and caring for more
than four million refugees. High ranking UN officials are now
being forced to look on with gnashing teeth as their efforts come
to nothing and the international organisation is outmanoeuvred
Members of the UN Security Council managed to draw out the delay
in issuing a statement on the situation in Afghanistan until Kabul
fell. Jose Ayala Lasso, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
issued only a polite warning to Taleban leaders to comply with the
international convention on equal rights for women.
UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali limited himself to a
threat to withdraw aid. Some big powers clearly do not want the UN
to involve itself with the situation in Afghanistan.
A draft Security Council resolution condemning blatant human
rights violations in Afghanistan was last week blocked by China's
veto. The Beijing government rejected any "meddling in the
internal affairs of sovereign states".
The US government is now waving a threatening finger at the
Taleban after events in Kabul triggered an echo in the press. Even
Pakistan's Premier Benazir Bhutto made a statement - rather
delayed - concerning women. Yet geo-strategic interests are
stronger than worries over human rights.
A Pakistani delegation is currently in Turkmenistan for talks over
the pipeline. President Faruk Laghan of Pakistan is to travel to
Tadzikistan and Uzbekistan at the end of this month. He wants to
convince their governments that the Taleban do not harbour
territorial ambitions. But the main item on the agenda will be the
construction of roads and oil pipelines through Afghanistan to
Iran is also pursuing realpolitik. The mullahs have revoked
support of Tadzikistan's rebel Islamic movement and are now
attempting a policy of reconciliation with the Tadzik government.
The Taleban are just the tools in this battle for power an oil. In
return for modern weapons and logistical aid they probably had to
promise Pakistan they would recognise the border established by
the British colonial power - a step which all Afghan governments
up until now have refused.
ENDS Copyright =A996,Frankfurter Rundschau and gnns
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