By Jacob G. Hornberger
From the Sunday Washington Post:
“In squads of roaring dirt bikes and armed to the
teeth, Taliban fighters are spreading like brush fire
into remote and defenseless villages across northern
Afghanistan. The fighters swarm into town, assemble
the villagers and announce Taliban control, often at
night and without any resistance.”
More important, however, is what they do to anyone
who is suspected of cooperating with the U.S. Empire
or the Karzai regime: they summarily execute them,
without any due process of law or trial.
Consider what happened to a man named Sayid Arif,
who was apparently working for the Afghan government.
They yanked him from his car and just shot him,
leaving him with a note on his chest that said, “This
is punishment” for anyone working for the government.
Or consider what happened to Khairullah, a young
man kidnapped by the Taliban. Khairullah’s father,
Sifullah, went in search for him, knowing that he was
risking his life in the process. When he finally found
the Taliban unit that had taken his son, they said,
“Why did you come here?” He replied, “I want my son.”
After four hours of arguments and the payment of
$1,300, he got his son, but with a message: “You must
promise that your son will never work for the
According to the Post, “This is the message
the Taliban regularly preaches in mosque speeches and
in letters distributed to villagers. One such letter,
passed out on Taliban stationery in Faryab, told
villagers that ‘you are the nation that defeated the
British again and again.’”
No matter how brutal the U.S. occupation of
Aghanistan, there will always be a segment of Afghan
men and women who will do anything to uphold their
nation’s heritage of resistance to imperial
interventions by the Great Foreign Powers, including
Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
After all, imagine if the United States got into a
war with China, one that China ended up winning.
Imagine the Chinese military occupying the cities and
towns of America, ruling from Washington, D.C., and
aided by military units from Cuba, Venezuela, and
Sure, many Americans, including federal workers,
would work for and cooperate with the occupation. But
certainly there would be a segment of American men and
women who would form a violent resistance, one that
would target not only the occupiers but also the
Quislings who cooperated with the occupiers.
Thus, the Taliban have a psychological advantage
over the U.S. Empire. As brutal as the Taliban is, it
can appeals to Afghans’ sense of pride, nationality,
heritage, and patriotism in the quest to rid their
nation of a foreign occupier.
That’s why the U.S. Empire will never conquer
Afghanistan: The cause for which Afghans are willing
to give their lives — the ouster of a foreign occupier
from their land — is greater than the cause for which
American soldiers are being ordered to risk their
lives — to prop up a corrupt puppet regime in a
faraway land that will do the bidding of the U.S.
Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The
Future of Freedom Foundation.