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Strategic Importance of Afghanistan

Let's look carefully at the geopolitical situation of Afghanistan. The country is located in the region of the Caspian Sea. It borders several republics of the former USSR, in the north, and in the East it borders China. Some of the republics of the former USSR are in a state of a civil war, e.g. Tajikistan. A civil war is slowly smoldering in Russia (Chechnya). We know that the region has been one of the goals of strategic drive of Nazi Germany against USSR during WWII.

PNAC, Project for the New American Century (, a think tank for the current Bush administration, in their "Statement of Principles", June 1997, writes:"promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations". America builds its foreign policy on pursuit of its strategic interests. Its main strategic interest, in XX century, has been the destruction of the USSR (now Russia) and China. Those who don't understand this understand nothing in geopolitics. 

One of the architects of the U.S. foreign policy has been Zbigniew Brzezinski. In an interview to "Le Nouvel Observateur" (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, we notice the following:

Question: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalists, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?  

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

Talk about capturing Osama Bin Laden (after the events of 9/11/2001) was just an excuse for the U.S. invading Afghanistan. There is an interesting interview with Mullah Omar, former ruler of Afghanistan and leader of Taliban, conducted by Mohammad Shehzad over the phone on 18.04.2004:

Q. The Taliban could have escaped the US wrath had they expelled Osama.

A. We don't care for the US wrath! We are only afraid of God's wrath. The US was hell-bent to topple our legitimate government. It would have still done so even had Osama been expelled.

We believe that the Mullah has good reasons for such an answer.

Most clearly the reasons for invading Afghanistan are given by a Soviet writer Gareev, in his book "My last war". He writes:

In the American journal "Current History" it was said that one of the reasons for the America's interest in Afghanistan is the possibility of using this country as a platform for attacking Russia. Sooner or later the Western countries will undertake an invasion of the Soviet Union ("Communist of the Armed Forces", 1991, #12, p.73)

Ludo Martens, a chairman of the Labor Party of Belgium, confirms this version. He writes that after September 11, 2001:

An assistant to the Chief of Staff has declared that the U.S. has not planned operations on such a scale since the end of WWII. And this is said about an operation against one of the poorest countries in the world, in ruins due to incessant war. This clearly shows that the aggression against Afghanistan is simply an "exercise" which precedes a large-scale war against China and possibly Russia. A general of the British General Headquarters proclaimed after two weeks of bombing that the conflict can "last 50 years!"

Fidel Castro, on November 2, 2001, said:

"I do not share the view that the United States’ main pursuit in Afghanistan was oil. I rather see it as part of a geo-strategic concept. No one would make such a mistake simply to go after oil, least of all a country with access to any oil in the world, including all the Russian oil and gas it wishes".

An American left-wing analysis site "The Emperor's Clothes" writes:

"The central goal of US foreign policy (in attacking Afghanistan) was the permanent reduction of Russia and the other former Soviet states to weak protectorates … Washington wants to take over Afghanistan in order to speed up the fulfillment of its strategy of pulverizing the former Soviet Republics in the same way Washington has been pulverizing the former Yugoslavia … Since the invasion of Afghanistan, the encirclement of Russia has greatly intensified. For example, NATO has developed much closer military ties with the Central Asian Republics. There are now US 'advisers' in Georgia, a former Soviet Republic on Russia's strategic southern flank, whose government is hostile to Russia... Afghanistan is strategically placed, not only bordering Iran, Pakistan, and even, for a small stretch, China (!) but, most important, sharing borders and a common religion with the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union (SU): Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. These in turn border Kazakhstan, which borders Russia. Central Asia is strategic not only for its vast deposits of oil, as we are often told, but more important for its strategic position. Were Washington to take control of these Republics, NATO would have military bases in the following key areas: the Baltic region; the Balkans and Turkey; and these Republics. This would constitute a noose around Russia's neck. Add to that Washington's effective domination of the former Soviet Republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia, in the south, and the US would be positioned to launch externally instigated 'rebellions' all over Russia".

APN, Agency of Political News, a Russian news server, in an article "Kabul-2006" writes:

Speaking at the ceremony dedicated to an anniversary of the "events of 9/11", the president of the country George Bush for the first time admitted that Saddam Husein, overthrown by America, have had no relation to preparation of the terrorist acts in New York. Then we find out that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is a "decisive ideological struggle of the XXI century", which "will define the roads of development for a century" and "the fate of millions in all the world"... (hence) there is a possibility of soon seeing at our borders not a weak gathering of enemy forces trying to dictate their conditions to Russia and its Asian allies.

Russian officials sources are never direct, as they are still trying to find "modus vivedi" with the U.S. capital. But in any way, they are saying that war in Afghanistan is a preliminary to war against Russia, a "decisive ideological struggle of the XXI century", i.e. this is war against communism.

Afghanistan is a part of a platform which the USA builds in the region of the Caspian Sea to move against both the former USSR and China. Let's notice that another country with a similar position, i.e. sharing borders both with China and Russia, is North Korea. And it has been the focus of intensive U.S. diplomacy, military and economic pressures in recent times. For example, in June 2005 we hear of a group of "Stealth" bombers being moved to South Korea. In February 2007, we hear of a deal signed between North Korea and the USA, according to which the North Korea abandons development of nuclear weapons in exchange for food and fuel.

So, we believe that the U.S. is considering using Korea - North Korea, first of all - to attack both Russia and China. 





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