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Will the U.S. Appease Iran for Afghanistan Supply Routes?Tim King Salem-News.com
American military leaders have shot themselves in the foot a few times in history, but this...
(SALEM) - The sudden realization that the United States might need to utilize supply routes through Iran to continue its war in Afghanistan, is an absolute buzz kill for the rooting sections of pro-war Americans who back Israel's religious apartheid government in cries for war and the spillage of blood in Iran.
There are few concessions for sloppy combat work and the recent U.S. attack on two Pakistan military outposts could seriously refocus the priorities of a country that has been pounding away on an increasingly intolerant Afghan populace in a war that is becoming exponentially unpopular.
An article carried earlier by Salem-News.com, Dr. William Hathaway' 'Comparing Evils', contains an interview with the exiled Afghan Journalist Jamal Khan in Germany.
His battles to survive in Afghanistan were myriad, but the brass tacks are not something you would like to accidentally step on in this case.
Before the U.S. war and the Taliban war and the Russian war, Khyber Pass was widely known to thousands of people from the west and Asia who traveled it in the days of the Hippie trail. "Meet you in Kandahar" was a saying that hasn't been heard in many years, the place was a real destination in the old days for world travelers.
During the current war in Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass has been a major route for resupplying NATO forces in the Afghan theater of conflict. Depending on which sound bite or statistic you believe, the U.S. war in Afghanistan depends on the Khyber Pass for somewhere between one third and one half of its resupply effort. There are two routes into Afghanistan, one spills out in the south at Kandahar, and the main route winds its way through the Pesh Valley and into Kabul.
Wikipedia states that it is one of the oldest passes in the world. In history, this is the ancient Silk Road referenced in the Bible as the 'Pesh Habor'. With a bloody and triumphant history, this is a route used not just by the U.S. military, but by conquerors including Darius I, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and later invading Mongol tribes.
Another group never far from this road is the Taliban. Comprehending its strategic importance, they tried to cut the route off in late 2008 and early 2009. It seems clear that since Taliban live on both sides of the Pakistan border, that the government will draw less resentment from those who fight the U.S. as Pakistan is officially no longer aiding the war effort against them.
In February 2009, militants never confirmed to be Taliban, were able to successfully blow up a bridge located 15 miles northwest of Peshawar. The west said at the time that it was not a major setback, but it was enough to force officials in the west to consider their options if they were unable to keep using Pakistan. Those options are few, which leads back to the Iran question.
Wikipedia's page on Khyber Pass explains that the general consensus at this point in time, is that the new supply route will pass through various central Asian republics to the north of Afghanistan.
Time Magazine's new Battleland Blogs article, Afghan Dunkirk: Exiting Afghanistan UK-Style ... or ... How the Military - Industrial - Congressional Complex (MICC) Will Win By Losing, outlines other potential routes possibly going through ports in the Black Sea like Batumi in Georgia, Novorossiysk or Sochi in southern Russia, or even Odessa in the Ukraine.
But the absolutely riveting part takes us back to where the article begins, that is with respect to Iran; the forever demonized country that defiantly fails to cater to Israel's demands, and while the 'attack on Iran' scenario seems to continually loom closer, it may have just hit a real stumbling point.
The Time Battleland Blogs article states:
Death in Kyrgyzstan
Those thinking this Pakistan problem will be easy to overcome, might want to re familiarize themselves with a frigid Asian country called Kyrgyzstan that was great friends with the U.S. when the Bush administration was pouring U.S. tax dollars into their economy through a funnel. When I returned from covering the war in Afghanistan in early 2007, I spent several days in this former Soviet country, noting a tension that didn't exist at the U.S. bases in the war.
In a February 2009 Salem-News.com article by Justin Raimondo, it was revealed that the reason Kyrgyzstan gave the U.S.A. the boot is the same exact reason that Pakistan tossed the Americans out of its country- for killing that nation's military.
Raimondo noted how western news reporters were attempting to lead Americans to the conclusion that an aid pact with the Russian government guaranteeing $2 billion, was the reason the country forced the U.S. government out. While officials from the United States and with NATO openly accused the Russians of interfering, the real reasons for the base closure are only mentioned in passing, if at all: the 2006 killing of a Kyrgyz citizen by a U.S. soldier, one of 1,500 stationed in and around the air base. It happened shortly before I arrived in Kyrgyzstan, explaining perhaps that tension in the air that was so thick. Raimondo wrote in Kyrgyzstan's Revenge:
A USA Today report includes this testimony from Ivanov's son and other truck drivers:
Ivanov's colleagues accused the U.S. servicemen of behaving disrespectfully towards local workers and being boorish, pushing them into the security tent with gun butts. The Americans were not even interested in paying their way out of it, offering a humiliating sum of $1,000 to the widow of Alexander Ivanov.
The price is high when a country is at war and placing its most critical duties in the hands of extremely young soldiers, often under 20, who are not mature to the point that their conscience allows them to comprehend the devastation their actions potentially cause. Kyrgyzstan and now Pakistan, have been lost as national allies because of U.S. Army soldiers, many poorly educated and from regions of the U.S. where racism and country music are prevalent, killing their citizens.
The military forces of the United States and the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) are heavily impacted by Pakistan's closure of the main supply route. Everything from fuel to food; all material that supports the war effort; a large part of what military operations rely upon, is absolutely stopped at this point.
Notable U.S. politicians and other leaders have called for an end to the war in Afghanistan. In fact they have increasingly been suggesting and demanding this well before this current debacle that at minimum, is for the U.S. a strategic nightmare. The U.S. is going to pay far, far more than ever to transport people and supplies into Afghanistan. There is an old saying; that it is a lot easier to get to Afghanistan, than it is to get home.
In the oilprices.com article, John Daly mentions how the closure means that a daily flow of roughly 100 fuel tanker trucks, along with 200 other trucks loaded with NATO supplies, crossing into Afghanistan each day from Pakistan, is a thing of the past. The closure of Khyber Pass and the border with historic Afghanistan:
Maybe the shoot now - ask questions later mentality, wasn't such a good approach after all. It has been said, 'Let God sort 'em out' and perhaps that is exactly what is taking place, with the shoe on the other foot.
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