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World is Changing, but United States Policy Retains its Dangerously Unchanged Nature

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Media commentary in recent weeks has focused on the alleged plan of United States president Donald Trump to vacate US troops from Afghanistan. Those troops, together with representatives of other countries including the United Kingdom and Australia, have been in Afghanistan since that country was first invaded in October 2001.

The ostensible reason for the invasion was the refusal of the then Taliban government of Afghanistan to hand over to the Americans Osama bin Laden whom the Americans accused of responsibility for the attacks upon Washington DC and New York City in September 2001. The Taliban government, not unreasonably, asked for proof of bin Laden’s involvement in the “9/11” attacks. The Americans refused to provide that evidence and the consequential refusal of the Taliban to relinquish bin Laden provided the ostensible justification for the invasion.

We now know that the invasion of Afghanistan was decided upon by the Americans long before the ostensible justification of 9/11. Even if bin Laden had been responsible, which this writer does not accept, then the ostensible reasons for the invasion should have disappeared with bin Laden’s death. This event occurred either in late 2001 as the United States writer David Ray Griffin has argued in multiple books, or later following the United States “capture” of bin Laden, and his execution in the course of another illegal incursion by United States troops, this time into Pakistan.

In the same way that bin Laden’s alleged role in “9/11” was not a justification for the invasion and now nearly 19-year occupation of Afghanistan, neither did his alleged execution by the Americans lead to their declaring “mission accomplished” and vacating Afghanistan.

The reason they did not vacate the country, and the reasons why they will not voluntarily do so, remain the same today as they did 19 years ago. There are two major reasons for this situation.

The first reason lies in the rather obvious fact that Afghanistan accounts for about 90% of the world’s heroin production, according to United Nations figures. Those figures are published annually by the United Nations, but those data rarely if........

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