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Taliban could become the Mujahideen 2.0

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

American allies were American enemies before or would be enemies at some point in future. Japan was a formidable enemy of the United States. They made war with each other, which ended with the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Later, through the Treaty of San Francisco, the United States basically wrote the Japanese pacifist constitution. Ever since Japan has been an American ally in the region, which during Cold War helped the NSA eavesdrop on Soviet communications. Today, Shinzo Abe is dedicated to reverse the pacifist constitution at the urging of the US to counter an aggressive and expansionist China.

Iran wasn’t liked under Mosaddeq but adored when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ruled. It became an enemy again after the 1979 Revolution. That prompted Washington to bring in Iraq as an ally in the region because it lost Iran. Another friendly regime was needed so strained relations between Iraq and America........

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