Similarities between the Afghan and Syrian Wars

November 30, 2015 OPINION/NEWS


Sattar Rind

The US/NATO attack on a Russian military jet on Tuesday November 24, using the Turkish air force to do its sullied work, is a hazardous act of war against Russia with very dangerous consequences for the world.

This way, it looks as though Turkey is going to repeat the history of 1979 in Afghanistan with Turkish President Recep Erdogan exactly replacing the late General Zia’s role in Syrian affairs, with little difference in location and time.

It is unfortunate also that Turkey’s Secret Service chief Hakan Fidan is not that different from the role played by the then Intelligence chief of Pakistan along with CIA chief William J. Casey in Afghanistan.

The CIA and General Zia Regime at that time had organised the Afghanistan refugees to be Mujahideen and to go back to Afghanistan to fight against the Russian Army and Afghanistan government. Through this, history witnessed the longest proxy war and ultimately, what we are observing today, the consequence of the same war in changing the Mujahideen into new names: the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and now ISIS.

They were trained and given millions of US dollars, using drug money (generally known as Heroin) and weapons, including Stinger Missiles to hit Russian helicopters and jets, which changed the outcome of the war in Afghanistan.

However at that time it was unfortunate for Russia that its president was Mikhail Gorbachev. He was weak and many people blame him for being a puppet of the CIA. It was the same situation with Boris Yeltsin. He even tried to make the US and its allies happy, while at the same time Putin was observing it all with muted voice.

Thus it is believed that Putin has waited a long time to come back from the humiliation and disgrace which Russia faced in the shape of the Chechen war, Georgia and last but not least, in Ukraine when US and NATO forces tried to established a base there.

The Middle East was already controlled by US/NATO forces from the Gulf wars onwards, progressively destabilising the established governments in the Middle East. After killing Gaddafi, US/NATO forces left no choice for Russia but to support the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad to have a chance to be in the centre of the Middle East.

Otherwise it was impossible for Russia to get any space in the Middle East over the coming decades. Therefore it is obvious and very much clear that Russia knew the consequences of such actions of intervention into Syria and were obviously ready for it. They definitely put a great deal of though into it, thus preparing themselves for any outcome.

It is being claimed by a number of analysts and especially by the Russian Defense Ministry that US/NATO forces tried to create a situation through attacking Paris with their covert execution to create a general fear in the people of a third world war.  But it somehow did not materialise by chance or by the hidden forces of the powerful world countries.

On the other hand they pushed Turkey to act against Russia, in which Turkey hit the Russian jet and murdered one of their pilots, shot by ISIS terrorists while parachuting to the ground. It is a war crime for which Turkey and the US/NATO countries are collectively responsible. President Putin has rightly called it a stab in the back by Turkey, a betrayal that cannot be forgiven and will forever be remembered.

A few days earlier, on the occasion of the G-20 Submit in Turkey, the Russian president showed evidence that some G-20 members were involved in the dirty oil businesses and this way ISIS received huge amounts of money, effectively acting wherever they chose to. Turkey is a great beneficiary of this filthy oil selling game.

It was not only Putin who gave evidence, but the same allegations had been accepted by the US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S Cohen last October, that ISIS was earning $1 million a day from oil sales.

The oil is being sold at substantially discounted prices to a variety of middlemen, including some from Turkey, who then transport it to be resold. It also appears that some of the oil emanating from territories where ISIS operate has been sold to Kurds in Iraq, and then resold into Turkey. It is reported however that the amount charged on resale was double.

The drug business, Heroin in Afghanistan and such monies, were used by the warlords to strengthen their Mujahideen fighting forces for the Afghan war, this in addition to killing innocent people, selling women and keeping ‘Bacha log’ (boy prostitutes) for themselves.

The drug business has now been replaced by the illegal oil money, used to kill and burn innocent people of the Middle East alive, this in addition to the purchasing of Viagra tablets in exchange for a woman; goods for goods.

Pakistan has therefore been replaced by Turkey as protecting ISIS, providing training and weapons to continue the control of oil rich areas of Iraq and Syria, thereby continuing the proxy war into Syria letting down Russia once again.

Therefore intelligence chief of the Turkish Government Hakan Fidan has announced that Russia’s intervention is against Islam and international law. He has declared ISIS as a reality and was optimistic about their future.

The same ideas with the same words and with the same justifications are being repeated in the Syrian war. History has replaced exactly with the same tool and techniques in Syria what had happened in Afghanistan forty years ago. At that time the Mujahideen were the “freedom fighters” as the then US President Ronald Regan termed them.

However, if Turkey are unable to provide an excuse/explanation, Russia in one way or another has to strike back. And if Russia fails to hit back, then it would lose the war before it has started.

It is also very obvious that the US/NATO want to see a possible reaction from Russia. It is a psychological examination for Russia and the world is watching and waiting for the result.








Sattar Rind

Sattar Rind lives in Sindh, Pakistan. and is an Author with four books to his credit. three poetry and one on politics. As a Columnist he has written for a number of newspapers and magazines since 1991. Sattar can be contacted at the following email address: [email protected]


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