Like It or Not, Taliban Is Afghanistan’s True Independence Movement, by Eric S. Margolis

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. From Eric S. Margolis at

“Oh! wherefore come ye forth, in triumph from the North,
With your hands, and your feet, and your raiment all red?
And wherefore doth your rout send forth a joyous shout?”

‘The Battle of Naseby’ by Thomas Macaulay

After 20 years of B-52 carpet bombing of Afghanistan, murderous drone strikes, 350,000 puppet soldiers, 20,000 mercenaries, nearly two trillion dollars in US spending, destruction of countless Afghan villages, the killing up to one million Afghans, spreading the opium trade around southeast Asia and Europe, abetting wide scale torture…. after all this the US-run Afghan’s puppet `president’ and his drug-dealing cronies have fled embattled Kabul like thieves in the night.

Taliban – more accurately the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan – has been slandered by almost every western news outlet and wrongly called a terrorist movement linked to the late Osama bin Laden.  Heavily-propagandized Americans, Canadians and British have been inundated by this torrent of government lies against Afghanistan’s Pashtun (Pathan) people.

I was in Afghanistan with the newly created Taliban in the early 1990’s.  I walked from Pashtun village to village and had tea with the local chiefs, known as ‘maliks.’  The Pashtun treated me as an honored guest and welcome visitor.  These rough mountain warriors were the descendants of the fighters who had defeated four British invasions the previous century.  My book ‘War at the Top of the World’ examines the beginning of our Afghan War.

The fathers of these Pashtun fighters were the men who formed the anti-Soviet ‘mujahidin’ (holy warriors) that defeated the mighty Soviet Red Army with the secret help of US, British and most of all Pakistani intelligence.  Everyone in south Asia knew better than to mess with the Pashtun Afghans, including their blood enemies, Afghanistan’s ethnic Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazara.

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One response to “Like It or Not, Taliban Is Afghanistan’s True Independence Movement, by Eric S. Margolis

  1. A good friend of mine spent quite a bit of time in Afghanistan, in the 1970s. He returned with an enduring admiration for these people, living bitterly hard lives ‘out in the sticks’.


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