Pepe Escobar: The Taliban riddle + The key to the riddle

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Everybody is making a mess out of the AfPak theatre, including Washington, part 1 of 2


Pepe Escobar: The key to the Taliban riddle

Veteran Afghan jihadis keep the Obama administration puzzled, part 2 of 2


The Taliban Riddle

Deeply corrupt governments and warlords, as well as involvement by drug kingpins, have muddled the Afghan-Pakistani theater

As the security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to spiral down, the Obama administration along with its European allies scramble for a concrete and long lasting solution that so far has proven to be disappointingly illusive. Factors that loom large in the battle to pacify and bring stability to this increasingly chaotic situation are many. A web of drug business, shifting alliances, and deeply corrupt central governments are some of these factors.

In a multi-segment story on the situation in Afghanistan, before the start of the upcoming surge in troops, Pepe Escobar offers his sharp commentary, calling the situation a riddle to be solved. In Part One, Escobar explains that many Afghans are fed up with the violence and would like to see more scholars and engineers, not troops because for many Afghans more foreign troops equate more violence. According to Escobar, the neo-liberal realists in the Obama administration are fed up with Afghan President Karzai–who is sarcastically referred to by many as the mayor of Kabul–and have already begun their search for a new puppet.

Escobar brings to the fore the intricacies of the situation within the Taliban and their shifting corrupt alliances as they continue to forge new deals with Pakistan’s widely despised President, Asif Zardari, the widower of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. While Zardari continues to allow U.S. drones to kill Pakistani pashtuns, he continues to forge new alliances, so far three of them, with different Taliban factions.

In Part Two of this report, Escobar turns his attention to Afghani factions with Gulbudin Hekmatyar as one of the key figures who, along with the ousted leader of Taliban, Mullah Omar, want nothing short of a full withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan.

The end result, therefore, is the forming of an alliance made up of different Taliban factions fighting a single common enemy: the NATO forces. This leaves the central government in Islamabad and the feudalistic elite in Pakistan to do their business. Escobar then explains what measures the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have taken in light of above developments.


It’s Obama’s War, Now by Chris Hedges

Warning to the US: beware treating Afghanistan like Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

4 thoughts on “Pepe Escobar: The Taliban riddle + The key to the riddle

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  3. Wow, Pepe Escobar really deciphered all these vicious, violent Taliban maniac unwatered, unwashed, medievil cave-dwelling gangsters.

    Good for him. I like looking at his face better than the lips and displaced eyes, when he’s telling the real deal.

    Good we get the real deal, they are all obviously Sicilians, Colombians, insane religious fanatic drug dealers lacking morals, water and toilet paper. Bad scene. Best to stay away from Khyber Pass, it supports no life except lowlifes, let the miserable live in their misery, if goat-flesh and gun-mongering islamist fanatics is what they crave.

    As long as women agree to walk behind men, the Fatwa-welding maniacs of the Al-Qaida-harboring Taliban will prevail. Liberation will come, but it will be the women who revolt, I suspect.

    That being explained, what the HELL is Obomba doing sending these troops into this hornets’ nest of miscreant goat-herding cave-dwellers who blow up Buddhist statues, and destroy women and girl’s schools?

    It will undo all he ever strives to achieve.

    This guy Escobar with the eyes and lips is ghastly smart.

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