Afghanistan: The Mirage of Peace by Chris Johnson

By Chris Johnson

With the re-building of the failed Afghan nation now on the middle of the recent overseas intervention, this publication explores how the perceptions of outsiders were at odds with Afghans' personal understandings in their nation. It indicates how the inability of figuring out that characterised prior rules continues to be hugely complicated. via carrying on with to take pleasure in a superficial, selective portrayal of the rustic, the overseas neighborhood dangers production a kingdom that doesn't exist, and regulations that won't paintings.

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By the end of 2003, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General acknowledged that ‘Afghanistan has experienced a deterioration in security at precisely the point where the peace process demands the opposite … In the last 90 days, the number of reported incidents targeting civilians exceeded the total of those that occurred in the first 20 months following the signing of the Bonn agreement … attacks on the humanitarian community escalated from a rate of one per month to one almost every two days’ (UN 2003a).

In the south, the east and the north different groups jockeyed for power, leading to inherently unstable situations. But it was not only a desire for power that drove the conflict; for many commanders war was an economically profitable state of affairs, providing an environment in which they could pillage the country’s resources or deal in illegal goods. Peace offered nowhere near such good rewards. So the low-level war dragged on, bringing misery for ordinary people. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the north of the country: What characterizes the situation in the north is ongoing factional tensions, local but which periodically and repeatedly erupt into conflict.

Similarly, it is part of a person’s honour to protect from harm those with whom he has relations of solidarity. Thus a friend from the province of Logar, where relationships between the different tribal groups are generally very good, spoke of how no one, even across tribes, would tell anyone from outside who had joined the Taliban, for fear that they might fall prey to the witch-hunt that followed their overthrow. Many people had been Taliban then, just as in previous eras people had been mujahideen or communists.

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