Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War

Just as troubling is the role of Pakistan in supporting extremism and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan by allowing them sanctuaries in its territory, the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a more serious and dangerous role in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs. This could eventually dictate the outcome of US engagement in Afghanistan to an invidious conclusion.

Here is why? While secrets from Wikileaks were spattered all over the media, I couldn’t help but wonder: What if Iran had a Wikileaker and we could see what its embassy in Kabul was reporting about Afghanistan and US engagement there? I suppose the cable would read like this:

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kabul, to Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Tehran,

TOP SECRET/Subject: Afghanistan today

In the name of Allah the most merciful and most compassionate

Things are going well here for Iran. Afghanistan remains a deeply politically polarized country; its leadership is incompetent, politically corrupt and resentful of America’s military tactics, which is certainly helpful for our goal of proliferating sectarian divide, and helping the Taliban fight the infidels. This, of course, allows us sufficient time to pursuit our goal of acquiring nuclear weapons. But we are particularly optimistic because the Afghan government and the Americans are in constant disagreement. They point fingers at each other for all the wrong reasons.

There is an unruly self-destructiveness in the air here as if the Afghan leadership has no interest in the future of Afghanistan. Their vision of a pluralistic Afghanistan is blurred by their colossal egos. The leadership fights over things like — we are not making this up — which minister is entitle to a suite instead of an ordinary room while on an official trip. They are fighting – we are happy to report— over what are the quickest ways to take cash out of Afghanistan instead of investing in their own country. So far the Afghan leadership has taken 8 billion dollars out of Afghanistan.

Furthermore, Afghanistan just had what they call a “parliamentary election.” Best we could describe it involved an ugly vitriolic campaign between the largest ethnic group the Pashtuns and other minorities, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks. The parliamentary election was a clear replicate of last year’s presidential election ensnared in massive fraud. Nonetheless, the Afghan candidates that we had financed, majority of them have prevailed. This leaves us relieved. It means Afghans will do nothing serious to fix their fundamental problems; their fragment has opened up the door and paved the way for our strategic goal in Afghanistan. Therefore, we are happy to report that it is not premature to write an obituary for the evolution of democracy in Afghanistan.

As for the Americans/NATO in Afghanistan – we are happy to report – that after nine years they are still in a stage of confusion. Not only they have been blindly supporting an incompetent and unpopular Pashtun leader with no political base while fighting a Pashtun insurgency, but their civilian policies are equally inadequate. They pour money into programs that yield no substantial result, for example: the reintegration process is a complete failure. All in all, the road ahead for Americans seems difficult; their counter-insurgency strategy just received lukewarm performance review by the White House. We are happy to report that the Americans have failed to tailor a democracy in accordance with the nature and wishes of the Afghan people.

Now as for the Taliban, whose leadership is entirely in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, Americans remain delusional to believe that Pakistan will eventually attack extremist groups within its territory using its Muslim army against other Islamist groups. Pakistan’s military still believe that the only way to have influence in Afghanistan is through the Taliban, with which they have had a 20-year joint-venture. We, too, see our interest in supporting Taliban commanders by supplying them with weapons in Nimorz and Uruzgan provinces, even though we believe their jihad is not meritorious.

We are encouraged that our nuclear project will experience no setback, as the United States is busy squandering $190 million a day in Afghanistan on a project with no clear vision or end. By the time the Americans do get out of Afghanistan, the Afghans will surely hate them so much that our hard-work on supporting Shi’ah sect will enjoy a clear success. Already, the only eye-catching project in Kabul is our $5 million Shi’ah Seminary. Therefore, we are happy to report that our goal of obtaining a Shi’ah majority in Kabul is on the right track.

Sardonically, the Afghan government is oblivious. The golden opportunity of an international community’s commitment to rebuild their country is slipping through their fingers because of unwise Afghan leadership. However, our bags of cash delivered to Mr. Karzai’s office has helped us obtain countless United Nations resolutions against Afghanistan, that will oblige Afghanistan for years to come to fulfill this liability. Our leverage to have continuous flow of water from the Helmand River into Iranian territory an equivalent of 35 billion dollars yearly loot remains unchanged.  And once we acquire our nuclear arsenals, god willing, Afghanistan will no longer be in a position to compromise. Unless the United States has the desire to establish a permanent military base here.

Finally, in our quest for regional preeminence – we are happy to report – that China, Russia and Pakistan favor us as a reliable partner rather than a dysfunctional Afghanistan. By the time Afghans get their acts together, China’s mining companies already operating here should be able to control up the rest of Afghanistan’s rare minerals and its much needed revenue. Since China prefers Hazara minority in Afghanistan, this will be a shoe-in for our sectarian goal and in our uninterrupted influence in Kabul.

End of Cable. Respectfully: Ambassador Fada Hosein Maleki. 10/10/1389

Wahid Monawar is a former chief of staff of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a former permanent representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. He is currently an associate of Zurich Partners.

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6 Responses for “Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War”

  1. afghan says:

    wow wahid monawar u have said 100% facts, iran is the most serious problem to afghanistan then pakistan, i dnt knw how there will be peace when the chinese, iranians, russians, pakistanis, french, english, usa, indians, turkey, tajikistan, uzbakistan are all involved in interfering in the internal matters of afghanistan and supporting their favourite warlords.

    why won’t these countries just leave us alone, we have suffered for more then 2 decades, the worst thing is tht the people of afghnistan fall in to their sold out politicans and there is still ethnic division in afghanistan,

    pashtuns are suffering the worst, they r being killed by both taliban and the foreign troops

    May God help the people of Afghanistan

  2. Jonas66 says:

    Seems to me IRAN in the title of this article “Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War” can be replaced by PAKISTAN, US, AFGHANS THEMSELVES, etc, etc. Now why Iran has been chosen is a matter of speculation.

    In case of Iran and Pakistan, 2 Million refugees for each country from Afghanistan for the last 30 years an enormous strain and it seems to be never ending for both countries…when will this stop? For the sake of the refugees I hope soon.

    As an Iranian I see Afghans as our brothers and hope things will sort out soon…Afghans deserve peace and prosperity after decades of horrors but folks things are not going to sort out themselves out and if you do not take care of your house someone else will have to do it and admittedly the someone else will not bdo as good of a job because it is not their house.

  3. Adel says:

    It was the author’s uncle, Zalmai Khalizad who as President Bush’s top man, propped up Karzai as leader of the interim govt after the fall of the Taliban. Again, it was Khalizad who opted for a strong centralized presidential system in order maintain Pashtun supremacy at the cost of true democracy.
    Now, the entire policy and system has boomeranged. Neither the Americans, nor the Afghans have now much leverage to tame the unbridled Karzai or curb his totalitarian power, which is the root cause of ethnic divisions in Afghanistan. Khalilzad’s favourite is now grasping the Iranian and Pakistani straws to confront the West and the alienated population.
    Don’t blame everything on Iran and Pakistan. Unless the tribal mentality is changed and we all come to our senses, the country will be up for grab and free for all. Our tribalist Pashtun elites are to blame for much of our problems – then the Pakistanis and Iranians, who only cater for their national interests. What have we done?
    When you point one finger of blame at others, remember that three other fingers point at you!

  4. Gordan T says:

    Finally!! Thank you for underlining these important issues. I never understood who had hired Iranian criminal regime to be the spokesperson of Islam and always use Palestinian cause as an excuse to advance their fanatic agenda, while evicting and not admitting Palestinian refugees in Iran. Can some one please tell me how many Palestinian Muslim brothers live in Iran??? You will be shocked to know about the trifling number of refugees welcomed by Iranian regime.

  5. Jonas66 says:

    To Gordan,

    Not trying to defend the Iranian regime here as sadly the government of Iran has major issues as we saw it play out in the internal unrest in 2009 but last I checked the figures there are over 2 Million refugees in Iran. Please see link.

    In regards to the Palestinians – Not sure how the conversation when that way but all governments have used the Palestinians for their own end including Iran. Perhaps it time for Palestinians to realize they are much better off with Israel than their “Muslim Brothers” and save the everyone, especially the Palestinians a lot of grief.

  6. ac says:

    im not very well aware of the activities of iran in afghanistan but i just have to point out that al-qaeda is a sunni group and iran is a shiite state. shiites are persecuted by sunnis, dont you read about all the bombings in iraq that target shiites by al qaeda? and the taliban seemingly persecuted shiites also. so i dont know how accurate is this article.

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