This is a psychological war by the Western media against Afghanistan: once the foreign troops pull out, Afghanistan will be poor, there will be civil war and the Taliban will return, etcetera." Afghan President Hamid KarzaiPresident Hamid Karzai says the major Western media outlets have launched a smear campaign against Afghanistan in a bid to achieve their vicious objectives in the war-ravaged country. Karzai lashed out at the Western main stream media-- especially The New York Times, BBC and CNN-- for gloomy predictions about Afghanistan’s future once the US-led foreign troops withdraw from the country in 2014. “This is a psychological war by the Western media against Afghanistan: once the foreign troops pull out, Afghanistan will be poor, there will be civil war and the Taliban will return, etcetera,” Karzai told a news conference in Kabul. “I believe if the objective is to influence future agreements on the number of US military bases, the presence of US troops beyond 2014 - it can’t achieve this through psychological war,” he said. Washington is attempting to finalize a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Kabul under which the US troops are allowed to stay in the war-torn country beyond 2014. In early May, US President Barack Obama signed a deal with his Afghan counterpart Karzai to provide aid, advisers, and support for a period of 10 years after the expected departure of foreign combat troops in 2014. Karzai said the US and its Western allies were not serious about tackling the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan.
“But the United States is not ready to go and fight the terrorists there. This shows a double game. They say one thing and do something else,” he said. “If this war is against insurgency, then it is an Afghan and internal issue, then why are you here? Let us take care of it.”As civilian casualties have risen in Afghanistan over the past few months, the public opinion in the US and other NATO members has begun to turn against the US-led war. The Western media has remained silent over the killing of civilians by US-led forces over the past years. The loss of civilian lives at the hands of US-led foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan, triggering anti-US protests across the country. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in the war-weary nation. The escalating human cost of the war is putting a great deal of pressure on NATO member states to withdraw their troops. JR/JR