After America and Western countries spent $billions ($trillions all consequences considered), sacrificed thousands dead, wounded, maimed, and ruined lives, Afghan President Karzai in a BBC interview says the war on terror was not fought honestly and genuinely. Its intent was to cause instability in the region. Iraq and Afghanistan were, he claims, solid and whole countries before foreign intervention.
The BBC reporter asked if what is happening in Iraq could happen in Afghanistan. Karzai replies
Never. Not at all.
[BBC Reporter] Many worry that there is a whole arc now—Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan—the rise of al-Qaeda linked groups.
[Karzai] So this means either of two things. Either the war on terror was not conducted properly or effectively, that it gave rise to more terrorism, more nationalism, second, that that was not the purpose in the first place. That was not the objective in the first place. The objective was to cause this instability Which one is it, one has to analyze it and that is an economic question.
[BBC Reporter] What is your answer sir?
[Karzai] I believe the war on terror was not fought with honesty and not fought genuinely.
He says he is confident about the Afghan people. International support is needed where Afghanistan does not have the means to sustain themselves. Afghans are grateful for that, but the keeping of the country, the protection of the country is the work of the Afghans.
President Bush most certainly did not intend to cause instability in the region. As to Obama’s intentions, some suggest the intent was to cause instability for America. The world is in a worse mess than we were a decade ago. Our actions, well-intentioned or otherwise, have consequences. A reluctant superpower has to decide what or if additional sacrifices should be made for people and cultures we do not understand. Recall the fable of the scorpion and the frog. Whatever our course of action, we cannot trust the people for whom they are being made.