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Joseph in Cush
The USA and UK in Afghanistan. A Maelstrom of Conflicting Interest.

1. Introduction. The Gates of Your Enemies?
2. Demographics.
3. Recent History and Military Involvement.
4. Afghanistan Assets?
5. The Drug Trade.
6. The Overall Picture.
7. Does the USA Not Really Want to Win the War in Afghanistan?


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1. Introduction.

The USA is now in Afghanistan. It is also in Pakistan. In Biblical terms the appellation "Cush" may apply to Africa or parts of Africa, the King James Version translates "Cush" as Ethiopia.
The term Cush according to Rabbinical traditions also applies to the region of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
Josephus seems to define India as beginning in eastern Iran.
Under the British Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and were all united under the name of India.
Burma was also ruled by the British. Afghanistan however was independent.

The Ancient Assyrians and Egyptians appear to have used the same word,
"Meluhha" (Melucha),  for both African entities (such as Ethiopia) and for "India" or at the least that part of India (Baluchistan in southern Pakistan) closest to them. A similar term, "Mleccha", is also found in Hindu references for northwest India, Afghanistan, and peoples of Central Asia.

Banyai Michael ("THE ARAB FRINGE. AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING Musri, KUSH, MELUHHA AND MAGAN") and others have proven that this term (Mleccha, Meluhha) is the equivalent of the Hebrew "Cush".
The forces of Joseph are now in Cush.

Thanks mainly to President Baruk Hussein Obama the US is liable to be in Afghanistan for quite a while. Whether this for good or bad we cannot say. It is disturbing.
On the one hand the US presence appears to be following the Israelite Strategy of gaining control of the Gates of our enemy and those who hate us.
Gates of Your Enemies

[The application of this principle to the case of Afghanistan is explained below.]
The US could perhaps contribute much and gain much from being in Afghanistan. The possibilities are promising though hazy and perhaps threatening.

On the other hand the US may be going for big stakes and placing itself in the midst of formidable players. This is at a time when the US is not necessarily at peak form, and may not be able to make the effort needed to ensure success.

Other alternatives exist but we have been wrong before and it is not our field.
Even if the Afghan adventure is mistaken it can be made right.

Each one of us can only hope for direction and salvation from the God of Israel, do as well as we can with what we have, and strive for the better from where we are.

The notes below give some background information and general observations that may of interest to our readership
and of value in following future developments.

2. Demographics.


Afghanistan has about 30 million people.
The Afghan-Pashtun are the largest group followed by Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimak, Turkmen, Baloch and others.
The Afghan-Pashtun number about  10 million (with another 10 million in Pakistan) and usually ruled over the others.
Tajiks are mixed Arab-Iranian types and number ca. 5 million.
The Tajik area was anciently known as Ariana and may be the Biblical Hara where some of the Ten Tribes were exiled to (1-Kings 5:26) but later moved out of.
Both Afghans and Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. Tajiks are the dominant population in 4 (Kabul, Herat, Ghazni, and Mazar-i-Sharif) out of the 6 main cities of Afghanistan.

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Hazars are mixed Iranian-Mongol types and may be descended  from the armies of Genghis Khan.
They are Shiites (like the Iranians) and number ca. 1 million. The Taliban considers the Hazara an ethnic enemy and has committed massacres against them.

There are 1.3 million Uzbeks who are a Turkish-language group.

Several other smaller ethnic entities are also present.

3. Recent History and Military Involvement

Until 1978 Afghanistan was more or less ruled over by an Afghan monarchical family that claimed descent from King Saul.
In 1978 the Communists took over and attempted to introduce radical changes. In 1979 the USA began recruiting and training Islamic fanatic ("Mujahadin") to unsettle the USSR-backed commies. Consequently the Soviets invaded. They remained there for ten years fighting the Mujahadin who were also backed with Saudi money and reinforced by volunteers from all over the Muslim world.
From 600,000 to 2 million inhabitants of Afghanistan were killed. 6 million refugees fled to Pakistan and Iran.
[The present population of Afghanistan is about 29 million.]
The Russians pulled out and the local commie regime fell in 1992.
Civil War broke out with the Taliban taking over in ca. 1994. The Taliban was backed by Pakistan who contributed 20 to 40 % of the Taliban forces. The Taliban massacred thousands especially those who were Shia Muslims or of Hazara ethnic origin.
The Taliban were mainly Pashtu-Afghans and adhered to the Sunni (Saudi Arabian type) school of Islam.
The Taliban were also assisted by Osama Bin Ladin and his Arabian cohorts.
The organization of Bin  Ladin, Al Qaeda, was centered in Afghanistan.
After September 11, 2001, the USA became more involved.
Osama Bin Ladin was blamed for the attacks on the US World Trade Center. Afghanistan refused to hand over Al Quaeda operatives.
On October 7, 2001, US and Britain forces allied with the Afghan United Front  (Northern Alliance)  invaded Afghanistan. The northern Front was comprised mainly of Takiks and Hazars along with a few dissatisfied Pushtuns.
The Taliban was defeated and most of its leadership fled to Pakistan.
From 2003, working out of Pakistan, the Taliban intensified its insurgent operation in Afghanistan mostly targeting civilians. The Government began losing control of the countryside.
U.S. President Barack Obama sent in an additional 30,000 US troops (2009-2010) bringing the total to ca. 60,000.
There are ca. 30,000 other allied troops present.

Opinions exist that even more troops will be needed:
#On September 23, NBC News reported that a classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan by General McChrystal included his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy would require 500,000 troops and five years of fighting. #

Obama set a withdrawal date for the year 2014.

The Afghan National Army (which officially the US has come to help) numbers about 134,000.

The Taliban has gained control of much of the country. The Taliban may only number between 10,000 to 15,000.

4. Afghanistan Assets?

Is it possible that the USA has much to gain in the material sense from Afghanistan?

Wikipedia: War in Afghanistan (2001'present)

"Is it all to fight a number of Taliban ' 10,000, 12,000 Taliban'"
Zamir Kabulov, Russia's ambassador to Kabul, has proposed. "Maybe this infrastructure, military infrastructure, [is] not only for internal purposes but for regional also."[280] Russia views the large and indefinite military build-up as a potential threat "because Afghanistan's geographical location is a very strategic one," Kabulov said. "It's very close to three main world basins of hydrocarbons: Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Central Asia." [280][283][284][285] [286]

Afghanistan is also considered to possess a vast amount of mineral wealth.
# U.S. officials fear resource-hungry China will try to dominate the development of Afghanistan's mineral wealth.[294]

# In 2010, officials from the U.S. Pentagon along with American geologists have discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits all across Afghanistan.[293]

# Other
observers[who'] have also noted that through a stronger military presence in Afghanistan, the U.S. may be seeking to strengthen its own position in the region to counter increasingly warm relations among India, China and Russia.[287]

# Since the 1990s, Washington has promoted a trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline.[285] On 24 April 2008, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan signed a framework agreement to buy natural gas from Turkmenistan.[289] The United States has tried to discourage India and Pakistan from any deal with Iran.[284] However, on 16 March 2010 in Ankara [Turkey], Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement on the
Iran'Pakistan'India gas pipeline.[290] Along with its proximity to the vast Central Asian and Caspian Sea energy sources and being in the midst of the regional powers of India, China, and Russia, Afghanistan also holds strategic significance given its border with Iran.

5. Drug Trade.

Conspiracy Freaks may like to consider the possibility that vested interests want a continuation of the drug trade?

# In 2000, the Taliban had issued a ban on opium production, which led to reductions in Pashtun Mafia opium production by as much as 90%.[348] Soon after the 2001 U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan, however, opium production increased markedly.[349] By 2005, Afghanistan had regained its position as the world's #1 opium producer and was producing 90% of the world's opium, most of which is processed into heroin and sold in Europe and Russia.[350] Afghan opium kills 100,000 people every year worldwide.[351] #

Opium production in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is, as of March, 2010, the greatest illicit opium producer in the world... Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the past four growing seasons (2004'2007) than in any one year during Taliban rule. Also, more land is now used for opium in Afghanistan than for coca cultivation in Latin America. In 2007, 92% of the opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan...In the seven years (1994'2000) prior to a Taliban opium ban, the Afghan farmers' share of gross income from opium was divided among 200,000 families.[3] In addition to opiates, Afghanistan is also the largest producer of hashish in the world.

Another obstacle to getting rid of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is the reluctant collaboration between US forces and Afghan warlords in hunting drug traffickers. In the absence of Taliban, the warlords largely control the opium trade but are also highly useful to the US forces in scouting, providing local intelligence, keeping their own territories clean from Al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents, and even taking part in military operations.

Former U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Thomas Schweich, in a New York Times article dated July 27, 2007, asserts that opium production is protected by the government of Hamid Karzai as well as by the Taliban, as all parties to political conflict in Afghanistan as well as criminals benefit from opium production, and, in Schweich's opinion, the U.S. military turns a blind eye to opium production as not being central to its anti-terrorism mission.

In March 2010, NATO rejected Russian proposals for Afghan poppy spraying, citing concerns over income of Afghani people. There have also been allegations of American and European involvement in Afghanistan's drug trafficking with links to Taliban.

In 2010, Russia accused United States of supporting the opium production in Afghanistan. Presently with resurgence of high output production of opium and heroin in post-Taliban Afghanistan, there is an ongoing heroin addiction epidemic in Russia which is claiming 30,000 lives each year, mostly among young people. There were two and half million heroin addicts in Russia by 2009.

... the Taliban allegedly makes Afghanistan's opium business easy, offering credit, seeds and fertilizer to farmers to grow the drugs that fuel the Taliban insurgency...

6. The Overall Picture:
Afghanistan is divided into Northern Alliance peoples (Tajiks etc) and Afghans-Pushtu (Pathans).

Afghanistan and Asia

The Northern Alliance was used by the US under President Bush to displace the Taliban.
The Afghans may be of Iranian-Armenian descent and once lived in the cities.
The Pushtu (Pathans) dwell in the countryside but in practice the Afghans and Pushtu (also known as Paktans and/or Pathans) if they were ever different are now one and the same.
The Pushtu occupy areas in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Both Pushtu and Afghans claim Israelite origin as well as descent from Esau and several other entities.
Israelites were once in the region but moved out. We doubt that many of the inhabitants of Afghanistan descend from them though others differ.
Taliban-Who? Pathans are NOT Israelites!

Afghanistan and Israel

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The Afghans consider themselves the rightful rulers of all Afghanistan and they are in effect back in power.
Numerically they comprise about a third of the inhabitants of Afghanistan. In the past they ruled over the others and oppressed them.
The Taliban is mainly Afghan-Pushtu. President Karzai (whom the USA is supposed to be allied with against the Taliban) is also a Pushtu. Either way, it looks at present that whoever wins the Afghans will come out on top.
Pakistan backs the Taliban; Pakistan advocates accommodation with the "moderate" Taliban wing.
President Karzai is an Afghan-Pushtu. He is considered moderate and the US backs him but in effect he has close connections with the Taliban and other terrorists. Karzai is backed by the USA but also works with Pakistan and Taliban elements against America.

Pakistan is an Islamic  rogue dysfunctional nation. In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Christians are tortured, raped, and murdered. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan  is a nuclear power with an intelligent surprisingly self-satisfied population. Pakistan has about 170 million people. The elite of Pakistan would not necessarily feel the loss of quite a large number of the lower classes. In the recent past Pakistan was giving away nuclear secrets and seemed about to let unsavory elements access its atomic arsenal. At present US forces in Pakistan more or less guard the nuclear stockpile. The US has imposed itself as a "guest" presence and has "persuaded" Pakistan to go along with it.

When the Taliban was first overthrown India backed the Northern Alliance. India invests heavily in Afghanistan  and endeavors to counter Pakistan. Indian influence is strong throughout Afghanistan.
India is allied with Iran in this matter. India financed a highway from Afghanistan into Iran giving Afghanistan access to the sea.
The USA has insisted that India limit drastically its involvement in Afghanistan and India has done so.

Pakistan may intend to use the Taliban and Afghanistan against India and as a potential terrorist weapon reaching into Kashmir (a Muslim province ruled by India which Pakistan claims) and India itself.
Pakistan is Sunni Muslim. India is Hindu with a large Muslim minority. India and Pakistan fought with each other in the past. At present Pakistan is in the habit of sending terrorists elements into India and encouraging Muslim insurgency.
India and Iran are against Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Iranians are mostly Shiite Muslims. Iran is wary of Sunni extremism.
Russia is aligned with India and Iran. Russia is suffering from drug smuggling and jihad terror emanating from Central Asia with Afghanistan playing a key role.

For more details see:
India's Changing Role The Afghanistan Conflict
by Harsh V. Pant
Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2011, pp. 31-39 (view PDF)

7. Does the USA Not Really Want to Win the War in Afghanistan?

# From the article above we see that there is a danger of  an Iran-India-Russia axis forming to dominate Afghanistan and overbear Pakistan.
The USA does not want the existence of an Iran-India-Russia axis since both Russia and Iran would be strengthened by it and they are US enemies.

# The US also does not want Pakistan and the moderate Taliban overtaking Afghanistan since the result is liable to be intensified Islamicization throughout the region and possibly war against India.

# The US needs to maintain some type of control over Pakistan and its nuclear facilities and atomic arsenal. In many ways Pakistan and Afghanistan intermerge with each other. Forces in Afghanistan help keep Pakistan in line while minimizing occasions for outright confrontation with Pakistan.

# The US has economic and strategic interests in Central Asia (Kazakhstan etc). Islamic extremists emanating from Afghanistan could undermine US interests.

# The US would not want to see renewed hostilities between Afghanistan and Russia. Neither would it desire that Russia be undermined and threatened by Muslim extremists. It might however be in US interests that Russia feel some degree of irritation or the threat of conflict from the region of Afghanistan.

# Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east, Iran in the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. It is an advantage to the USA to have some forces in Afghanistan even if only because of its neighbors.
Iran, Pakistan, and China are all potential threats to the West while the Central Asian countries have economic and strategic value.

# A solution is that the Taliban forces continue to fight each other and that the US maintain sizeable forces in the field.
US troops in Afghanistan help keep Pakistan in check, force Iran to be less adventurous, prevent too close a liaison between India, Iran, and Russia. They also pose a factor that Russia needs to consider. They dissuade tendencies Russia might otherwise have to re-assert its predominance over Central Asia. They also ensure US involvement in the development and control of natural resources.

The problem for the USA is to keep its own casualties to a minimum and not give rise to a too serious anti-war movement in the USA itself. Excessive casualties amongst Afghanistan civilians under present circumstances are also liable to adversely affect US home morale.
The USA may not be really interested in the complete extinction of the Taliban but allowing it too much leeway is liable to lead to a Vietnam-type debacle.

Ensuring success could require greater control over both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The Taliban was beaten in the past.
President Bush was in power when they were beaten.
The Taliban can be beaten again.
The trick may lie in defeating the Taliban while maintaining their threat as an excuse to stay in the area, if such is desired.

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