AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT ON AFGHANISTAN - DEBATE - WHAT DEBATE?
By Dr. V. G. Venturini
Chances that we may learn the truth on this subject from the 'debate'now progressing through Parliament are very slim. A proper sense of history would have indicated the impossibility of'winning' a war in the tribal world of Afghanistan. But even little knowledge would have demanded a familiarity with Cyrus, Darius, Alexander and the British Raj.
Knowledge of events only 30 years ago would have explained how a world power was humiliated by bands of raggedy partisans, some of them armed and organised by American 'intelligence'. A modest knowledge of the law would have been decisive.
The United States invaded Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, ostensibly to pursue Al Qaeda, held responsible for the outrages in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The invasion was an act of misdirected
revenge, because the majority of the plane hijackers were Saudis, and the nervous centre of the operation was Hamburg, Germany.
There is no evidence linking Afghanistan with the attacks.