Bush regime bases in Afghanistan may trigger World War III
- 'US move to jeopardize peace'
By Imtiaz Ali Takar
01 December 2001 Saturday 15 Ramazan 1422
PESHAWAR, Nov 30: The US intentions of establishing military bases in
Afghanistan would jeopardize regional peace and security, warned Dr
Sherzaman Taizai, a renowned expert on Afghanistan and Central Asia,
here on Friday.
Delivering a lecture on "Osama bin Laden, terrorism and USA" at Area
Study Centre, Peshawar University, he said that regional powers like
Russia, China and India sided with the United States just to
eliminate the Taliban government in Afghanistan. However, beyond this
move, he said, these countries would not tolerate any US move in the
region and would strongly oppose its military presence, he observed.
He said that such US adventure in the region could trigger off the
third world war and added that the American military bases in
Afghanistan would be the main reason.
When asked about the likely rival of the US in the third world war,
Dr Sherzaman said it was likely that Russia, China and India joined
hands to thwart American imperialist designs in the region.
Talking about Osama bin Laden, he said that it was a crystal-clear
fact that Osama was promoted by the American CIA and Pakistani ISI
but when their objectives were achieved they turned against him.
He condemned the US attacks on Afghanistan without any evidence
against Osama bin Laden.
The Afghan expert also strongly criticized the ousted Taliban regime
for harbouring Osama bin Laden.
Dr Taizai dwelt at length about the phenomenon of terrorism and said
in the recorded history it was first mentioned in early 18th century
during the time of French revolution. Similarly, he added there were
also evidences of terrorism during the American civil war against the
black slaves. He also criticized the double standard of the US and
western countries towards it.
The scholar was of the opinion that the term terrorism had different
meanings for different people. He described it a struggle by non-
governmental group for some political end and formatting revolution.
However, he said there were no two opinions about the origins of
terrorism which, he added, included atrocities, deprivation, poverty
Criticizing the US for its hostile attitude towards the Muslim world,
Dr Taizai questioned why it had kept a mum over the killings of
Muslims at the hand of non-Muslims at different parts of the world.