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Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says US and ‘war on terror’ made Islamic radicalism worse, ‘explain’ to Muslims

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is asking whether an increase in radicalism across an Islamic world “in turmoil” is the result of the U.S.-led campaign against terror. In a speech on Sunday, he said the U.S. “needs to explain itself” to Muslims.

“The United States, the rest of the Western world, and our neighbors tried to impose radicalism on our resistance against the Soviet Union,” Karzai said at the 2013 U.S.-Islamic World Forum, hosted jointly by the Brookings Institute and the government of Qatar.

President Barack Obama talks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan before the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan before the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“The more radical we looked and talked, the more we were called mujahedin. The consequence of that was a massive effort toward uprooting traditional Afghan values and culture and tolerance.”

“When the mujahedin succeeded, the next day … the U.S. and Europe closed their embassies and left and we were left to the wishes of our neighbors and those around us,” Karzai said. “That brought us to the tragedy of September 11 and the destruction of the twin towers and the attack on America, and thus the return of the U.S. and NATO to Afghanistan.”

Now the war on terror is causing more radicalism, Karzai said.

Some in the Muslim world believe that the United States “accidental” is causing increased radicalism across the region while some believe that the United States is causing radicalism in the region on purpose, according to Karzai.

“The argument is that definitely the Muslim world has seen more radicalism, from Pakistan and Afghanistan all the way today to Mali and Nigeria. Is this the unintended consequence of the war on terror, as some would argue, or was this intended by the United States and the West, as some others would argue?” Karzai asked himself.

“In my view, the West, as led by the United States, needs to explain itself to the Muslim world,” he said. “Is the war on terror really against terrorism? If it is, and if it has caused more radicalism in the Muslim world, especially the youth, then something has gone wrong.”

Karzai went on to question whether the U.S. and NATO properly fought the war on terrorism by bringing military might into Afghan villages and homes. He also questioned whether the U.S. has gone after the sanctuaries of terrorism, a thinly veiled reference to Pakistan, where Taliban leaders are suspected to reside.

“If there is an increasing view among youth in the Muslim world that radicalism is actively promoted by the West, the question is why and for what purpose? If this is not the intention of the West, then the West has to explain to the Muslim world if things have gone wrong and a corrective course must be taken,” he said. “If we in the Muslim world are wrong about the intentions of the West, then it is for the Western world to explain to us their intentions and objectives.”

Karzai also took time during his speech to criticize the U.S. for not being an objective broker in the Middle East peace process.

“Has the U.S. given an impression to the Muslims of impartiality on the issue of Israel-Palestine? No,” he said.

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    Brandon Jones – SIR, YOU HAVE A DEFINITE “METHOD TO YOUR MADNESS;” IN REFERENCE TO THE KENYAN, AS TIME GOES ON Mr. Jones, YOU ARE BECOMING MORE TRANSPARENT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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  6. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A PHOTOGRAPH “TRUMPING” THE CONTENT OF AN ARTICLE.

    FIRST, THE PHOTOGRAPHER OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOW OPINION OF First Lady Michelle; THE EXPRESSION ON Michelle’s face IS “BeBe-ISH” [Afrocentric blacks understand the meaning; I can not describe it differently, without being vulgar]; AND, HER SLEEVELESS DRESS IS UNFLATTERING AND ITS COLOR-SCHEME IS TOO “oasis” [I will be glad when we return to First Ladies wearing respectable dresses and (skirt)-suits].

    NOW, IN REFERENCE TO MY USE OF THE WORD, “oasis” TO DECSRIBE Michelle’s dress, THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS “Too Black.” WE LIVE IN A NATION IN WHICH Nation of Islam IS DEMONIZED BY CAUCASIANS AND Louis Farrakhan HAS BEEN LABELED A CRAZED AGITATOR. IN REFERENCE TO THIS PHOTOGRAPH, THE ABSENCE OF A CAUCASIAN MAKES UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LOOK LIKE A “THIRD-WORLD” COUNTRY – THE PURPLISH FLORAL-“SHRUBBAGE” IN THE BACKGROUND LOOKS LIKE PLANTS WHICH GROW IN THE MIDDLE-EAST; AND, President Hamid Karzai IS DRESSED IN ISLAMIC REGALIA CONVERSING IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO PEOPLE OF COLOR.

    MY POINT IS, WHATEVER MEANING President Karzai HAS IN RIDICULING UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR ITS TREATMENT OF ISLAM, THIS MEANING HAS BEEN “TRUMPED” BY THIS PHOTOGRAPH WHICH SUGGESTS A MEETING AMONGST LIKE-MINDED ARABS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

      President Hamid Karzai’s concerns HIGHLIGHT THE CURRENT DEBATE AMONGST CAUCASIAN CONSERVATIVES IN REGARD TO THE KENYAN’S FAITH.

      President Karzai ASKS, “Is the war on terror really against terrorism? … ,” AND, HIS SENTIMENTS OF INQUIRY IN REGARD TO WHETHER UNITED STATES HAS ATTACKED THE “sanctuaries of terrorism … [LIKE, PAKISTAN] … where Taliban leaders are suspected to reside.”

      THESE SENTIMENTS CAN BE INTERPRETED TO MEAN THE KENYAN WANTS TERROR IN ORDER TO CONSOLIDATE A GLOBAL CONGLOMERATE OF ISLAM.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • Your Name... says:

      Karzai is not wearing islamic clothing you idiot. There is no such thing as “islamic regalia.”

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

        “Your Name,”

        YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND MY COMMENTARY. WHETHER OR NOT “ISLAMIC REGALIA” EXISTS IS NOT THE POINT. AS A NEGRO MALE WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH HOW NEGRO MALES IN Nation of Islam DRESS, President Hamid Karzai’s “outfit” CAN BE CALLED “ISLAMIC CLOTHES,” OR, “REGALIA.” “Your Name,” THE POINT OF THAT EARLIER COMMENTARY WAS TO HIGHLIGHT THE INTERSECTIONS OF BEING NEGRO, BEING ARAB AND BEING A PRACTIONER OF ISLAM. THAT IS WHY I CALLED THE PHOTOGRAPH, “Too Black.”

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • clinton2016 says:

      Just a retarded response to this post

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