My recent travels and talks with Afghan and Pakistani leaders, including several ex-Taliban leaders and with hundreds of ordinary Afghan and Pakistani citizens, lead me to this conclusion: the West has bombed itself from the role of the liberator into the role of the occupier. Afghanistan no longer matters when it comes to global, anti-Western terrorism.
The gruesome Taliban — and all the resistance forces the West conveniently labels “Taliban” — are part of a popular uprising caused by, and directed against, the brutality of the occupiers.
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While the word "terrorism" is the most abused expression in recent history, we must ask ourselves —who is our real and most dangerous enemy?