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Lakhdar Brahimi (77), UN-mediator in Syria: From a distance, you believe, the United States, such a big powerful country, knows, what they are doing, have plans. And then you get closer and see, that’s not true. And you talk to them, and rejoice in the moment, that they are not wiser than you yourself. But then comes the fear: For God’s sake, and these people determine the fate of the world! I have worked with the Americans, watching them, and I now understand better how they work. This is a win for me. But I must tell you: I’m not impressed – but particularly concerned.

April 27, 2013

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Brahimi (UN-Mediator for Syria): The US was never interested in Afghanistan, but only for revenge and Iraq! From a distance, you believe, the United States, such a big powerful country, knows, what they are doing, have plans. And then you get closer and see, that’s not true. And you talk to them, and rejoice in the moment, that they are not wiser than you yourself.  But then comes the fear: For God’s sake, and these people determine the fate of the world! I have worked with the Americans, watching them, and I now understand better how they work. This is a win for me. But I must tell you: I’m not impressed – but particularly concerned. … Anyway, the U.S. was in Afghanistan only interested in revenge, they reacted like an attacked tribe: “You will pay with blood that you have attacked us.” And we – the United Nations – have mistakenly thought that they are interested in Afghanistan to change the country, so that there would no longer be the starting point for such attacks. That means, to help the Afghans rebuild their country. But the aim of the United States was only revenge, not Afghanistan. Mentally they were long in Iraq, in this country they were  interested. That was indeed one of our problems in Afghanistan. Taliban and Al-Qaeda were always two different groups, allied at various times in varying degrees, but the world – except perhaps Pakistan – did not exist for the Taliban. In any case, the Taliban had nothing to do with what al-Qaeda operating out of Afghanistan. At a certain moment  the Taliban also understood that Al-Qaeda can harm Afghanistan, at the time of 9/11 they were clearly divided, how to handle the issue. There have been forces of the United States, who  wanted more time to bring the Taliban to extradite Osama bin Laden. And I suspect that it has also been forces that have thwarted that. I know that the Americans, they would have gotten Bin Laden, Afghanistan could be left in peace.

Statements from Lakhdar Brahimi (77), currently UN mediator in Syria, Algerian diplomat and Foreign Minister from 1991 to 1993, then adviser to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Secretary General and Deputy Special Representative in many trouble spots, including Afghanistan (1997-99 and 2001-04) and then in Iraq in an interview with the standard in Austria; the interview is in German and to get under this link: http://emanzipieren.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/fiasko-fur-die-nato-ausenpolitik-afghanische-taliban-kundigten-fruhjahrsoffensive-an/

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