Dr. Najib

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GAITHER STEWART—Dr. Najib as Najibullah was called because he had a degree in medicine from Kabul University became the President of Afghanistan in 1987 at the age of 40.  Born in 1947 in Gardiz, the son of a prominent Pashtun family, he joined the Parcham faction of the PDPA in 1965 at the age of 18, became an activist and was twice jailed for his militancy. His faction of the Communist PDPA was in disagreement with the Khalq over the proper path to Communism in Afghanistan, the Khalq favoring more rapid steps toward the realization of Socialism than the Parcham.

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Dr Najib: Martyred Revolutionary

About the Author
GAITHER STEWART Senior Editor, European Correspondent Gaither Stewart serves as The Greanville Post  European correspondent, Special Editor for Eastern European developments, and general literary and cultural affairs correspondent. A retired journalist, his latest book is the essay asnthology BABYLON FALLING (Punto Press, 2017). He’s also the author of several other books, including the celebrated Europe Trilogy (The Trojan Spy, Lily Pad Roll and Time of Exile), all of which have also been published by Punto Press. These are thrillers that have been compared to the best of John le Carré, focusing on the work of Western intelligence services, the stealthy strategy of tension, and the gradual encirclement of Russia, a topic of compelling relevance in our time. He makes his home in Rome, with wife Milena. Gaither can be contacted at gaithers@greanvillepost.com. His latest assignment is as Counseling Editor with the Russia Desk. His articles on TGP can be found here.

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4 thoughts on “Dr. Najib

  1. A short comment about Iran and Afghanistan. It is quite obvious that the US is unable to put together a coherent foreign policy towards Iran and the war torn Afghanistan. Today the WH hinted that they would scrap the nuclear agreement with Iran—giving them the green light to go it alone with enrichment programs and atomic or hydrogen bomb tests. The Trump administration is simply unable to create and practice a coherent strategy of normalizing relations with a peaceful state that is no threat to anyone—yet.
    As far as Afghanistan goes, it is seemingly stuck between East and west and still at war with a US regime that has absolutely no chance of defeating a guerilla army on its on unique terrain. Anyone remember Vietnam. The war in Afghanistan has become forgotten to everyone except those fighting and dying there. It seems to me that there may be a chance for a new Iran to align itself with Afghanistan although not until Iran has nuclear capabilities.
    In 1979, while graduating from a private military university, I became fast friends with Iranians escaping the revolution. They were and still are supporters of the late Shah. Obviously, they were upper class and I suspect children of the Shah’s henchmen. They are rich and were once privileged beyond my comprehension. I’m beyond reminding them of the Shahs secret police and the ruthlessness he presided over. I still talk to them and trade birthday wishes.
    But if Dr. Najib had been successful perhaps things would be much different and perhaps there would not be a war in Afghanistan. Perhaps Afghanistan and Iran would be a Natural ally to Russia and the bloody US backed regimes in the Middle East and North Africa would not be commiting genocide.

  2. An excellent article worth reading and rereading.

    It’s great that you can link up – with personal history, too – the leftist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist twin revolutions in the two nations.

    You are definitely correct to “tend to think of Iran and Afghanistan together”. I think a very good case can be made that Iran is even closer to Afghanistan than it is to Iraq… and Iran and Iraq are obviously very close! But Iran and Afghanistan compose the Iranian Plateau – protected by mountains on either side, and thus destined to be safely trapped in the middle of everything. The words of Khomeini – “neither East nor West” – truly apply to both modern nations and not just Iran.

    One thing appears certain: when America does finally leave, Afghanistan will fall into the Iranian orbit, as has always been the case historically, culturally and even geologically. But I don’t know how we could stop the US from stationing 11,000 troops in the capital, which has always been enough for imperialists to control the power center of an entire country, sadly. The US is not going to give up threatening Iran nor China in the near future, and that makes Afghanistan critical for them.

    But perhaps when the Chinese One Belt One Road project really gets going, Beijing will encourage the Afghans to expel the Americans. That is a $1 trillion investment, and it would be surprising if China allows the presence of a force which is clearly there to destabilize the entire project. Working with the Chinese and Iranians as historically given the Afghan people their greatest prosperity and sovereignty, and the sooner they can get back to that the better.

  3. The Heartland lies at the center of the World Island of Eurasia reaching from the Volga River in East Russia, through Siberia and Central Asia to China. Most of that area was controlled by the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union. The central position and spread of the Heartland make it a key to controlling the World-Island including Europe of both East and West which once controlled over half the world’s resources. I see the Heartland as Siberia and Central Asia, “the top of the world”, near the center of which are also Iran and contiguous Afghanistan. In 1904 Halford John Mackinder proposed his Heartland Theory which I summarize as:
    “Who rules the Heartland commands the world.”
    The struggle for control of the Heartland has a long history and continues today, a key factor in assessing the battles for control of Iran and Afghanistan. I have concluded that U.S. geopolitical policies are also influenced by jealousy of Russian Siberia: Why should Russia have all this wealth? U.S. planners must ask. Those rich resources under the earth in Eurasia must have long fired the rage of frustration of frothing-at-the mouth American policy makers. Thwarted by those nasty Communists who ousted their submissive Shah and their well-trained SAVAK secret service and the Middle East’s most powerful army, they turned their attention to Afghanistan that the evil Russian Communists had invaded and occupied. Russia was in fact close to domination of the entire Heartland, alone. The USA had lost on both fronts. U.S. planners hardly knew where to turn … not until September 11, 2001 after which they began a quagmire war lost from the very start. The U.S has never been able to control even Kabul as Russians once did.

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