Afghanistan: The truth behind the revelation
The existence of a secret report on mass killings in Afghanistan during the 1990s was revealed in a front-page New York Times article on July 23.
The unpublished 800-page report, prepared by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, was repressed because it names those who today make up a “who’s who of power players in Afghanistan: former and current warlords or officials, some now in very prominent positions in the national government, as well as in insurgent factions fighting it.”
The report relates the commission’s discovery of mass graves throughout the country dating back to that period. It tells of places where bulldozers in recent years unearthed corpses in order to burn them and destroy the evidence.
Many prominent figures are named in the report as having ordered the massacres and coverup that followed, including three now high in the Afghan government: Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Vice President Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim and Second Vice President Karim Khalili.
What the Times article barely mentions, however, is the role of U.S. imperialism in using these men to destroy what had been a progressive government in Afghanistan.