Below is a statement from Afghanistan Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi about the Dec. 13, 2010 death of Richard Holbrooke, the United States special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Remarks Of The Spokesman Of The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan
About The Sudden Death Of Holbrooke
Muharram 07, 1432 A.H, Tuesday, December 14, 2010
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
According to credible news agencies of the world, the American president’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, died in George Washington’s University hospital at the age of 69. He had been suffering from a heart’s disease for the past days.
Appointed on 22nd January 2009, as special envoy for Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Holbrooke was keeping an eye on the Afghan issue. Some times ago, he told reporters that he had been passing through a difficult phase of his life, exerting crippling and sapping pressure on him. He passed out in his exclusive office for Afghanistan and regional affairs on Friday last, following his above-mentioned reveals and his life of toils and fatigues ended after admission into a hospital where he breathed his last yesterday.
The American rulers have not made any remarks about the cause of his sudden death in view of the sensitivity of the issue but rumors have it that this giant of the American politics and diplomacy became ill with a heart disease when his previous fame and credibility came under question after the unremitting failures of the mission of Afghanistan and his facing the difficult task. The protracted Afghan war and the descending trajectory of the Americans’ handling of the warfare in the country had had a lethal dent on Holbrook’s health as a high-ranking American official. He was grappling with a constant psychological stress.
Emergence of this untoward phenomenon as an off-shoot of the Afghan issue is not now a strange thing. The same was the case with the former Soviet Union as the crisis touched its climax. Former Soviet leaders Brezhnev, Konstantin Cherninkove and Vladimir Andropov had heart attacks in a short time distance before the coming to scene of Michael Gorbachove. They relieved themselves of the hard task of the Afghan mission by retreating into the lap of death.
The recent symptoms are indicating that an outbreak of the same epidemic diseases has started in the political and military echelons of America.
A few months ago, an American four stars general, general David Peteraeus, fainted during a senate hearing when he faced tough questions as regards the issue of Afghanistan. The end of Holbrooke, the fate of general Mc Crystal and the defense Secretary Robert Gate’s warning to step down show that the war of Afghanistan is heavily weighing down on the psyche of the American military and political high-ups. Some of them lighten their burden by simply going to the other world and others, while being still alive, choose to avoid shouldering the mission.
The sudden death of a high-ranking American diplomat happens in a time that American strategists under the chair of Obama have been reviewing the issue of Afghanistan for the past few days. They will expectedly announce their decision soon.
We believe Holbrooke’s timely death could have a didactic effect on the American strategists, teaching them many things to learn. In view of the American entanglement in the aggravating swamp of Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the American powers-that-be to abandon their dream of military domination and colonial sway in Afghanistan. Their formulation of new military strategies will never change the imminent defeat into a victory in the country. Still if they are bent on continuing with the status quo, they will face many unexpected events and imbroglios. Their political and military circles will have to grapple with constant crisis and untoward situations. Nothing more than that, they will achieve.
Qari Yousuf Ahamadi
Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan