Survey: More than half of Afghans see NATO troops as occupiers
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
The survey found that only 39% of Afghans surveyed believed that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a guarantee for their security.
Essentially this is saying that 39% believe the ISAF isn’t doing their job. This number is down from 45% when the same survey was conducted last year.
When asked if they thought their country would once again descend into civil war upon NATO withdrawal, 60% said they thought this was the case.
Khalatbari continued to say, “The survey results show that in Afghanistan, there appears to be an increasing amount of anxiety and fear rather than hope”.
The survey has been conducted annually since 2008 with help from the National Centre for Policy Research at the University of Kabul in Afghanistan.
Roughly 5,000 Afghans were polled across five provinces in late September, although the Konrad Adenauer Foundation cautions that the poll is not wholly representative.
However, as Der Spiegel points out, these survey results echo much of the sentiment of the West, that is: the situation in Afghanistan seems to be deteriorating.
In fact, this sentiment was made concrete earlier this month when a top German General said that the NATO mission in Afghanistan has “failed”.
The Taliban have yet to be defeated and the security situation is less than stable across the embattled nation after an entire decade of ridiculous military spending which we will never see a penny of.
Violence has increased in recent years, and this year marked the deadliest single incident in the years of fighting when dozens of U.S. forces from the unit that supposedly killed Osama bin Laden were killed in an alleged Taliban attack on a helicopter.
Only an average of 22% of Afghans surveyed are satisfied with the security situation in their country, although 33% of those living in the western province of Herat were satisfied while an astoundingly low 7% found the security situation acceptable in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Only 31% of Afghans polled were pleased with the work of the Karzai government, down from 35% in 2010 while in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, only 17% believed the government was doing a good job.
The approval rating of ministries and agencies of the Afghan government are similarly grim with only 28% showing faith in Afghanistan’s institutions.
This year’s survey revealed that only 63% of Afghans polled were in favor of negotiations with Afghan Islamists like the Taliban, down 11% from last year.
Furthermore, only 51% of those polled were in favor of handing over a share of the power in Afghanistan to the Taliban, compared to 61% just last year.