Things have been volatile in our part of the world. Unsettling, as what happened was not conceived well before or rather this only was the peace deal.
The Peace deals that started taking shape of some form during the Trump era, without any allies on the table; of all not even India who for last twenty years singlehandedly built almost everything for the Afghan nation- from the roads to schools, to their dams, to even the Parliament- this was never what the Indians were working for and it has shaken the trust the allies had on them.
As every other being thought that the Taliban would be given a fight, tall talks of resistance by the afghan forces were given, President Ghani talking about winning the final war against the battles that Taliban has won fled just like the US Army, quietly in the night. Biden talking about the inevitability of Kabul falling, or it not being the rerun of what happened in Vietnam, rather it is the worst what will take shape in the coming time because the Taliban is a virus, it is an ideology of the most medieval kind. And the worst part is that it has takers around the world, even amongst us.
Everyone involved has ruined everything for Afghanistan. There is no tomorrow, no future but to sit and grow beards, as the sail of the burqas and hijabs went an all time high.
Who leaves overnight! Not an army at least! Not those people who fight for the right, for the truth, on a distant soil, in a hostile country 4000 kilometres far from their land, for twenty long years. There is no doubt that one cannot fight for infinity for the other, but no one asked them to come here and start all of it. They chose it, they chose to be here till the ‘mission is accomplished’. What mission? To leave at the most appropriate time, to leave the Jihadist fighters the strongest they have ever been. And leaving for them all the classified documents, modern sophisticated weapons, helicopters, tanks, Humvees, latest machine AT Guns that the Russians and the Chinese will look over for themselves as much as they are being carried over to Pakistan, as it is all three of them along with Iran whose consulates are still open when world’s embassies are scrambling to get out of this blood bath.
Nothing really can explain this behaviour of the US think tank other than time.
Any empire like the US of today have seven deadly sins, and one of them is morality that, to use Tagore’s phrase, “is split down the middle,” committed to the very thing it disavows. What does the rule of law mean when empire itself enacts a regular lawlessness?
If one quietly goes through their war history, apart from the two bombs that they dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki- The US in their years long history of war, has not even won even a single battle, ever. And wherever they have gone, they have left a series of serious mayhem, confusion, vulnerability- From Iraq to Western Pakistan to drug wars; Libya, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Somalia, Lebanon, the coups from Iran to Chile; the creation of secret intruments of violence in assorted places from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Laos, Honduras, El Salvador; sanctuary to autocracies and exporters of violent fundamentalism from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, each of whom have subverted the US’s own aims. Ask the question: “Did intervention leave a place in a better condition or achieve an objective with least violence possible?” The answer often turns out to be “no”. The tens of thousands of civilian casualties testify to that.
Afghanistan, country which at last had started breathing at least, women were trying to come out of their shells after hundreds of years of brutality, taking charge slowly as equals but what happened was so fast and so surreal that it shook even the experts of geopolitics, officials, ministers the world over and above all us, the common man looking at it from television or computer screens, like we were made to get addicted to these visuals as if it is the way to be. I do not imagine if any major power has really condemned the Taliban takeover rather surprisingly many including the United Kingdom Army General Sir Nick Carter was seen talking in the favour of the Taliban takeover! Isn’t this the worst kind where you are almost bound to acknowledge the fact that probably Jehad is good, and fine in the name of god, the only god!
It is a disaster by a long shot, as what the US and the allies gained, worked on slowly, tirelessly for twenty long years went down the drain within days. And for the American- the name as a brand, its military and of course the common man who still held the US army in high esteem, see it nothing but as tyranny. Not because what they did is the work of a responsible army but because in these times and era we have cameras in probably each hand to record their unmissable mindset and a legacy that they have been carrying and leaving wherever they went. And with them went an army of media houses setting the narratives right of what was originally wrong, making Superman’s and The Hurt Locker’s and what not telling the tale of their right and might. Not any more.
If one knows, The Taliban, like Al Qaeda, evolved from the violent jihadists that the CIA trained in Pakistan to wage war against the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the mid and late 80s. It was only after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks at home that the US turned against the Taliban. Then, in search of a face-saving exit from the military quagmire in Afghanistan, America embraced the Taliban by concluding a “peace” deal with them. That development eventually led the US to unwittingly enable the conquest of Afghanistan by the same thuggish group that it had removed from power in 2001.
When the Taliban were previously in power, their brutal record, including destroying historic and cultural artefacts, evoked some of the horrors perpetrated by Cambodia’s China-backed ultra-communist Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 on which i also worked while on a grant in Cambodia. The Taliban’s reestablishment of a jihadist, theocratic dictatorship in Kabul is going to destabilise the region.
The US and its Western allies are located far away. But with the terrorist takeover of Afghanistan, India is being encircled by the China-Pakistan strategic nexus. In fact, the Taliban reconquest of Afghanistan will facilitate an even stronger China-Pakistan axis against India, while aiding the Pakistani intelligence’s proxy war against Indian targets.
The stepped-up threat from the axis may not be of immediate nature, yet the Taliban’s success creates greater strategic space for the two revisionist allies, China and Pakistan, to collaborate and advance their interests at India’s expense. This, coupled with Pakistan’s long-coveted acquisition of “strategic depth” in Afghanistan, holds significant, long-term implications for the security of India and the wider region.
As, when the Taliban last came to power, the terror ran in the Kashmir valley for over decade and still keeps the Indian Security Forces on high guards, now with a whole country going to the Super Demons of Terror; simply put, after the Afghan people and Afghan nation, India, and majorly Kashmir will be the biggest loser from Biden’s Afghanistan blunder.
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Old age is usually associated with caution and judiciousness. But the 78-year-old Biden has lived up to the adage “Act in haste, repent at leisure”. In doing so, he has undermined the trust of allies in US leadership. America’s allies henceforth will balk at unquestioningly toeing its line on issues in which they have a stake. Biden, by handing Afghanistan to terrorists, has also undercut the US-led global war on terror. The US may not be able to recoup from the Afghanistan disaster. And i hope they don’t because they are weak and weaning, and work not from the position of strength and but are sybaritic, not worthy, not deserving anymore of what they hold.
Last week, when all of this started happening i felt like drowning myself in the works of some poets of Afghanistan that have seen the country through when i came across a poem that drew me first and settled deep within somehow of how i felt, of how the poet must have felt, we became one. may be in future i may write more about these extraordinary men who took to pen when in every hand there was Gun;
So long, Afghanistan!
Sometimes I forget completely
what companionship is.
Unconscious and insane, I spill sad
energy everywhere. My story
gets told in various ways: a romance,
a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy.
Divide up my forgetfulness to any number,
it will go around.
These dark suggestions that I follow,
are they a part of some plan?
Friends, be careful. Don’t come near me
out of curiosity, or sympathy.
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Photograph from Unknown source: Internet.
Research/Thanks to: The Indian Express, Al Jazeera, Geopolitic expert Mr. Chellany and the Poems from Afghanistan club.
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