The innocent pay the price of the war in Afghanistan

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Suffolk, Virginia, United States – If there is anything we need to keep in mind when educating ourselves on modern geopolitical issues, it is that the United States is constantly plotting. These ploys are then carried out under the righteous guise of the rest of the world police, no matter how much destruction results.

Many Americans still believe in this façade, which is evident in the outrage expressed over our “abandonment” of Afghanistan, especially its wives and children, a sentiment which is extremely problematic for a multitude of people. reasons.

Whatever your position, you cannot deny that the US presence in Afghanistan has been simply destructive – and the main reason for its instability over the past two decades.

This, coupled with knowledge of other American businesses in the Middle East – its financing of Israel and its genocide of the Palestinians, the Iraq war, or general interference in the politics and determination of most Middle Eastern countries. -East – shows the United States is not as benevolent in foreign affairs as it would like you to believe.

On the surface level, it seems the decades and billions of dollars that the United States invested in the war in Afghanistan, and subsequently all the innocent lives ruined, have gone for nothing. But just as America’s decision to go to war was made with motives subsequent to those explicitly stated, the troop withdrawal is most likely part of a larger plan.

I don’t pretend to know what this shot is, but what I do know is that history has a curious tendency to repeat itself. Those who know the story behind this problem, beyond the United States’ “war on terror”, will know that the roots of this problem go back to the Cold War.

At the time, Afghanistan was colonized by Soviet Russia. (The fact that Afghanistan, even before the intervention of the United States, was under the control of other world powers should be a huge indicator of imperialism’s contribution to its long-term suffering.) unfortunate for the United States, which worried about curbing the spread of communism – no matter what.

But the United States was unwilling to use its own military for this task, so it – and a handful of other Middle Eastern countries – funded the creation of a militant group called the Mujahedin, which would fight Russian forces in Afghanistan.

This method, called ‘proxy war / proxy war’, is a method used throughout history by the imperialists and is a testament to how these powers view the life of the natives in their colonies as nothing more than an exploitable resource.

To bring together the strength of this militant group, calls for jihad were made by Middle Eastern leaders working with the United States, painting the cause in light of a Muslim moral obligation to help other Muslims. This proved to be very effective in stoking passions for the cause, and in the 1980s they were successful in defeating the Russian occupation.

Subsequently, the Mujahedin split into rival factions, which then led to the rise of the Taliban. The rest of the story we have seen unfold over the past few decades.

But what does this have to do with America’s current patterns?

The United States and the Taliban, throughout the past year, have met in Doha, Qatar, for negotiations that culminated in the Doha Agreement. The terms of that treaty are playing out now as we speak, so President Biden’s earlier claims that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan after the US troop withdrawal was “not inevitable” are ludicrous..

Of course, one conclusion many of us have drawn about America’s motives for withdrawing troops is that after 20 years of war and an unjustifiable amount of depleted resources, the United States has determined that to continue would be extremely unsustainable. That’s reasonable and most likely true, but probably not the whole story.

Given the history of US meddling in foreign governments – even without direct military action – it is suspicious that they simply let the US-funded Afghan government tip over as it did. . If this had aligned with their current agenda, they would have – and could have – prevented the Taliban from taking over.

So what has changed?

I can’t say for sure. But we know that America’s relations with some countries, such as Russia and China, are strained. They threaten the seemingly untouchable position of the United States on the geopolitical scene.

Afghanistan, as mentioned above, was once the site of a proxy war between the United States and Russia and is geographically close to these countries.

It is possible that the United States, despite all the bridges it has burned in the Middle East, is seeking to mend some in the interest of maintaining its power. If this line of thinking is indeed correct, then being on civil and cooperative terms with the Taliban would likely be an asset in any future conflict with the Eastern powers.

Of course, this is all speculation.

What is not speculation, however, is that the United States has been allowed to play these games with impunity for far too long, and they will continue to do so if we don’t hold them accountable. .

Every day that we – as Americans – endorse our country’s demands for benevolence, innocent people around the world pay a heavy price.

Salma Amrou is a senior journalist at Youth Journalism International.


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