Congratulations to America on executing a coup d’état against its client government and reinstalling and arming the Taliban into Power.
A dreaded Islamic force in the office, streets strewn with dead bodies, drying up ATMs, fidgety fingers frisking away SOS texts, foreign troops flying off its staff from Embassy and rising pillar of smoke a far – This is Kabul on 15th August 2021.
After 20 years of criminally incompetent intervention and a ruined ‘peace deal’, America replicates the Saigon (1975) retreat in Kabul.
A thick curtain of smoke rises from U.S. Embassy’s roof as Chinook, Apache and Blackhawks airlifts staff in haste. They leave behind a deep chasm in promises of friendly ties, spewing a sense of abandonment in the hearts of Afghan people.
In a moving message after the fall of Kabul, Sarfaraz, a member of the Afghan security force, laments – “We Were Betrayed. We Were Told a Peace Agreement Is Reached. A Transitional government is being formed.
Stop Fighting. Retreat to your bases. Then we were ordered to hand over everything to Taliban. I will write more as I am able to. Remember. Another 9/11 is coming. I am devastated.”
All of this is happening approximately after nine months of Biden’s address to a global audience – “America is Back. Diplomacy is back”.
Perhaps Biden remains the only American President who has given several hugely misplaced televised statements, all of which were thrown back to his face in a few months. U.S. Secretary of state Antony Blinken still insists that the ‘American mission in Afghanistan is successful’.
Dramatic footage of People running on Airport Tarmac, desperate for help.
America that is not Hollywood.
In his book titled “The Ultimate Goal”, former R&AW chief Vikram Sood deconstructs the magnanimous American Narrative of it being the Protector of World against all evil.
The author underlines the role of Hollywood in articulating such a vast noumenal project into phenomenal perception. But today, quite visibly, American retreat from Afghanistan comes across a big jolt to the magnanimity of its claims about American value, its commitment towards liberal and democratic ideals.
Its allies have little reason not to question America’s will and ability to fight a global war in any theatre. Once having aided the American mission in Afghanistan, the fate of almost 18000 Afghans remains grimly dark as the Taliban surges ahead.
“As of Friday, about 1,200 Afghans with special immigration visas (SIVs) had arrived at Fort Lee, Virginia, as part of the evacuation plan Operation Allies Refuge”, reports The Guardian.
America has let its boys down. Col. Rahman Rahmani, a pilot with the Afghan Air force, writes – “I receive lots of messages to give interviews. I’m not in a state to give interviews.
I am helping my friends to rescue their families. Terrorists took my house, which I made from 18 yrs of savings. They r going door to door to kill SOFs & pilots. My mom & 5 siblings (4 sis) r trapped!”.
What happens in Afghanistan remains in Afghanistan?
Imagine the morale of a very crude band of radical men caved in for 20 years who eventually rise to dispel an army of 300000 trained by the ‘best in the world’.
Their upsurge draws from a set of established and highly violent principles. Taliban ascribe to extreme radical faith in Islam and consequently seek to keep Islamic Worldview at the forefront of their governance.
Also, as per the recent Pew Research report, nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) support sharia law as official law. This is a major red flag.
There isn’t a single continuous civilization left today, except India, which was not subsumed by major established faiths such as Islam and Christianity.
Seated in tumultuous Central Asian pathways, India can expect a volley of challenges ahead. India has never been a religiously isolated Island.
India has been a fertile ground for various religious movements, homegrown or foreign rights from the Gupta Period.
It has seen partition of its landmass based on religious grounds. As recent as 2020, India has seen vast mobilization of Muslims opposing the CAA billowing its sacred nature.
Although Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen has promised that Afghanistan’s soil won’t be used against the Indian cause and interests, profanity demands not to trust such promises.
Taliban violated every possible proposition of peace deal agreed upon with America. It is hard to believe that Afghanistan, which has earned the epithet of ‘Graveyard of empires’, will not live up to its reputation after the Taliban seizes Power.
It’s time every country will have to re-think as to who does Taliban stand for? Who are the Afghan people’s representatives, and how will their consent be measured in an entwined game between the Taliban and its dethroned government?
The international community will have to figure out whether Afghans desire for Sharia-based rule is overlooked and Democratic ideals are surmounted again. Until then, Afghan people will suffer!