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Afghanistan, a failed state puts the region into maximum risk

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Pakistani spy agency, Inter Service Intelligence, ISI

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Afghanistan, a failed state puts the region into maximum risk

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, or a new Caliphate in the region certainly will pose serious security threat to countries in the region, and beyond. In Afghanistan, which has long become a failed state, freedom of speech, human rights, gender equality, representative government, democracy, coercion and illegitimate force, weak institutions, the rule of law, the threat of terrorism, and the flow of illegal narcotics are all huge and important challenges that without question are deeply concerning. Most advanced governments in the world have tried individually and collectively in addressing these issues, and all of such efforts have miserably failed. This certainly is a matter of huge concern, as it is now anticipated that none of the global powers will ever be able to either help Afghanistan in emerging as a functioning nation or even salvage the country from the grips of radical Islamic militants. Joe Biden’s retreat from Afghanistan will now turn the country not only into a huge hub of terrorism, it also will onwards continue threatening the international community with its jihadism and culture of dealing into narcotics and trafficking it into many nations, including the Western countries. Most important factor about Afghanistan is, those jihadists including the Taliban in the country are under heavy influence of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), which uses Afghans in spreading terrorism in the region, especially inside India, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Following lightening invasion of Afghanistan by the Taliban forces have generated shock, disbelief, fear, horror, outrage, anger and despair inside the country and throughout the world. Particularly when President Joe Biden has had publicly claimed that during two decades Taliban forces have changed and what they would not resort to jihadist notoriety in the country. But, reports from Afghanistan now evidently prove – Biden was totally wrong. Most definitely either he has been wrong briefed by the intelligence agencies or he has created the Afghan mass due to his efficiency, inability and lack of leadership qualities. While Joe Biden most definitely has caused extreme harm to his party’s political future through the Afghan blunder, he also has pushed the entire world into serious concerns.

According to analysts, the salient points of failure in Afghanistan are on a deeper level, however, a level that should be of even more concern to Europe, America, and their partners with shared values around the world. Grasping this failure sets the conditions for the future as well as making sense of the mistakes of the past. Simply put, those involved in this latest adventure in Afghanistan since 2001 did not understand – and showed little real interest in understanding – the history and culture of the country. More importantly, they did not understand the real importance of Afghanistan and why the intervention was necessary.

Because of these fundamental failures, the international community never stood a chance of acting in concert to address the serious and systemic challenges of stabilizing Afghanistan. These failures are the root cause of what we are seeing played out from Kandahar to Kabul on our television screens today. They are a source of trauma for many who have been closely engaged with Afghanistan over the last two decades. A source of trauma that keeps re-surfacing because many in the defense community knew about these failures a long time ago and felt powerless to arrest the descent into chaos that we have seen.

Meanwhile, anticipating an early demise of Biden’s aspiration of getting reelected in 2024 and his party’s imminent doom, Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration have already resorted into rogue practice of shifting responsibility of Biden’s disastrous decision centering Afghanistan on their political rivals – the Republicans.

General Robert Fry in a statement said, “we the country was lost in the summer of 2002, not 2021. What we are witnessing now is no more than the final, largely pre-destined act of an attenuated tragedy”.

On Afghanistan issue, Biden-Harris administration is arguing stating, there have been twenty long years of disunity, disregard, and discontinuity amongst the alliance of nations and their agencies which have involved themselves in Afghanistan since 2001. Collectively, they failed to characterize the nature of the huge challenge that they faced, and therefore had no coherent and consistent approach to its constituent parts.

Some analysts commenting on the Afghan issue said, “we knew that other adventurers had been there before, yet we paid no real heed to the outcomes of previous interventions, such as those by Russia in the 1990s, and Great Britain in the 1840s, 1870s, and again almost exactly one hundred years ago. Although we read the books, we didn’t really ask why Afghanistan has been subject to so much foreign invasion or why it has never succeeded. We believed we would overcome and it would be different this time. That was hubris.

“Afghanistan is the cockpit of the most volatile region in the world. It is the critical pivot between the troubled Middle East and the growing troubles of Asia. When successively we were told that the intervention in Afghanistan was necessary because of the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, or to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights, we failed to capture the true importance of the country – its strategic position. That was why we were in Afghanistan and why it was important for us to stay there, but we couldn’t admit that even if we had wanted to. To do so might have appeared imperialist and, as was endlessly reiterated, “America doesn’t do nation building”.

“The United States and its allies went to Afghanistan seeking revenge for the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and subsequently searched for a reason for our presence to endure. The Bonn Agreement in December 2002 gave some form to the mission to come, recognizing that what was required was a “functioning” Afghanistan, no longer a threat to itself or others. In 2008, however, the UK government was still struggling to answer the question “why are we in Afghanistan” in a way that would engage public support”.

After twenty years of American troops presence in Afghanistan and Taliban jihadists celebrating “victory” against the US certainly gives us a signal – America though went to Afghanistan to take revenge the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it had to finally retreat from the country, leaving Afghans at mercy of the Taliban. This surely is a great humiliation to the America.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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