Confronting Afghanistan: Day of Darkness

I wrote last week regarding my concerns over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, my fear that the Afghani people will be subjected to harsh treatment by cruel, evil men who respect none, and the concern that the Taliban, once back in power, will retaliate once again against the U.S.  Our friend Quentin at We the Commoners blog has written an excellent analysis of the situation as it stands today.  Thank you, Quentin … great work, as always!


Confronting Afghanistan: Day of Darkness

By Quentin Choy

The scenes in Afghanistan are chilling. As the Taliban slowly conquered regions over the last few weeks, their march on Kabul was imminent.

President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was the correct decision in the long-term, but the devastating short-term consequences we are seeing are haunting.

Following two decades of war in Afghanistan, the U.S is ending the longest war in its history with very little to show for it.

“Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building.  It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralized democracy. Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan remains today what it has always been: preventing a terrorist attack on American homeland.”

President Joe Biden

Read the rest of Quentin’s post here

15 thoughts on “Confronting Afghanistan: Day of Darkness

  1. The Disgrace of US imperialism – the invasion of foreign countries without a Congressional declarations of war.

    Invading countries without a declaration of War by Congress … dates back to the War Criminal Lincoln. Biden universally condemned for the collapse of Afghanistan – a country the US invaded without a declaration of War, similar to Iraq and Libya. All have ended in disaster. But Afghanistan particularly bitter, international respect for America as the “Great Power” – compares to the Titanic vs. the Iceberg.

    Afghanistan shares long borders with Pakistan and Iran – both countries hostile to US strategic interests. At least Iraq shared a common border with Saudi Arabia, a strong US ally, despite the 9/11 attack. Libya shares a common border with Egypt. Afghanistan, based upon its exclusion from India, represented a disaster in the making from the start. For the US to successfully hold Afghanistan it would have required a full scale invasion of Pakistan. The only way for the US to do such a bold policy, to promise to reunite Pakistan with India! Pakistan possesses nuclear bombs!

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  2. There were two reasons for invading Afghanistan, neither of them remotely good. Firstly there was the desire for revenge over 9/11. People were baying for blood and someone needed to pay for what happened.

    Secondly there was the money. The war machine profited hugely, as did the contractors that were placed in charged of rebuilding. Revenge and greed are never good reasons to go to war (not that there is ever a ‘good’ reason).

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    • You are right … thank you, Ben! I believe as you do, that there is no ‘good’ reason to go to war, to kill and be killed, to destroy. Nothing was ever accomplished by violence. Then again, I look to the last couple of years of WWII and I hate to think what might have happened had the Nazis been allowed to continue unchecked. Adolf Hitler was not a man who was prepared to negotiate or listen to reason.

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  3. “the Taliban, once back in power, will retaliate once again against the U.S.”
    As would be right and fair for them to do. But, no,I don’t think so. The Taliban are too busy establishing a new order in Afghanistan, and they lack interest and opportunity to retaliate. We, espacially we women, may lament over their brutish and barbarian demeanour. But sending the troops? With what right?

    And honestly, tell me when was the last time Afghani troops invaded neighbour countries and tried to bring sharia laws to them? Same goes for Iran. Very old culture, have learned their lessons a couple hundred years before Christ and not tried anything stupid again since then. Our western powers otoh … 😦 Looting, pillaging, ransacking all over the globe … Former guy said its best himself: “I want that oil!” So why don’t we take a common shill pill and let things sort themself out?

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    • “The Taliban are too busy establishing a new order in Afghanistan, and they lack interest and opportunity to retaliate.” I’m quiet curious as to why you believe this? The Taliban Leaders that Trump demanded to be released have already, in like two days, established themselves as the President of Afghanistan. They have already confirmed that they will go back to their old ways, while pretending to promise that they are there for the people of Afghanistan, despite the people of Afghanistan not wanting them.

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      • We, the Western World, caused this. When we the “allies” went in in the first place, under the lie of “protecting the western world” they just wanted money from the oil. You don’t think the Taliban don’t want revenge? Haha. Their people are literally falling from planes, and yet the Taliban haven’t said to themselves ONCE “Oh, they really don’t want us do they”. They just put themselves and their friends in places of power ALREADY.

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  4. Left this message on Quentin’s post. Just thought I would share it here:

    I am told that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I don’t know about that. But I do know that for every human action, there is a consequence, sometimes good, sometimes neutral, sometimes bad. The West entering Afghanistan has had a lot of consequences, some good, mostly bad. Now the piper needs to be paid, except it is not the West who is physically suffering, but the friends of the West, the abandoned friends of the West still in Afghanistan. Maybe this time we will learn to consider the consequences BEFORE we decide to act. The problem, of course, is that most consequences cannot be predicted, which makes it all the more necessary to proceed with caution.
    War-like people, those not on the front lines, do not proceed with caution. Let’s put THEM on the front lines, and then see how war-like they really are.

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  5. Thank you for the sharing, Jill! Will head over to read, but i honestly have to say this. The US military can not solve every problem, this world has or will have. Its always a cooperation, and in Afghanistan most times only US soldiers had to loose their lives. Where have been all the other nations, like “my” Germans? Only beeing near the war is not fighting in a war. xx Michael

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    • Michael, thanks for the read! I agree that the United States can in no way be the only country taking things on around the world and that coalitions ought to be formed. More importantly, the United States needs to re-evaluate when to go to war and when war should be ended. Many presidents have declared war and had their popularity increase. However, the same isn’t exactly true for those who ended wars.

      Thanks!
      Quentin

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    • You’re so right, Michael … we cannot solve all the problems of the world, even if we had unlimited funds. And this “nation-building” seems to me as if I were to go to my neighbor’s home and re-arrange all her furniture to suit me. When will we ever learn. Sigh. xx

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