This year, the US government and the Taliban have been involved for several months in intense talks about a possible peace deal in Afghanistan. These talks are unique since the Taliban and the current Afghan puppet government are both included in the talks. The US has now been at war with Afghanistan and its people since the 7th of October, 2001. While a good sign for the Afghan people, the question arises if these are serious talks which will secure peace in Afghanistan? Or is this the US plotting to surrender unconditionally while calling it a peace deal like they did in Vietnam?
Why Are They There?
The initial reason for the US to go to war against Afghanistan was related to the 9/11 attacks. Al-Qaeda had a safe base of operations in Afghanistan where they were supported by the Taliban. While many Al-Qaeda members hated the West because they kept intervening in the Middle-Easts affairs, the US decided that the best way to solve this problem was to intervene militarily in Afghanistan. The NATO also joined the fight. The main reason was that article 5 of the NATO charter stated that “An attack on any member shall be considered to be an attack on all.” Since clearly a small group of Arab fighters in Afghanistan caves were a huge threat to all NATO members , they could not refuse to not honour their previous made commitment.
What Are The Results?
The US invasion of Afghanistan has reached great results. 3,459 coalition deaths have been recorded, 31,000 Afghani civilians have been killed and 29,900 civilians have been wounded. The Cost of War project has estimated that the total indirect number of deaths may be as high as 360,000 people. According to the UNHCR, there are now 2.6 million Afghanistan refugees across 70 countries and internally, roughly a million Afghani’s are displaced. The Taliban are not defeated and are actively participating in peace talks with the US government and the Afghanistan puppet government on equal footing. A nice additional result is that many new generations of Afghani men have seen Western powers destroying their homes, killing and wounding their families and friends. This will ensure that no person in Afghanistan will harbor any grudge towards the west whatsoever and they will never dare to attack us like they did in 9/11… The price tag for this you ask? Just a small $975 billion, not including any additional costs like veterans medical and disability payments.
Another Big Mistake
The Afghanistan war shows the moral bankruptcy of the dying superpower we call the United States of America. Like the Vietnam war, the US achieved nothing, spent everything, destroyed anything and flooded the West with refugees. This author predicts that like in Vietnam, the US will never dare to say they lost. They will try to claim “peace with honour” by asking the Taliban for some bogus concessions which will be revoked the moment the last Americans leave Afghanistan. This will lead to the inevitable rise of the Taliban once more.