By Ranjan Solomon
The Taliban have won back their terrain and the Americans have scooted after having invested two trillion dollars or more leaving behind death and destruction. It is a new dawn, a new era. American colonialism and their allies have been crushed. Another Vietnam?
Will Afghanistan degenerate? Or will the Taliban transform from being a fighting liberating force into a ruling category. If one were to hazard an objective conjecture, the Taliban has no more war to fight. They have their territories in hand and have crushed the USA and all those who allied with them.
President Ghani oversaw a regime that was far, far away from the aspirations of the people. He had no clue what the country was all about. His end came with an escape on a helicopter supplied by the US Army into which he loaded tons of stolen money, cars, and the luxuries he had gotten used to in his palace in Kabul. Ghani is presently hiding somewhere in a Central Asian State where he will bide his time until he finds a safer haven that will give him refuge, but as a fugitive for life. He is like many of the corrupt and cruel dictators who escaped their countries from advancing peoples movements who wanted them no more. Like them, Ghani was a sheer coward and a thief pretending he was an intellectual and a good guy. Like all the US backed corrupt and cruel dictators, he never in his wildest dreams thought that the Taliban would capture village after village until they final swept Kabul. The Afghan army simply dissolved.
I live in India and Afghanistan is not next door but it is in my geographical neighborhood. Many in my country are filled with Islamaphobia. They worry about how people in the new Afghanistan will be treated. I’m cynical and smile. I ask: How good is our own regime? Muslims and Christians are insecure. Dalits and Tribals are oppressed. The poor live in absolute misery and our regime is fascist to its deepest core.
Ghani was no angel – although the West would like to project him as one – a man of books unwilling to stage a war. But his friends were blood lusty. He loved his palace and ended up being the Emperor without clothes. Members of Ghani’s cabinet cursed him. They said at the end: “They tied our hands from behind and sold the country.”
A formal transfer of power is underway. The head of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah announced that former President Harmid Karzai and Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, are currently in negotiations with the Taliban over the formal transfer of power.
The US and its allies are the laughing stock, just like after Saigon. The things they brought back to their country were body bags and stolen goods. They learned the hard way that military superiority and training do not offer warranty of solidity, permanence and steadfastness. The regime they left behind was dilapidated.
Biden was utterly imprudent, thoughtless and mindless, arrogant and foolish. From distant Washington, he declared that the Afghan military was better trained, and better equipped to win the war. He counted them in numbers and swore the Taliban were not match for his well trained imbeciles. He will now have to find a place to hide his face in the midst of the disgrace which he and his equally inane predecessors created. America’s military establishment has proven once again its insufficient brain power and common sense in war. The only thing they can create is chaos not victory. The courageous Afghan men, who the Americans held in contempt, thoroughly outmaneuvered their stooge army. The Afghan fighters have proven they are not savages, as the reference to ‘bearded’ implies. They survived and outclassed the forces of the US, NATO and rival militias.
Soon they will announce the new inauguration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. History has taken a full violent circle. America’s half baked solutions have been dumped into the garbage dumps of history. And what is the moral? Get back to where you belong and humanize your own barbaric society that are replete with capitalistic abuse, racial exploitation, and faulty democracies that are run on the basis not of first past the past, but one which hands victories to those who have money bags. I wonder what the fighter who was put into the Guantanamo prison for over a decade is saying now. He sits in Ghani’s chair today. I wonder where Saddam Hussein, and Gaddafi, Osama Bin Laden and many others who the American’s killed on nonsensical pretexts are today. They are surely celebrating. They will party will party in heaven! Yes, in heaven. Rumsfield and his ilk will meanwhile have the heat turned on as they burn and rot in hell for starting evil and needless wars, while minting millions in their dirty wars.
How will Taliban be in their new avatar? Taliban has promised to respect women's rights, media freedom and amnesty for former officials in the country. "We don’t want any internal or external enemies," Zabihullah Mujahid, the armed group’s main spokesman said. They were clearly adopting a softer line compared when they were in power 20 years ago.
Hamas has applauded the Taliban victory. Tens and thousands around the world are celebrating. The Palestinians now know they can dream dreams of an end to the cruel colonial, racist, apartheid occupation. If powerful America can collapse in the face of resistance in a mere 30 years, how many years more can Israel, once a determined resistance is launched? What form of liberation will they achieve?
The sun has set on one phase of history. Left alone, the Afghans will rebuild. All initial signs point in this direction. The political system which now shapes up may be imperfect. No country comes close to being perfect. But at least the people have the choice to bend and shape it to their liking.
There is hope in the Afghan freedom for other oppressed peoples. The Palestinian struggle will find new life and a different paradigm. Palestine will be free.