Monday, August 17, 2009

Afghanistan: How We Made The World Worse

There are some observers who suggest Afghanistan is better off now that Western forces have freed Afghans from Taliban tyrannical rule. I disagree, and now not only do I submit that Afghanistan is far worse than it once was, but the whole world is.

Going beyond the turmoil Pakistan now faces because of the war, what with the external Western pressure and internal Taliban militant conflict, and even beyond the Afghan refugee crisis the war has been brought to Pakistan, Iran, and other neighbouring countries (Over 3 million refugees); this war is generating trained militants for export. Neighbouring countries, especially those in Central Asia with weak post-soviet governments are the most vulnerable, and are seeing increased threats from Islamic radicals from Afghanistan.

The New York Times reports of one such threat to the neighbouring country of Kyrgyzstan:

The three men were locals who were said to have once crossed into nearby Afghanistan to wage war alongside the Taliban. They then returned, militant wayfarers apparently bent on inciting an Afghan-style insurgency in this tinderbox of a valley in Central Asia.
The Kyrgyz government eventually caught and killed the men, but as the NYT goes on to say, the possible threat is not over.
The security operation was one in a recent spate of firefights and attacks in Central Asia that have raised concerns that homegrown militants with experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be trying to move north to take on the region’s brittle governments.
Where once Afghanistan was dominated by a strict tyrannical albeit popular Taliban government, its neighbouring countries were stable; it is now a country mired in an endless war, and the threat of Islamic radicalism, the very reason why Western forces invaded the small middle eastern country, is spreading.

We went in to end Islamic radicalism in Afghanistan, we are not only failing that, but are now aiding it around the world.


Rabatak said...

The Taliban were a "popular" government, were they? In what possible sense? Not with with Shia, not with Tajiks, not with Uzbeks. Afghanistan is now mired in endless war? Perhaps. But this suggests you know very little about Afghanistan during the Taliban's rise to power, which was "mired in war", and would, given the unacceptability of the Talibs to such groups as those named above, have remained so, "endlessly". LEARN about what you are talking about, please. said...

You are in need of treatment if you think the Taliban was popular. They where an invading Arab group who subjugated a formerly advanced and decent people in Afghanistan to some of the worlds most barbaric and draconian rule. The celebtrations now going on in Swat where the Taliban where removed are huge and boisterous. There are many more examples of gleeful Afghans delighted to be self governing agian. Notice I have not mentioned the utter horror perpetrated on women and minorities in Afghanistan under the Taliban. I am showing you a little respect in assuming that you know about how women are often put in containers on mountain tops and a grenade or two dropped in for good measure often for crimes such as working or showing an ankle or trying to get or give an education. Anyone defending the Taliban either does not understand the degree of monstrosity they perpetrate, or are themselves profoundly illiberal. said...

The Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan happened over a few years, and often taking territory without firing a shot.

The Taliban was a popular government in the sense that Afghans welcomed the calm and order a Taliban government brought.

Yes some did not like the Taliban, and yes the Northern Alliance was still at war with the Taliban at the time of the Western invasion, but a good deal of that was provoked by external forces to begin with. The Northern Alliance was aided by Russians to continue fighting the Taliban.

You can make whatever claim you want, but the Taliban was a welcomed government then, and the longer the West causes unrest in Afghanistan the more the desire for a return of the Taliban peace and order will strengthen.

If you continue on with your claims, I hope you begin to cite sources.