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.