By Allan Wall, August 24, 2021
The ongoing fiasco in Afghanistan is a major humiliation of American power and prestige abroad, sending an image of weakness and incompetence to friend and foe alike.
The triumphant Taliban seem very confident of themselves, even giving the U.S. until August 31st to evacuate all their people.
The Taliban rolled into the capital Kabul on August 15th, facing little opposition, with many young Taliban fighters sporting colorful, stylish outfits.
As if to mock us, the Taliban has an elite unit which wears U.S. uniforms and uses U.S. weaponry. This unit staged a parody photo shoot of the U.S. Marines planting the flag at Iwo Jima.
Taliban leadership seems to be aware of our own internal problems. When asked in a press conference about freedom of speech, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mockingly asked about Facebook censorship.
After spending 1.2 trillion dollars, and losing thousands of soldiers, the U.S. has failed to convert Afghanistan into a stable, democratic country.
What sort of society is Afghanistan anyway?
Afghanistan is about the size of Texas. Its terrain is mountainous, a characteristic leading to isolated groups who don’t trust outsiders, and often marry their cousins to keep wealth in the family.
Ethnically, Afghanistan is diverse, with its own national anthem naming 14 ethnic groups, the largest among them being the Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, and the Aimaq, Turkmen and Baloch.
The Pashtuns, the biggest group, are further sub-divided into approximately 60 tribes, which are further sub-divided into 400 clans.
The Taliban leadership, and most of its support, derived from the Pashtun people.
In contrast, Panjshir region, still unconquered by the Taliban, and home of the anti-Taliban resistance movement, is populated by the Tajiks. Amarullah Saleh, who was vice-president of the recently-collapsed Afghan government, and an ethnic Tajik, is part of this movement.
On the religious question, Afghanistan is overwhelmingly Muslim, and that can’t be ignored.
Obviously, the Taliban is a threat to religious freedom. On the other hand, the recently-collapsed Afghan government we supported was hardly a defender of religious freedom.
Back in 2006, an Afghan convert to Christianity named Abdul Rahman was sentenced to death, not by the Taliban, but by the Afghan national government we set up. And there seemed to have been widespread support for that sentence. Rahman escaped death by fleeing to Italy, but the law was not changed.
Polling has indicated that most Afghans support Islamic Sharia law, which calls for the execution of those who abandon Islam. A truly informative discussion of Afghanistan must take these factors into consideration.
Now, what about the refugees? We’re being told that we must take in Afghan refugees, potentially tens of thousands. But how compatible are Afghans with American culture?
The example of Europe is not encouraging.
A 2017 article in The National Interest explored that issue. It was written by Austrian-born Cheryl Benard, the wife of Afghan-born, U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad.
The article is entitled I’ve Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe’s Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling.
The article is noteworthy for the author’s honesty. She herself is married to an Afghan-born man and she has long been involved in helping refugees. But even she had to admit that a high proportion of violent sexual predators in Europe and especially Austria were Afghan refugees.
One theory she learned from an Afghan friend was that Afghan criminals and welfare leeches in Europe were “motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports. Their laws don’t matter, their culture is uninteresting and, ultimately, their civilization is going to fall anyway to the horde of which one is the spearhead.”
So why should Afghan refugees be sent to Western countries anyway?
If Afghans must be resettled, why not resettle them in their own region, with their own fellow ethnics?
The Pashtun refugees can go to Pakistan, the Tajiks to Tajikistan, the Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, etc.
Wouldn’t that be a more logical solution?
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