20 Years in Afghanistan and what can the mighty USA claim as victory? Their claim is dour and pubescent because their invasion of Vietnam comes like a harangue screaming discarded lessons and insisting that USA just got bigger weapons but are still bullies on the playground. USA has not matured. The question pounds the mind and imperils moral conscience because the prodigious war cries filled the world with shock and awe. In the still of the night so to speak, the mighty USA left Bagram airbase without informing the very loyal Afghan soldiers that worked with. Uncle Sam has lost his manners too! Today, we look with shock and awe at the looted Afghan Bagram airbase and realise ‘USA’s Defence Against Disaster’!
The ‘Defence Against Disaster’ is to withdraw now before Taliban gains more control and that would make Afghanistan the graveyard of USA’s soldiers, military hardware and oppressive foreign policy. When we watch Hollywood we see that USA won the war in Vietnam and today, we see the similar portrayal of media wars hyping the USA army through films like American Sniper to convince themselves largely that they are the saviours of the world. With news today, the shift of focus has opened the eyes of many and the withdrawal of USA troops from Afghanistan is now filled with explosive questions. The answers come like cluster bombs that suck all reason out instantaneously but, like the resurgence of the Taliban, sense creeps in and creates indigestible situations for the White House to explain itself out of the skulduggery. In the end we are given new new phrases to think differently and to be indoctrinated but; all this a ‘defence against disaster.’
The ‘Defence Against Disaster’ is further exemplified by the sheer number of Afghans lining up to leave the country because they were helping the USA and its allies in the War against Terror and; their lives hangs in a balance. It is the paranoia now that engulfs these people because to the Americans they are heroes but, to the general masses in Afghanistan they are seen and perceived as collaborators. The situation is stodgy and it manifests desultory planning on behalf of the USA because these people caught between a rock and a hard place are left vulnerable and scared like mice . I watched the 24 minute episode, INSIDE STORY on Al-Jazeera and it was riveting because it reveals that the USA’s plan for Afghanistan was not at all as vaunted as they claim it to be or, how they sold it to the world. Take 24 minutes and 30 seconds out of your 24 hours and begin to really understand the insalubrious aftermath of the failed invasion of Afghanistan.
The mighty USSR failed in their invasion of Afghanistan and it brought them to the fatality of hors de combat. They left Afghanistan under heavy clouds of ignominy and to the world it revealed their catatonic condition. Furthermore, they lost their pugnacious stamina, withdrew like a tortoise into its shell and fell from the acclaimed status of being a world power. In this ‘Game of Thrones’, the USA and its allies are so libidinous for world domination that they will never admit to failure in Afghanistan but they will churn euphemisms like sands through an hour glass to mask their defeat as a kind of humanitarian mission. Juxtapose the exit of mighty Russia at the time with USA in the present and; you will find remarkable similarities. The most striking one is that the people of Afghanistan are split again into factions and a civil war is again imminent. Furthermore, when Russia pulled out in defeat, it strengthened the warlords and weakened the government. Similarly, USA’s defeat and withdrawal garnished with a kind ‘virtual/online help’ to remain from the USA for Afghanistan has diminished the power of the Afghan government and; left the Afghan army without a crutch but with a prosthetic limb that is defective. It is now that the whole Afghan army is searching for prosthetic limbs to operate as an army. It is crazy and it smacks of the USA’s vagaries proving yet again. The vagaries of the USA and its allies are congenial on the divide and rule foreign policy and; are chasing the ideal of an empire like gods in Greek mythology. The gods themselves are conflicted too. The Roman Empire is dead but, the concept and ideal is still alive in the hearts, minds and souls of those who seek a one world currency and a next world order.
I gave this tremendous attention and there is nothing more frightening than facing the brutal facts. Muslim lands are in constant waves of geo-political crises and deep rooted problems that threaten unity and social cohesion. This made me look at the tradition of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to see why this is happening. Whilst the attack on Muslims is highly prioritised in the war on terror, Islam is still alive and refuses to die as a flame on a candle placed in midst of a windstorm. I recalled the tradition (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and gave it my deep attention.
حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ الدِّمَشْقِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا بِشْرُ بْنُ بَكْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ جَابِرٍ، حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو عَبْدِ السَّلاَمِ، عَنْ ثَوْبَانَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” يُوشِكُ الأُمَمُ أَنْ تَدَاعَى عَلَيْكُمْ كَمَا تَدَاعَى الأَكَلَةُ إِلَى قَصْعَتِهَا ” . فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ وَمِنْ قِلَّةٍ نَحْنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ قَالَ ” بَلْ أَنْتُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ كَثِيرٌ وَلَكِنَّكُمْ غُثَاءٌ كَغُثَاءِ السَّيْلِ وَلَيَنْزِعَنَّ اللَّهُ مِنْ صُدُورِ عَدُوِّكُمُ الْمَهَابَةَ مِنْكُمْ وَلَيَقْذِفَنَّ اللَّهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمُ الْوَهَنَ ” . فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا الْوَهَنُ قَالَ ” حُبُّ الدُّنْيَا وَكَرَاهِيَةُ الْمَوْتِ ” .
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: The people will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish. Someone asked: Will that be because of our small numbers at that time? He replied: No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and last enervation into your hearts. Someone asked: What is wahn (enervation). Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): He replied: Love of the world and dislike of death.
Sunan Abi Dawud 4297
My attention got me in metaphorical thought. You see the unity of Muslims scares the world and that is a brutal fact including those leaders of fiefdoms and territories carved out of the entire Middle East after the fall the Ottoman Empire, WW1 and WW2. Like small morsels of food, the Muslim Empire was carved as ‘dish fit for the gods’ to use the phrase of the conspirators in Julius Caesar . This made Muslim lands smaller like little morsels of food that were soon devoured by secularists, war mongers and genuine thieves with a global agenda. Unknown to the devouring hordes, the morsels were truly stodgy and refused easy digestion and just created huge throbbing constipation. The biological system is that all will digest and must come out! And when this mess comes out it is going to be an ugliness on the whole of humanity because, all watched how the hordes raped, pillages, plundered, murdered, killed, maimed, usurped, demolished, bombed, stole and literally decimated people in the name of peace. You see the tradition is a warning that people in the main too, when engulfed by consumerism, power and love of this world their position eventually becomes one of enervation. It appears as if the Muslim world is there but, when I look at the picture that leads the article, I realise Afghanistan is just the big bone that refuses to be chopped up into smaller bite size pieces. In the depths away from the war zones and conflict spots in Afghanistan there are people connected deeply to Islam too in its true way and they are the saviours of the Muslim spirit.
The spirit of the American soldier is really on the butcher’s block because evidence back home in USA points to high suicide, post traumatic war disorders, wife beatings, alcoholism, drug addition and loss of patriotism whilst, in the lands where the American soldier killed, bombed, raped and pillaged the people suffer but, refuse to be suicidal. This brutal onslaught on the people of Afghanistan for the past 20 years must precipitate a kind of vengeance or worse. The precipitate of disappointed to say the least, is not going to be a walk in the park or another Hollywood blockbuster movie. It is going to be genesis of a renaissance. The renaissance is not the ushering in of a new branded version of the French Revolution, its reign of terror and the guillotine. It is going to be a resurrection of a people who are exhausted of oppression and would fulfil their own promises they made to Allah, the High for their own land.
One cannot imagine how the Afghans must feel after been promised so much. 20 years is a long time to stay in a country that is not your homeland and to befriend people on the basis of liberty, equality and fraternity. You buy loyalty of soldiers and family and suddenly you leave. This is hypocrisy of the highest order and on top of that the USA call themslves heroes. What is even more disparaging now is that the loyal Afghan soldier looks like he was used to destroy his own country. To his people now, he looks like the dark half. This must fuel hatred amongst the people. How does the Afghan soldier loyal to the USA reconcile a war torn country with the fact that his protectors are now gone and; would be assisting from a distance? There is no reconciliation here.
An Afghan soldier plays a guitar that was left behind. ‘In one night, they lost all the goodwill of 20 years by leaving the way they did, in the night, without telling the Afghan soldiers who were outside,’ said Naematullah, an Afghan soldier who asked that only his one name be used. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP
In the current state of affairs Taliban claims to control 85% of Afghanistan and is talks with Russia. The talks according to AL-Jazeera news on 10/07/2021, 7:00am CAT, showed that there is a genuine fear of reprisal attacks on the areas that border Russia with Afghanistan. Furthermore, the senior Taliban official made strategic demands and showed unwavering resolve but, the demonisation of Taliban by officials continues unabated as if the USA and it allies were the saviours of grace, mercy and providence of justice and peace. When Russia began its military expedition in 1979 in Afghanistan it took it like a quotidian event. Russia suffered the suffocation of a nouveau-riche only to bow in 2021 to the Taliban pleading within the euphoria of peace talks not to be on the offensive. One has to understand that over the decades, the people of Afghanistan have wisened up even though fighting against collaborators, enemies and war mongers is a proclivity for them. Therefore, Afghanistan must be seen holistically and within context of current geo-politics. To begin with, the Afghan people are the most internally and externally displaced people in the world making them most vulnerable to all sorts of socio-economic-political issues that either makes them side with the human butchers or with those who seek justice as a means to peace. Secondly, the country is devastated and its ailing infrastructure limits progress in education, health and safety. One has to ask therefore, what did the USA and its allies do in Afghanistan for 20 years when there are thousands of Afghans who want to emigrate to the USA all because they helped the USA do nothing substantial for justice to be served. This might be an over generalisation but, where is the evidence of progress that has made Afghanistan safer under the allied invasion and so called development over a period of 20 years? The evidence is sparse and like the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq yielded no results, the USA invasion of Afghanistan has yielded no significant result of justice. Peace is the result of justice.
USA has left Iraq in a mess that sewers cannot digest, it caused mayhem in Afghanistan that Satan is also ashamed of, it backed the war in Syrian and Yemen that has disgraced human beings in the sight of Angels and the list is endless. The fact remains that like Russia, the mighty USA is on a slippery slope because it could not finish what the old mighty Russia started in 1979. Afghanistan prevails amidst the chaos while the soldiers of the USA will claim their Hollywood medals on their supposed victory in Afghanistan. The world awaits to see who next will take on Afghanistan and fail. In the meantime we owe it to the people of Afghanistan to speak the truth of their suffering at the hands of the people of highly civilised countries. This is our ‘Defence Against Disaster’.