Friday, May 20, 2022

OP-ED: The Hypocrisy Surrounding Afghanistan…

Now that six days have passed since the fall of Kabul and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, replaced by the second edition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, we must ask ourselves questions, many questions.

First of all, what was falling from the planes leaving Kabul was the US hegemony in the country that portends the end of the “Global War on Terrorism” that has been suffered around the world since 2001; yet the US had to leave Afghanistan because the situation was not progressing.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was always smoke, it was an urban elite in the shadow of the United States biting at its generous royalties and succulent aid. 145 billion dollars in twenty years that have served no purpose. The Afghan government did not reform education, health care or infrastructure, nor did it engage in a thorough fight against the Taliban. The governments of Karzai and Ghani devoted themselves to governing urban islands in the provincial capitals, the rest? Emirate.

In fact the disbanding of all Afghan leaders makes it clear that they felt they were not sufficiently legitimized. All analysts (myself included) were predicting a return to 1996 with an Islamic Emirate in the northern and southern two thirds and a Northern Alliance sustaining a de facto independence and a war of positions against Taliban skirmishes… well no…

Dostum, the great Uzbek warlord who co-led the Northern Alliance with the assassinated Ahmad Sha Masud disappeared only to reappear hours later in Tashkent as the northern Afghan army fled in disarray and Mazar i Shariff fell hours before Kabul.

Suddenly we saw the bloodless entry of the Taliban into these cities, the flight of thousands of people to the airport with the terrible images we have seen over and over again on social media but, in parallel, there were no clashes against the Taliban. Afghan society in general has accepted its fate.

So much so that these new Taliban allow women to work (on Tolo TV a presenter with hijab interviewed a Taliban spokesperson, unthinkable in the Taliban regime of 1996-2001), and Abdul Ghani Baradar assured amnesty to those who fought or collaborated with the previous government.

The situation is not as chaotic as it seems because along with the Western disbandment mainly led by the United States and its allies (including Spain), Russia and China stayed and continued to work, the Central Asian countries are negotiating with the Taliban on the border situation and are testing the ground, Qatar, Arabia and Pakistan are also in Kabul.

In short, fait accompli and realpolitik. However, in the West (I detest the word and the Western concept but just so I am understood) we have not learned our lesson. The press and journalists and analysts for everything, who comment on the fall of Kabul as well as the chores of Pantoja’s son, comment on government measures, events and the departure of Messi from Barcelona now dedicate themselves to the light of the horrible images of the desperation of many Afghans to vociferate.

Many of them have their center of perception totally skewed. They talk about Afghan women, the burqa or that their fingers will be cut off if they wear painted nails or talk about Afghan gays, they apply the vision of groups to a society that does not respond to these stimuli, why, to sell the product they harvest, every opportunity is always a good opportunity and especially if it is fashionable, the better.

The truth is that in their words it seems that a Taliban Emirate would be a hell only for women or gays, because of course… Taliban follows the “toxic masculinity”, well, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a hell for women, girls (if you touch the Bacha Posh, you go bad), for boys and for men. Did you know that the Taliban cut the nose of men who did not grow a beard up to the chest approximately?

When they talk about women, gays, etc. in Afghanistan, they are completely ignoring the reality of the situation and are showing their profound ignorance because, in reality, what will be changed in that country is the society as a whole. In the West: for the peace, wealth, social comfort and opportunities we have we can stop to rethink non-existent identities but an Afghan has no time or desire for that. The Afghan (or to make it better understood: the Afghan) when he leaves his house thinks if that year the harvest is going to be good, if when he goes out by car he is not going to be shot from the side of the road by a commando of Taliban, DAESH, Al Qaeda or who knows what, he thinks if that day when he is in the market he is going to die by a bomb?