The Invincible Afghans – Daily Times
One of the most tangible manifestations of double standards in post-war world politics was experienced in Afghanistan. Their armed resistance to the Soviets has been labeled holy jihad, while similar acts against the US have been labeled terrorism. For this reason, the political leadership in the US-led Western and Western media, fueled by this inherent bias and prejudice, has portrayed Afghan jihad negatively and has unleashed a malicious campaign against Islamophobia orchestrated through rigged propaganda. On the other hand, many believe that the Afghan jihad is a justified freedom movement against foreign occupation of their land and resources. Hence, the main aim of the eternal armed struggle was the liberation of Afghanistan from the occupation forces. The Khalq Parcham party, led by Noor Muhammad Taraki from Afghanistan, invited to the Soviet Union to stabilize their government in Kabul. The Soviets also saw this as an opportunity to build on the historical legacy of eastward enlargement that had emerged from the previous Great Game in an attempt to realize the unfinished agenda of accessing navigable water. They also wanted to promote the communist ideology around the world, which began with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The Russians lost miserably in Afghanistan because they were unaware of their own military superiority and did not know the Afghan terrain. Afghanistan has remained invincible and invincible since known history. The neglect of Taliban culture in Afghanistan and its resilience were one of the dominant factors that caused defeat to almost all invaders.
Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban have gone from poachers to game rangers and are engaged in the fight against terrorism to protect large Afghan cities like Kabul from the threat of IS-K.
Pakistan played a central role in the first three years and supported the Afghan guerrilla war against the Soviet. The main external actors, including Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt, have further strengthened their resilience to the foreign occupation (around 65,000 tons of light weapons were provided to both at the request of the US). Seven Afghan factions were united by Pakistan and the US and fought side by side, waging jihad against the Soviet occupiers. It is a sad fact of history that today’s Al-Qaeda was founded by the United States in 1983. Tons of jihad literature was printed at the American University of Nebraska, valued at $ 13 million. The Clash of Civilization by Samuel P. Huntington (1993) points to the alliance of Islamic and Confucius civilizations as a new emerging threat. Political experts in the West no longer see communism as a threat, but now the next threat to Western civilization could come from the alliance of Islamic and Confucius-Chinese civilizations. It is a fact of recent history that when the Afghan Taliban took over Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, in 1996, the United States provided the Taliban regime with $ 500 million in aid. The US later withdrew and began criticizing the Taliban because of differences in pipeline policy and the rigidity of the Taliban’s judicial system and human rights violations.
After September 11, the US urged the Taliban to extradite Osama bin Laden and decided to attack Afghanistan, rejecting the Taliban’s request to first provide evidence of his involvement in the attacks on the US twin towers. The US apparently attacked Afghanistan to avenge the 9/11 attacks and to punish the perpetrators. However, it had other goals as well. The US military wanted the presence in the China, Russia, Iran region to control and Argus to keep an eye on Pakistan’s nuclear program as well. The US also had plans to gain access to Central Asian resources, to explore Afghanistan’s untapped natural resources, to pursue the interests of the power elite by invading the weak, vulnerable and ethically divided country of Afghanistan, and following similar actions in Saddam’s Iraq. The combined economic and political interests of the military-industrial complex led the US to attack Afghanistan and later Iraq. The rampant corruption in the base of the puppet regimes installed in the USA since 2002 and the internal division among the leaders of Afghanistan also led to a strengthening of the Afghan Taliban. External support for the Afghan Taliban came in the form of funding and the provision of nature reserves. US drone strikes against innocent Afghans continued to generate hatred. The Taliban’s mass support in the countryside made the situation worse for the US-led NATO forces, as the bogus government has been confined to large cities since the US arrived in Afghanistan. The US’s failure to win the hearts and minds of ordinary Afghans made it an unpopular war. Last but not least, the Taliban’s effective social media propaganda to spread its Islamic ideology and values worked wonders for the Taliban. The ideology and religious belief that jihad will last until “Judgment Day” largely helped the Taliban win against the US and other Western forces. The desire to attain nothing less than martyrdom also retained the spirit of the Taliban and they fought until their final victory. Because of these diverse challenges and soil conditions, the US has not achieved its geostrategic goals even after two decades of war.
Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban have gone from poachers to game rangers and are engaged in the fight against terrorism to protect large Afghan cities like Kabul from the threat of IS-K. The Afghan mujahideen began jihad against the occupation of the forces of the USSR and then against the US-led allied NATO forces, and defeated them with just as much zeal and determination. After the defeat of the USSR by Afghanistan, the Taliban exercised control over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and enforced an Islamic law in the state. After the US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban regime in 2001, the Taliban reformed and began to recapture their lost territory within ten years of their overthrow. By August 2021, the Taliban had peacefully controlled Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabih Uallah Mujahid congratulated the Afghans on their victory after the last US troops left the country after 20 years of military intervention. The spokesman clearly announced that their fight against the foreign occupation was over. Even after decades of reconstruction efforts, Afghanistan is apparently still where it was 20 years ago. The country’s impassable terrain, a society deeply anchored in religious values, power relations between external actors due to their contradicting geopolitical objectives and the population’s aversion to foreign occupation made the country the cemetery of all great powers.
It is very comforting to see that Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara officials joined the Taliban government on September 21, 2021, and this has expanded the cabinet to make them more “inclusive”. The Americans have recognized that the Taliban helped with the evacuation and did not break their promise to allow foreigners and Afghans with valid travel documents to leave the country. Taliban leaders reaffirmed their determination to take action against the militant Islamic State Group and other terrorist groups present in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s continued struggles against a group of 48 countries led by the US and the Afghan people who have withstood the difficulties must be commended for their bravery. Peace and stability appear to be high on the Taliban’s agenda. Quadruple Afghanistan, made up of the US, Russia, China and Pakistan, have agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghans, while all countries understand the need for positive cooperation with the Taliban. The Taliban established their jihad as a legitimate struggle for independence from foreign occupation. Their ideology and religious beliefs claim that their jihad contributed to the Taliban’s success until the US-led Western forces withdrew. In addition, the Taliban built a narrative to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and crippled the Ghani government and its armed forces. After the final withdrawal of foreign occupation troops from Afghanistan on August 31, 2021, the Taliban finally declared that the jihad in Afghanistan is over, but also in the region. The Taliban leadership has decided to take action against the militant Islamic State Group and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan. It is time for international and regional powers to join forces with the Taliban for reconstruction and thereby ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.
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