Afghanistan: The Great Western Escape

The “Great Western Escape” from Afghanistan carries with it powerful imagery that speaks to the countless failures of the international coalition.

The Taliban are taking over Afghanistan a lot quicker than most observers expected, which is prompting a Western exodus from the war-torn country. More than a dozen regional capitals have fallen to the group over the past week, including the second-largest city of Kandahar. Everyone is now bracing themselves for what seems to be the Taliban’s inevitable march on Kabul even though the international community is still desperately trying to clinch a last-minute peace deal to avert that dark scenario. Some countries are also threatening not to recognize the Taliban if it returns to power by force, but that might not deter it.

The “Great Western Escape” from Afghanistan is now underway. The US just deployed several thousand Marines to facilitate the evacuation of its citizens and is begging the Taliban not to attack its Embassy. Canada and the UK are also dispatching some forces to assist their compatriots in this respect too. India already evacuated some of its citizens and is reportedly preparing for the contingency scenario of how to complete its own full civilian and diplomatic withdrawal if the Taliban reaches the Afghan capital. All of these countries fully supported Kabul but now have nothing to show for it despite two decades’ worth of investments.

The palpable panic in the international community and especially among Western and Western-allied countries like India is due to their failure to pragmatically adapt to rapidly changing circumstances that their strategists should have seen coming long ago. The Afghan National Army (ANA) was always a paper tiger propped up by foreign air support. It never commanded any real power on the ground outside of a few cities. Once the US stopped bombing the Taliban as much as it used to, its fighters regrouped en masse and started taking over regional capital after regional capital, focusing first on the border regions and now moving towards the interior.

Taliban capture Afghanistan mapThey wisely preempted the scenario of foreign forces supporting anti-Taliban proxies from neighboring countries and are now proverbially (or perhaps quite literally) going for the kill by potentially capturing Kabul. All the money that Kabul’s allies invested in Afghanistan was wasted on corruption and ulterior projects such as utilizing that country as a springboard for destabilizing neighboring ones through armed militants that targets such as Pakistan regard as terrorists. Nothing of substance was ever invested in actually improving the lives of regular Afghans and progressively winning the hearts and minds needed to sustain their government.

To its credit, India did indeed invest quite a lot in Afghan infrastructure projects and played a leading role in supporting anti-Taliban proxies, but the former were taken for granted by the locals as something that they rightly deserved and not as a reward of any sort for keeping the Taliban at bay while the latter were brutal, corrupt, and thus counterproductively improved the population’s perception of the Taliban by contrast. India could have entered into emergency talks with the Taliban upon its initial successes after the US announced its full withdrawal plans but refused to do so for whatever reason at the expense of its interests.

India is now fleeing Afghanistan together with its Western allies, all of whom are leaving in shame and knowing that this outcome wasn’t inevitable. Had they sincerely invested in Afghanistan’s people, none of this might have happened, but they all pursued ulterior strategic motives that never truly had anything to do with reconstructing this war-torn country. Each of them also spewed propaganda to the foreign audience that their own decision makers themselves ultimately ended up believing after some time which claimed that the Taliban weren’t genuinely popular and were thus doomed to be defeated.

The “Great Western Escape” from Afghanistan carries with it powerful imagery that speaks to the countless failures of the international coalition. The retreating forces’ soft power is destroyed by none other than their own hand after they showed the world that they couldn’t accomplish anything that they officially set out to do despite two decades and literally trillions of dollars in total invested towards that end. Nothing was ever as it seemed to be and none of them were honest about what was really happening there. The truth has finally been revealed though and it isn’t pretty, but it’ll hopefully be a lesson for everyone if they choose to learn from it.

Source: One World

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  1. SAMIR SARDANA

    30 days ago, the Americans thought that the ANA and Ghani will last for years.10 days ago the Americans thought that ANA will last for 90 days !

    In 10 days,Taliban are in Kabul and Ghani and ANA have disappeared !

    For 20 years,the Americans ACTUALLY THOUGHT that,the ANA and Young Afghans, will die to save American lives !

    THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT,AND BELIEVED IT ! JUST LIKE THE STORIES OF JESUS ! IS IT A HALLUCINATION OR SELF INDUCED HYPNOSIS ?

    FOR 20 YEARS !

    AND THAT IS THE GENIUS ,OF ASHRAF GHANI !

    THE WORD ASHRAF – RARE DIAMOND !

    Now the entire Kabul gang ,is in Tajikistan and Pakistan – waiting for the Taliban, to make some blunder, and see the successes in the implementation of its shariat law in the 2 classes of Afghanistan !

    There are 2 classes in Afghanistan – the Elite of Kabul,and then, the rest.So,the key test is the acceptability of the Shariat to the Afghan people.

    If PRC can prop up DPRK – then there are TRILLIONS,to be made by PRC by propping up the Taliban.All that the Taliban has to do, is to maintain the same level of human rights and transparency, as DPRK – which is easy meat ! Or shall we say,the same level of human rights as PRC has in Xinjiang.For PRC,using DPRK as a prong for SCS,Nippon and South Korea – and using Taliban,as a lever,to shut the lid on Al Qaeda,is a Gift from Mencius and Confucious.

    Ashraf Ghani has all the American secrets,and so,is heading to a cosy retirement.Now pnly did he bewitch the Americans,NATO,UN and the EU,but he also,siphoned off US and UN and NATO/EU aid,and he has all the INT,on US informers and spies,and their looted stash – and that,is a sign of ABSOLUTE GENIUS.

    So long as Taliban “appears to strike Daesh and Al Qaeda – the USA will ignore all that Taliban does.

    By making a pre-emptive strike on Kabul,Taliban would have accessed a treasure trove of US INT and lists of US SPIES – which they will use well

    And if the Indian weasels do not want the Taliban and BADRI to enter Kashmir – they will have to pay off the Taliban,and build free of cost infra in Afghanistan and make a DRYPORT in Afghanistan – UNLIKE CHABAHAR in IRAN !

    That makes it a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN !

    WIN for Taliban
    WIN for Ashraf
    WIN for USA
    WIN for China
    WIN for Pakistan

    TALIBAN HAVE THE LATEST US MILITARY AND SURVEILLANCE TECH, IN ITS RAIDS (which they will barter with the PRC and other nations) AND HAVE SECURED ENOUGH AMMO,TO FIGHT FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS ! The ANA soldiers would have tipped off the Taliban about all the secret ammunition, fuel and treasure troves of the US and ANA.

    ALL THE NEIGHBOURS OF AFGHANISTAN,AND ALSO, “MUSLIM NATIONS”, IN SOUTH ASIA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA AND GCC ,WILL HAVE TO START A DIALOGUE WITH TALIBAN,AS THE TALIBAN CAN “EXPORT ITS REVOLUTION” TO ANY PART OF THE WORLD !

    If Taliban eradicates corruption, and gives an efficient administration,and APPEARS TO HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE TO ANTI-AMERICAN TERROR – IT WILL BE OFF TO A FLYING START !

    And then – if it conducts elections – you will have a clean sweep ! dindooohindoo

    THAT IS WHEN,THE WORLD WILL HAVE TO RECOGNISE THE TALIBAN !

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