M. Reza Behnam| Guest View
The most powerful military in the world has been defeated by men in sandals in a desperately impoverished country about the size of Texas with a population of more than 37 million. The Taliban victory has also dealt a blow to Americas pursuit of hegemony in the Middle East and to its power globally.
The chaos at the airport in Kabul, caused by Americas sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan, has not shifted attention away from the fact that the Taliban have won a decisive military and political victory over the foreign invaders. In addressing the nation, President Joe Biden stated that he had factored in chaos in his withdrawal plans a remark that runs counter to his promise to adhere to a humane foreign policy.
Americas 20-year occupation of Afghanistan has ended. President George W. Bushs war on terror, which began with the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, was built on lies. At home, the absence of truth has given rise to distrust of government and has further weakened the political and social fabric of the country.
Reflection has not been Americas, especially Washingtons, mtier. It is important to weigh the reasons behind Americas colonial adventure in Afghanistan and why it was destined to fail.
Guest view: Military may be climate's biggest enemy
The military mission in Afghanistan has been about defending U.S. geopolitical and economic interests in the region. It has not been, as we have been told, about democracy, freedom and defending human rights.
To understand Washingtons interest in Afghanistan, it is important to recognize the countrys strategic geographical location. Afghanistan at the crossroads of Asia connects the Middle East with Central Asia and India. It is near the Caspian Sea region, reported to contain the second largest reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the world.
Opinion: We can still show strength in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is well-situated for oil and gas pipelines pipelines that can bypass Iran and Russia. Since the 1980s, Washington has fashioned numerous pipeline plans that have been delayed or canceled due to political, military or financialproblems.
In 1979, the United States established a military presence in Afghanistan in order to keep the Soviet Union out of the oil-rich Persian Gulf. In that year, the United States armed and financed the mujaheddin which included young Pashtun Taliban to overthrow and fight the Kremlin-supported Communist government in Kabul. In so doing, the United States successfully lured the Russians into a 10-year military quagmire in Afghanistan.
The collapse of the Communist government in 1989 paved the way for Taliban control of Afghanistan in 1996. And in a twist of fate, Washington found itself fighting the Taliban forces it had helped create.
During the 1990s, the United States was willing to overlook the repressive practices of the Taliban government in order to maintain a presence in Central Asia and to move ahead with pipeline access through Afghanistan.
The United States has established military bases throughout the Arab Middle East, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Forced to exit Afghanistan, the United States has been deprived of its Afghan base in Central Asia. A lingering question is whether Washington negotiated some future pipeline security with the Taliban before withdrawing.
The Taliban have derailed Washingtons hegemonic plans for the Middle East and Central Asia. China and Russia are now positioned to solidify their presence in the region and to acquire the pipeline access, which has been so coveted by the United States.
It is contrary to reason for Washington to claim that it has been in Afghanistan to benefit the people when tens of thousands of Afghans, who had nothing to do with 9/11, have suffered profoundly because President Bush decided to invade and build a nation transform the government and society in Americas image.
The oppression of women under former Taliban rule is often cited to defend Americas occupation of Afghanistan. U.S. bombs, however, have not discriminated they have been gender-neutral.
That 34 Afghan provinces fell to the Taliban without a fight is evidence that no guerrilla insurgency can win victories without popular support. As the only organized force fighting the American occupation, Afghans turned to the Taliban to provide peace, order and security. They chose the Taliban over foreign occupation. Ultimately, the United States was defeated by the injustice, corruption, inequality and violence brought by the war and their occupation of Afghanistan.
M. Reza Behnam, Ph.D., is a political scientist whose specialties include American foreign policy and the history, politics and governments of the Middle East.
Read the original here:
- Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap Is a Generational Challenge - December 14th, 2022
- Cruel oppression of those who speak against the Chinese Government - Sanatan Prabhat - - October 2nd, 2022
- Teachers and Other Unionists Are Joining Iran's Gender Justice Uprising - In These Times - October 2nd, 2022
- Hill TV Segment on Rashida Tlaib and Israel Is Censored - The Intercept - October 2nd, 2022
- These are the voices of resistance: interviews from Iran, female-nonbinary radio takeover - CDM Create Digital Music - Create Digital Music - October 2nd, 2022
- Oppression of minorities has caused the split of Zimbabwe into two states - Bulawayo24 News - October 2nd, 2022
- Confronting Bolsonaro and the Far Right Requires Working Class Independence - Left Voice - October 2nd, 2022
- Mamakwa: 'We cannot have reconciliation without truth' - DrydenNow.com - October 2nd, 2022
- The Politicization of the Department of Justice - The Epoch Times - October 2nd, 2022
- Nitish government has failed to provide justice to the downtrodden, oppressed and downtrodden in Bihar: Anil Kumar Latest Bihar News| Current News of... - October 2nd, 2022
- Arab Intellectuals Accuse Al-Jazeera Of Ignoring Protests In Iran, Abandoning Protesters And Promoting Iranian Government Narrative - Middle East... - October 2nd, 2022
- PBS Spurious Narrative Of America And The Holocaust - Countercurrents.org - October 2nd, 2022
- Government Oppression in George Orwells 1984 - SchoolWorkHelper - August 30th, 2022
- In war on disinformation, a dubious crusader joins the fight the government - New Jersey Monitor - August 30th, 2022
- Your policies were made only for our oppression: A nomads letter to free and just India - Scroll.in - August 30th, 2022
- Boston Liberation Center celebrates a year of organizing... - Liberation - August 30th, 2022
- American rebellion: the lockdown protests that paved the way for the Capitol riots - The Guardian US - August 30th, 2022
- There are 100 times more migrants crossing the Channel than in 2018 so why wont government accept its a... - The Sun - August 30th, 2022
- 10 new albums that express anger at the world - Green Left - August 30th, 2022
- Fighting spirit of the peasantry - Telangana Today - August 30th, 2022
- Statement by the Prime Minister on Black Ribbon Day - Prime Minister of Canada - August 30th, 2022
- US broadcaster urged to expose Chinas oppression in Tibet - The Tribune India - January 25th, 2022
- Its time for the SADC region to hold Zimbabwe to account - Al Jazeera English - January 25th, 2022
- What's Next for the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act - The Dispatch - January 25th, 2022
- Art exhibit at Heartland Community College showcases oppressed lives of women in Iran - CIProud.com - January 25th, 2022
- Affirmative Action Without Racial Preferences - Reason - January 25th, 2022
- Myths of the past no longer represent modern world - Alton Telegraph - January 25th, 2022
- The Olympic Games Return to China, in a Changed World - The New Yorker - January 25th, 2022
- The US Betrays Its Heritage by Threatening World War III Against Russia and China - PRESSENZA International News Agency - January 25th, 2022
- The West is Waging War on the Sudanese Revolution - Novara Media - January 25th, 2022
- Government agriculture seminar based on ethnic cleansing, war crimes and human rights abuses - thedailyblog.co.nz - January 25th, 2022
- How Ending Expectations That Adults Work For A Living Erases Dignity - The Federalist - January 25th, 2022
- WATCH: The View mocks RFK Jr. and anti-mandate rally in DC - Denver Gazette - January 25th, 2022
- 'I went to prison for gluing my face to the M25 and I'd do it again' - My London - January 25th, 2022
- Amy Wax and the Problem of Right-Wing Double Standards on Immigration - Reason - January 25th, 2022
- UP elections: BJP banks on welfare plans to win SC votes - Hindustan Times - January 25th, 2022
- EXPLAINER: Different mindsets of Mayor Mike, Guv Gwen on using vax cards against the unvaccinated. But could any LGU defy central government policy?|... - January 25th, 2022
- Letters to the editor for Monday, January 24, 2022 - News-Press - January 25th, 2022
- BOOK REVIEW: THIS EARTH OF MANKIND (1996) BY PRAMOEDYA ANATA TOER THE AWAKENING OF A NATION ENSLAVED IN ITS OWN LAND - Asia Media International - January 25th, 2022
- Speaker affirms Dr. King's message; 'Now is the time to stand up against injustice' - Williamsport Sun-Gazette - January 25th, 2022
- Look back at the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Action News Now - December 27th, 2021
- Brothers Offer New Perspective on Maternity and Family With Parallel Mothers - Yahoo Entertainment - December 27th, 2021
- Apartheid in the Holy Land Middle East Monitor - Middle East Monitor - December 27th, 2021
- PPP cant make Sindhs residents its slaves, say PSP and ANP - The News International - December 27th, 2021
- 'My wife, my sons and my daughter all drowned. They left because life here is so bad with no electricity, no jobs and no salary' - Morning Star Online - December 27th, 2021
- Republicans cornering the market on freedom and oppression | TheHill - The Hill - September 5th, 2021
- China's oppression of Tibetans serves as warning to Taiwan: Exiled Tibetan official - Devdiscourse - September 5th, 2021
- Oppressed Tibetans are warning to Taiwan: Tibetan representative - Focus Taiwan News Channel - September 5th, 2021
- OPINION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Were delight to read | Sacrifices public good | Have to accept reality - Arkansas Online - September 5th, 2021
- Taliban Expected to Announce New Government in Afghanistan - International Christian Concern - September 5th, 2021
- What the winner of this election must do about China, Meng and the two Michaels - Maclean's - September 5th, 2021
- Does the US have any real leverage over the Taliban? - Yahoo News - September 5th, 2021
- What is Owed - The Nation - September 5th, 2021
- The Taliban get a Chinese friend - The Sunday Guardian Live - The Sunday Guardian - September 5th, 2021
- [Visual History of Korea] Worlds first case of press oppression - The Korea Herald - September 5th, 2021
- The unjust war in Afghanistan and the continuing people's struggle against oppression - Davao Today - September 5th, 2021
- Afghanistan and the colonial project of feminism: dismantling the binary lens - EUROPP - European Politics and Policy - September 5th, 2021
- Political thought The threat from the illiberal left - The Economist - September 5th, 2021
- Critical race theory bans in schools are making teaching harder - Vox.com - September 5th, 2021
- Afghanistan. Google blocked the accounts of the ousted government employees. The Taliban sought to reach them - MoviesOnline - September 5th, 2021
- Government should urgently take appropriate actions to protect women and children - BusinessGhana - September 5th, 2021
- The Repeat Patterns in the Afghanistan Conflicts - The Citizen - September 5th, 2021
- Many eligible Indigenous voters struggle with whether or not they will go to the polls - Turtle Island News - September 5th, 2021
- UP election 2022: Oppression of Dalits, Brahmins to be BSPs key poll plank - India Today - September 5th, 2021
- Biden Can't Pressure Taliban Without Hurting Thousands of Afghans Left Behind - Foreign Policy - September 5th, 2021
- Connecting the Dots with columnist John Bos: Is racism systemic? - The Recorder - September 5th, 2021
- Ahead of his times - The Statesman - September 5th, 2021
- In the Shadow of 9/11 - The Nation - September 5th, 2021
- Careless Whispers: Parallels of civilian informants in social media user-reporting policies, but govt must walk a tightrope on this - The Financial... - February 10th, 2021
- Oppression against us attracting international attention: Farmers - The New Indian Express - February 10th, 2021
- Turkish authorities arrest 65 revolutionaries in a bid to break the backbone of the growing anti-government resistance - Morning Star Online - February 10th, 2021
- Protests in Tunisia conjure images of the past and questions about the future - Atlantic Council - February 10th, 2021
- Will Not be Cowed Down by 'Oppression', Says VK Sasikala; To Engage in Active Politics - The Wire - February 10th, 2021
- When Narendra Modi Exhorted 'Andolanjivis' to Rise Up Against the Government in 1974 - The Wire - February 10th, 2021
- The White Tiger tackles class struggle in the era of globalization - Johns Hopkins News-Letter - February 10th, 2021
- Opinion: Politics should not distract the church from its mission - Online Athens - February 10th, 2021
- Huawei's situation won't get any better with the Biden administration - Android Central - February 10th, 2021
- Spains enhancing ties with Turkey can only serve to strengthen Erdoans oppressive rule - Ahval - February 10th, 2021
- Designating the Proud Boys a terrorist organization won't stop hate-fuelled violence - The Conversation CA - February 10th, 2021
- This week in history: February 8-14 - WSWS - February 10th, 2021