Americans often talk about what they call “winning hearts and minds,” but it is the first thing that failed there, no matter how much other causes of the disaster are now being sought.
The German doctor Reinhard Erös told it the other day, who knows that Asian country well, where he works in an organization dedicated to building schools and clinics.
There is a sector of the population that lives especially in Kabul and other big cities, that you will miss an afghanistan more or less democratic with schools and universities, a free press and 25 percent of women in Parliament.
But that sector may represent at most 20 percent of Afghans. The vast majority have hardly been able to benefit from such conquests, have not lived through them and can therefore miss them.
In afghanistan There is another reality much more powerful than those that our media have been presenting to us: parents who leave their skin daily to feed their offspring or minors forced to work in the roofs or in the fields to help the family survive.
Unlike the nongovernmental organizations that operate there and do such excellent humanitarian work, the Americans do not seem at any time to bother to win over the common people.
With kicks at the doors in counterterrorism operations or the launching of drones that have killed many times more innocent civilians than jihadists, nobody wins.
And The United States invaded Afghanistan Twenty years ago, it was not so much to bring democracy there as to give a lesson never to be forgotten by those who had embraced the brain of the greatest terrorist attacks ever suffered by the superpower.
Much has been said since then as to why United States nor did nothing instead against his ally Saudi Arabia, where both Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen air pirates who participated in those attacks came from.
Even if Riad Has always denied any connection to Al Qaeda, relatives of the nearly 3,000 fatalities in the bombings tried to sue the Saudi royal family, but their efforts were thwarted by a 1976 law granting immunity to foreign governments.
In March 2016, Riyadh threatened Washington with selling US assets worth 750 trillion dollars if a new law was passed suspending immunity in that case to investigate the alleged help of Saudi diplomats to some of the 9/11 terrorists.
And what about, on the other hand, the tactical support offered for years to the Taliban by the intelligence service of Pakistan, a country in which Osaba bin Laden found his last hiding place before being located and shot down by an elite group from the USA?
Why did you decide to punish only to Afghanistan, that he had not attacked the United States and had limited himself to offering asylum for some time to Osama bin Laden, and not, however, to those two countries allied to the United States?
Why was it not tried either with the Taliban, who demanded evidence of bin Laden’s involvement in the attacks against the US earlier? to deliver to Washington nor was an Israeli-style surgical operation chosen to kidnap him and get him out of the country
But all that is already history that should nevertheless be remembered. And what we have today instead is the explanation from President Joe Biden that American soldiers “must not fight and die in a war in which Afghans are not prepared to fight personally”
It’s clear that Washington He had long wanted to get rid of what had become an unbearable burden, a bottomless pit from which only his arms industry has benefited – and how!
Today we know, because even some of its members have recognized it, that the supposedly democratic government supported by the West he was gnawed by corruption, and that was known to the last of the Afghans.
The words of the former defense minister in office when he learned of the flight of his unworthy president: “They tied us up and sold our country, damn that rich man and his gang!”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.