In the whole Afghanistan quagmire, if I were to pick the party the least brutal, the most innocent, it’d probably be the Taliban. They were the ones who were the most transparent about their intentions all through. Never double spoke. The world always knew what they wanted, how and why.
Never did the Taliban try to go back or equivocate on its motive to establish an Islamic Emirate along with all its implications. So if there’s someone who deserves the least blame for where we now stand, it’s them.
The people who have blood on their hands are the Americans. They walked away through the door as abruptly as they entered, saying it’s not their war to fight. No one asked them to stage their forces there forever or see them die in brazen attacks.
But couldn’t the “most powerful” nation in the world strike one simple deal worth its paper with the ill-equipped Taliban? “Deal” — the word that made Trump go high without weed? All they wanted was to run.
The NATO has blood on its hands. Withdrawing its troops as easily as anything. Spending 20 years and billions of dollars in shoring up Afghan defence infrastructure that the country’s forces cannot even operate without their assistance. Such sham.
The UN has blood on its hands. An organisation of tall talks and little work. A clawless tiger. Watched the country fall right in front of its eyes and couldn’t pass one worthy resolution nor arrive at any consensus or plan of action. Just empty condemnations—a good place to have free (public-funded) chai-samosa.
Pakistan has the dagger in its hands. We all know where the funds and weapons (and fighters) came from. Even so, it could have used its significant influence on the Taliban for good, to avoid the bloodshed, for a peaceful political settlement and concrete negotiations.
If for nothing else, then just for the U.S.’s pat on the back. But if it could see sense, where was the question in the first place. None would benefit more from a Taliban regime than Pakistan and China. It has its costs, though.
Ghani is all smeared in the blood of his own people. An out and out corrupt and power-hungry politician with no sympathy for his fellow countrypeople. Flew out of Afghanistan right before the siege, and if reports are to be believed, with cars full of cash. Would have won gold at the Olympics race.
India’s hands too are red. For once, I was in agreement with India’s moral stance on an issue where it isn’t too “directly” involved. No direct talks with the terrorists and not engaging with them until it’s for Afghanistan’s good and absolutely the very last option; social infrastructure for the country; emphasising the indispensability of a completely Afghan-led, -owned and -controlled process.
But with a UNSC presidency, it could have done better. Done something. Anything. At least a failed attempt would have counted. Unfortunately, the issue wasn’t even on its agenda, not even for the theatrics of it. It won’t ever be forgotten that the fall happened on our watch.
To top it all, we got our seat at the high table for 2021-22 because Afghanistan agreed to give it to us. It was Afghanistan’s seat. It was for us to speak for them. How well we paid back.
The entire global community has blood on its hands for failing an entire people. For rushing to grant legitimacy to a regime that doesn’t merit even an utterance of its vicious name. For vying to carry its own respective share of the spoils. For forsaking a godforsaken country.