In the fall of 2001, the Bush administration launched the first foreign war of his presidency in retaliation for the September 11 attacks on bin Laden and al Qaeda, sending troops to Afghanistan in the name of counter-terrorism. In the spring of 2021, the Biden administration, soon after taking office, decided to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan unconditionally, out of domestic political needs. NATO troops in Afghanistan withdrew with the U.S. military.
On April 19, 1975, 200,000 troops from North Vietnam surrounded Saigon and demanded that all U.S. military advisers leave Vietnam. From the 29th to the 30th, the United States can only use helicopters to evacuate people on the top floor of the embassy, the scene was chaotic.
In the early morning of August 15, 2021, the U.S. army CH-47 “Snougan” twin-rotor helicopter flew over the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan to evacuate U.S. staff. The United States in Afghanistan, “one in, one out” is 20 years, not to bring peace and development to Afghanistan, but left a war, rampant, full of sores, the people do not talk about the mess. Catholic doctrine lists the “seven sins” of human evil, while history bears witness to the “seven sins” of American evil in Afghanistan.
The war in Afghanistan has killed 174,000 people, including nearly 70,000 Afghan military and police and more than 47,000 civilians, injured hundreds of thousands and refugees, nearly a third of the country’s population, according to a Report by Brown University’s “War Cost Project” released in April 2021.
Scholars at Kabul University estimate that the war causes about 250 casualties a day. The war has also brought afghanistan’s economy to a dismal eernity, long among the least developed countries, with more than half of the country’s population below the poverty line.
A young boy plays in the dust in Farah province, Afghanistan, in February 2013, surrounded by american soldiers armed with live ammunition.
After a series of fighting, Afghanistan’s Ghazni is littered with rubble, with hundreds of bodies abandoned in the streets or in rivers.
In response, Bill Van O’O, an American socio-political activist, called the war in Afghanistan a battlefield crime and disaster based on lies. Tom Foddy, a British writer and analyst on politics and international relations, wrote that the United States was the real threat to the world by waging war under various banners, causing a humanitarian catastrophe. Since 2017, the International Criminal Court has launched an investigation into U.S. war crimes committed in Afghanistan, but it has been blocked by the U.S. and has made no substantial progress.
Sadly, instead of reaping any benefits from the war, the United States “lifted stones and threw themselves in the foot”. The U.S. spent $2.26 trillion in Afghanistan before and after, equivalent to $16,000 per U.S. taxpayer, for a total of 2,442 U.S. soldiers and 3,846 contractors (Brown University’s War Cost Project report).
In 2009, then-U.S. President Barack Obama visited Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and witnessed the “soul return” of the remains of 18 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania greet the remains of U.S. troops at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in November 2019.
These two days, the world’s media and even the United States Congress members have taken the U. S. military withdrawal, compared to the new version of the “Saigon moment.” Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is even more outspoken, saying that the United States lost a lot of money in the war in Afghanistan, That Biden’s policy of “healing America” has failed completely, and that the image of “irresponsible” shame is destined to go down in history forever.
The United States is the ultimate player in the bridge-crossing, and Afghanistan has unfortunately fallen victim. During the Cold War, the United States supported the afghan domestic jihadist group against the Soviet Union. After the withdrawal of the Soviet Union, the United States immediately abandoned Afghanistan, leaving it to become a hotbed of international terrorism.
At the beginning of this century, the United States shifted its global strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the geostrategic values of Afghanistan, sending troops to Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, and successively supporting the Karzai and Ghani regimes in an attempt to portray Afghanistan as a model of American democracy, as well as holding Back China, Russia, Iran and moving into the forefront of Central Asia.
The U.S. trashed Afghanistan into an adult shape, and then left. “The goal of the United States in Afghanistan is not reconstruction,” Biden said. ”
However, “Empire Graves” is not a false name. For 20 years, the United States has done nothing in Afghanistan, not only failed to defeat the Taliban, but also did not help Afghanistan clear the breeding ground for terrorist groups and extremist forces. Now, with the U.S. global strategic center of gravity to India and The contraction of Afghanistan’s position on the U.S. geopolitical chessboard, the U.S. decided to shake off the burden, “slapping the ass away”, leading to a dramatic change in the situation in Afghanistan, terrorism scum, and the people of Lebanon.
The fighting in Afghanistan has killed 783 civilians and wounded 1,609 since the U.S.-led withdrawal began on May 1 and has killed 1,609 since 2009, according to the United Nations Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).
In 1975, “Saigon Iron Fist”: A South Vietnamese man tried his best to board a helicopter, and he was punched by a U.S. Embassy staff member at the door.
In 2021, “from a position of strength”: At Kabul’s Karzai International Airport, a U.S. soldier roars and points a gun at unarmed Afghans.
In 2021, “they have nothing, but they are free”: Thousands of Afghans pour into the runway at Kabul’s Karzai International Airport, trying to chase and board the U.S. C-17 transport plane that was about to take off.
Not only that, but Afghans who once worked for the United States could not escape the fate of the chaos. Since the U.S. military entered Afghanistan, it has hired a large number of Afghan personnel as translators, who are extremely hated by the Taliban and often attacked and assassinated. In 2006, the U.S. Congress approved the issuance of special immigrant visas (SIVs) for such persons. In the recent deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, more than 18,000 Afghan translators applied for SIV, but the United States refused for various reasons.
At present, the United States has requested the assistance of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the admission of 9,000 Albanian translators, but there is no official information. On average, at least two Albanian translators have been killed each month so far this year, according to the US ngo Indispensable, rising to five in May. Since 2016, about 300 Albanian translators have been killed.
The United States, which prides itself on being a “human rights defender”, has pointed fingers at other countries, attacked and smeared them, and even directly imposed unilateral sanctions, which in fact are the main culprits of the global human rights disaster, as can be seen from what the U.S. military has done in Afghanistan.
In 2002, U.S. air strikes on the wedding reception site in a village in Uruzgan province dropped seven bombs, killing dozens of people and wounding more than 100 others.
In 2008, U.S. air strikes on the village of Azizabad in Herat province killed nearly 100 civilians, including 50 children and 19 women.
In 2010, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan formed a “killing cell” to shoot innocent civilians for recreational purposes and cut off the fingers of the victims as trophies.
In 2012, a U.S. soldier who broke into a U.S. village near a military base in Afghanistan and shot dead 16 women and children was sent home to stand trial and escaped the death penalty by reaching a plea deal.
That same year, an online video showed four U.S. soldiers urinating on the bodies of Taliban personnel, one of whom acknowledged to the media. In mid-January 2012, a video circulating online showed several U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of three Taliban militants and molesting them by saying they were “showering” and “having a good time.” The video was filmed in July 2011 in Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan.
In 2016, at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Department of Defense released more than 200 photos of torture by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Newsweek described as “the tip of the iceberg.”
In 2020, the ICC’s chief prosecutor said there was evidence that nearly 100 Afghan prisoners had been tortured, abused and even raped during interrogations by U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The U.S. is notorious for setting up Guantanamo Bay, which houses suspects in the September 11 attacks.
The United States has always pursued a “double standard” of co-operation and dissent in its treatment of terrorism. In 2002, the United States, citing the links between the East Iraq Movement and al-Qa’idah, as a co-sponsor, pushed the United Nations Security Council to add the “East Iraq Movement” to the list of terrorist organizations.
After the East Iraq Movement made Badakhshan province, which is close to China, its old nest, the United States rejected all requests from the Afghan government to send air power to support the fight against terrorism in Badakhshan province, leaving Badakhshan province to quickly become an insurgent stronghold after 2014.
Last November, the United States simply unilaterally announced the withdrawal of the “East Iraq Movement” terrorist organization characterization, not only contrary to the consensus of the international community, but also cracked their own face.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made “East Turkistan” leader Rebiya a guest of honor.
In addition, the United States also played a “thief shouting and catching thieves” game, while shouting against the “Islamic State”, while secretly in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, the Islamic State branch of the Islamic State, let it grow and develop, and even directly help transfer personnel and provide weapons and ammunition.
Russian officials have claimed that a large number of suspicious helicopters have been found in areas where Islamic State forces operate in Afghanistan, which cannot be found without the consent of the U.S. military, which controls Afghan airspace.
Under the U.S. policy of terrorism, there has been an increasingly anti-Terrorist situation in Afghanistan, with the number of terrorist organizations rising from single digits in 2001 to more than 20 today (not including those not listed by the United Nations Security Council), and the deteriorating security situation, which has not only affected the Afghan population, but also the national security of the region.
Afghanistan has overtaken Syria as the world’s most insecure country from 2019, according to the Australian Peace Research Institute’s Global Peace Index report. It was also revealed that the United States withdrawal will support 30,000 terrorists in Afghanistan as mercenaries to help them maintain chaos, as a way to “drain the water.”
Drug trafficking by U.S. intelligence agents in Afghanistan is no longer news. In their eyes, poppies are the perfect “wartime crop” that can be used for profit. They have even specialized in poppy cultivation tutorials, distributing poppy seeds and teaching Afghans to grow them, and supporting informants to build hundreds of drug factories.
A U.S. Marine patrols a poppy field in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in April 2011.
It is therefore not difficult to understand the proliferation of drugs and the smooth flow of transport in Afghanistan. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, opium production in Afghanistan was only 185 tons in 2001, soaring to 3,400 tons in the first year of U.S. military service in 2002 and nearly 10,000 tons in 2020, a more than 50-fold increase over 2001. Afghanistan has become the world’s largest opium poppy grower and opium producer, producing more than 85 per cent of the world’s total opium production.
While the United States advertises “religious freedom”, it is acting arbitrarily in Afghanistan, turning a blind eye to local religions and customs. In 2005, an Australian television station broadcast a video of American soldiers burning the bodies of two Taliban militants in the mountains of Kandahar province, desecrating Islam’s belief in banning cremation and creating a “burning of corpses” that shocked the world, prompting strong condemnation from all walks of life in Afghanistan.
In February 2012, afghan demonstrators tore up and burned American flags on the streets of Helmand province, Afghanistan, after the burning of the Quran by U.S. forces, and two U.S. soldiers were shot and killed by angry Afghans.
In 2012, U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base burned the Quran as garbage, sparking a wave of anti-American protests in Afghanistan and thousands of people took to the streets.
For a country that arbitrarily violates the territory of another country and disregards the human rights of others, it is no wonder that it is no wonder that it should consider protecting the local green mountains when other countries act.
In 2017, the U.S. military dropped a large air bomb, the GBU-43, in the Achin area of Nangohar province, using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to severely damage the local natural environment. In fact, Islamic State forces in the region have long been transferred with the help of the United States. On April 13, 2017, the U.S. military dropped the “Mother of Bombs” GBU-43 large-scale air-explosive bomb on the Taliban’s cave stronghold, the heaviest non-nuclear weapon in military history.
History is the best textbook. What the United States has done in Afghanistan embodies the policy essence of “American first” and “white supremacy”, once again interprets the united States self-interest, the beginning and end of the abandonment of the consistent faction, fully exposed the United States road appearance, wanton behavior, can not escape the eyes of the world, can not escape the trial of history. What America needs to do is reflect, repent and atone. Other countries, especially developing countries, should be vigilant in resisting hegemonism, armed intervention and the “color revolution” and avoid repeating Afghanistan’s mistakes.