05 September 2021 ~ 2 Comentarios

Biden and the Taliban

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

The Pew Research Center is dedicated to explaining what American society really believes or perceives. It is a very serious entity. It’s not Democrat, Republican, or independent. It has said that the majority of the nation (54%) thinks that the US had to leave Afghanistan, but at the same time 42% believe that Joe Biden has done it wrong. However, 21% estimate that Biden has left Afghanistan in an “excellent” manner, while 29% estimate that he has done so in a “good” or “fair” manner. 21 + 29 equals 50%, compared to 42% who criticize him bitterly.

Joe Biden took, roughly, 123,000 Afghans out of their country, many more than those who were in immediate danger of retaliation. If the Americans hadn’t left Afghanistan in haste, there would have been millions. Between the legitimate fear of the Taliban, and the enthusiasm to escape from that hell, the exodus continued to grow exponentially. I suspect there wasn’t an easy way to organize that defeat and escape.

If an airport is reserved in Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador or Mexico, protected by the Marines, providing giant planes with the United States as their final destination, there would be undoubtedly millions of passengers who would embark on the adventure of emigrating to live outside their culture or, as Cuban singer Willy Chirinos says in an unforgettable song, “outside their language”.

This does not mean that the inhabitants of those nations don’t love their respective countries. What happens is that they have no hope of improving in them. They have seen how their grandparents and parents have spent their lives uselessly after promises that were never kept. They rightly think that tomorrow there will be more violence and fewer chances of getting a reasonable life for themselves. It’s what life has taught them.

I don’t mention Costa Rica or Panama because they are countries that receive immigrants, and they don’t generate groups of expatriates anywhere. The same happened in Cuba or Venezuela before the revolutions reversed that old trend that had filled the two nations with Galicians, Asturians, Catalans, Canary Islanders, Italians, Portuguese and Central Europeans.

Fernando Bernal, a former Sierra Maestra officer and former diplomat in Italy after the triumph of the revolution in 1959, told me that when he was at the embassy in Rome, eleven thousand requests to emigrate to Cuba from as many Italians excited about settling in the island were waiting for him.

I was part of the “middle-middle” social levels of Cuba and it wouldn’t have occurred to me to permanently emigrate to any country. I didn’t even know anyone who had done it or seriously thought about doing it. Surely there were some, but I didn’t know them. On the island (or in Venezuela) there was enough “social mobility” for any entrepreneur or for any person, foreign or native, who wanted to improve their status.

Two other accusations weigh against Biden that seem totally unfair to me: what he “leaves” to the Taliban and his supposed condition as a decrepit old man. As for the first, it’s not true that they are leaving behind equipment valued at eighty-three billion dollars. That is the sum of everything the United States has spent on weapons over almost 20 years of occupation. The total value they leave, and that’s a lot, amounts to twenty-four billion dollars given to the Afghan armed forces and the police, according to the Washington Post. It was impossible to take those pieces of equipment. What they did, when possible, was render them useless.

The same thing happened to the Russians. It was the era of the Cold War. In 1989 the Mujahideen, after 10 years of fighting, defeated the Soviets with the aid of the United States. When retiring, the “Russians” left behind several Migs (with which the Taliban, at the time, created their first air force), a great number of tanks and thousands of Kalashnikovs with their corresponding munition.

In September 1996, the Taliban defeated or bribed the Mujahideen and started their reign of terror in Afghanistan. They begin by torturing and murdering Dr. Mohammad Najibullah, a communist and leader of the pro-Soviet faction. Pakistan leaves them or brings them a poisoned gift: Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. On September 11, 2001, they attack the Twin Towers. The US uses all its specific weight to involve NATO in its response.

USA and NATO destroy the Taliban government that has protected Bin Laden. The Taliban flee Kabul and every city. But they begin an attrition and guerrilla war, this time against the US. The Americans eventually get tired and seek a negotiated peace. Twenty years have passed. The only thing Trump asks the Taliban, in exchange for removing his troops, is a promise not to protect any more terrorist actions. The Taliban accepts. This happened in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Lastly, is Joe Biden decrepit or ga-ga? Of course not. He is an absolutely lucid old man. The videos that circulate are fabrications of his enemies. They tried to fool me with one on Tik-Tok in which they showed him babbling idiocy with the Jordanian king. Fortunately, friends at CNN found the legitimate recording and sent it to me. It was a vile manipulation.

2 Responses to “Biden and the Taliban”

  1. Umberto Mafiol 8 September 2021 at 3:26 pm Permalink

    De Guantánamo a Kabul ….De Obama a Biden….De la cárcel al Ministerio.
    Cuatro personajes señalados por USA como planificadores del atentado de Sep-11 están hoy como ministros del nuevo gobierno talibán en Afganistán.
    Están de Ministros, porque Obama hizo un trato con los talibanes. Canjeó un soldado americano, Traidor, por los supuestos terroristas encarcelados en Guantánamo.
    Ahí i tenemos las decisiones tomadas por los Demócratas y por las cuales pagaremos todos independientemente de ideología o lugar de residencia.


  2. pablo linares 11 September 2021 at 1:48 pm Permalink

    1992 no se puede dejar several MIGs to the taliban
    taliban was then out of the place
    old man

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