t is much easier to start a war but, knowing where and how it will end is not always that simple. Even the most powerful countries of the world with the most sophisticated of arms, ammunition and mammoth mercenaries of military might would think it through thoroughly before resorting to war as the last resort even if the nation they are up against are tiny little bitty in terms of population, geographical area, economy and what have you.
“The battle is not always for the strong, and neither is the race always for the swift”, as the saying goes. Even the powerful can get war-weary at times. The Generals in charge at the war front get exhausted too and troops’ will to battle gets waned and fatigue sets in. Some combatants become resentful at witnessing bodies of both opponents and colleagues every day. Talking about conquest or casualties can be disgusting for some members of the public.
Whether the contents are uplifting or depressing, a national leader with strong feelings grows tired of hearing dispatches from the front lines. This is where President Joe Biden fits in. Biden is unable to tolerate the staggering number of corpse bags containing US servicemen returning home from Afghanistan.
According to the Washington Post online, the US Defence Department estimates that 2,352 American soldiers have died in the war, whereas the US Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction estimates 2,443 deaths and 20,666 injuries.
Apart from the deaths, the United States has been embroiled in a military conflict in Afghanistan for the past 20 years, costing it a staggering $20 trillion. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to remove U.S. forces,” Mr. Biden said in his presentation on the pullout of American soldiers.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, President George W. Bush declared war in October 2001 as part of a broader war effort to combat terrorism. Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terrorist organization was blamed for the unexpected simultaneous bombings on two twin towers in New York, one in Washington, and a crash in Pennsylvania, with Osama himself in the situation room directing the operation. Prior to that, the United Nations Security Council has designated Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as terrorist organizations.
Every free and civilized conflict elicited outrage. The fury and refusal of the Taliban Government in Afghanistan to hand over Osama bin Laden and the 19 hijackers who had commandeered the planes that made their suicidal slamming into the Twin Towers was thus the catalyst for the American commencement of the war. The hijackers had received their training in Afghanistan. After being overthrown by US forces, the Taliban administration withdrew to the southern half of the nation, which shares a border with Pakistan. They were not, however, going to give up on overthrowing the liberal government that the US had helped install in Kabul. This is not the end of the narrative.
The plot started with a re-enactment of a confrontation between freedom and unfreedom, a never-ending battle between liberty and imposition. The human spirit’s inherent right to free will is unalienable. It is on a never-ending journey to put this unalienable right into words. However, there are always forces close by trying to limit freedom and supremacy for a variety of reasons, including various ambitions, but primarily due to significant limitations in life knowledge and the greater correlations that drive it.
The conflict in Afghanistan began as a power struggle between the United States, which was raising its banner of freedom and democracy, and the Soviet Union, which was flaunting its communist credentials at the time.
The United States’ temperament is harmed by the prospect of the Soviet Union spreading its power. In Kabul, the administration, unable to endure the Soviet support, secretly helped the jihadists in Afghanistan, the same jihadists it had sought to tame since 2001. The Soviet Union was enraged by the United States assistance and decided to occupy Kabul and fly its flag. When the United States withdrew from the Taliban government, it replaced it with its own. The United States contributed to the creation of a new constitution, which became the organic law of the land. The Afghans were able to breathe in new and fresh air of freedom as a result of it. The United States moved quickly to restore normalcy and instruct the new leadership in democratic norms and values. Educational, agricultural, and judicial reforms marked the new era. Health and educational services had been improved. The country’s infrastructure deficit, which had been caused by war devastation, was restored to normal. Markets, as well as roads leading to them, were constructed. The previously severe laws had been liberalized. Judges were appointed and trained, and courts were established. Despite the fact that the new constitution declared Afghanistan to be an Islamic state, it preserved civil rights and even religious freedom. The Human Rights Commission had a female as the Head then; In fact, women were given 25% of the seats in Parliament. According to a White House report at the time, the Ministry of Commerce was created to assist women. Communication technology advanced in leaps and bounds. All 32 provinces were covered by networks, which included radio stations. The restoration of normalcy provided an opportunity for 2.5 million refugees to return home.
Courts used to penalize men who did not have lengthy beards and bushy sideburns under the Taliban administration. They should not have been shaved at all. Women were denied the right to an education and were excluded from public life. Women had made significant progress prior to the rise of the Taliban rule. Teachers, professionals, doctors, and health technologists comprised the group. When the Taliban gained control, all of this came to an end. It was forbidden to pursue further education. Only 3% of girls went to school because of this. Human nature, as is often the case when laws prohibiting certain activities, would want to circumvent the law. In remote places, girls’ education was pushed underground. According to reports, a woman who spoke out against the Taliban’s policies was shot in the head and stomach with a rifle.
The homicide was carried out in front of her students, husband, and daughter to emphasize the heinous nature of the crime. Women were not allowed to travel alone unless they were accompanied by a chaperone, even when boarding cabs.
A woman was reportedly attacked for purchasing and eating ice cream from a street seller. The vendor was sentenced to prison for selling ice cream to a woman who was not accompanied by a male member of her household. Beatings were commonplace, and women were often beaten for minor infractions of the law. Men and women were treated in different hospitals.
Following the collapse of the Taliban administration, major educational reforms saw 170, 138 students register, with 58% of them being girls. Teacher training institutes were constructed and spread throughout Afghanistan. Mrs. Laura Bush stated that NATO countries partnered with the United States, sharing responsibility in restoring normalcy and modern government to Afghanistan. There were 51 NATO member countries that took part in the battle. The Afghan Security Forces were built, decent government was promoted, and narcotics were combated with a total of $145 billion spent on reform. A large number of Afghan military soldiers were trained in the United States. The conflict was declared over by President Barack Obama in 2014. The United States and its allies significantly reduced their numbers. And then the tide changed!
The Taliban saw the vacuum created by the departure of the NATO forces and immediately, capitalizes on that by stepping up their efforts to capture Kabul. Around 66,000 Afghan soldiers and 47,245 civilians have died, with 1, 659 dead and 3, 524 wounded in the first half of this year alone. As the bid became more intense, the number of people fleeing the country increased to 2,500,000, roughly the same number of refugees that returned home after normalcy was restored in the previous 20 years. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) numbered 270,000 this year alone, raising the total number to 3.5 million. The United States withdrew its troops at the end of August in this condition from Afghanistan. Amnesty International, for example, released a statement criticizing the decision. It claimed that as international soldiers departed and peace talks stalled, Afghan women’s rights were on the danger of being eroded.
The withdrawal of United States troops and the closure of her embassy in Kabul has divided the international community. This is being interpreted as a betrayal and a rejection of the United States’ mission, as articulated by Mr. Bush, and of what America stands for in the first place. Mr. Bush stated that the involvement in Afghanistan was necessary to support the war on terror and to continue America’s heritage of helping those in need. He stated that the United States is striving to create a stable society in Afghanistan that serves the needs of its citizens and eliminates an atmosphere that fosters terrorism.
Many commentators are dismayed that poor inhabitants of countries besieged by oppressive backward-looking governments will no longer have a big power to turn to for help, a force to confront evil. President Biden does not seem to be swayed by the situation. He responds by stating that the Afghan soldiers should protect their citizens. After all, the United States has aided in the training of Afghan forces. The US trained Afghan Police in partnership with ally countries. The United States contributed by training 20,000 Police Officers. 5,000 people were trained by Germany. Mr. Biden’s heart is heavier with the question of whether he should continue to watch Americans die in faraway nations and watch body bags pile up and be hauled home, as they continue to spend vast sums of money in Kabul. Despite President Trump’s announcement in February 2020 that he would withdraw US forces, Republican Party bigwigs disagree with Mr. Biden. The hostility of the military-industrial complex was anticipated, according to one school of thought, because the withdrawal of US soldiers would result in a steep decline in sales of weapons of war.
I sympathize with Biden. However, I am aware of the reality of our world. Who and where do the downtrodden and intimidated turn for support in a world of dishonest people? The depraved, dressed impeccably and wielding political authority, can push war on the unprepared, the weak, and the besieged with no qualms. And it appears that this has been the crossroads with which American presidents, from George W. Bush through Barack Obama and Donald Trump, have had to wrestle. Despite this, Mr. Biden decided to withdraw. The fall of Kabul taught us that, in the end, each people must be self-sufficient, strong, less reliant on others and stand up for themselves. The collapse of political and military leadership, where corruption was rampant, was one of the elements that contributed to the fall. At the first sign of the Taliban attack, President Ashraf Ghani bolted.
The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan marks the start of a new era in Afghanistan. It remains to be seen whether or not the country will descend into illiberalism and extremism. The signs are not exactly pointing in the right direction just yet. Women’s resistance, on the other hand, is providing a silver lining. Women have had an uncontrollable awakening as a result of the many years of independence. They know the value of freedom because they have experienced it. While reforms were being implemented, Mrs. Laura Bush stated, “Our commitment to respect and promote women’s rights in all countries must continue if we are to build a peaceful and prosperous world… The United Nations and all of our friends will demonstrate that terror forces cannot stop the movement of freedom.” Given women’s natural power derived from the fullness of their distinct spiritual endowment, if they are determined, they will connect with support from On High, which is tied to women seeking to acquire virtues. The Rays of Light that shine down on them may perhaps usher in a new Afghanistan. As in several other places around the world, the Rays will unhinge the grip of wickedness and evil in that country.
The Light will surely prevail in the battle between Light and Darkness. The issues that a country may face are products of its ethereal environment, as demonstrated in today’s higher knowledge spreading on the planet. The ethereal environment is currently shown to be incomprehensibly dark due to pollution caused by mankind’s filthy will, ideas, and acts.
We are living in the End-Times, the Age of the Holy Spirit, the Judge of our universe and the entire world, as predicted by the Book of all books. The time has come for judgment as well as for awakening. Because it has not reached a crescendo, mankind is oblivious of it! Nature Beings, on the other hand, who work with the processes that regulate our planet are given more power by the Creator. The mechanisms are known as Creation Laws, or the Creator’s Laws, and only understanding them may help humanity in these complex times.