One should return just a few many years to know the beginning of Taliban and the continuity of this phenomenon that has shaken the world, fairly actually. Sure the world beneath one’s foot shook on 9/11/2001, tremors brought on by the nation cousin of Taliban referred to as Al Qaida.
Getting again to a couple many years as proposed at first, it began across the time when part of Afghanistan noticed an Islamic insurgence motion that rang alarm bells with the then legit govt at Kabul. Not seeing a fast answer to the disaster, a SOS was despatched to Moscow. The Soviets responded and dispatched an unit of their military to quell the extremist rebellion. That is the interval when the CIA, the Saudi Wahabbis and the ISI of Pakistan’s feathers bought ruffled. The US govt noticed this as a geopolitical transfer by the USSR, the Saudis have been for this motion in Afghanistan and the ISI felt a menace from the Soviet military being of their backyards. The Pakistanis and the Saudis have been within the American camp and India, an in depth neighbour was strategically near the Soviets. This transfer by Moscow antagonized Pakistan. So the trio the place the US and Pakistanis have been members of the now defunct CENTO, determined to up the ante on this regard.
They determined to confront the Soviet military and fashioned the Mujahideen, a unfastened band of Islamic troopers. Saudi Arabian rulers got here ahead to fund this program, the US administration determined to arm this band of mercenaries and Pakistan’s ISI readily assisted with the a lot wanted man-power.
The Soviet Union’s try at serving to the Afghan folks of eliminating this menace, was seen as an unlawful invasion by the US and European nations and was a lot highlighted within the western mainstream media with screaming headlines. The reality about this Afghan-Soviet participation was thus hidden by the media.
Afghanistan is thought for tough terrain stuffed with mountains, ravines and desert. It’s tough for anyone to manoeuvre and particularly so for a overseas military. This was one of many causes for the last word withdrawal of the Soviet military, which did undergo losses of each males and arms. The Mujahideen succeeded presently.
This unfastened band of mercenary troopers thus gave the beginning to Taliban, which unfold alongside the borders of each Afghanistan and Pakistan. Taliban over time grew to become stronger and out of which got here the entities of Al Qaida and the dreaded ISIS, on which I’ll inform a bit later.
Later, a lot after the Soviets withdrew and the concept of the USSR collapsed, a civil warfare ensued within the territory of Afghanistan. It was Taliban on one facet and anti-Taliban forces referred to as the Northern Alliance fashioned on the northern components of the nation the place the inhabitants comprised of largely Tajiks not like different components the place Taliban was concentrated. Northern Alliance was essentially against the concepts of Taliban and was seen as a progressive alliance. Sadly Ahmed Shah Masood, one in every of its major leaders was assassinated by the Taliban which strengthened its iron grip over the nation.
The fundamentalist nature of the Taliban as everyone seems to be conscious, has been anti-progress and is steeped within the historic model of the Islamic faith. This sadly has had a horrible impact on the ladies and minority communities throughout the traditional land. This impact may be immediately attributed to the interference of the US govt, the Saudi monarchy and the ISI of Pakistan.
The strangle-hold emboldened the Taliban of giving to its country-cousins Al Qaida and different extremist Islamic militant rogue organisations. Osama Bin Laden, the infamous head of Al Qaida was given land and manpower to discovered a base in Afghanistan. Proxy wars started.
On eleventh of September 2001, Al Qaida was accused within the horrible and terrifying acts of terror on the US soil.
The writer of this report was an eye fixed witness to those horrid occasions in New York Metropolis. Near 9AM, the primary assault on one of many towers of the World Commerce Centre happened and adopted by one other a couple of minutes later. The Pentagon positioned in Washington DC was attacked and one of many United Airways flights fell to the bottom in Pennsylvania wanting its goal, whether or not it was Washington DC or New York, it’s nonetheless unsure. This horrible occasion not solely took the lives of civilians who had nothing to do by any means to the concept of geopolitics, it shook the earth – turned it the other way up and altered many issues for ever. Because of this tragedy that befell many, two nations which had nothing do with these occasions on 9/11 have been decimated and tens of millions killed. These two have been Iraq and Afghanistan.
Each nations have been militarily bombarded by the US and its allies. Distinguished ally has been the UK administration which is but to digest the truth that the Solar has lastly set on the British Empire.
The US took over the nation of Afghanistan proper after. Staying on with this nation, which boasts of the standing of an unconquered nation, the US took over key cities and the general administration. Civilian governments have been fashioned and lasted until just a few weeks in the past. The Taliban which was by no means vanquished by the navy super-power of the US, remained within the shadows for lengthy within the arms of war-lords. That’s till the current previous.
A query involves thoughts. Within the final twenty years or so, the occupation of Afghanistan by the US navy by no means supplied solace to the Afghan girls and minorities. The previous, whose rights have been taken away way back by the Islamic fundamentalists have by no means regained their freedom as a human being even throughout the US occupation. They lived within the shadows created by the entity and in excessive concern. The query is, have been the Soviets proper in any case, if solely they’d succeeded in exterminating the menace of this fundamentalists and if the US, Saudis and the Pakistani ISI had not interfered, the lives of all of the Afghans would have been regular like mine and yours? And contemplating the life model of neighbouring Central Asian republics as a comparability to what may need been or may have been in Afghanistan, actuality is tough to digest.
© Jagdish Keshav. 17 Sep. 21