I was a much younger man when the United States sent troops into Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban. In those days I could walk at least three miles in an hour. My children had just entered college and would go on to their careers. Our national debt was $5 billion but our wealthy folk had to pay the outrageous high tax rate of 39%(of course, none actually did pay at that figure, would you believe, 7%?) As I recall, most Taliban had left Afghanistan by the end of 2001. Fast forward twelve years and bombs are exploding in Kabul and they were set by the Taliban which, allegedly, had departed the fair land about a dozen years prior.
At least sixteen people died in car bombs while they waited to go home from Afghanistan’s supreme court building. Most had just entered their bus when Kaboom! Cars were blown up, bodies were sent flying, and chaos once again was the norm in Afghanistan. Our sorrow is for the people of this troubled land. They have murderers awaiting their every move during the day. They have a corrupt government, they have no security. They only enjoy the chaos of winning a war.
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As I recall, rather dimly at the moment, among reasons offered by then President George Bush for the invasion of Afghanistan was one that dealt with protecting the rights of women who were being abused by the Taliban. After a new government was established, American pressure ensured passage of legislation to protect the rights of Afghan women. That was then when the evil Taliban ruled, today we have ordinary decent Afghan Muslim men who are sorry that women got the right to be treated like a human. A crowd of Afghan university students protested at the possibility the decree on Elimination of Violence Against Women might be repealed by radicals in Parliament.
As protestr Fazel Hadi pointed out, this decree was “imposed by foreigners” and goes against the basis of their culture which empowers males to do what they want with women. On a more realistic note, Human Rights Watch announced that Afghanistan now has the highest number of women in jail for “loose morals.”
I guess, in the end, the Taliban won that war.
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