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Progressives are wrong, the ‘forever war’ is not over

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Days after the last US troops left Afghanistan, Afghans who fear for their lives continue sending SOS messages to anyone they think might be able to help evacuate them. The Afghan state has collapsed, the healthcare system is in tatters, prices have soared leaving many hungry, as even the people with means do not have access to their cash.

Reports continue to come of Taliban fighters assaulting and arresting Afghan journalists across the country, making it clear that free speech will no longer be tolerated. In its first decree, the Taliban interior ministry issued a ban on protests without prior approval. There is no describing the fear and the uncertainty that engulfs Afghanistan.

It is hard to imagine that this chaos is what a group of progressive Democrats have lobbied for. Alexandrea Ocasio-Cortes, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are just some of the Democrats who pushed for a withdrawal without considering the consequences.

These are figures who many young Afghans and Afghan Americans would naturally see as their allies. They promote progressive, justice-orientated policies that are anti-racist, and they seem unafraid to speak truth to power. But their rhetoric on Afghans and Afghanistan has left us doubting their agenda.

The most vocal supporter of President Joe Biden’s policy on Afghanistan is House Representative Ilhan Omar, a woman I share much in common with. We are both former refugees from countries that have disproportionately borne the consequences of the “war on........

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