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We Are Anarchists & to Anarchism We Return

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01.06.2020

DISCLAIMER The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Khaama Press News Agency. We welcome opinions and submissions to Khaama Press Opinions– Please email them to info@khaama.com.

In the contemporary political and governmental regime, and in the twists and turns of the Afghan social fabric after the decade of mutiny and lawlessness and post-2001 events, Afghans have misused every positive development, which has become a routine now. For example, while the advent of the telecommunications industry strengthened communication and commerce, many young people still misuse it to harass people, especially women. Freedom of expression is another offering on the menu that many have taken advantage of by casting slander and libel in the mass media.

Restoring women’s rights was crucial to restoring Afghanistan’s prestige as a humane country. Unfortunately, the NGO-lords, including women, have embezzled and wasted millions of dollars under the banner of women empowerment. The free market is another gift that the national businesspeople, entrepreneurs and investors misuse to carry out illegal activities such as dumping, hoarding, importing low-quality items and commercial goods, including medication, and so on. Democracy, or the of, by and from the people government may be the zenith of the achievements of the current leaders claim to be the torchbearers of. However, Afghans have seen how time and again democracy has been desecrated in Afghanistan.

The 2014 and 2019 elections were the last nail in the coffin of democracy the funeral proceedings of which will be put on live display in the next five years. That is if the expedient government can survive the two political alliances that are as different as chalk and cheese. In this funeral ceremony, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will bury democracy, especially the sacred right to vote together with the COVID 19 deaths in the cemeteries of uncertainty, weak determination and unfulfilled aspirations of political power.

(Literal Translation: If the first brick of a building is laid crooked, the whole wall will be crooked regardless of how high it is built)

Democracy or the of, by and for the people government in Afghanistan was hurriedly imposed on Afghans with little regard to setting an appropriate platform. In the so-called Post-Taliban Afghanistan, Afghans had a ruinous and dilapidated country; were recently freed from captivity, slavery, and house and country arrest; unemployment and poverty had peaked; public utilities were disintegrated or miserably maintained; governance and the government establishments were taken back to the medieval times; the economy was minimal, crippled, in tatters and was run in a tribal manner; the police and the ANA were fundamentally disjoined; and foreign relations and diplomacy were almost nonexistent. In addition, the opposing warring party, who considered themselves triumphant over the Taliban, stormed to the capital and other provinces with an arrogance that was fiercer than the hills of Hindu Kush, armed to the teeth and a barrage of grudge gunpowder. They were busy collecting booty and seizing government facilities and properties. The group beard shaving, the activation of one of the cinemas, and the drinking alcoholic beverages on the first day of the fall of the Taliban regime were three acts that showcased the immaturity and unpreparedness of Afghans for democracy.

In the new chapter, people needed life and property safety, improvement of the family economy, the establishment and maintenance of law and order, restoration of basic human rights such as living without harassment, resumption of rehabilitation and reconstruction, and most importantly, hope for the future. Afghans were below zero in the negatives in every sphere of ​​life. Because Afghanistan was the focus of the world’s attention, especially the United States, Afghans had the lifetime opportunity to change their social and national landscape altogether provided that they had the following six key points:

1. Having a wise, strong and decisive leader;

2. Equal application of law and public order on all citizens, from the topmost to the lowest, from the powerful to the powerless, and from the warlord to the technocrat;

3. Re-establishment of government, social, academic and educational facilities and other facilities according to international standards, but with regard to the Afghan culture and custom;

4. Employing qualified individuals, which requires upholding criteria over nepotism, assignment of cabinet seats on the basis of ethnic and partisan division;

5. The deployment of combat forces in the key areas of Afghanistan to prevent any kind of uprising

6. Readiness to transition to democracy

These six points required the establishment of a strong and stable administration for 5 to 10 years. Instead of elections, elected councils and a president, Afghans would have ahead of the transitional administration and cabinet, who, with a national consensus, would pave the way for Afghanistan’s new journey to democracy. However, that wasn’t the case. Afghanistan took a leap of faith and jumped to democracy overlooking the fact that transition to a new type of administrative and governance system requires strong and democratic infrastructure and foundation. With empty hands, destruction, hunger, a world of ignorance, unawareness, myths and misconceptions, and without doing homework, introducing democracy is like giving a precious but fragile gift to a child. Because s/he cannot fathom the values ​​and benefits, s/he finally breaks the gift. Another example can be providing heating to a house with an open fire in the house: it will eventually set the house on fire. It would be very difficult for the Afghan urban dwellers to........

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