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Afghanistan

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21.08.2021

Ms. Nina Mogilnik has written a blogpost in which she commends Pres. Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. She also takes the opportunity to denigrate and insult all those who disagree with that decision. Those benighted individuals are “bottom-feeders of humanity,” a “chest-thumping, pro-war contingent,” “paid mouthpieces,” and “craven politicians,” whose opinions are merely “mindless blatherings of partisans,” “arrogant, and even hysterical yammering that passes for sage commentary,” and “idiocy masquerading as expertise.”

At the risk of inviting more contempt from that very thoughtful, very temperate, very open-minded blogger, I’m going to suggest that not every opinion Ms. Mogilnik asserts is revealed, inerrant wisdom. (Dear Reader, wish me luck.)

The U.S. and its allies went into Afghanistan because that country, under the de facto government of the Taliban, had been a safe haven and training ground for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda warriors who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. When the Taliban were ousted from power, the Western allies were able to stand up a government more aligned to Western values. In particular, the new government provided more opportunities and rights to women and girls. With the assistance of Western military forces—and, in particular, U.S. airpower—the forces of the Afghan government were able to fight the Taliban to a standstill.

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© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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