Things have been moving very rapidly as Taliban forces immediately closed in on Kabul after the end of the occupation. The US is frantically evacuating people, former Afghan officials are fleeing the country, and a transition to Taliban control is a done deal.
It’s long been obvious to anyone paying attention that the Taliban would regain control of the country when occupying western powers withdrew, but I don’t think anyone would’ve put money on it happening this quickly. A few interesting questions have come up about this, like for example how hilarious would it be if after spending twenty years and trillions of dollars and thousands of human lives “fighting the Taliban”, the Taliban suddenly resumed power as a US puppet regime?
I mean, what’s going on here?
Taliban spox speaking with BBC world rn. Says Afghanistan will be open for business with US and the US companies can keep on working on their public sector contracts
— M.S (@ShaykShack) August 15, 2021
— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) August 15, 2021
Interesting guy to serve as interim president in Taliban-dominated government. Attended @BritishArmy staff college in 1966-67. Director of Dari/Pashto services at @VOANews for many years. Later Afghan interior min & ambassador to Germany. Now at @NDU_EDU, funded by the Pentagon. https://t.co/5DZHaLEquf pic.twitter.com/cFZjQNEVFV
— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) August 15, 2021
I’m not the first person to speculate about this:
I think it’s too soon to say with certainty what the exact implications of ongoing events in Afghanistan are & why they’re happening, but as always, it’s evident a lot tacitly & overtly pro imperialist misinformation and propaganda is currently being spread to confuse & obscure.
— Louis Allday (@Louis_Allday) August 15, 2021
And this all comes just months after the Taliban renewed its earlier pledge to guarantee safety to a trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline, which many like journalist Whitney Webb have suggested was a major reason for the invasion of Afghanistan in the first place.
Taliban vows to guarantee safety of trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline | Eurasianet https://t.co/Fm9YvG0DHd
— Björn Müller (@Bjoern__M) February 7, 2021
So who knows what’s going on, but it wouldn’t be surprising if shenanigans were afoot in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile this all has a lot of people outing themselves as believers in benevolent imperialism, with many westerners across the political spectrum arguing that the US needs to continue its military occupation in perpetuity to protect women’s rights.
Exactly right. https://t.co/QnRjOHHO1Y
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) August 15,
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