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(en) sicilia libertaria: The filth of the West - Afghanistan. Endless war and hypocrisy (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:13:04 +0300


The "law of God (Allah)", the Shar 'ia, has reigned for some weeks in Afghanistan which is no longer "Dar al-Harb", the house of disbelief or war, but "Dar al-Islam", the land of the true faith where the law directly drawn from the "word of God" reigns. The shar'ia is deduced from the Quran, which literally means recitation and which in 114 chapters (Sure) collects the revelation transmitted in various ways by Allah to Muhammad, his last envoy (Rasul) as a "seal of prophecy". ---- Flagof the Afghan state was lowered and in its place hoisted a white cloth with the inscription "There is no God but God and Muhammad is his Prophet", a formula also known as Shahada, that is, as a profession of faith, one of the five Arkans, pillars of faith in Islam. This formula contains the essence of Islam: an exclusivist monotheism transmitted through a chain of Prophets, which sees in Muhammad the last and most important of God's envoys.
It was the Taliban , mainly of the Pasthun ethnic group and of the Sunni faith, the majority current of Islam, to have occupied Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, with an advance as rapid as overwhelming, starting from the south, a territory they have always controlled, bordering their main and ambiguous sponsor, Pakistan .
This lightning (re) conquest of almost the whole country was possible also and above all thanks to two factors: the withdrawal after 20 years of the military contingents of the USA and their allies, primarily the British and Italians, and the inability of the army. of the Afghan government, trained and armed by Westerners, to oppose, or at least to attempt a reaction in front of the Taliban militias, less numerous and worse armed, at least on paper.
Improvised experts, retired generals, journalists, journalists, ministers and political scientists have tried to explain to us what happened, why it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for twenty years and why it suddenly became imperative to abandon it, because it was wrong to withdraw without a plan of evacuation, but at the same time because it could not have been done otherwise. A confused and contradictory picture emerged, in line with the policies and strategies of the USA and allies over the last twenty years.
Even the reasonsthe presence of the military coalition in Afghanistan are contradictory. Biden claimed worldwide that the US withdrew because the mission to silence Al Qaeda had been accomplished. But Bin Laden had been eliminated for almost ten years, without considering that on several occasions in the following days Biden said he was concerned about possible attacks in Kabul by Al Qaeda and ISIS, which then tragically became a reality. For twenty years we have been told that the Western coalition, which in certain periods had reached 130,000 military units in the field, was in Afghanistan to suppress Islamic terrorism, then to protect human rights, but also to build democracy. not to mention women's rights. Suddenly all of this vanished within a week and the Americans, through Biden's mouth, they cynically announced that Afghanistan no longer represented a priority interest in US international politics, with all due respect to democracy, women's rights and the fight against fundamentalist terrorism. We were reminded that the American taxpayer was tired of paying taxes for a nation distant and far from the politics of the stars and stripes: there was talk of 1000 billion dollars spent in twenty years, but also of much higher figures, but money that in most have never left the US, but ended up in large arms industries such as Raytheon and General Dynamics, or used to pay US soldiers and mercenaries. women's rights and the fight against fundamentalist terrorism. We were reminded that the American taxpayer was tired of paying taxes for a nation distant and far from the politics of the stars and stripes: there was talk of 1000 billion dollars spent in twenty years, but also of much higher figures, but money that in most have never left the US, but ended up in large arms industries such as Raytheon and General Dynamics, or used to pay US soldiers and mercenaries. women's rights and the fight against fundamentalist terrorism. We were reminded that the American taxpayer was tired of paying taxes for a nation distant and far from the politics of the stars and stripes: there was talk of 1000 billion dollars spent in twenty years, but also of much higher figures, but money that in most have never left the US, but ended up in large arms industries such as Raytheon and General Dynamics, or used to pay US soldiers and mercenaries.
What are the reasons for the defeat on a military and political level? The coalition has not been able to win the war, has not been able to build a lasting peace on the political and diplomatic level. Nor has it been able to promote the birth of a new national team, self-sufficient on an economic, political and military level. The result is there for all to see.
Taken notehumiliating defeat, we moved on to discuss future prospects. The bearded ones of Allah have reassured, so to speak, the world by saying that the rights of women and of all Afghans will be protected, but always within the firm boundaries of the shar'ia, of the law of which they are the sole custodians and guardians! As if to say: "everyone will be free, but not to have faiths other than Islam, to dress as they believe, to do the jobs they prefer, to have the sexual orientation in which they recognize themselves, to travel and move, to hear or play music or to criticize Islam and the Taliban! ". In summary, everyone will be free to be Muslim, but only according to the doctrine and the sunna, the tradition, of the version established by the Taliban. Shar'ia indicates the law that derives from the Koran and the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad but, in the course of the 1400 years of Islam and according to the geographical contexts, it has been variously understood. The interpretation given by the Taliban is extremely restrictive and obscurantist, even with respect to relatively "progressive" contemporary Muslim contexts, such as those of the Maghreb or Lebanon.
If there will be any openingsno facade on the part of the Taliban will essentially depend on two factors; on the one hand, international pressure and the attention of world public opinion on the affairs of those who remain in Afghanistan. Especially from Europe and the USA. From actors like Putin and Xi Jinping we certainly cannot expect initiatives in favor of the rights of peoples, rights that in the Russian Federation and in China count very little. Nor can we expect any contribution from Western Islam, from those who, immigrants or converts, explain to us every day that the "real" Islam is the dimension of peace and tolerance. In fact, the Muslims of our house align themselves with the theses of their Afghan "brothers", who believe that "democracy is foreign to the history and cultural context of Afghanistan".
On the other hand, it must be remembered that in Afghanistan a considerable part of the population, in an age group ranging from 15 to 35 years, has a good schooling, was formed through free access to the media and pluralist and differentiated information. , with the help of social media and through previously unknown exchange and mobility on an international level. Putting veils and hoods over the ideas, hopes, enthusiasms, desire for the future of this generation will be less easy than bringing black burqas down on women's bodies. True liberation cannot be an import product, but must come from within Afghan society.

Enrico Ferri *www.ferrisstudies.com

* Enrico Ferri teaches History of Islamic Countries at the Unicusano

http://www.sicilialibertaria.it/2021/09/16/le-porcherie-delloccidente/
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