TEHRAN – An Iranian diplomat on Saturday accused the United States of being responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan, saying the unrest in the Central Asian country was the result of 20 years of American occupation.
Rasoul Mousavi, director general for West Asia at Iran’s foreign ministry, said the answer to America’s “daydreams” about a better world could be sought in Afghanistan today.
“How has the world changed from September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2021,” Mousavi asked in a tweet as the world watches the situation in Afghanistan on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. United States, which provided a pretext for the Bush administration. to launch an attack on Afghanistan that lasted 20 years.
The US withdrawal was marked by chaos, scandal and a deadly terrorist attack on Kabul International Airport.
What daydreaming for a safer, freer, more developed, more integrated and more westernized world have they not made, but where are we today? Mousavi kept asking.
The answer must be sought in Afghanistan, he added, wondering where did it start and where is it now after all these calamities?
The United Nations has warned of massive violence, displacement and hunger in Afghanistan.
In a comment on Saturday, CNN also said that America entered the fight in 2001. Twenty years later, it is at war with itself, its democracy threatened from within in a way that Osama bin Laden never succeeded.
September 11 does not explain everything. But the war on terror took America in a political direction from which there was no turning back.
A violent and victorious war in Afghanistan has mired in a 20-year quagmire that ended only last month. Another war in Iraq, fought under false pretenses, was its own first version of a Big Lie.
President George W. Bush has gone from being a champion in the rubble of Ground Zero to a leader destroyed by his own war. His successor, Obama, spent two terms fighting to bring the counterterrorism campaign into line with international law and morals, but his use of deadly drone strikes to eliminate terrorist targets also claimed civilian lives.
Meanwhile, the thousands of dead and injured in foreign wars, the trillions of dollars spent on nation-building, the fury against Washington’s elites and prejudices against Islam have given rise to a resentment ripe for a demagogue. And then came Donald Trump, bragging about being smarter than all the generals.
The political wounds of the post-9/11 years have been exposed again in recent days, as the chaotic final withdrawal from Kabul has come full circle: the fundamentalist Taliban – who welcomed al-Qaeda – once again rule the world. ‘Afghanistan.