The food situation in Afghanistan is grim. It is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. Even the UN and World Food Program have confirmed this. Yet, Western regimes, led by the US, are holding funds that belong to Afghanistan, thereby exacerbating the problem
The Taliban victory over US imperialism and its Nato allies has shifted the balance of power to the Eurasia landmass. This region will now serve as the engine of economic growth and development.
The shooting war in Afghanistan may be over but other forms of warfare continue. These include economic and propaganda warfare with the specific aim to frustrate the Taliban’s consolidation of power to govern effectively and provide services to the people.
Barring the defeated powers (US, NATO and India), the rest of the world wants peace and stability in Afghanistan. If Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours put their heads together and coordinate policies, peace is not only possible, it is highly desirable.
There is no shortage of ‘experts’ giving unsolicited advice to the Taliban about who to include in the cabinet as well as women’s rights. These self-styled experts should keep their advice to themselves. Having defeated a superpower, the Taliban know how to order their lives.
The US pivot to China has opened up space for Islamic self-determination to reassert itself to determine its own future and indeed that of the rest of the world. Afghanistan’s Muslim neighbours, especially Iran, Pakistan and Turkey must not lose this opportunity.
Given the 43-year-long war to which the Afghans have been subjected, it is easy to think of Afghanistan as merely a land of warriors. While its warrior culture is true, Afghanistan has also produced some great mystics, including Rumi.