Wherever the US goes or supports illegitimate governments, from Vietnam to Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, it brings nothing but chaos, death and destruction. Indigenous movements in these countries have been a major torn in the side of American imperial adventures.

Afghanistan is the most recent case in point. A humiliation for the US imperial regime exceeds that of Vietnam. Scenes from the frantic evacuation of US staff from its embassy rooftop in Kabul mirror the equally frantic evacuation from Saigon (now Hu Chi Min City), Vietnam in 1965.

The US economy is on its knees and the imperialist adventures that keep it afloat through the military industrial complex are ending in crisis after crisis. A seemingly backward group with basic military training and hardware has defeated yet another empire wanting take control, albeit indirectly, of its sovereign territory. Yet the empire insist on learning no lessons.

Whatever you may think of the Taliban, their historic victory is a resounding defeat of colonialism and imperialism. This should be the main narrative of media around the world, rather than the feigning concern about rights of women and children we are being sold by mainstream media establishments.

Despite twenty years of imperial propaganda and militarily might against the Taliban, this indigenous movement has been able to emerge stronger than ever before.  Taliban 2.0 appears to be politically, economically and militarily mature understanding the realpolitik of the region and making alliances with key states such as Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan.

The overthrow of American imperialism in Afghanistan is a welcomed development and we must remain cautiously optimistic that its new rulers will afford all Afghans, most notably women and children, their inalienable human rights to education, work, safety and equality.

Unlike the original Taliban, Taliban 2.0 appears to have cognisant of the neocolonial trap of sectarianism and separatism, something that contributed to its downfall. This is evident by it reaching out to the Islamic Republic of Iran, a scenario unthinkable two decades ago.

It is imperative that the Taliban join the axis of resistance in the region comprising Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas thereby creating an existential nightmare for the illegimate Zionist entity and its allies. The defeat of American imperialism in Afghanistan sent shockwaves throughout American client state Israel, whose existence is premised on American patronage.

One thing is clear, without American patronage, no illegitimate entity is secure from the aspirations of indigenous peoples around the world for freedom and liberation. It is a clear warning to all those in the Global South who cooperate, facilitate or collude with all future NATO invasions. American-imposed president, Ashraf Ghani, fled to neighbouring Tajikistan after brief negotiations ensuring a bloodless transfer of power to the Taliban.

His downfall ought to be noticed by all US agents who enthusiastically serve as proxies for the empire. Ultimately, his US-funded, trained and supported security forces vanished in the same way his American patrons dumped him.

Arab surrogates of US imperial designs are also shaking. They now understand that their patron will dump them in an instant, without even saying a courteous goodbye, when their geopolitical utility as a client-state expires.

Taliban’s re-emergence defines US cowardice for despots.

A new era for Afghanistan has arrived. After defeating US imperial designs, the Taliban now have a unique opportunity of constructing a new humanity in the country, one based on freedom, equality and justice for all.

Dr. Ahmed Haroon Jazbhay

Executive Member

Media Review Network

 

 

Author: Ahmed Jazbhay

Ahmed Jazbhay is a lecturer in Political Science at UNISA, and is also a researcher at Media Review Network. He focuses on the decolonisation of knowledge and post-colonial struggles. Ahmed holds a PhD from the University of Johannesburg.