Afghanistan: Taliban Mark Second Anniversary Of Their Rule

Time flies, and exactly two years have passed since the hasty flight of the Americans from Afghanistan and the “conquest” of Kabul by the Taliban forces. Islamic fundamentalists are celebrating the second anniversary of their return to power. In a statement issued by the authorities, the Taliban pledge to counter any threat to the country’s independence. “The conquest of Kabul demonstrated once again that no one can control the proud Afghan people and guarantee his permanence in this country,” the Taliban government said in a statement, according to which “no invader will be allowed to threaten the independence and freedom of Afghanistan.”

Who would have thought that the Afghan independence movements that won – thanks to American military and financial support – the ten-year war against the Soviet army (1979-1989) in a few years would turn their weapons against the soldiers of the USA, NATO, and some other allied countries? However, this is exactly what happened.

On August 15, 2021, the world witnessed the defeat of the West by the Taliban, who thus gave birth to the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Taliban, which means “students” in the Pashtun language, after the departure of the Soviet army, brought to naught a twenty-year war of US and NATO forces.

And while the Taliban are celebrating their “victory,” a group of UN experts has addressed the international community urging to “support the Afghan people who are going through a very serious humanitarian crisis.”

According to the UN, “16 million children do not receive basic food and health care, while almost 30 million, a record number, need help.”

The failure of the United States to export democracy to Afghanistan means that the people of this mountainous state have again found themselves under the fundamentalist rule of the Taliban, based, as the UN appeal says, “on the systematic and shocking suppression of many human rights, including the right to education, work, and freedom of expressions, meetings and associations.”