Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, January 15th, 2021

An Opportunity Turning into an Environment of Doubt and Fear

The death of Osama Bin Laden provided Afghan government and international community with a new opportunity to increase pressure on Taliban militants and other insurgent groups to eviscerate them. The efforts had already begun to target the insurgent leaders. But unfortunately this new opportunity is not seized and instead the international community has created a setting of doubt and skepticism on the sustainability of democratic gains and continuity of human /women rights discourse by announcing early drawdown or withdrawal of their troops.

In December 2009, the U.S. president Barack Obama announced a surge of more than 30,000 extra troops in a bid to pacify areas in the Taliban's southern heartland and other dangerous areas, which proved to be effective and had to be continued. But as time for announcement of drawdown schedule drew closer, the militants and terrorists supported by regional elements began to increase their terrorist activities in an attempt to regain the territory they have lost after the surge.

On June 22, President Barack Obama announced a troop reduction of 10,000 by the end of the year and another 23,000 by September 2012. His decision was encountered with criticisms both in Afghanistan and in the U.S. Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who recently toured Afghanistan has said that the Obama administration is taking an unnecessary risk in drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. John McCain said none of the U.S. military commanders has recommended the drawdown. Afghan people cannot deal with the current deteriorating security situation appropriately. Afghan government has not gained the ability to fulfill its responsibility to protect its citizens as the daily terrorist attacks claim the lives of innocent Afghans in one or another part of the country.

In fact, in such circumstance international community has a moral responsibility to continue to contribute to protecting Afghan people against the evil forces. President Karzai, not only, has not been able to address the security concerns of his people but has also tried to show the presence of international community as Trojan horse or based on their own interests and not those of Afghans. It is the Afghan people that suffer in between.