Afghan misadventure

News Today 18.09.2021

It is paradoxical that the US which entered Afghanistan with the promise of ensuring a new age of peace and stable democracy is now, though belatedly, arguing as stated by Biden that nation building was not on its cards. The American intervention, far from building an enduring democracy, created a clientelist oligarchy that survived because of widespread corruption despite lack of popular support, as it was in South Vietnam. (Read More)

The fundamental folly of the US was to believe that hi-technology and air power could override a structure which was built only on corruption. The Afghan army was totally demoralized with no place for honesty as the government was controlled by contractors, warlords, gangsters and criminals. The government itself became a criminal enterprise built on corruption reinforced by the share of the gainers. (Read More)


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