Recent events at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport have been catastrophic for the United States government as well as for those US-backed Afghans who built castles in the sky as Americans abandoned them to face a bleak future in the wake of US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
During the past two decades, the Afghan dilemma has turned into a quagmire for liberal democracy, demonstrating unambiguously that the United States is incapable of defending its allies.
Few could have predicted that when the US troops arrived in Kabul in 2001 to establish their so-called democracy, they would be more concerned about the welfare of their canines and safety of alcoholic beverages than the fate of local Afgan interpreters and loyalists. But that is exactly what happened. If they are lucky, the miserable Afghan collaborators have been transferred to congested African refugee camps. It has been proven through developments in Afghanistan and the American military’s shattered prestige that Washington’s pursuit of grandeur and dominance led to humiliation, disappointment, and utter failure.
The infamous escape of Ghani, the collapse of the Western-trained Afghan army and police force, and the fall of the US-backed political establishment in Kabul are all examples of the bitter disgrace that American officials have had to endure in the coming years.
No doubt, the Afghan debacle will repeat itself in Iraq, leaving the US with little choice except to withdraw in shame. Nobody in Iraq forgot that as ISIS marched toward Baghdad’s gates, the Iraqi government’s disgraceful pleas for military assistance were met with deafening silence in Washington, as the US military refused to turn over weapons purchased by the Iraqi army, thus indirectly aiding Saudi-backed ISIS terrorists in compromising the Iraqi state’s very existence. But there was another path, one that was completely different from the Afghan and Iraqi puppet governments: the glorious path that Imam Husayn embarked on, which included the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the conflict with Western imperialism, the struggle against the US-backed terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and the resistance of Hezbollah in Lebanon against Zionist barbarians. Imam Husayn’s revolution addressed everyone who strives for freedom and opposes tyranny. Imam Husayn taught us that nothing is more humiliating or ignominious than submission and shameful collaboration with God’s enemies. The heavenly struggle for dignity and honour is fundamentally opposed to pursuing a life of humiliation under US imperialism which yields nothing except insecurity and eternal dishonour. Imam Husayn demonstrated this when he fought tyranny and oppression until his last breath. Choosing between the two roads is not complicated: Either we choose dignity and liberty or humiliation and shame.