American madness in Afghanistan, a new axis of the Cold War 2?
London: Boris Johnson confronted the first full House of Commons in 2021 with all the pride he could muster to justify the sudden surrender of Afghanistan by the West. MPs from all parties were angry and criticized wholeheartedly how the Afghan forces had been abandoned without the means to defend Kabul, and how the procedures for evacuating locally employed personnel and other vulnerable people had been woefully inadequate. Boris Johnson’s post as Prime Minister is now bloodied by President Joe Biden’s merciless expedition of Donald Trump’s Doha deal. The deal between the United States and the Taliban was published by Paul Nuki, editor of the Telegraph Global Health Security, who compared it to the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, but drafted by the Taliban.
It seems the British have signed on to America’s “done deal” and accepted all the terrible results that could come. Members of the left and right have given their opinion to the Prime Minister; a video appeared on social media of two people falling from a plane and on the same day in parliament, Johnson said “At the moment it would be fair to say that the Taliban is allowing this evacuation.”
Emotion was palpable in the MP’s speeches pleading with Johnson to review the policy. Stella Creasy said people were fleeing Taliban “brutalism and terrorism”; Tom Tugendhat was applauded for his sincerity based on his experience in the British Army at Helmand; Tobias Ellwood said, “I don’t believe for a second that there will be a peaceful transition to the Taliban. They are not universally appreciated in the country. Uzbek and Tajik warlords are regrouping right now. The Northern Alliance will reform again and a bloody and terrible civil war will unfold ”; Daniel Kawzinsski wanted to ask questions about the role of Russia and Pakistan and the allegations that they support the Taliban. Theresa May asked when the Prime Minister first spoke with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, to discuss the possibility of forming an alliance of other forces to replace US support in Afghanistan; Johnson squirmed uncomfortably.
Dominic Raab had to return from his vacation in Crete where it is reported that he avoided making a critical phone call to Mohammed Haneef Atmar, his Afghan counterpart, about the evacuation of the interpreters. People were surprised to learn that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were simultaneously on vacation while Kabul collapsed. In business, it is considered bad practice for two bosses to be absent at the same time. On the return, Raab announced that the UK would double its humanitarian and development aid to Afghanistan to £ 286million this year. On Thursday, Raab spoke with Wang Yi and Mevlut Cavusoglu about Kabul airport security, his Chinese and Turkish counterparts.
Johnson called on the United Nations to lead a new humanitarian effort in the region and heed Italy’s call for an emergency G7 meeting this week, he said: “The UK s ‘will strive to unite the international community behind a clear plan to deal with this regime. in a unified and concerted manner…. . Johnson said he and President Macron, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Khan had agreed that it would be a mistake for any country to recognize a new regime in Kabul prematurely or bilaterally. Johnson continued, “Those countries that care about the future of Afghanistan should work on common terms regarding the conduct of the new regime before they decide together to recognize it and under what terms. We will judge this regime on the basis of the choices it makes and its actions rather than its words, its attitude to terrorism, crime and drugs, as well as humanitarian access and the right of girls to receive an education.
The fact that thousands of people are desperate to leave the country tells us that the Afghans have not fallen into the illusion of a new and improved Taliban, a Light Taliban operating under a new, more moderate Sharia. Over the past twenty years, the Taliban have learned to present themselves and stage their operations, it is as if the West believes that Kabul can become the new Doha under Mullah Baradar.
The fear that circulates is that the West is weak and is no longer a reliable ally. A vibe Russia is thrilled to make the most of the vizaviz Ukraine and China will use a fact to threaten Taiwan.
Therefore, rival conversations are taking place in Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran.
On social media, Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan broadcasts a meeting with former President Karzai and Dr Abdullah Abdullah, a meeting with Russian Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov and an interview with Turkish Ambassador to Kabul Cihad Ergonay; and Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi held diplomatic talks with his “iron brother” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, they stressed the importance of close coordination between the two countries on how to deal with the situation in Afghanistan.
Moscow is never slow to seize an opportunity to win over the West. Russia does not evacuate the embassy in Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Afghanistan, has already had “constructive” talks with the Taliban and believes that the situation in Kabul is now better than under President Ghani . Zamir Kabulov, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan, said that “that we have prepared the ground for a conversation with the new government in Afghanistan in advance is an asset of Russian foreign policy” and would have recommended starting procedures to remove the Taliban from the list of terrorist organizations. Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev has claimed that Russia has revived high-level contacts in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, India and Pakistan. Franz Klintsevich, of the Defense and Security Committee of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament, said the US arsenal of weapons left behind was in the hands of the Taliban.
Javad Zarid of the Islamic Republic of Iran spoke with China’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan Yu Shiang Yung.
At a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying supported the Taliban, Hua said the Taliban would not repeat their past mistakes and are now more sober and rational than in the past. China has offered to shell out money to rebuild critical infrastructure in Afghanistan, provided the Taliban obey Beijing’s goals. Chinese state television station CGTN on Thursday interviewed Taliban spokesman Suhail Saheen on the structure of the new government, which he said will be announced soon, but there is already an established governing board. China Metallurgical Group Corps wants to reopen the Mes Aynak copper mine, the second largest in the world, located about 30 km from Kabul.
There is no doubt that Afghanistan is the epicenter of geopolitics until at least the New Year or longer if Afghanistan defines the axis of ColdWar2.0.