The need for change in the war on terror

Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:49 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 218 times

The result of US presidential election was surprising and against expectations as aNew York billionaire, Donald Trump, whose chances of victory were very slim as per predictions of many pre-election polls, was elected as the 45th president of the United States of America. It was widely expected that Americans will make history by voting in the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the first female POUS in line with her election campaign slogan; however, that did not happen. Known for his controversial and emotional speeches during his electioneering, Trump’s victory took the world unawares. 

 

The US election was also important for Afghans because America’s longest war is still ongoing in their country. Some Afghan politicians reacted to Donald Trump’s win, expecting that a logical solution would be sought to the Afghan conflict in his presidency.

It is largely believed that the Republicans waged the Afghan war, and the responsibility to put an end to it also in a way rests on their shoulder. Although President Obama had pledged to stop the Afghan conflict, not only he has not honored the promise in his 8-year term, we can also say that he left the problem unresolved back to the Republicans. Now, President-elect Donald Trump, as representative of his Republican Party, is responsible for finding out a solution to the Afghan conflict which can lead to a lasting stability in Afghanistan, while also averting a potential hurt to American reputation and standing in the world. 

Trump’s closeness with Russia is characterized as a hope to achieve this. Even one reason for his victory is that Americans did not deem the continuity of the rule of Democrats in their interests as they were very close to enter a direct war with Russia. This heralds a new era and a hope to end the Afghan conflict and the proxy wars. 

Trump’s stance against Islamabad was also more clear and resolute as compared to that held by the Democrats. Before and during his election campaign, he promised to adopt a more unfaltering position against Pakistan recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. 

As skepticism about US intentions in the war on terrorism is at all-time high now, President Trump needs to craft his policy in the light of ground realities, ensure honesty in the fight against terror, and focus the campaign on the sanctuaries and hotbeds of terrorists which lie on the other side of the Durand Line.