Call against wrong US acts in Afghanistan

Monday, 17 April 2017 03:20 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 270 times

The ambiguity in American policies and actions in Afghanistan is increasingly turning the perceptions of Afghans of the global power negative.  Following the fall of Taliban regime, most Afghans viewed the United States as an ally and spearhead of the war on terror. This perception gradually changed and suspicions started to escalate. After a dispute arose over the signing of Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between former Afghan government and the United States in 2014, distrust and skepticism grew further. 


The US refusal to guarantee peace in Afghanistan in the security pact, a surge in terror organizations and activities, not equipping Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) as expected, and a deterioration in security situation soon after the signing of the BSA further ramped up the misgivings about US intentions in Afghanistan. The US inattention to the expansion of Daesh activities reached a level, where even pro-American Afghan politicians were prompted to begin to speak out against US policies. 

Such a recent and strong anti-American voice emerged following the use of largest non-nuclear bomb also known as the “mother of all bombs” by US forces in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province. Most Afghans called the strike an act to use Afghan soil as a testing ground for advanced weaponry. From former Afghan president to individuals who hardly spoke out against the United States condemned the attack, while the government unusually and irresponsibly welcomed it. 


It now beyond a shadow of question that terrorism cannot be eliminated by bombing Afghan homes and villages because if was to prove effective, Afghanistan would have already been purged of the scourge of this vicious phenomenon. Despite enough experience and proof, the United States is still laying emphasis on ways to resolve Afghan conflict, whose failure is now as clear as the sun in the summer sky. Instead of putting the US and its international allies back on the right track in the war on terror and averting past mistakes, the Afghan government seems content to sit on its hand and only praise the American actions. As a representative of the nation, the government is responsible to speak out against such incidents; however, if government leaders don’t dare to raise their voice for whatever reasons, they should support those who are trying to speak for the interests of the people.