Empire’s legions crash and run
Liberal hats still urging on
High-tech helmets chased by turbans
Righteous mission over-spun
Weight of our so moral burden
Imperial bondage theirs to learn
Great Game upended
Spent armoury of lies and guns
The rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has been widely treated by the Western political class and ‘mainstream’ media as a disastrous turn of events.
In truth, beyond the tragic human carnage and sordid abandonment, the humiliating retreat of US, UK and other NATO forces represents a positive historic outcome in setting back the tyranny of imperialist invasion, occupation and plundering of states around the globe.
And, whatever troubling governance to come for Afghanistan, it reaffirms the ultimate right of determination for indigenous peoples over rapacious external forces.
Glenn Greenwald makes the elementary point:
“Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan, not the U.S. and NATO.“
In their chaotic retreat, we now glimpse the true extent of the interventionist deceit and madness of this warmongering mission.
Or maybe not so mad for some. For when it comes to the motivations and manoeuvres of power, there’s always mercenary method in that madness.
That interfering madness will continue in Afghanistan, as elsewhere, in whatever devious form.
Yet, as with Vietnam and the fall of Saigon, the liberation of Afghanistan and easy capture of Kabul illustrates the latest historic failure of imperial invasion and regime change as a model of control.
As those who ran and worked for the occupation clamber onto the last exiting planes, we see the true fragility of that entity and its spurious claims: the false narratives of ‘state building’ and ‘democratisation’; the so-called ‘quest for peace and stability’, while relentlessly bombing the country and murdering its people; the proclaimed ‘concern’ for educating, protecting and advancing women and girls.
Thankfully, beyond the amplifier BBC and other power-serving media, we have a wealth of informed, probing and truthful journalism to rely on.
Please read and share:
How the Taliban surge exposed Pentagon’s lies
What can the Taliban offer the women of Afghanistan?
The Great Game of Smashing Nations
Phil Miller and Mark Curtis
The Great Game: The Reality of Britain’s War in Afghanistan