Afghanistan’s chaos today could be our problem tomorrow

It may be Afghanistan’s turn today but it may be our turn tomorrow

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard
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It may be Afghanistan’s turn today but it may be our turn tomorrow.

Afghanistan is in limbo with nowhere to go. Suicide bombers, or the death squads, are mushrooming across the country with only one mission: killing as many as they can.

The death squads are made up of humans, at least they seem so. Blood runs through their veins and they have human figures but their souls belong to the darkness. These people have been brain washed and trained to act like robots. Perhaps they have not had love from their families which has resulted in them being blinded to the beauty of life and left them susceptible to the misinterpretation of Islam fed to them by their masters.

These suicide bombers are not just Pakistani but have often traveled from abroad – some are poor children who were tricked or drugged into carrying out the attacks and some have Uzbek, Chechen, Kyrgyz and Arab nationalities.

In some poor Muslim countries families can’t afford to feed their children, so they send the boys to “Islamic” schools in Pakistan. The schools give them food, sleeping space and a free education and also fill them with hatred and radical thoughts. These kids are the Taliban of the future.

The lack of a strong central government and the U.S. pullout by the end of this month are the main issues behind the general lack of security

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

The Taliban cannot forgive Afghanistan for collaborating with the United States after it was toppled in 2001. The Taliban will never accept democracy.

Former President of Afghanistan Hamed Karzai’s initiative to make peace with the Taliban didn’t succeed because Afghan Taliban members are rooted in Pakistan, according to my sources, and so no progress can be made without Pakistan playing a role.

The poor citizens of Afghanistan who have to live during these violent times have no way to escape. Afghan social media posts highlight the fear felt by civilians on the ground who are worried about their safety and the future.

Lack of security

The lack of a strong central government and the U.S. pullout by the end of this month are the main issues behind the general lack of security.

More than two months have passed since a coalition unity government came to power in Afghanistan but cabinet members still have not been chosen. Thus it seems clear that President Ashraf Ghani and the high-powered Abdullah Abdullah can’t work together, giving people doubts that the government will last five years.

The increased numbers of the attacks against civilians, up 19 percent since last year, took the Afghans’ breath away, especially in the capital Kabul. On social media, young and educated Afghans are asking where they can escape to if they do not wish to die on the street.

Pakistan recently revoked capital punishment and hanged some extremists but this does not mean it is no longer a safe haven for Taliban fighters, some of whom could cross over into Afghanistan. Afghanistan shouldn’t be abandoned again if we leave innocent civilians to die in the streets today it could be our turn tomorrow.

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard is a journalist, news commentator and writer who grew up during the Iranian Revolution and wrote for leading reformist newspapers. She is also the author of Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth - A Memoir of Iran. She lives in New York City and Dubai. She can be found on Twitter: @CameliaFard

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