Should America have left Afghanistan?

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Following the withdrawal of America from Afghanistan on the 1st May 2021, we have seen and heard of the effects on not only the Afghan people, but the country as a whole. In Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history. Despite the fact that the UK troops withdrew from America way back in October 2014, we seemed to fully support America in their decision. However, how did Afghanistan feel about this? How do they cope?

Do the Afghan people trust America?

It's debatable whether Afghanistan have full trust in America at this stage. Saleh Mohammed Saleh, who is a former member of the Afghanistan parliament, told journalists that "Afghan people do not trust America" as they stayed in Afghanistan even after they had killed Osama bin Laden. With the war going on for so long, it's understandable that when Zahra Husseini, an Afghan activist, heard that American troops were leaving, she said she "had this bad feeling that it would result in the Taliban's return to power rather than in peace." This is exactly what happened.

What do the people think?

On America's departure, they left billions of dollars worth of military equipment behind in Afghanistan. Consequently, the Taliban took advantage of this. This, of course, caused a negative effect on the country which inevitably made the Afghan people angry. In contrast, when Americans were asked how they thought President Biden had handled the situation in Afghanistan, Americans responded:

42% badly

29% fine

21% well

6% excellently

2% don't know

Overall, what did America think?

From Topical Talk, President Biden wanted to withdraw American troops from Afghanista - but he was also following through with a deal that the previous president, Donald Trump, signed with the Talibam in February 2020. It said that America would leave Afghanistan if the Taliban remained peaceful. So what do you think? Do you agree with America, or do you defend Afghanista? Let me know!

Comments (10)

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Dec 2021

    An opinion here defending the Afghans lies in the fact that America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the presence of the Taliban is a terrible blow to its credibility in abiding by the promises it made when controlling Afghanistan. Therefore, this decision was treacherous and unnecessary in this sensitive period that the country is going through. Why is America withdrawing If the Taliban stay?? Wasn’t its most prominent goal the elimination of the Taliban, which leads the extremist movements and ignites an international societal conflict and conflict in the region, which weakened Afghanistan’s ability to integrate peacefully with the world. If the reason for the occupation of Afghanistan was not the elimination of the Taliban, why was the reason for its withdrawal due to the presence of the Taliban?? Perhaps the contradiction here hides many causes, losses and loss of energy to continue in Afghanistan.. Wasn’t America going there to save Afghanistan from the Taliban that controls it, its resources, people and borders and prevents the growth of armed movements? Didn’t America go there as a partner because it is the guardian of morals in the world? Was there to save Afghanistan from a quagmire The misery, conflict and death you are experiencing. Perhaps America’s intervention in Afghanistan came. America failed to promote democracy and spread the law there. Being a democratic country made this experiment a complete failure in the future. That failure that America achieved by withdrawing from Afghanistan made it coveted by many countries of the world because it is weak.

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    1. The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg flowing_clarinet | The Morley Academy | United Kingdom
      aware_painting's comment 06 Dec 2021

      I understand where you’re coming from in the fact that America’s withdrawal caused more problems than any other choice. Why leave the situation for the same reason you involved yourself in the situation? People like us need to ask ourselves these questions in order to know how to act towards this issue. Thank you so much for your comment, it’s opened my eyes to different points of view!

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        flowing_clarinet's comment 07 Dec 2021

        This is a really interesting idea, flowing _clarinet. Can you explain what you mean by "why leave the situation for the same reason you involved yourself in the situation?"

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          Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 11 Dec 2021

          Yes, I meant that when America involved themselves in the war, it was because of the threats from the Taliban. Coincidentally, this is the same reason why they left as so many troops and civilians were being killed. I hope this makes more sense

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      2. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        flowing_clarinet's comment 07 Dec 2021

        There is no doubt that America had some control over the situation in Afghanistan, despite the presence of poverty, misery and loss, but its withdrawal weakened a lot of the support directed to it because of the Taliban taking over the affairs. Perhaps the conflict will become greater when the Afghans need only food, drink, security and basic needs, and the main objective remains to deal With the countries and the advancement of the state is unknown and the need for many needs, unlike that the political situation has become weaker for the Taliban to mobilize support and aid for the advancement of the economy and life of the Afghans

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg dynamic_leaf | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    03 Dec 2021

    I don't think America should have left because that's now just starting more problem's a little bit

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  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Dec 2021

    In fact, I am confident that the decision should be in the hands of the Afghan people, and that they should hold comprehensive elections for the Afghan people within the borders of Afghanistan, and decide their fate in their own hands, isn't this fair??
    But what worries me is that
    is there will be coups against the new leaders, so is it possible to put this out of the possibilities mentioned??

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    1. The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg flowing_clarinet | The Morley Academy | United Kingdom
      pioneering_wilddog's comment 06 Dec 2021

      I completely agree that the decision should be in the hands of the Afghan people, after all it is their country! To be honest, there probably will be coups against any new leaders, there’s bound to be, but hopefully with the help of other militaries Afghanistan will make it through. Thank you for voicing your opinion to me!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    11 Jan 2022

    I think the America should have NOT left Afghanistan because now they are more in danger and withought them they have no power or streangth to attack.Although a lot of Americans have died during this sictuation, more Afghanistan have died because they left.They really need there help or the talban will do more bad stuff that could really help them . Younge girls (who are 11 year old) can't g to school, and its very disapointing. We can all help them...I know Afganistan can do it! Thank you for reading,

    Terrific_raccoon !

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