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:
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!