I don’t know if you feel the same way about helping Afghans after the Taliban took over the country. Listening to politicians and the media, two words reveal the present state of things: hypocrisy and crocodile tears.
Such deception is not only coming from Western leaders but from the Taliban as well.
Below are some examples of the hypocrisy and crocodile tears we are hearing and seeing now:
Hypocrisy 1: We went to Afghanistan to bomb the Taliban to the stone age for what al-Qaeda did on 9/11. During the past twenty years, however, the West spent two trillion dollars, killed tens of thousands of Afghans, and left the country in the hands of those that they were supposed to send back to the stone age. President Joe Biden said that he has no regrets about the messy US exit from the country.
Crocodile tears 1: Even if we don’t mean it, we are ready to take only small numbers of women and children in the West. Let the men be fed to the Taliban and let Afghan mothers raise their children in the West as single mothers and broken families.
Hypocrisy 2: Even if we claim that we are serious in the EU about helping women and children from the clutches of the Taliban, we are very serious about sending Afghan refugees to countries like Iran and Pakistan, which already house two million Afghan refugees. This is called subcontracting the human calamity you created.
Crocodile tears 2: We aimed to build a centralized democasy in Afghanistan but failed because it was a lie. The real profiteers of the war were the arms industry and disingenuous politicians who misled the public.
Hypocrisy 3: Taliban insists it will not shelter al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and respect the rights of women. Taliban insists it will not shelter al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and respect the rights of women. This promise is a lie, like when the Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset* of Finland state that they are not a racist party.
Crocodile tears 3: We are so sad about the “poor” people of Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. The truth? Your lives mean little to us.
The west should stop the theatrics and get real.
The last thing that the people of Afghanistan need are your broken promises and indifference.