Last Live on Tuesday August 17, with Vanessa Vallejo, co-editor-in-chief of El American, focused on Afghanistan and why it is a threat to the West. During the program, César Sabas, an expert in security and international relations, recalled that Afghanistan was a “developing country, it was not a rich country, but it was stable.”
Sabas also recalled that the Taliban dominated Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, a time when this group violated the fundamental human rights of all the victims of that time and even the rights of women in that country.
During the last two decades they were isolated in remote areas of Afghanistan, even so they fought Afghan forces and international troops, such as the United States. Their influence grew after the withdrawal of the Americans, until they took Kabul on August 15.
Sabas detailed for El American how the Taliban, one of the factions that fought in Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s after the withdrawal of the Soviet Union, originated.
He discussed U.S. support in the 1980s, when the mujahideen were fighting Soviet forces. The Taliban are part of that group of former Afghan resistance fighters.
The Taliban follow an extreme line of sharia, or Islamic law. Public executions and floggings are common, and most women are forbidden to work or study, plus they are forced to wear the burqa.
“These boys grew up seeing everything that was the West and with a very regressive view of the world. By then, in Afghanistan, Soviet rule had already been unleashed, but it was in chaos so the Taliban movement was formed, that is, the union of all these students of the madrassas to implement Sharia law in Afghanistan and install the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” said the expert.
At the time, he said, the Taliban were thought to have provided safe haven for the militant group Al-Qaeda, then led by Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda set up training camps in Afghanistan, which it used to prepare for terrorist attacks around the world, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
“September 11 came and the world opened its eyes and especially the United States and the West. We are talking about movements that promote global jihad and above all set the West as the main target, that is to say, they are going to tempt, no matter what,” the internationalist specified.
“Aware of what we are seeing now is that 20 years ago the U.S. intervened, not because it wanted to, but because it had no other choice, it had been attacked,” he added.
The United States facing defeat in Afghanistan
Two decades after the terrorist attack suffered by the Americans and after their subsequent departure, César Sabas said that the United States is facing a defeat, not only of the nation, but also of the West.
In the opinion of the international security expert, “the logic that the Taliban will bring out is that it is doing a September 11, we did well, what would be wrong with doing another one”.
When asked by Vanessa about what he would consider the imminent danger the West would be facing in the short or long term, the analyst answered that the United States is facing two betrayals.
The first, to the veterans who participated in Afghanistan. Many lost their lives, limbs or even their youth fighting in this war. The other betrayal, he considered, is with all the people who collaborated in the longest war in American history.
“We are talking about translators, even the driver himself, and from one day to the next they close embassies. Today we are leaving all those people abandoned, desperate. We are talking about a moral betrayal,” he said.
To continue enjoying Vanessa Vallejo’s Live every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET, this time with an international security expert who analyzes the latest developments in Afghanistan, be sure to watch the interview at the beginning of this article or on our YouTube channel.