The Lead: The Afghanistan Withdrawal
a cargo plane filled with refugees credit: twitter
The West continues to worry about the Taliban rule in Afghanistan but the Taliban says that they mean no harm and will respect women’s rights. A Taliban spokesperson held a news conference on Tuesday to assure the world that they are a more moderate group now.
Here is a question: Do we find that hard to believe because the media tells us to or do we actually know what the cultural and political effect will be?
Honest answer: no one knows.
The Taliban leader gave an interview to a female news anchor on Tuesday, something the Taliban of old would have not done. He said that women’s rights would be protected under the new regime but gave no details. He also promised that no Afghans would be punished for having helped the former government or Western forces.
Thousands of Afghanis are not going to wait around to find out. Images of packed airplanes full of refugees have made the rounds on social media, sparking outrageous debates about immigrants. The U.K. government has committed to resettling at least 20,000 refugees. Utah Governor Spencer Cox says that his state is also willing to resettle refugees.
Members of Congress are vowing to investigate President Biden and other leaders for the U.S. withdrawal. They are angry that Taliban forces now control U.S. military gear such as guns, helicopters and tanks that cost U.S. taxpayers upwards of $83 billion.