Critical Issues & Trends – Terrorism Thrives in Afghanistan While Peace Talks Continue

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US representatives have been meeting in recent weeks with representatives from the Taliban. The purpose of these meetings is to negotiate an “honorable peace” to justify a US exit from Afghanistan. I use that throwback term from the Vietnam era deliberately.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque – RC1669EEDC30

The US and the Taliban will eventually come to terms regarding Afghanistan, but those terms will be a façade. The US will inevitably leave Afghanistan in as bad a condition as it was when they arrived so many years ago. (Afghanistan is the longest war in US history.) Whatever the original purpose was for the US to move into Afghanistan as part of the war on terror, it was not accomplished.

Afghanistan is a nation crumbling under the weight of terrorism. The 2018 Global Terrorism Index placed Afghanistan as the second most dangerous country in the world for a likely terrorist attack. It only barely lost the number one spot to Iraq. Today the Taliban are not the only terror threat for Afghanistan. Now ISIS is battling against the Taliban for supremacy as chief psychopath organization in the land.

Saturday ISIS claimed credit for a massive attack on a wedding in Kabul. A suicide bomber struck the wedding party first. Then a second suicide bomber in a vehicle packed with explosives as emergency personnel arrived to help. Eighty people were killed in the attack.

Ten days earlier the Taliban carried out an attack outside a police station in Kabul. Ten people were killed while 150 people were injured.

Two weeks ago, a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan killed 32 people on a bus.

Well over a thousand Afghan citizens have been killed as victims of terrorism since the beginning of this year alone. This rampant violence all serves as the background to ongoing peace talks between the US and the Taliban.

As we learn more about these talks keep in mind: This is not about peace. It is about America finally washing its hands of Afghanistan as the violence intensifies and the destruction continues.