Afghanistan is free

Palestine Update 488
Opinion

Afghanistan is free

The Taliban have won back their terrain and the Americans have scooted after having invested two trillion dollars or more leaving behind death and destruction. It is a new dawn, a new era. American colonialism and their allies have been crushed. Another Vietnam?

 Will Afghanistan degenerate? Or will the Taliban transform from being a fighting liberating force into a ruling category. If one were to hazard an objective conjecture, the Taliban has no more war to fight. They have their territories in hand and have crushed the USA and all those who allied with them.

President Ghani oversaw a regime that was far, far away from the aspirations of the people. He had no clue what the country was all about. His end came with an escape on a helicopter supplied by the US Army into which he loaded tons of stolen money, cars, and the luxuries he had gotten used to in his palace in Kabul. Ghani is presently hiding somewhere in a Central Asian State where he will bide his time until he finds a safer haven that will give him refuge, but as a fugitive for life. He is like many of the corrupt and cruel dictators who escaped their countries from advancing peoples movements who wanted them no more. Like them, Ghani was a sheer coward and a thief pretending he was an intellectual and a good guy. Like all the US backed corrupt and cruel dictators, he never in his wildest dreams thought that the Taliban would capture village after village until they final swept Kabul. The Afghan army simply dissolved.

I live in India and Afghanistan is not next door but it is in my geographical neighborhood.  Many in my country are filled with Islamaphobia. They worry about how people in the new Afghanistan will be treated. I’m cynical and smile. I ask: How good is our own regime? Muslims and Christians are insecure. Dalits and Tribals are oppressed. The poor live in absolute misery and our regime is fascist to its deepest core.

Ghani was no angel – although the West would like to project him as one – a man of books unwilling to stage a war. But his friends were blood lusty. He loved his palace and ended up being the Emperor without clothes. Members of Ghani’s cabinet cursed him. They said at the end:  “They tied our hands from behind and sold the country.”

A formal transfer of power is underway. The head of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah announced that former President Harmid Karzai and Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, are currently in negotiations with the Taliban over the formal transfer of power.

The US and its allies are the laughing stock, just like after Saigon. The things they brought back to their country were body bags and stolen goods. They learned the hard way that military superiority and training do not offer warranty of solidity, permanence and steadfastness. The regime they left behind was dilapidated.

Biden was utterly imprudent, thoughtless and mindless, arrogant and foolish. From distant Washington, he declared that the Afghan military was better trained, and better equipped to win the war. He counted them in numbers and swore the Taliban were not match for his well trained imbeciles. He will now have to find a place to hide his face in the midst of the disgrace which he and his equally inane predecessors created. America’s military establishment has proven once again its insufficient brain power and common sense in war. The only thing they can create is chaos not victory. The courageous Afghan men, who the Americans held in contempt, thoroughly outmaneuvered their stooge army. The Afghan fighters have proven they are not savages, as the reference to ‘bearded’ implies. They survived and outclassed the forces of the US, NATO and rival militias.

Soon they will announce the new inauguration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.  History has taken a full violent circle.  America’s half baked solutions have been dumped into the garbage dumps of history. And what is the moral? Get back to where you belong and humanize your own barbaric society that are replete with capitalistic abuse, racial exploitation, and faulty democracies that are run on the basis not of first past the past, but one which hands victories to those who have money bags. I wonder what the fighter who was put into the Guantanamo prison for over a decade is saying now. He sits in Ghani’s chair today. I wonder where Saddam Hussein, and Gaddafi, Osama Bin Laden and many others who the American’s killed on nonsensical pretexts are today. They are surely celebrating. They will party will party in heaven! Yes, in heaven. Rumsfield and his ilk will meanwhile have the heat turned on as they burn and rot in hell for starting evil and needless wars, while minting millions in their dirty wars.

How will Taliban be in their new avatar? Taliban has promised to respect women’s rights, media freedom and amnesty for former officials in the country. “We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the armed group’s main spokesman said. They were clearly adopting a softer line compared when they were in power 20 years ago.

Hamas has applauded the Taliban victory. Tens and thousands around the world are celebrating. The Palestinians now know they can dream dreams of an end to the cruel colonial, racist, apartheid occupation. If powerful America can collapse in the face of resistance in a mere 30 years, how many years more can Israel, once a determined resistance is launched? What form of liberation will they achieve?

The sun has set on one phase of history. Left alone, the Afghans will rebuild. All initial signs point in this direction. The political system which now shapes up may be imperfect. No country comes close to being perfect. But at least the people have the choice to bend and shape it to their liking.

There is hope in the Afghan freedom for other oppressed peoples. The Palestinian struggle will find new life and a different paradigm. Palestine will be free.

Ranjan Solomon


Palestine Will Be Free
Maher Zain

Every day we tell each other
That this day will be, will be the last
And tomorrow, we all can go home free

And all this will finally end
Palestine, tomorrow will be free
Palestine, tomorrow will be free

No mother, no father to wipe away my tears
That’s why I won’t cry
I feel scared but I won’t show my fears
I keep my head high

Deep in my heart, I never have any doubt that
Palestine, tomorrow will be free
Palestine, tomorrow will be free

I saw those rockets and bombs shining in the sky
Like drops of rain in the sun’s light
Taking away everyone dear to my heart
Destroying my dreams in a blink of an eye

What happened to our human rights?
What happened to the sanctity of life?
And all those other lies?
I know that I’m only a child
But is your conscience still alive?

Oh, yeah
I will caress with my bare hands
Every precious grain of sand
Every stone and every tree

‘Cause no matter what they do
They can never hurt you
‘Cause your soul will always be free

Palestine, tomorrow will be free
Palestine, tomorrow will be free

Lyrics
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 Hamas hails end of US occupation of Afghanistan
Palestinian group Hamas on Monday hailed the departure of US forces from war-torn Afghanistan. “The end of the occupation by the Americans and their allies proves that victory is the destiny for the resistance of the peoples — foremost of which is the struggle of our Palestinian people,” the group said in a statement.

Hamas wished the Afghan people and their leadership success “in achieving unity, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people” and congratulated them for “defeating the American occupation on all Afghan lands. The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan after capturing the capital Kabul on Sunday, and are in the process of establishing their government that had been removed after US-led foreign forces occupied the war-torn country in 2001.
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Israel’s Judaization project at Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
Israel has begun implementing a Judaization project at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to install an external elevator, open a route for pedestrians and a parking lot, amid Palestinians’ protests that are likely to escalate in the coming weeks.

Nearly 20,000 Palestinians from Hebron governorate, in the southern West Bank, performed Friday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) on Aug. 13, to stress the Islamic identity of the site, in the face of the Israeli Judaization efforts made in its outer courtyards.

On Aug. 12, the Directorate of Religious Endowments in Hebron decided to close all the mosques in the city calling on worshippers to pray at the Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to have been constructed on the tomb of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), in a bid to defend it and protect it from Israeli plans. Thousands of Palestinians responded to the call, amid tight Israeli

The Israeli forces, which were deployed in the vicinity of the site and the old city, prevented hundreds of young men from entering the site, and fired tear gas at worshippers, after driving them out of its courtyards. On Aug. 10, the Israeli authorities began excavation works in the southern outer courtyards of the site under strict security measures, as part of the project that would alter the features of the Ibrahimi Mosque. This project sparked protests in Hebron. Palestinians rallied Aug. 11 in front of the Ibrahimi Mosque, amid the Israeli forces’ measures to suppress them, including the firing of tear gas. The protests are expected to escalate in the coming months as the project continues to be implemented.
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Palestinian factions warn of gradual escalation in Gaza
Palestinian factions in Gaza will gradually escalate the situation in the strip amid faltering efforts to maintain calm, according to well-informed Palestinian sources. An agreement was reached to start marches on the borders, followed by the resumption of the launching of incendiary balloons and the activation of the “night confusion units”. They said that the agreement with mediators over Gaza was reached weeks ago and still no progress has been made. “The facilitations were lies and the blockade has intensified,” they said.

The factions warned they would not stand idly by in the face of the current situation. Head of the Hamas politburo, Ismail Haniyeh said the “sword of Jerusalem” operation would continue, asserting that confronting the Israeli occupation will continue and will not stop until freedom and the right of return is achieved. Member of the “Islamic Jihad” movement, Daoud Shehab said Israel was still hostile against the Palestinians.
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Could attempts to revive the peace process bring a just peace?
An Israeli expert believes that for direct talks to finally take place the Palestinians will need to overcome internal divisions. Israel, which is also divided along political fault lines, will need to find a middle ground between its conservative and liberal circles. Recent weeks have seen a number of attempts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, stalled since 2014, when direct talks between the sides failed.

At the beginning of July, Jordan’s King Abdullah II met Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett under conditions of strict secrecy. Later that month, he spoke to the country’s President Isaac Herzog and held separate meetings with US President Joe Biden and the head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. “King Abdullah of Jordan is desperate for financial aid [as his country goes through an acute financial crisis – ed.] but he doesn’t want to come to the Americans as a beggar. So he tries to position himself as a pivotal player and a mediator between the sides”.
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Palestinian Submit Urgent Appeal to UN on the Arbitrary Detention and Harassment of Human Rights Defender

Ms. Shatha Odeh, 60, serves as the Director of the Health Work Committees (HWC), a leading Palestinian non-governmental organization that promotes health services for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and the chairwoman of PNGO, a coalition of 142 Palestinian civil society organizations. On 7 July 2021, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed her house, deploying gas grenades and forcibly arresting her despite the lack of an arrest warrant or a confiscation order. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) and the Palestinian NGO Network submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures on the arbitrary detention and harassment of Ms. Shatha Odeh. The arbitrary charges clamp down on and criminalizing Palestinian human rights defenders and civil society organizations that challenge Israel’s entrenched regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid. Ms. Odeh’s health is extremely compromised, wherein she suffers from numerous chronic illnesses and is prescribed various medications, but she was subjected to ill-treatment and medical negligence.
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