With the rapid relatively peaceful takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban Mark 2, the terrorist attack on Thursday 27 August at Kabul airport resulting in the killing of 60 persons and injuries to many more has the potential to push Afghanistan into further chaos.
While Taliban have declared amnesty for opposition and reassured upholding of human rights for all, including women and minorities, Islamophobic propaganda to demonise them continues to derail efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.
The large number of casualties in the two blasts claimed by terrorists affiliated to ISIS include Afghan civilians as well as US military personnel who were facilitating the evacuation out of Afghanistan.
In an address this morning on Friday 27 August, President Biden while commenting on the bombings vowed to retaliate against those responsible.
“To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget,” Biden said.
“We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests in our people with every measure at my command,” he further added.
While there is evidence of cooperation and coordination between US and Taliban for evacuation of those who want to leave Afghanistan and the mutual desire to end 20 year old war, there are terrorists on one side trying to sabotage the agreement while on the other side Islamophobes continue to demonise Taliban denying them to effectively govern Afghanistan.
Taliban has been facilitating for the Americans and other foreigners leave Afghanistan safely. At the same time they want foreign troops out of the country as soon as possible to establish their sovereignty and independence from foreign domination.
However Taliban Mark 2 need to come out and fulfil the promises they have made to uphold human rights for all Afghans, establish good governance and bring peace to its people who have been suffering due to conflicts for more than four decades.
Now that they have indeed united the country, the international community should give them a chance to succeed and facilitate the establishment of peace, harmony and rule of law in Afghanistan.