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As the last desperate evacuees scramble aboard planes in Kabul, as suicide bombers threaten to kill even more blameless people, a vast tide of refugees floods the border with Pakistan and the rest of the population huddles , trapped and frightened by the resurgence of the Taliban, all of those in the West who fought for 20 long and bloody years to shape this country’s future must pause, step back and ask: what have we got- U.S ?
Since the Al-Qaida attacks on American cities of September 11, 2001, which sparked a global convulsion, remote and impoverished Afghanistan has touched, influenced and tested every big issue, every big idea and movement – ideological, religious, geostrategic – nowadays. Many, for example, will view this staggering defeat, and so history will surely judge it, as a defeat primarily for problematic Western concepts of humanitarian intervention and rules-based global order.
It is undeniable that significant, if not inspiring, advances were made when NATO allies put their nation-building theories into practice. Generations of young Afghans have received an education. Careers open to girls and women. Health care was available in rural villages where there was none before. Free media and freedom of expression flourished. A crude and vital democracy has taken shape. These are proud accomplishments.