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Monday, October 25, 2021

Millions of Afghans, including children, could die of starvation unless urgent action is taken to pull Afghanistan back from the brink of collapse, a senior United Nations official warned, calling for frozen funds to be freed for humanitarian efforts.

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Too bad the Afghan army we spent trillions creating and propping up turned out to have no spine.

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-10-25 03:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not really surprising, without the US to prop it up any more.

The Soviet invasion was ostensibly in response to a plea for help from the Afghan government. Maybe they can try that again!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-25 04:33 PM | Reply

But please, tell me again how it would have been different under Trump, who wanted to leave months earlier than Biden did.
I guess his orange aura would have kept the Taliban away? LOL

#3 | Posted by e1g1 at 2021-10-25 10:11 PM | Reply

A weapons for food program would be a good idea.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-25 10:36 PM | Reply

Sounds like Pakistan's problem now. After all they have been funding the taliban for the last decade, so they must be happy to have the taliban running the show there.

#5 | Posted by bus_driver at 2021-10-25 10:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Sounds like Pakistan's problem now. After all they have been funding the taliban for the last decade

The last decade? Pakistan pretty much created the Taliban in the mid 1990's.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-10-25 11:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

TOR

"A weapons for food program would be a good idea."

That probably wouldn't work. The Taliban is already eating quite well.

I'd suggest the World Food Program via the United Nations step in but since food would have to come through Pakistan's port, Pakistanis would probably steal it right off the dock.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-26 03:32 AM | Reply

Airlift it into the airstrip at Bagram AFB. The Taliban would probably allow flights of food and medicine in. Air drops could work too. If we can drop bombs for decades we can drop food and supplies no problem. The will just has to be there.

The Taliban were not prepared to administer the country they took control of. Many innocent people will probably die now.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-10-26 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As Bob Marley sang "A hungry man is an angry man", and now, perhaps, the Taliban will bring upon themselves a rebellion lead as much by women as by men in the country. Before the US left most Afghans had little, but what they didn't have was the repression they now face. Imagine Afghan women, having tasted freedom of a sort for so long, and now pushed out of schools, jobs and society. Mix in some hunger and access to weapons, and stir...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2021-10-26 09:24 AM | Reply

You only went in there to plunder. Why the surprise?

#10 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-10-26 10:18 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by fresno500

Who went in to plunder? Afghanistan was about the Al Qaeda. The US didn't plunder squat there. They let the Afghans make sweetheart deals with the Chinese for their resources.

Iraq, you could make an argument there but even then we didn't seize their oil to pay for it. Shouldn't have gone in and not benefit for the US at all pretty huge net negative in truth.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-10-26 10:27 AM | Reply

"Who went in to plunder?""

The MIC did, that's who. There's more than one way of plundering. How many trillions of dollars in federal money started going into the various arms of the MIC after the invasion of Afghanistan and that of Iraq?

Where did that money come from? Not from a poor Afghani's pocket, that's for sure. But he/she will bear the brunt of the fallout.

Let's say you invested 50K in one of the US' top defense contractors back in fall of 2001. You'd be a millionaire now.

Where did all that money come from?

From the perspective of the rich American investor and the powerful American corporation the Afghan War has plundered plenty-- it has been an astounding success.

Someone quite smart once said that if war becomes more profitable than other means of business, expect to see much more of it.

We are at that point and have been for about fifty years.

Oh yeah, we went in after Al Qaeda. Uh-huh. Keep feeding yourself that line like a slow morphine drip.

#12 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-10-26 11:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If the Afghani had farmed food instead of poppies maybe they wouldn't be in this position now. They going to have to learn all over again how to feed themselves without the heroine industry.

I only learned from reports, whether they were true or not, that the Taliban went around and burned all the poppy fields.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-26 11:26 AM | Reply

"If the Afghani had farmed food instead of poppies maybe they wouldn't be in this position now"

Coincidentally (wink wink) the poppies came back as soon as the US invaded back in fall, 2001. The Taliban had all but wiped out the industry.

www.nytimes.com

#14 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-10-26 11:37 AM | Reply

It's the Chinese turn. They want it. Let China take care of them.

www.wilsoncenter.org

#15 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-10-26 12:07 PM | Reply

Maybe a guns for vaccines program is what's needed.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-26 05:15 PM | Reply

TOR

UNISEF was doing their best to vaccinate in Afghanistan but after the Taliban stepped in, vaccinations fell bout 80%.

I found this link:www.reuters.com

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-26 06:11 PM | Reply

Maybe we should only vaccinate people that helped America.

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-26 07:38 PM | Reply

TOR

"Maybe we should only vaccinate people that helped America."

That doesn't sound like something President Biden would do. That would be more like Trump's bag.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-26 10:52 PM | Reply

Vietnam stumbled and fell a few times before it found its way again.
Afghanistan will do the same.

#20 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-26 10:55 PM | Reply

Afghanistan doesn't have to stay poor and starving. There's a vast wealth of valuable minerals right under their feet ~ iron, copper, lithium, rare earth elements, cobalt, bauxite, mercury, uranium and chromium.

It would be nice if some consortium with scientific know-how made a deal to exploit the wealth on a shared basis. I think a group from Pakistan tried to do that a few years ago but . . . well, you know. They were Pakistani.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-27 05:44 AM | Reply

Militaries destroy and kill - you are a fool if you think they build things that last.

#22 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-10-27 06:12 AM | Reply

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