October 5, 2022

The war on terror 20 years later

Twenty years down with USD2 trillion of money spent and thousands of US and allied soldiers sacrificed, the US and the world again stand on the brink of chaos.

By Yash Agarwal

It all started on a peaceful morning on this day 20 years ago. The sign of American development, the twin towers were bought down by hijacked planes by the Jihadi extremists. “The day that changes everything.”

George W. Bush being the President of the strongest nation (The United States) in the world declared a war on terror.

Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Africa, but the main being Afghanistan.

Bush after the 9/11 attacks realised that America cannot just sit back and protect its borders. To be safe they’ll have to make sure that no terrorist groups in the globe get a safe haven anywhere.

Such was his conviction that he declared: “You are either with us or them, there’s no middle ground.”

Within a few days of the 9/11 attacks, President Bush gave Taliban its demand stating: “Handover the terrorists or face the same fate.” Taliban insolently denied. Thus, started the US intervention in Afghanistan.

20 years down with USD2 trillion of money spent and thousands of US and allied soldiers sacrificed, the US and the world again stand on the brink of chaos.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has opened a can of worms in the global order which is going to cause a massive chaos in the globe that is going to be very tough even for the U.S. government to handle.

The United States came in with the right intentions, with hope and support from around the globe to help end the extremists’ control of Afghanistan and to bring peace to the millions of country’s population.

The U.S. government had to withdraw its troops because of its own domestic compulsions. Fighting a consistent foreign war for 20 years with no hope of its end is one thing no President can ever comfort his/ her own people with. With the domestic opposition to this war, the US pulled out on Afghan.

But where are we today and where do we see ahead now?

The U.S. government had to withdraw its troops because of its own domestic compulsions. Fighting a consistent foreign war for 20 years with no hope of its end is one thing no President can ever comfort his/ her own people with. With the domestic opposition to this war, the US pulled out on Afghan.

It’s not the withdrawal decision that caused chaos, it’s the way the withdrawal happened that caused it.

Spending two decades in another nation’s war, to help them build a nation, to only end up giving them the control back after two decades, is a massive disappointment and failure on western world’s front.

There have been different ways that wars have been fought in the past centuries, from Guerrilla warfare to direct war, from invasion to a defensive war, from a small conflict to having world wars, the world has always wondered what would the next war look like.

The answer is: It’ll not be a war but utter chaos around the world. It’s not going to be direct military interventions, it’s going to be radical groups like Taliban, Al-Qaeda which will spread its hateful ideology through its terror activities. A war which is very tough to win for the world.

Spending two decades in another nation’s war, to help them build a nation, to only end up giving them the control back after two decades, is a massive disappointment and failure on western world’s front.

Mind my words, this Afghanistan episode is going to cause unprecedented chaos in the world not only is Asia but in West Asia and the Western world too with the leading nations only seeking to avoid it rather than facing it upfront because of its past experiences in Afghanistan. This Afghanistan episode is going to define the chaos of the 21st Century.

A graduate from Delhi University (DU) Yash Agarwal is a young learner of diplomatic and foreign affairs. Views expressed are personal and do not reflect the views of https://strategicaffairsindia.in

To be continued….

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