Foundation of Dialogue and Solidarity of United Nations (FODASUN) based in Iran is a non-governmental organization that works for the realization of peace and human rights, tolerance and friendship between nations. To commemorate the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2021, FODASUN held a webinar on “Peace Crisis in Afghanistan” with several prominent international figures.
The Member of the European Parliament, Clare Daly mentioned: For the last few weeks we have seen an acute form of hysteria from mainstream politicians and the establishment media. We have seen them discover a sudden, intense, opportunistic concern for the wellbeing of certain Afghans, compared to an almost total lack of concern for Afghans over the last twenty years. We have heard them proclaim that the US withdrawal was a “betrayal” of Afghanistan and mourn for the loss of Western prestige – as if the spectacle of the West being “defeated” in Afghanistan was somehow harder on their feelings than twenty years of military occupation has been for Afghans to bear.
MEP Delegation for relations with Afghanistan Clarified: The wider tragedy for Afghanistan did not begin in August. The Taliban have always been destined for power when this occupation ended. No serious follower of events in the country expected anything less. Their takeover should be viewed as a symptom of the American occupation, not its alternative. The Afghanistan War was an abomination from the beginning to the end. It never aimed to bring peace or progress to Afghans – those were mere excuses. Democracy cannot be spread at the point of a gun. It was an escapade, a calamity, and it went on for so long, not in order to “stay the course” but because a lot of money was involved, and a lot of people – Afghan elites and Westerners – got very comfortable with it.
And finally remarked: The Afghanistan War was an abomination from the beginning to the end. It never aimed to bring peace or progress to Afghans – those were mere excuses. Democracy cannot be spread at the point of a gun. It was an escapade, a calamity, and it went on for so long, not in order to “stay the course” but because a lot of money was involved, and a lot of people – Afghan elites and Westerners – got very comfortable with it. Taliban rule is part of their legacy. They are two sides of the same coin. Although Afghans now face the challenge of living with that legacy, there is no role whatsoever for Western military power in resolving it. That process will take decades, even centuries, and it will be a painful process, but it has to be carried out by Afghans and for Afghans. It is time for the Western war machine to be brought to a halt, for a period of deep reflection and self-examination, a recognition that the last twenty years were a dire mistake. It is time for humility at last, an end to the wars and for a new and genuine commitment to building peace and justice in the world.
Journalist and the diplomatic editor of The Guardian from Landon, Patrick Wintour said: It’s important to keep the dialogue as much as possible. Some of the important events still are happening in Afghanistan. And it would be a great shame if the world just moves to another subject and forget about Afghanistan. With American sanctions, it’s very difficult for some Aid agencies to help legally inside Afghanistan. How we should deal with the Taliban is a very complicated issue and not have been resolved yet. China potential is ready to invest in Afghanistan but they have specific concerns around Islamic extremism.
A lot of countries are not happy with the composition of the new Temporarily Afghan government. It’s come from one faction, one ethnicity and one gender so it is the exact opposite of what people have been hoping for. There is so much skepticism that the government is going to be changed. The difficulty for the west is if the Taliban going to violate human rights and expand terrorism what should they do. Biden is in a power struggle with China and that might be also involved in reducing the commitments in Saudi Arabia and UAE. The diplomatic editor of The Guardian after mentioning that we wanted democracy in a country that’s doesn’t have a long history of it, ended his discussion by answering a question from the FODASUN’s expert on the conditions for obtaining Taliban recognition from countries around the world.
Stefano Vernole, deputy director of “Eurasia” Journal and Coordinator of Eurasia Mediterranean Study Center tolled: This situation is very strange and not easy to resolve. The only problem is if Taleban will be able to build a government that represents the ethnic and religious component of the country. Because Afghanistan is a country very difficult to control because it is made up of mountain ranges and its population is far from homogeneous from a technical point of view.
At the end of the meeting, Ferdows Hakeem as Political Science Researcher from Selçuk University of Turkey After presenting an analysis of the current situation in Afghanistan, added: we as a representative of the young Afghanistan generation urge the world and the International Community and United Nations not to rush to recognize the Taliban and Islamic Emirate Because the Taliban doesn’t respect the right of women and human rights.