Many times in my life I’ve been proud of my country. Proud to say I’m from the UK A few times I’ve felt great shame. Today is one of those days where if asked where I’m from, I shall say Wales and hope many people don’t know where that is. For the last few days amid the turmoil that is Kabul, following the departure of the President and the melting away of Afghanistan’s army, I have been watching scenes of Afghanis employed by the various occupying armies trying to get aboard aircraft and head for safety before the Taliban arrived.
President Trump agreed a handover to the Taliban though it’s fallen to Joe Biden to achieve it as peacefully as possible. It’s also been the responsibility of each of the occupying forces to evacuate their men and civilians who have been usdeful to them. The Taliban arrived early and panic has set in from those who feel their lives are in danger. I don’t for one minute doubt that as despite all the promises of a blanket forgiveness and no reprisals there will be reprisals. I saw when the Taliban were in charge last time how the non-reprisals worked. A football stadium filled with blood where unmarried mothers were buried up to their necks so they could be stoned, and we’re not talking a few drinks here. A human head used jokingly as a football. Hands severed for thieves, which included children stealing food.. These are largely uneducated men taught through their religion that a certain set of rules prevail which is why those rules will still apply now. That they are the minority and not what the people want is irrelevant. And so, I have been been watching scenes from the airport.
Children passed over the airport fencing or wall to try to save the life of a child when the parent knows he/she will die and it’s likely his/her whole family will be killed as retribution. . Now I’m told that the UK won’t take single children and these must be repatriated to their parents. What harm in accepting a child though I know in America the far right are up in arms at taking anyone at all.
This evening I listened to a well spoken man explain that he whas been a Translator with the British forces for two years and he quietly tole how he could not get his wife and children on a transport as he couldn’t get into the airport. The reporter was apologising as he finished the interview and I swear he was choked because so was I. These people are our allies and that is likely to cost them their lives. We should be finding them and getting trhem out of danger. How can anyone trust us ever again because I certainly won’t.
Hugs to you all for the new week.