September 23, 2021

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The mistake that the Taliban and Osama bin Laden made

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was entertained and allowed to plan a 9/11 attack from Afghan soil, paid for by the Taliban with a loss of power that matured into two decades.

Attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers “helped the United States invade our country,” Ahmed Talib, a former Taliban foreign minister, admitted in a statement to the EFE in 2011.

“Bin Laden gave us a severe headache”He agreed.

A decade later, the Taliban regained power and wanted to make the international community understand what they had learned twenty years ago; They promise not to look for enemies, and they maintain “good relations with everyone.”

Unlike other Islamic groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, the Taliban have not attacked the West.

But its ideology is being structured by jihad, which demands that the infidels wage holy war wherever they are.

And in the territory under its control, Sharia or Islamic law imposes a code of conduct on the believer unless it is harsh or cruel.

Pakistan, China and Russia in this order

“If bin Laden had not been backed by the Taliban, they would not have been detected by global radar,” said Uday Bashkar, director of the Political Research Institute, a think tank that specializes in security issues in South Asia.

The expert believes they have learned from the price they paid for 2001, but only from the point of view of political pragmatism.

“Now they are making better use of technology, communications and diplomacy, especially in their dealings with the United States,” he stressed.

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However, Bashkir warns that his ideology is “one and the same.”

He predicted that his new regime would have a strong impact not only on the South Asian region of Afghanistan. In the Middle East and Central Asia, that country shares borders and key interests are at stake.

“They need regional recognition, in that sense, Pakistan is first on their agenda – from where they appeared in the 1990s, it has traditionally been a base and haven – then China and Russia, in that order,” he says.

Iran and Saudi Arabia models

Moreover, Eva Boregoro, a professor of political science at the Complutens University in Madrid, thinks the Taliban have “learned their lesson” and “will try to avoid clashes with major powers for survival reasons.”

He predicted that their strategy would lead to a softer face in the short term, but in the medium and long term “we need to see how events unfold because they belong to another generation but their ideological foundation remains intact.”

“They will try to show a new image abroad in the cities, under the scrutiny of the Western media, but we do not know what will happen in the most remote countryside,” he says.

Boreguro cites the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as potential models for a new Taliban regime.

Both Shiite Iran and Wahhabi Saudi Arabia have established governments with sovereign origins that their gross and systematic human rights abuses have not deprived them of a place in the community of nations or international recognition.

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The new Taliban regime could serve as a model for radical groups in Africa, “especially during the siege of power.”

In any case, the educator notes that the Taliban will “try to achieve the maximum level of Orthodoxy that will allow themselves to survive.”

Ni Obama, Ni Trump, Ni Biden; Bush

Part of the debate this week has focused on the responsibility of US presidents in the wake of the Taliban’s return to Kabul in the wake of the political, military and diplomatic setbacks.

Barack Obama has been accused of initiating the withdrawal of US troops, of negotiating the withdrawal of Donald Trump, and of inciting the withdrawal of US troops from Joe Biden’s nest in the Afghan Hornet.

However, the forerunner of all of them was George W. Bush. Bush ordered a military invasion of Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and some suspected.

In a statement to the EFE, former Taliban leader Muttahida Qaumi Movement denied in 2011 that it had “deliberately” informed the Bush administration in advance of an Al Qaeda strike against the United States.

This was stated by Yogir Yo’idosh, an Uzbek Islamist leader and ally of the Taliban. Whether that version was true — and whether or not a warning was sent — attacks followed, followed by a North American invasion of the South Asian country. EFE