Afghanistan Crisis and Our Collective Responsibility


Recent reports reveal that since Sept 11, 2001, US military outsourcing pushed up Pentagon spending to $14 trillion. Unsurprisingly, the US and the international community apparently failed to resolve the protracted governance crisis in Afghanistan due to its misplaced policy of military engagement. Although, it should have never been this difficult to accept the obvious lesson of human history that violence breeds violence, yet human insanity knows no limit. It is high time that we recognize the value of this eternal lesson that recognizing one’s own insanity is the arising of sanity. Notwithstanding the long-held desire and the lip service paid to the cause of peace and harmony, as a global political community we are nowhere closer to achieving even negative peace defined in terms of the absence of war. Therefore, one doubts if the existing political order serves the interests of human beings in terms of ensuring wellbeing, promotion, and consolidation of democracy. In this backdrop, the war-ravaged Afghanistan is currently faced with a humanitarian crisis aptly put by PM Imran Khan as “the man-made crisis”. Pakistan had organized and hosted the OIC meeting to apprise the world of the precarious situation in Afghanistan that if left unaddressed could result in the worst humanitarian crisis of human history. The OIC moot is a significant step towards galvanizing the direly needed international support for Afghanistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation which was hailed by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “The OIC Extraordinary Session on Afghanistan is a prime example of our collective determination and action to help those most in-need”. While this statement reflects the impact that theOIC moot has been able to create, it calls into question the sincerity and credibility of the statement given that while the US wasted $ 4 trillion, it seems reluctant and in no urgency when it comes to addressing the Afghan crisis.

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