Monday, August 23, 2021

Leaving Afghanistan 
By: Diane Sori / The Patriots Factor / Right Side Patriots / Right Side Patriots Radio

"If Taliban warlords launch an assault, they will of course face staunch resistance from us. The flag of the National Resistance Front will fly over every position that they attempt to take, as the National United Front flag flew 20 years ago. Yet we know that our military forces and logistics will not be sufficient. They will be rapidly depleted unless our friends in the West can find a way to supply us without delay.” - Ahmad Massoud, head of the "National Resistance Front of Afghanistan" in an opinion piece in The Washington Post just a few weeks ago

The American supported government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fell less than two weeks time...sending shock waves around the world, after all our military leaders had predicted that it would take months, maybe even years, for Afghanistan to fall into Taliban hands. But with Joe Biden actually having handed the country over to these murdering islamic thugs with his April announcement ordering the withdrawal of all American troops, along with his letting all know the end date for said withdrawal, the Taliban now had the element of surprise on their side as they moved in quickly leaving America with much egg on her face.

Thank you Joe Biden...the man who will now and be forever known as the man who shamed and disgraced both those who served to set Afghanistan and her people free, and those who never came home from this, their assigned task.

And with 24/7 media coverage certainly being today's norm, we're now bearing witness to what can only be described as horrific desperation and utter chaos at best. And with Taliban fighters reportedly firing shots into the air to disperse the multitudes gathered around and in Kabul's airport, thousands of Afghans wait in fear of now not being able to get a U.S. flight out. And with reports proving to be true about Taliban henchmen going door-to-door, seeking out and killing both those who helped the U.S. and those still loyal to the fallen government as well, unseen video images from late July are now surfacing showing at least a dozen men from the Afghan Special Forces who had basically surrendered...being shot to death by the Taliban as they took their first baby steps to retake the country.

And so a country and its people who once had hopes for a future will now again be relegated to live in what again will be a culturally stagnated brutally sad past...a past where a Taliban called “government of God” will be set in Sharia law to the nth degree...a government where women will once again be considered as but mere possessions to be thrown away at will...a government where the Taliban's perversely twisted ideology becomes the ultimate rule of law. And with our withdrawal going on unabated, Afghanistan truly does seem to be lost to the ages past, but some of what we are being visually force fed is not the whole truth for what's not being heavily reported on is that the Taliban are now facing signs of “popular opposition.”

How so? First, there's ongoing dissent in several key cities as young Afghan men can be seen carrying their country's national flag in what was, as I wrote this, a second day of protests...protests that led to at least two deaths. And second, and most importantly is that within the country proper organized pockets of both resistance movements and fighters are growing in numbers...anti-Taliban militias if you will...with their central point of both reference and operation now being in Afghan's Panjshir province....the only province in all of Afghanistan that the Taliban have yet to conquer.

And Panjshir, which lies on Afghanistan's eastern border, approximately 95 miles northeast of Kabul and about 60 miles from the Bagram Airfield, has not only never been conquered by the Taliban, but has never been conquered throughout the country's centuries long history...never been conquered by the Persians, by Genghis Kahn, by Great Britain or by the Russians, with the reason being that besides its mountainous location, those who have roots in Panjshir are of a fiercely independent mindset...a mindset that unites them together as one people against those who seek to divide them...something we here in our country surely need to learn.

And it's here in this, the Panjshir province...known in Dari (the native language of Afghanistan) as the “Valley of the Five Lions,”...where former government military forces are now starting to establish ties with the largest of the resistance movements...the “National Resistance Front of Afghanistan”...which is led by a man named Ahmad Massoud and the now deposed Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who said back in late July that he believes it's the Pakistan Army who is the "architect, strategic master and low profile supplier" of the Taliban. Now proclaiming himself the "caretaker" President of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani cowardly fled the country and is now in the U.A.E,. Saleh, a former member of the Mujahideen resistance, has not only promised to continue fighting alongside the "National Resistance Front," but has requested that his fellow Afghans not obey the orders of the Taliban while the resistance movements grow in numbers and start joining together in hopes that it will lead to a more sustained and lasting countrywide resistance.

And Amrullah Saleh has also proudly stated that, “I will never, ever and under no circumstances bow...I won’t [disappoint] millions who listened to me. I will never be under one ceiling with Taliban. NEVER.”
But who exactly is Ahmad Massoud, the resistance's actual leader, and the man who calls the U.S. a “great arsenal of democracy." Ahmad Massoud is the British educated son of the late highly respected politician and Afghan Northern Alliance military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud...a powerful militia commander during the Soviet's 1979 to 1989 occupation, and the pro-West leader of the Mujahideen resistance with whom our forces partnered up with in 2001. Also, Ahmad Shah Massoud is still considered by many to be akin to our George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and who also, as per both U.S. Afghan veterans and the Afghan people themselves is known by the moniker “The Lion of the Valley of Lions.” Assassinated by Taliban suicide bombers two days before the 9/11 terrorists attacks on our country, his son is now following in his father's footsteps to try once again to rid Afghanistan of the brutal Taliban regime, something Ahmad Massoud has now been trying in earnest to do for well over a decade. 

And as per reports now leaking out, anti-Taliban fighters are starting to claim small victories against the Taliban with local commanders having taken three districts from the Taliban in northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province. And while this is good news, and while Massoud and his people do have vast amounts of ammunition of their own on hand as well as a considerable number of former government soldiers on their side, they still desperately need more equipment besides the helicopters and stocks of ammunition Afghan Air Force Brig. Gen. Abdul Fahim Ramin has been able to secure if they and the other resisters are to oust the Taliban. So with Ahmad Massoud and his people continuing to push back hard against the Taliban, they still need our help to turn the tide against these barbarians for they know well that without U.S. help there really is no future for Afghanistan or for her people.

But will Biden and the Democrats let us help them even if it's just equipment wise...I surely think not...for while Joe Biden thinks that our troops pulling out will help bolster his political reputation, he is sadly mistaken for the tide of world leaders is now against him what with his needlessly creating a true humanitarian crisis on a scope we haven't seen in a number of years. And while Biden continues to claim that some U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until every single American is evacuated, we know that will be proven not to be true for the Taliban have circled the airport with no one being allowed in or out. And from this will come American collateral damage as all U.S. citizens should have been evacuated first even before Biden foolishly announced our military withdrawal, thus leaving even more blood on his hands.

And so now here we are 20 years later with the balance of power sadly shifting in the Taliban's favor for today's Taliban is better organized and more powerful militarily especially with them now in possession of American equipment that we, in our haste to withdraw, were forced to leave behind. And while Panjshir province still does for now remain free of Taliban control, it seems that the Taliban were still able to cut off the much need material and food supply routes into and out of the Panchir valley.

So now as we wait to see what unfolds half a world away, we sit glued to our computers and TV's to both watch American soldiers come home in defeat...defeated not by the enemy but defeated by and because of their own commander-in-chief. And we will also bear witness to heartbreaking uncertainty for when the cameras and the media go home...when western reporters become persona non-grata...and with the masses staying focused on Afghanistan for just so long...the Taliban will indeed break every promise made and show their true selves...murdering dirty barbarians who do not deserve to walk, let alone live, amongst civilized men.

But there still remains one small possibility that can help turn this tide of uncertainty and give strength and cause to the opposition's fight. And while it also comes with a certain amount of disdain and risk it comes in the guise of American military personnel who voluntarily choose to remain behind...who choose to remain and fight and to show the world that America will not forsake or leave behind to be slaughtered those who stood by her side no matter that their own president obviously doesn't give a damn. Case closed.

Copyright © 2021 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All rights reserved. 

*************************************************************************************                For more political commentary please visit my RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS partner Craig Andresen's blog The National Patriot to read his latest article Afghanistan and The Deliberate Destruction of America.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 24th, from 7 to 9:00pm EST, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori present their Special Report: Afghanistan...Joe Biden's Epic Failure including 'A War We Should Have Won'; 'Kabul, the Taliban and Obama bin Biden'; 'Leaving Afghanistan'; and 'Afghanistan and The Deliberate Destruction of America.'

Hope you can tune in to RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on Click 'LISTEN LIVE' starting at 6:50 pm EST with the show beginning at 7pm EST.