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There are 8 comments on POV: Kabul Is Not Saigon

  1. Professor Storella states that “ There were no mass protests against the Afghan war…” This is false.

    Tens of thousands of people in the United States and around the world protested against war in the lead up to the invasion in October of 2001. 75,000 marched on Washington in early 2002 to protest the war. Thousands more protested in the following years.

    This matters because pretending that there was no opposition to the war in Afghanistan (or the war in Iraq for that matter) attempts to absolve the Bush administration and subsequent administrations from responsibility for an illegal war.

    Additionally, despite his article’s assertion as to the purpose of the war, I am sure Professor Storella knows that prior to the US invasion the Taliban offered to turn over Bin Laden to the United States. This offer was rejected publicly by the Bush administration. After 9/11, America sought vengeance, not justice. Acknowledging this fact, and the opposition of many Americans to war, would be a step toward justice for both the Afghan and American victims of the war in Afghanistan.

    1. Just to be a little more accurate, after the (justifiable) U.S. response to 9/11 started, the Taliban offer was only to turn over Bin Laden to a third country and “Bush repeated his stance that to halt the bombing, the Taliban regime must unconditionally “turn him [bin Laden] over. Turn his cohorts over. Turn any hostage they hold over. Destroy all the terrorist camps.” That didn’t happen obviously… The notion that the gentle surrender of Bin Laden (and nobody else) to the U.S. would have been enough to satisfy this commentator’s notion of “justice” is both naïve and insulting to all those who perished (and their families) and sadly illustrates the lack of understanding of extremism and world affairs in general.

  2. I do not think we need another expert to persuade us that what we see is not what is there. There is plenty of that going on these days.

    All we need is to turn to the media in other democratic countries to see how this fiasco is really playing out and how it is perceived.

  3. Where do you get your news from? I’ve seen videos of Americans getting stomped on and their passports ripped up. We left behind military equipment and weapons that the Taliban now have possession of. Our allies don’t trust America anymore and refuse to work with Biden in the future. Biden has stranded Americans who can’t get through the Taliban checkpoints. This is way worse than Saigon.

  4. The mere title of the article implies similarities… Although the purpose and circumstances of the two wars was different, the images from Kabul will be vividly remembered for the rest of our lives, just like Saigon. And this time, the disgrace for the U.S. and its current disappointing leadership seems much worse (in more ways than one). The world is watching indeed…

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