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When I was just nine years old, I and my parents and younger siblings left Afghanistan for Ottawa, Ontario. Here, I quickly developed my passion for public service and a desire to help others.
I am well known in the community through my volunteerism. I have 10 years of volunteer experience with several non-profit organizations.
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I am a member with Oxfam Canada and also volunteer with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Date published: Feb 20, 2018
Continuation of Afghan war does not mean win for America
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump said in his remarks at the White House that he would not talk with the Taliban about restoring peace in the war-torn country due to their increasing attacks on Kabul. This shows his weakness and lack of insight on the situation in Afghanistan. Furthermore, it shows that he is fully committed to fighting the war.
The American war now its in 17th year has roughly killed about 15,000 Afghans, many of them includes innocent children between 2014 and 2017.
Now, President Trump wants to "win" in Afghanistan just as he won the election against Hilary Clinton, and according to media, many Americans still believe that his win in politics was mainly due to the Russian hacking.
Meanwhile, the Taliban also wants to have discussion through peaceful means as a result of their latest open letter to the American people asking for consideration for peace talks under the banner of Islamic Emirate. However, Trump has yet to reverse his original decision on talking with the insurgency. The Taliban controls well over 45 percent of the country despite years of fighting.
Moreover, online data from the United Nations in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2015 suggests that the civilian deaths remains the same with very little impact from the the U.S. forces withdrawal in 2014. This probably indicates that Afghan forces have the same level of command as the U.S. army and no change has been done in the war strategy despite as some reports wrongly suggests otherwise. Also, several U.S. generals and American politicians have falsely suggested in the past that America has been winning in the war, when clearly that was said falsely to change the views of the general public.
The question now is what would additional troops accomplish in Afghanistan? The war will not be impacted by additional troops even if President Trump gives the go signal. If the outcome of the fighting means giving amnesty to the insurgent groups, then who would provide support to the families that have lost loved ones?
Last year, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, former warlord and Prime Minister, was invited back to Afghanistan after the UN and U.S. removed heavy sanctions against him.
In conclusion, America does not have a real strategy for bringing the long war to an end, however, the trend in fighting will remain the same even if Trump was to increase troop levels despite of his intentions on winning.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai