The following text was written by Yemeni journalist Amr Abdelhamid, and translated by Emad al-Marshahi
The United States of America has drawn up a scenario for handing Kabul over to the Taliban two decades after its military invasion with its allies in Afghanistan, in which they have killed thousands of Afghans.
The Taliban are not a product of chance, but they formed after fierce battles between the Soviet army, which intervened to support the government friendly to it in 1978, and those whom the United States called “Afghan and Arab Mujahideen” through a CIA program called Operation Cyclone.
Operation Cyclone was the code name for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and finance the Afghan Mujahideen in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, prior to and during the military intervention by the USSR in support of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, Afghanistan entered a cycle of violence that contributed to the presence of the Taliban, initially funded by the United States through Pakistani intelligence for all its needs, and paved the way for it to gain power in 1996.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, at the behest of America, were the first countries to recognise the Taliban’s authority.
In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks because the Taliban had allegedly at the time not handed over Osama bin Laden to Washington. They raised the “anti-terrorism” slogan as a concept it promoted with the aim of intimidating regimes and forcing people to kneel.
The announcement of the invasion, which was done by President George W. Bush and presented as a religious war at the time, terrified the rulers of Arab regimes and created paralysis in thinking and understanding the situation among the leading religious scholars, particularly Wahhabis, as well as political followers and analysts.
A great media drama accompanied the invasion and created confusion in reading the scene and differences of opinion, which was a goal Washington.
However, the event did not pass by Sayyid Hussein Badreddine al-Houthi, who surprised many in the world by reading insightfully 20 years ago and being alert to American plans in more than one area, most notably the invasion of Afghanistan.
The martyred leader Hussein al-Houthi gave a lecture to his students on January 24, 2002 in Saada province, in which he said:
“America has only carried out a cosmetic operation to save its face. The US has delusionally claimed that it eliminated them [the Taliban], but as we said earlier, we have not found that the Taliban or their leaders have been eliminated, nor do we find that this would lead to an alternative [for Afghanistan].
This “alternative” is fictitious, […] and it is very likely that Afghanistan will return, and it is also likely that the Taliban will return.
The Taliban have withdrawn only under directives to concentrate on other directions.”
Indeed, all events and facts support what the martyr Sayyid Hussein al-Houthi put forward in rereading the events, particularly the recent negotiations between the Taliban and America over the past two years in Qatar.
Under former President Donald Trump, the administration negotiated with the Taliban in Qatar in 2020 directly, and agreed to withdraw with a timetable, which was achieved under current President Joe Biden, regardless of whether the Taliban forced America to leave.
The Taliban’s taking control over the Afghan capital in mid-August was a pre-prepared scenario.
Thjs cosmetic surgery came to light, as well as the repeated scenes of misery that the US left behind, in which its mercenaries were killed by the wheels of aircraft at Kabul airport.
A scene that ran through Vietnam was a famous photo in 1975, of people scrambling to a US helicopter on the roof of a house in Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
At the end of the Afghanistan war, the time machine brings back the scene of a stampede of [foreign] agents at Kabul Airport, and a helicopter landing on the roof of the US Embassy, an end that matched even the 20-year period of time for both wars.