Proposed International Coalition 3 Point Emergency Plan: Toward a Decolonized and Child-Centered Afghanistan

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This post features proposed, non- NATO country, INTERNATIONAL COALITION 3 POINT EMERGENCY PLAN: No family separation means that families stay together, supported with necessary food, shelter, and clothing, as a first international coalition principle.  The second international coalition principle should be Covid and general healthcare access with a non-chip/ non-ID2020 (Microsoft) mandate (UNESCO’s Nvidia contract, and all other microchipping contracts, should be cancelled). The third international coalition principle is a Thomas Sankara education approach with an attuned anti-colonial function. Education relieves families of caregiving burdens as a rule. It can deliver children from material necessity with wraparound supports. Housing, healthcare and food remain an immediate necessity; education is also very important.

{ © Michelle R. Matisons. August 20, 2021. To be updated as necessary.}

After 9/11, I opposed new U.S. wars. I knew another Vietnam War could be cueing up as the War on Terror replaces the Cold War. A well-respected anti-war peer dismissed my premonition that Afghanistan could be another protracted Vietnam War. I hunkered down. Domestic opposition to U.S. imperialism can take many forms, and many found the U.S. anti-war Left sorely lacking over the decades. Despite these anti-war problems, the Left is now unified in surprise that the Taliban seized power. The U.S. lost this war, just like the Vietnam War.

Today’s unfolding Afghanistan human rights catastrophe requires original foreign policy/ anti-imperialist politics. The field of education is important here. The U.S. education battle decides who trains new generations of “hearts and minds” to think and act against militarist imperialist capitalism. Now is an important time to think and act clearly. An anti-imperialist gender diversity paradigm interprets the current Afghanistan climate as nothing short of U.S. imperialism’s failure: not just a policy failure towards a country, but the whole system stands condemned. 

Headline news declares the Taliban victorious over a diverse competing field including the Afghan National Army, warlords, the C.I.A., mercenaries, and occupying troops. As the U.S. undergoes troop withdrawal, any redeployed troops may fight in more disastrous counter-insurgency efforts, which routinely identify civilians as terrorists. Biden’s silence on civilian casualties reveals distinctions between “counter-insurgency” and “counter-terrorism” don’t easily hold. Biden can not explain Taliban recruitment without understanding people’s anger at military colonization of their homeland. How Afghan women are an internally and externally targeted class is decided daily moving forward. The track record on gender is dismal. Watch out for national media and press events that lie about women’s conditions. One war veteran reports that familial ties can outweigh ideological affinities –so interconnection between supposed enemies exists, complicating official stories. 

The Pentagon’s inability to learn the lessons of defeat is perversely expressed in its ongoing desire to control through redeployment: maintaining the colonial relationships of the empire. Severance of ties with the U.S. invites international community involvement in Afghanistan and creates a new withdrawal model for future decolonization efforts afoot.

The U.S. anti-war Left should heed CrimethInc.’s stated support for U.S. troop withdrawal and opposition to the new Taliban government. 

CrimethInc. explains: 

“While they [Taliban] have been fighting an imperialist, capitalist occupation, they represent the worst of religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, and hierarchy. Still, it is striking to see the curtain pulled back so poignantly, revealing American military exceptionalism for what it is. Twenty years of wasted money, youth, and blood.”

I would only add here that U.S. fascism shares with the Taliban its own “fundamentalism, patriarchy and hierarchy.

U.S. anti-imperialists don’t need to choose between troop withdrawal and Taliban authoritarian rule/ gender apartheid. The idea that the new and improved Taliban–“Taliban 2.0” as Amy Goodman calls it– will include women is already disproven. The Taliban would draw too much regional and global conflict if they didn’t change their women’s rights rhetoric: but it’s only rhetoric. Even Saudi Arabia has modernized state gender policies. This can be a mere superficial gesture. Like other nations, Afghanistan’s gender discrimination record is ongoing and highly destructive.

There are no certain paths here, but instead a quintessential quagmire. U.S. troop departure after twenty years of occupation will cause instability and insecurity captured in the Kabul Airport mayhem and death. As babies are passed over walls to occupying soldiers–the penultimate image of militaristic genocide–the colonized undergo immense suffering during decolonization. There is no decolonization without children. Imperial troop withdrawal causes an upheaval that can not be physically ameliorated by the withdrawing army. U.S. financial remediation requires no strings attached.

In his August 20, 2021 address, President Biden remained vague about a realistic withdrawal plan. He assured the airport is accessible to U.S. passport carriers; this assumes Taliban checkpoints allow passage. U.S. troops will remain so long as U.S. citizens do– is the message.

U.S. withdrawal as decolonization would be monitored by an international coalition that understands war creates fundamentalism. There can be no successful War on Terror simply because militarism creates more repression and conflict: this outcome proves it, again. But we already know this and do not need Afghanistan’s example when it comes to imperial failure.

The Taliban’s victory declaration threatens a permanent civil war– or “omni-war”–atmosphere. U.S. troops need to leave the region. An international coalition, as Representative Ilhan Omar and others call for, can send peacekeeping troops that aren’t spreading diseases, raping people, kidnapping and selling babies, and watching food rot. Like in Haiti. We need international help that is not stealing recovery funds. 

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There will ever and always be only one anti-imperialist choice regarding US foreign policy: U.S. military withdrawals and cessation of the supporting budget. It is psychotic to repeat the same thing and expect a different outcome. This is what imperial foreign policy gets us: Vietnam Wars on repeat.

No one ever said late capitalist imperialism was easy. US military culture conducts total genocidal/ cultural destruction: the Taliban destroyed the millenia old largest Buddha statues in the world. This is a cultural battle, involving decolonization from occupying forces and internal armies that do their bidding.

Material dependency on occupying forces creates insecure communities upon troop withdrawal. This is why babies are passed over walls. No one knows the future. To debate the quality of a military withdrawal requires acknowledging how withdrawal produces more psycho-social violence, as material support channels are extricated from communities, causing panic. This is why you will see many Left people support U.S. troops remaining there. This is misguided. On August 19, 2021 DemocracyNow! former state department official, Matthew Hoh,  argues the U.S. should stay. I disagree. I want them to pay not stay.

U.S. Out of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America. Hell, Everywhere. Afghanistan is an example of how protracted battles with U.S. forces lead to more crises. The duopolistic U.S. has never been more delegitimated. S.O.S.

Internal disintegration, as one military cedes ground to another, will produce a form of chaos that should be recognized, by an international coalition, as an objective fact of withdrawal and a failure of occupying army. It should also be recognized the U.S. contribution is state terrorism, therefore the old War on Terror rhetoric is illegitimate. Funding without strings attached to the new international coalition and Taliban government is the best apology for U.S. and NATO forces state terrorism. 

This emphasis on objective conditions of any military withdrawal is not intended to redirect blame from Biden’s Pentagon and administration. It’s intended to draw attention to the action of withdrawal: what is it? Can the term even apply– according to international criteria– when the occupying  foreign power still plans on supplying “non combat” ground forces with this war crimes record? 

A provision of withdrawal should include the first order principle for all future imperial military withdrawals: a “national no return clause” should go in effect for all occupying NATO country troops. Redeployment maintains wartime conditions, and adds chaos. The U.S. has thus far proven disastrous in noncombat contributions to stability. When babies are desperately passed to soldiers, redeployment credibility is lost. The U.S. does not have the credibility to save Afghan babies.

A withdrawal can only move in one direction, or it is something else, regardless of Geneva Convention protocols or new forthcoming standards. Foreign occupying presence and withdrawal both do immense damage, with withdrawal cathartic but deeply violent, revealing the (suicidal) ineffectiveness of occupation itself.

If they are taking children with them– is that really leaving? Call it what it is: kidnapping.

Government, as a concept, damages human life. The anarchist position against authoritarian nationalist movements, misogynist religions, religious fundamentalist governments, and racial/ gender apartheid state policies committing feminicide/genocide, is maintained in the case against Afghanistan’s Taliban and the U.S. government alike.

The Taliban is an unviable government even if they oppose U.S. imperialism. A predictable outcome in a country defined by military blowback over decades, the Taliban’s rule today is physical evidence that imperialist occupation is too expensive in monetary, psychological, and socio-cultural forms. For one, as Franz Fanon, the great anti-colonial intellectual, reminds us: “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our mind as well.”

Imperial wartime’s sometimes gendered contradictions yielding imperial-granted freedoms (like education or reproductive healthcare) trace back to a previous era’s colonial gender relations. “The woman question” is embedded in material freedom; control of the means of workplace and domestic production. Afghan youth can create alternatives beyond western European/ American, Russian and homespun Afghan patriarchies.

For this to be a non genocidal withdrawal, the U.S. should withdraw troops and fund a recovery that supports an ecological decolonization without political strings attached. This recovery fund begins with Biden’s half billion set aside for refugees. Let it be fairly and effectively administered. Anti-immiseration (food/ housing) measures should be included to avoid more dislocation.

Here is a Proposed Non-NATO International Coalition 3 Point Emergency Plan:

  1. Families stay together– supported with necessary food, shelter, and clothing– as a first international coalition principle. No more parent/ child separations. 
  2. The second international coalition principle should be Covid and general healthcare access with a non-chip/ non-ID2020 (Microsoft) mandate (UNESCO’s Nvidia contract should be cancelled.)
  3. The third international coalition principle is a school option with a Thomas Sankara approach that attunes to education’s anti-colonial function. Education relieves families of caregiving burdens as a rule. It can deliver children and women from material necessity through wraparound supports.

Coincidentally, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (the Republic of Tajikstan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the People’s Republic of China, and the Russia Federation) Afghanistan Contact Group’s 3 point plan, updated July 2021, offers guiding principles found here. Recently in Counterpunch, Vijay Prashad calls attention to the National Reconciliation Policy concept, for lasting peace in Afghanistan. In 1996, the man who proposed the Policy, former President Mohammed Najibullah, was assassinated by the Taliban– according to Prashad.

Housing, healthcare and food remain an immediate necessity; education is very important. This essay alone carries three international coalition principles for this withdrawal, also pertaining to other military withdrawals. We need updated Geneva Convention withdrawal guidelines (I checked and found ZERO withdrawal criteria) that reflect mother and child centered principles in an international human rights framework to combat imperial genocide.

Administered through international and regional channels, an international coalition, should also interrogate colonial Big Tech contracts and medical clinics administering vaccines and retina scans (microchips?): a practice established under Afghan (U.S.) government rule through the U.S. Embassy. The passport administration’s retina scanning machines are of interest to people investigating Big Tech in poor and occupied countries: post-Rohingya massacres.

Afghanistan’s recovery is global, yet culturally sovereign, as national boundaries are in effect and a nascent government forms in imperialist conditions of ongoing occupation. After necessities are guaranteed, a key social struggle will be education. Although its unclear how much of a centralized Taliban-commandeered state will take shape, education vision includes governmental provisions for the establishment and maintenance of schools. For guidance I suggest modern anti-colonial education platforms, offered by now deceased Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso), who was assassinated in 1987 because of his astute and proactive leadership– especially on the Woman Question. There’s a third world countertradition of state decentralization that Afghanistan governance may choose. State decentralization, dissolution, is highly compatible with Afghanistan’s indigenous family-based social structure. Gesturing away from misogynist theocracy toward alternatives establishing real support will then open up consideration of what it means to “shoulder responsibility” as colonized women who Sankara describes as “enslaved.” Tough words for tough times, Thomas Sankara’s words ethically reflect his local struggle while speaking to the global patriarchal crisis:

The condition of women is therefore at the heart of the question of humanity itself, here, there, and everywhere.”

And on education, so inimically related to gender:

Words and ideas come to us from elsewhere. Our professors, engineers and economists are content simply to add a little colouring, because they have brought from the European universities of which they are the products only their diplomas and the surface smoothness of adjectives and superlatives. It is urgently necessary that our qualified personnel and those who work with ideas learn that there is no innocent writing. In these tempestuous times, we cannot leave it to our enemies of the past and of the present to think and to imagine and to create. We also must do so.”

— Thomas Sankara

Below, anti-colonial leader, Thomas Sankara, gives advice well-suited for this Ethical Emergency:

Demilitarize NATO countries, kick the U.S. off the U.N. Security Council immediately, scour for hidden spyware contracts, follow Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Afghanistan Contact Group 3 Point Plan and my here proposed International Coalition 3 Point Emergency Plan. Let’s begin Afghanistan’s decolonization together.

© Michelle R. Matisons, Pure Chance Productions, 2021-. Reproduce for education purposes without alteration and with my authorship acknowledged.

The crisis of occupation, and troop withdrawal, breeds a chaotic climate of fear and dependency.

The occupied are capable of self-governance!

The Taliban does not singularly represent Afghanistan’s occupied people!

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