Britain and America have sacrificed innocent people to the Taliban | Emma Kay

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has revealed that the cold-hearted claws that securely held it for more than 20 years, means little when it comes to human lives.

Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 2:43 pm
A US Marine comforts a child while they wait for the mother during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul. Picture: Nicholas Guevara/US Marine Corps/AFP via Getty Images.

Afghans who put their lives at risk to serve Britain have been swept aside and trapped in Taliban-controlled Kabul in a huge humanitarian crisis.

Shots fired to control the surge to escape a literal hell; four women trampled to death in an hour at the airport; people required to show documentation linking them to the UK to prove their eligibility to leave, makes them a target for the Taliban who are checking the documents.

People pleading for their lives to be saved, clinging to planes taking off and falling to their deaths. Bloodstained runways. Babies thrown over barbed wire with mothers begging British troops to take them. People have been beaten, shot and raped trying to get documents to leave. Poor organisation and an unwillingness to help a desperate people has resulted in tragedy.

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This is our worst moral failing since the Suez crisis. Britain and America have sacrificed innocents who are at the mercy of theocratic monsters happy to mow down as many as possible in the name of ‘justice’ and ‘peace’.

The best thing we can do is not close our eyes to this. Look, learn, take in what horrors are happening. Do not let it fall by the wayside.

The Taliban target. The Taliban hurt. Our world holds its breath at this grotesque mess. We know of their bloodstained past. We have seen enough past evidence of their brutal regime and know better than to believe their insistence it will be different this time.

Mr Raab, why stay two more days in your five-star hotel in Crete when asked to return to Downing Street? In the hours before the fall of Kabul you could have acted to save people. Every second you spent sunning yourself people died. Claiming it all happened too fast for you to act is a cowardly admission of your failure to act.

If you don’t feel a deep moral sickness about the whole thing, I urge you to read up and wise up. For now, being informed is the best way to wield a slither of hope for humanity.

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