Birmingham MPs disagree on whether it was right to invade and occupy Afghanistan

Birmingham MPs expressed very different views on Afghanistan as they took part in a debate in the House of Commons. Some were angry with US President Joe Biden for ending 20 years of occupation, while others thought the military action was a terrible mistake in the first place.

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr) sharply criticized US President Joe Biden for withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban to regain full control of the country.

He said: “The Biden government just entered and, without looking at what is happening on the ground, made a one-sided decision, throwing us and everyone else on fire. They decided to pull out in a way. that no serviceman of any rank would perceive as fit for the arena in which they serve. “

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President Biden said the military presence in Afghanistan was designed to protect the United States from terrorism, and has already succeeded in doing so. But Mr Mahmood expressed doubts about it, saying: “President Biden has decided to step down because he doesn’t think there is now a direct threat to the United States. I don’t know d ‘where he got this information, but let’s see how it goes. “

The US president also insisted that the invasion of Afghanistan, which followed the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, was only meant to protect the United States and was never intended to “build a nation” and raise living standards in Afghanistan itself. But Mr Mahmood disagreed, saying: “In 2001, we went to Afghanistan to tell the people that we would get rid of the military and medieval rule … we promised all these women that they could go. the front – that they could be judges, politicians and teachers – and that they could learn. “

Birmingham Hall Green MP Tahir Ali has criticized all of US and UK policy in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. While some MPs attacked the decision to withdraw, he suggested that everything the United States and its allies had done, including the invasion in the first place, had been wrong.

He said: “The international community, including the UK, has failed the Afghan people. Twenty years of armed intervention and the engagement of more than 100,000 British servicemen did not prevent the return of the Taliban and left many Afghans in dire straits.

“In all respects, our interventions in Afghanistan have been a dismal failure, resulting in a powder keg that threatens regional stability… the military action has failed and has claimed the lives of countless Afghan civilians and British servicemen.”

Steve McCabe, Member of Parliament for neighboring Birmingham Selly Oak, took a different point of view and said the UK was right to fight “evil” in Afghanistan.

He said: “It was not at all easy, but until last week Afghanistan was a place where girls went to school and where women were in government, in public service and in justice. The result was probably inevitable once President Trump promised he could end the war. I’m not surprised that the Taliban foiled him and played him for the fool he was, but, like many in our country, I’m amazed our government apparently didn’t see it coming.

“There are those who will say, ‘It wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t our fight.’ It was worth it for all those women who took advantage of the freedom and the opportunities that our intervention brought them.It is always worth it to stand up against evil.

“The fate of Afghanistan is once again in the hands of the Taliban, but we can redeem ourselves a little by doing good to those who have helped our troops and by helping the obviously genuine refugees. It is time to honor our obligations to those to whom we owe it. debt.”

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