If you were still wondering what the thousands of dead and wounded U.S. soldiers (and billions in funds) lost in Afghanistan accomplished, your confusion is about to be exponentially increased. This week, our Afghan allies in the government pardoned one of the most ruthless terrorists in the world — a man who murdered Americans, supported throwing acid in the faces of girls and women, and stood out among the most blood-soaked terrorists in the world. He is now effectively the ally of the Afghan government and by extension the United States. The man is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the hated leader of the militant group, Hezb-i-Islami. He is better known by his popular and well-earned nickname: “The Butcher of Kabul.”
Hekmatyar is one of the most despicable human beings on the planet and the focus of countless human rights complaints for the widespread murdering of civilians, the killing of any intellectuals, rampant torture of prisoners, and killing and scaring of girls who want to be educated.
Hekmatyar will also receive the release of all Hezb-i-Islami prisoners, who are also accused of rampant human rights violations, and he will be given two or three locations inside Afghanistan where the group will control.
You may recall that President George W. Bush explained our war in Afghanistan as our “war on terror.” Now, we will simply reclassify terrorists and allies and claim victory?
So, we will now continue our military and financial support for a government that includes a man who murdered and tortured his way to infamy: our newest de facto ally, the Butcher of Kabul.