Why Trump’s Callous Comments About Afghanistan Have No Place in Politics

Why Trump’s Callous Comments About Afghanistan Have No Place in Politics

It forever seems as though Afghanistan can never catch a break.

Every time I hear someone speak about Afghanistan’s history, it always refers to being caught in the middle of a brutal power grab. Of course, the outcome of a power grab is never positive, and leads to negative effects on civilians. Constant war has affected Afghanistan’s education, economy, youth, and many more societal structures; things that take a huge amount of capital to rebuild.  

From hearing stories about the wars from my parents, and being constantly bombarded with the tragedies in the news, it sometimes feels as though Afghanistan will never be given the chance to recover.

So much war has created a gateway to corruption, abuse of drugs, and terrorism. Attacks such as the one on August 17th, which took place at a wedding, killing 63 people and injuring 180, seems to have become something that we need to get accustomed to. 

Let’s get one thing clear. The country of Afghanistan and its people have not been placed on this Earth just to abused by war and Western powers. tweet

This comes after Trump made comments in regards to his plans for Afghanistan. During his meeting with the Pakistani Prime Minister, Trump callously stated that his plans would “wipe [Afghanistan] off the face of the Earth.”

To insinuate that one has the power of killing an entire civilization without facing any consequences is worrisome and despotic. 

Let’s get one thing clear. The country of Afghanistan and its people have not been placed on this Earth just to abused by war and western powers.

Afghanistan is a country of natural riches and resources, filled with people that celebrate culture and love for their people and country.

How can 10 million people be dehumanized so easily in the eyes of President Trump? His off-the-cuff comment affects actual, existing people, and his insulting insinuation degrades them as human beings. I can only imagine what it must feel like, how insulting it must feel, to be living in Afghanistan and to hear a dehumanizing comment made by a foreign president about your native homeland.

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