“Tragic, dangerous and unnecessary”. Thus the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, described the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in his first statement after the fall of Kabul into the hands of the Taliban.
In a comment posted on his website, Blair said that the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was made by politics and referred to the end of the “endless wars”, one of the slogans used by US President Joe Biden during his election campaign. “We didn’t need to do it. We chose to do it,” he wrote.
“We did it in obedience to a silly political slogan about ending ‘endless wars’, as if our commitment in 2021 was nowhere near as good as our commitment 20 or even 10 years ago, and in circumstances where the number of troops is decreased to a minimum and no Allied soldiers have lost their lives in combat in 18 months, “he continued.
Blair then said that Britain now has a “moral obligation” to stay in Afghanistan until “all those who must be evacuated”.
“We must evacuate and shelter those Afghans who have helped us and have been with us and who have the right to demand our support,” added the former prime minister, who at the time of the US military intervention in Afghanistan, in 2001, he was at the helm of the British government.