After the Western powers have withdrawn, a new breeding ground for extremism and terror is emerging in Afghanistan, comments Christian Deutschländer.
Afghanistan is lost. German politics must also face this harsh realization. That means: Please do not use the standard phrases of the diplomatic solution. It is impossible to negotiate with the Taliban, for whom violence and brutality make sense and Western values are destructive. Especially since the West would be in a bad negotiating position with the advancing extremists after its military failure.
Afghanistan: Conflict could only be contained with massive military power
CDU man Norbert Röttgen is right that this conflict could only be contained with massive military power. But he is wrong if he thinks the Germans are ready for it. For two decades, the majority of citizens shrugged or disapproved of the operation in the Hindu Kush, although it also did a lot of good in the north for a while. An international mission without the US moving away would mean sending a multiple of the previous personnel into a combat mission. There are no social and no parliamentary majorities for this.
Maybe small parts of the country can be saved, maybe the sad Afghan armed forces can hold Kabul a little longer. Germany should prepare for the harsh reality: A new breeding ground for extremism and terror is emerging in Afghanistan; and above all new streams of refugees are coming to Europe. (CD)