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Kabul’s fall proves military intervention no solution to conflicts-Don

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18 Aug 2021 10:16 AM GMT
Kabul’s fall proves military intervention no solution to conflicts-Don
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The failure of the United States and its allies’ 20-year costly war in Afghanistan further proves that military intervention is not the solution to some international and regional conflicts, a famous U.S. professor has said. Prof. Zhu Zhiqun, in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at Bucknell University, said this in an interview […]

The failure of the United States and its allies’ 20-year costly war in Afghanistan further proves that military intervention is not the solution to some international and regional conflicts, a famous U.S. professor has said.

Prof. Zhu Zhiqun, in the Department of International Relations and Political Science at Bucknell University, said this in an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday in Washington.

“The U.S. and its allies have been in Afghanistan for 20 years, spending trillions of dollars. Now they are pulling out of Kabul in a hurry.

“Unfortunately, there has been no major change in the livelihood of Afghans and the situation in the war-torn country has become more fragile and uncertain.

“What is unfolding in Afghanistan shows that some international and regional conflicts cannot be resolved through unilateral military intervention or war but rather through peaceful negotiations and consultation,’’ Zhu said.

Zhu described the chaotic withdrawal from Kabul as a blow to the image of the United States and its military.

According to the professor, regional countries and international institutions have to help ensure Afghanistan maintain stability and avoid becoming a breeding ground for extremism and terrorism.

The expert hoped that all countries would cut their arms expenditure and focus more on their economy, social development as well as education for the young people.

“The international community must make every effort to help countries like Afghanistan in this regard because the root cause of extremism and terrorism is poverty and lack of education,’’ Zhu said.

“Military means cannot eradicate extreme ideology and terrorism. This is what proved true in Afghanistan.”

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