American Actress Angelina Jolie has conveyed outrage over the judgment to evacuate American troops from Afghanistan, which has led to the Afghan government being destroyed by the Taliban.
“Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way,” Jolie wrote.
She continued: “Giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and failure impossible to fully understand.”
Jolie, who has obtained humanitarian work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, announces she is ‘ashamed of her country’s way of withdrawal and feels the US has been ‘diminished’ by the incidents in Afghanistan. “After all the bloodshed and effort and sacrifice and time, America seems to have lacked the will to plan this transition in a managed way. It was never going to be easy or perfect but could have been better, more decent and safer.”
Jolie added: “As an American, I am ashamed by the manner of our leaving. It diminishes us.”
The 46-year-old actress is also worried about the women in Afghanistan as the Taliban are renowned for harming females.
Angelina said: “We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan.”
“We lack a strategy to monitor and support women and civil society in Afghanistan, who the Taliban have a history of targeting – banning girls from school, confining women to the home, and inflicting brutal physical punishments, including public lashing, on any woman perceived to have stepped out of line.”
Jolie also said that the departure from Afghanistan has developed “a new refugee crisis, on top of record global displacement, with nearly a quarter of a million Afghans displaced within the country since May 80 per cent of them women and girls.”