On August 30th, 2021, American armed forces ended all military operations in Afghanistan after a conflict in the country that spanned over two decades. This recent turn of events has been long in play, with the Kabul Airport bombings on August 30th adding even more pressure for soldiers to evacuate quickly.
While the war in Afghanistan started after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, it has changed drastically over the years, and many were under the impression that the Taliban had severely weakened or disbanded. As the situation worsens, the public has debated the actions taken by the United States regarding Afghanistan.
“I think that was a horrible decision to be made so quickly,” Junior Rin Langford said in reference to the evacuation.
Many Americans are upset about how the United States has left some of its people behind while trying to evacuate from the country. The United States has apparent diplomatic plans to work in conjunction with the Taliban, however, the Taliban’s past may prove for a different outcome. Despite this tragedy, some Americans express their approval of the decision to evacuate.
“I’m glad we helped evacuate people because many Afghan people could’ve died if we didn’t,” Junior Blaine Thomas said.
However, for some within the community, the problem lies with American forces leaving after two decades of death and misery endured by our soldiers.
“I think to spend all this time and money on people and weapons just to leave after twenty is really bad,” Sophomore Jack Sevier said.
As the United States decides what course of action to take next, citizens are divided on the government’s decisions. Overall, the loss of soldiers’ lives and others is tragic and not taken lightly.
“All these people are losing family members and friends to a war on the other side of the world,” Sophomore Izzy Lester said.