America’s ‘colonialism’ flop show in Afghanistan

America's 'colonialism' flop show in afghanistan

CGTN published this video item, entitled “America’s ‘colonialism’ flop show in Afghanistan” – below is their description.

On the first anniversary of the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan, The Hub with Wang Guan looks at why Washington’s bid to Americanize the Central Asian state failed, despite two decades of occupation. According to Hamza Momen Hakimi, professor of law and political science at Salam University in Kabul, the U.S. didn’t want to develop Afghanistan, they wanted to simply create a colony that would remain under U.S. influence even after Americans left. Some eye-opening data: Only 16 percent Afghan women were literate in 2021 and only 15 percent had access to media and the internet despite America’s talk about empowering women. Americans built no enduring infrastructure, Afghanistan doesn’t have a single cold storage facility despite being an agrarian country, no highway built during American occupation lasted more than one winter. The biggest reason for the failure: The U.S. didn’t understand the mentality, history or culture of a country 5,000 years old. Wang Li, professor of international relations and diplomacy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University, calls it the arrogance and ignorance of American foreign policy.

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In This Story: Afghanistan

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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