“And on the day when the wrongdoer will bite his hands, saying, would that I had taken a way with the Messenger!” Holy Qur’an 25:27
The loss of life in Afghanistan is horrifying, whether the images of bodies falling from U.S. planes, or those who died in what American officials described as a suicide bombing. It reportedly killed 13 U.S. soldiers and some 200 Afghans at the airport in Kabal as thousands were huddled, crowded into a small space pleading for a spot on a plane to leave the country.
Those horrors experienced Aug. 26 with the loss of human life are troubling to all who respect life.
The United States is in danger even as it leaves a country where those coming to power, the Taliban, want U.S. troops out.
After 20 years of war and immediate conflict, losing thousands of lives, expending two trillion dollars and with billions of dollars worth of military weapons abandoned, President Biden was determined to have America exit Afghanistan.
Sadly, none of this had to happen. Really? Absolutely. Not only did anti-war voices and analysts reject the military invasion launched in 2001, but a man delivered a divine warning and guidance to the United States, her leaders and her people. The man who delivered that message was the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam with his words rooted in the Supreme Wisdom that came from his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam warned in the heyday of the Vietnam War that America would not win another war. Period.
Min. Farrakhan repeated that warning and before any American soldier stepped foot on Afghan soil, he said and emphasized that the U.S. would not, could not win in Afghanistan. Sadly, his words and warning were not heeded and America moved ahead arrogantly, blindly and unsuccessfully.
Seeing such truths confirmed and prophecy fulfilled is not enjoyed with a sense of “I told you so” by the Divine Warner. Even though he speaks to the wicked, he speaks not out of desire or vitriol or hate. He speaks a pure word in hope that the evil doers will heed, accept the word and warning that comes from Allah (God), who promises in the Holy Qur’an, the book of scripture of the Muslims, that He would not outright destroy one who seeks sincere repentance after doing wrong.
If Allah’s (God’s) mercy was not accessible and not available, why would the warning come at all? No. Allah (God) is true to all of His word but time and again the rulers, the evil, the arrogant, the powerful pay no heed to the warning. So they reap the bitter fruit of their rejection.
With the recent deaths of U.S. servicemen at Bagram airport in Kabul, the president spoke of soldiers involved in a “selfless mission.” But in truth, the American operation over the past two decades—and before that—has been anything but selfless. It has been selfish, driven by America’s desire to dominate the world, remake the Middle East, plunder and control precious resources of other nations and protect Israel, her ever present partner in crime.
As always, America used threats, bribes, violence and manipulation to try to have its way in Afghanistan. It was never about benefiting the Afghan people. It was always about what America, with her evil intentions and false promises, wanted. She supported, made and installed leaders in Afghanistan who would be loyal to her and do her bidding. She didn’t care about their character, nor any commitment to what was right. She had one overriding commitment and that was to pursue her national interest along with an unquenchable thirst for blood and murderous intentions in her heart.
She was a fraud and so were her lackies in the Afghan government and the institutions she set up. Knowing the government was a fraud, and having suffered through corruption, influence peddling, personal vendettas and internal politics, the 300,000 member Afghan army disappeared overnight.
Meanwhile as the sons and daughters of ordinary Americans died in desert sands, U.S. contractors waxed rich and the military industrial complex in America feasted on their bones.
“If you purchased $10,000 of stock evenly divided among America’s top five defense contractors on September 18, 2001—the day President George W. Bush signed the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Afghanistan—and faithfully reinvested all dividends, it would now be worth $97,295,” observed The Intercept, an online news outlet Aug. 27 in a preview of reporting to come.
“In fact, defense stocks outperformed the stock market overall by 58 percent during the war in Afghanistan. Now, cable news commentators with their own undisclosed ties to the defense industry are castigating President Joe Biden’s withdrawal,” it added. But, said The Intercept, the true issue is “the disastrous corruption of the military-industrial complex and the crises it creates in pursuit of profit.”
Even as Americans mourned the loss of the lives of soldiers, some politicians were clamoring to bring troops back into Afghanistan. This is madness, blindness, rejection and it inevitably brings destruction.
“When these rejecters of the Prophets saw their doom approaching, they said, as the disbelievers said in the twenty-seventh verse, that they wished they had followed the prophet,” wrote the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, in “Regrets of the Doubters,” a chapter in his monumental book, “Message to the Black Man,” published in 1965. He was referring to the Quranic verse used to open this editorial.
“And so it will be, according to the Bible and Qur’an, with those whom this particular twenty-fifth chapter refers to who reject the last one in the time we are now living in (the resurrection and the judgment). Those of my people and the weak Orthodox Muslims who reject the plain truth and warning that Allah has revealed to me and that I am teaching (to fly to Allah and His true religion of entire submission and submit to His will), do so because of their love for the enemies of Allah, His Prophets and His religion, Islam. They reject this truth,” he wrote.
He warns today’s doubters will say what the former rejecters said “when they see the chastisement of Allah coming upon them and all of their wickedness, evilness and murder. The so-called Negroes of America will also wish they had followed me to Allah.”
If we are watching, we can see what rejecting the Divine Servant has meant for America in Afghanistan. We should be wise enough not to repeat that error.