We are not makers of history, we are made by history
A recently-released picture of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo standing with Taliban’s deputy political chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is reminiscent of the photo that came out on 16 June 1986 from the Oval Office in which Ronald Reagon, the then President of the United States, and freedom fighters from Afghanistan (Mujahideen) met. After 34 years, the interests of the countries such as the USA, Pakistan and Afghanistan are, once again, aligned. During Reagan’s reign, the Taliban were declared freedom fighters as the US wanted to use them as a tool against the then-mighty Soviet Union. President Reagan played a masterstroke and put his administration’s weight behind the mujahideen. He also provided financial support and helped them with weapons and training provided through Pakistan. Who could have imagined that the Taliban, who had enjoyed US support in their jihad, would one day stand against it?
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