After 20 years in the wilderness, the Taliban are once again back in Kabul. Two decades of war have apparently achieved nothing. More than two trillion dollars and thousands of lives were lost “to replace the Taliban with the Taliban”.
It is pertinent to note, however, that the Taliban have grown exceedingly mature over time. Their takeover of Kabul, long feared to be a messy and violent affair, was accomplished in a very smooth manner and without bloodshed. The Taliban have also held out assurances that they will form an inclusive government and guarantee respect for human rights including women’s rights to education and work “within the ambit of Islam.”