British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ruled out the possibility of an investigation into Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, which disappointed lawmakers who called for an investigation after the Taliban quickly seized power in the country.
In a speech to Parliament on Wednesday, Johnson rejected a request by political factions for a public hearing on the role of the United Kingdom in the United States-led intervention in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
He told lawmakers that they had an urgent debate on Afghanistan during the summer recess. He believed that “most of the key issues have been discussed extensively” and added that “extensive defense review” was conducted after the “combat mission”. Ended in 2014″.
Before Johnson made the above remarks, Tobias Elwood, a member of the Conservative Party ruling by the British Prime Minister, accused Britain and its allies of “ceiving” control of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
This armed group was deposed by the coalition forces in 2001 after five years in power. After a nationwide offensive was launched against the background of the withdrawal of foreign troops after the US-led intervention ended, the armed group occupied Kabul on Sunday.
As the Taliban took action in the capital, Ashraf Ghani, the democratically elected president backed by the West in Afghanistan, fled the country. The Gulf states confirmed that Ghani is currently in the United Arab Emirates.
Elwood said, “Many lessons can be learned from what has happened in the past 20 years,” because he urged Johnson to initiate “an independent and formal investigation of the conduct in Afghanistan.”
Elwood added: “The reputation of the West for supporting democracies around the world has been affected.”
Inquiry for Afghanistan:
In view of the current tragedy, after the reckless decision to withdraw, I once again asked the Prime Minister to conduct an independent investigation so that we can learn from it.
The answer is again no. pic.twitter.com/f5KZ1rAzIq
— MP Tobias Elwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) August 18, 2021
‘Lessons to be learned’
During the hours-long debate on Wednesday, several other lawmakers also expressed their anger and concern about the situation in Afghanistan, including Johnson’s predecessor and Conservative colleague Theresa May, and his political opponent Kay. Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn, current and former key leaders. They are the opposition Labor Party.
Echoing Elwood, Corbyn called for an investigation into the role of the United Kingdom in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s comeback in Afghanistan has raised concerns about a possible humanitarian crisis and widespread erosion of freedom, especially among women.
“There are some important historical lessons for us to learn from how we make major foreign policy decisions,” he said. “Now is definitely the time to calmly reflect on the disaster in Afghanistan.”
At the same time, Starmer and May accused Johnson of miscalculating the strength of the Taliban. The former said that he was “astonishingly complacent” with the armed group.
To defend his position, Johnson told Parliament that his government has no choice but to follow the decision of US President Joe Biden, who has chosen to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before the end of this month.
He said: “Without American logistics, American air power and American power, the West cannot continue this American-led mission, which is designed and implemented to support the United States.”
He added: “I really believe that any of our partners are interested in continuing a military presence in Afghanistan… This is an illusion.”
But May said, “The United Kingdom is unable to unite with other nations and continue to provide the support needed to maintain the Afghan government, which is incomprehensible and worrying.”
“We brag about the global UK, but where is the global UK on the streets of Kabul?” she asked.
“Is our understanding of the Afghan government so weak? Is our understanding of the situation on the ground so inadequate? Or we just feel that we must follow the United States and hope that, with a wing and prayer, everything will be fine at night.”