United States President Joe Biden has recently crowned 31 August as the date when, after 20 years, there will not be any troops posted in Afghanistan. The U.S. – Afghanistan war, which came as a result of the 9/11 bombings, has finally ended as President Biden expressed his value for the lives of troops over the status of a conceivably revenge-driven war.
Despite the U.S. spending over $2 trillion on the war, the thousands of lives it claimed has reached a number that prompted the president to decide it must end. Up to 90% of troops have successfully been withdrawn from Afghanistan as of 8 July, which is over a month before the announced withdrawal date. To this, President Biden stated the “speed is safety” technique is in place to protect U.S. troops. His decision is one that the Organization of World Peace supports, as it promotes peace and protection of citizens. It also allows the U.S. to put time and resources into conducting a new plan to combat any international problems with non-combative strategical thinking.
President Biden has demonstrated his commitment to the mental and physical wellbeing of his citizens by saying “[I] will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome.” He added that “it’s the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.” While the president’s perspective is still focused on strength, the American people should use this advantage to form a non-violent combat strategy, that can they utilize when facing situations that have historically caused them to deploy troops into war. These strategies will help prevent the tragic losses like the 2,448 American fatalities caused by the Afghanistan war.
We applaud this decision by President Biden, as it shows initiative that war is not the answer to resolving conflict, and that troops’ lives are to be valued, as opposed to being used as pawns in schemes to resolve international disagreements and conflicts. His decision promotes the peace that the Organization of World Peace stands for. The U.S. – Afghan war is known to be America’s longest war. The reasoning Joe Biden has for extracting troops out of the Afghan territory is because “[T]he United States cannot afford to remain tethered to policies creating a response to a world as it was 20 years ago, we need to meet the threats where they are today.”
This change means that Americans will no longer say that they lost a family member to the Afghanistan war, and marks an end to troops losing their lives in another unnecessary one. President Biden’s decision has opened opportunities for the U.S. to better utilize their time, in order to formulate successful peaceful tactics for when the idea to declare war resurfaces. This new movement pertains to peace, as it is clearly communicating to the world that the Biden Administration does not hold a position to place U.S. troops in Afghanistan, so that they get killed in a practically expired war.
This is a major step forward for U.S. peace. Other countries should not overlook it, and instead see it as inspiration to withdraw their relevant troops from unnecessary wars, in order to save lives and promote world peace.