Friday, September 24

Alone

Europe has long been showing ample signs of moral decadence and cowardice. The spectacle of these days, fleeing like rats from Afghanistan, to the rhythm set by the United States, and giving the country to that sect of ignorant ultraconservatives that calls itself the Taliban, created and fed by the United States itself a few decades ago, to finish with a republic that guaranteed secularism and women’s equality, but did not control, has finally become President Biden’s cowardly assertion of these days: “Afghans must fight for themselves.” And said and done: after arming the Taliban for decades, then fighting them with a small mouth, while China and Russia continued to support them, the United States and the cowardly European Union are leaving Afghanistan and leaving them alone. Or alone. Let’s say better alone.

It must be that in Afghanistan there is nothing that the United States covets so much that it requires Hispanics and blacks to risk their lives there, so they leave. But Europe, which is also leaving, does have a lot at stake. Europe plays its own being, its own essence, its own being in the world. What good are the political and common institutions of the European Union if they are not capable of asserting its values, the enlightened values ​​of freedom, equality and fraternity that have been the ideological basis that has made possible the greatest scientific progress, technological and human known in the world, and that has led us to improve the quality of life of human beings throughout the earth to unimaginable levels?

For years, the European institutions have been showing signs of weakness, cowardice and surrender to moral countervalues ​​such as homophobia, authoritarianism or machismo, allowing countries like Hungary or Poland to legislate against important sectors of their population, without making more than vague threats of violence. economic sanctions that are never met. We have left Hungarian and Polish homosexuals alone, we have yielded to the Ukrainian Nazis … and abroad they take note. They know that we are a decadent, pathetic and cowardly power -only nominal-, unable to overcome their ridiculous internal chauvinisms and unable to speak with a single external voice, a power that is allowing itself to be eaten inside by ultra-conservative anti-European forces heirs of which we defeated with weapons – and with values ​​- in World War II …

A power, in short, incapable of defending its values ​​that, for decades has been simply a satellite of the United States and that now, once again, follows the United States in its abandonment of Afghan women to their fate, so that they “fight alone. “Against the monster we have helped to create.

If Europe were what it claims to be, it would not leave Afghan women alone, as it did not leave Poles alone in 1939. Europe has armies and technology to stay in Afghanistan and eradicate the Taliban from the map. If it does not do so, it is for two reasons: there is nothing in Afghanistan that is in the interest of controlling the United States – in that case they would have already established a heavily protected satellite regime – or we simply no longer believe our enlightened values, we do not believe in freedom, in equality and fraternity and we believe that each one should solve their problems as best they can. Alone, even if we have created these problems ourselves in our geostrategic laboratories …

And meanwhile, in our decaying European democracies we will continue to put useless hot cloths to try to control the moral pus that oozes from the pustules that have been opened to us by the nationalist extreme right; And as we try to turn into mere decorative ideology the feminism that compulsively shows us some of the bloodiest shame and contradiction in the way we have put our values ​​into practice, we will try to find strange excuses – “Afghans must fight alone “- that allow us to look the other way while the Taliban close the universities -60 of the student body were women-, expel the girls from the schools, and hide behind the burqa thousands of women who, as Soledad Gallego Díaz reminds usThey have been for years – since the Taliban were defeated almost two decades ago – exercising their professions as journalists, doctors, nurses, teachers, professors, secretaries, policemen or deputies …

The most important thing a society has to defend if it wants to survive are its values. What differentiates Europe from the United States, from Russia, from China is that we are not barbarians. The barbarians are them. They are the ones who electrocute people, the ones who shoot criminals in the neck that in other places would not go through jail, they are the ones who invade countries to control their raw materials, those who hide homosexuals in institutional closets, those who they institutionalize machismo …

If we leave Afghan women alone we will cease to be Europe and we will become barbarians.



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