The President of the United States (POTUS) has made a move to confiscate half of the $7 billion worth of frozen Afghan reserves to help the families of the victims of 9/11. This dramatic decision has come months after the US decided to freeze over $9 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign exchange assets, resulting in dire famine; there are reportedly over one million children at risk of acute malnutrition and even death by starvation. The administration’s move has been described as a “death sentence” for millions of innocent civilians by Max Fisher, a writer for the New York Times.
It has been around six months since America’s 20 year war and occupation in Afghanistan ended with the defeat by the Taliban. After 20 years of a bloody war which has led to the killing of thousands, as well as the destruction of infrastructure, social welfare, and any hopes for socio-economic development, critics are outraged by this staggering decision announced by the POTUS.