IT’S VERY SELDOM that I write about events happening on the other side of the world but the Afghanistan fiasco hits close to the heart and closer to home than we might think.
We’ve all seen those gut-wrenching videos of panicked Afghans trying to escape the country before the Taliban impose a return to strict Sharia law. Meanwhile, thousands of non-Afghan citizens — including Canadians — desperately hope for rescue.
It’s impossible not to be mad as hell over this totally avoidable crisis. And the blame sits squarely on the shoulders of President Joe Biden, who tries to cover his own political butt by insisting that ending the American involvement in Afghanistan couldn’t possibly have been accomplished without chaos.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.