Dominic Raab shuts down Garraway on Taliban stance
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has admitted the UK Government did not see the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan coming, adding it will have to engage with them in the future in order to hold them to account for their actions. Now Europeans across the continent are blaming Britain for the ongoing chaos in the region.
People from France, Italy and Spain, took to Twitter in the last 48 hours to condemn the UK’s involvement in the Afghanistan war.
One person said: “Terrible what is happening in Afghanistan, what a disaster left by the Australian and English allies.”
Another one echoed: “The seeds of the great tragedy and decadence of Afghanistan were sown by the English in the second half of the 19th century. And there are still those who believe that colonialism has no influence in the present because it is already in the past.”
Someone else blasted: “WHERE DID THE TALIBANS COME FROM? The Taliban arise from the Mujahidin and who you think created them to carry out terrorist actions against the Soviets, exactly? The English!”
And another person added: “British responsibility, an oxymoron.”
Someone else from Spain claimed: “The British and the Americans invade the territories of other countries, they generate a war on them, they take advantage of them and on top of that they keep their savings. Something is wrong in this ramshackle world.”
And another: “Biden’s speech: two punches in the face and three in the stomach.
“I take note of the US cynicism, understandable if you are the commander in chief or a robot, morally unacceptable and in any case in line with ‘the British must get used to losing their loved ones’ of the disheveled friend.”
Someone else echoed: “If in 800 the English, to fight the Russians, had not started the Great Game, the region would have continued its life without external interference. As always, the West has gone to the house of others to lay down the law.”
Mr Raab said several nations were “caught off-guard” by the quick and hostile nature of the militant group’s takeover, which has prompted Afghans to flee the country.
He added British intelligence had been tracking what was happening on the ground in Afghanistan “very carefully” after the United States decided to reduce its troops in the country.
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Speaking to Sky News, Mr Raab said: “The truth is, across the world, people were caught by surprise. I haven’t spoken to an international interlocutor, including countries in the region over the last week, who hasn’t been surprised.
“We saw a very swift change in the dynamics, and of course this has been part and parcel of the withdrawal of Western troops, but it has also been the way and the approach of the Taliban.
“Of course it’s been a test for the Afghan security forces. All of those factors have been very fluid. But no one saw this coming. Of course, we would have taken action if we had.”
He defended his decision to return from his holiday when he did, adding he arrived back in the UK “as soon as the situation deteriorated and demanded it”.
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