After the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Angelina Jolie admitted that she is ashamed to be an American. During the country’s instability, the actress and activist denounced the US for its “betrayal and failure” as the militant group Taliban reclaimed control. In an article for Time, the 46-year-old expressed concern for the Afghan people after the United States “lacked the will” to remove its forces gradually. “Abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable after so many years of effort and sacrifice, giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable is a betrayal and a failure impossible to fully understand,” she wrote.
“…Despite all of the murder, effort, sacrifice, and time, America appears to have lacked the resolve to prepare a smooth transition. It would never be simple or flawless, but it could have been better, more decent, and safer.” Foreign forces announced their withdrawal following a pact between the Taliban and the US, prompting the Taliban’s fast progress across the country. The Taliban were deposed by US forces in 2001, and it has been 20 years since they were deposed.
“As an American, I am mortified by the manner in which we left,” Angelina said in her op-ed. It degrades us. We’ve lost our ability to influence what occurs in Afghanistan now.
Previously, the Eternals singer shared a heartbreaking letter written by an Afghan girl.
The young girl expresses her fear of what might happen to them now that the Taliban has gained control of the country in the letter.
“This is a letter I was received from a teenage girl in Afghanistan,” Angelina, who only recently joined Instagram, posted on the platform. Afghanistan’s citizens are currently losing their capacity to communicate and express themselves freely on social media.
“It’s heartbreaking to see Afghans being forced to flee their homes yet again because of the dread and uncertainty that has engulfed their country.
“To spend so much time and money, to have carnage and lives wasted only to end up here is an almost incomprehensible failure.” She went on to declare that she will continue to look for ways to support the country, and she encouraged her followers to do the same.