So Does This Mean There’s Not Going to Be a Kabul Pride?
As late as June 2021 the US Kabul Embassy was tweeting about LGBT
Today the Taliban rule the country of Afghanistan. They hold every single province and provincial capital. This is something they had never accomplished before. Even their wildly successful 1996 blitz only put them in control of “just” 70 percent of the country.
They hold the entirety of Afghanistan despite there still being 6000 American troops in the country. (Up from 650 before the collapse.)
And they managed to take over largely without fighting, with the opposition simply melting away before them, or defecting to their side. Their victory couldn’t have been swifter, more complete, or more impressive.
Yet not three months ago the US Embassy was tweeting in support of LGBT.
Yes, three months after the US figured the status of LGBT was something its Afghan Embassy should be spending its time and energy on the Taliban are in complete control of the entire country and all of its 38 million people.
Just how disconnected can you get? You’re stationed in a country that in less than three months is going to fall to the Taliban and you think LGBT of all things is a pertinent subject?
The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month. The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people & celebrates their contributions to the society. We remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities, including LGBTI persons. #Pride2021 #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/qgKPQAPaOY
— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) June 2, 2021
As it turns out, unless the Taliban surprise us with an uncharacteristic policy U-turn, the closest Afghanistan will come to LGBT-ism for the foreseeable future will be this unusual 2011 episode:
“Needless to say, Pajhwok’s reporter soon discovered that Afghans who had decorated their cars with the rainbow symbol had no idea what it stood for. For them it was just the newest car fashion accessory but, on learning of its meaning in the west, drivers immediately started removing it.”
“The rainbow stickers had first arrived on secondhand cars imported from Canada. Afghans had simply assumed that the colour combination was the latest fashion fad in the west, and duly adopted it.”
In another case of being oblivious to what was about to happen the Imperial Capital was swearing “a strong security relationship with the Government of Afghanistan” hours before Ghani would flee and cause the final collapse.
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) August 14, 2021
Even if global hegemons have to — from time to time — occupy and study the world of reality and not live in fantasyland.