The one thing that, to my mind, most symbolises the failed Amerikastani war on Afghanistan is the sight of the Taliban flying around in UF 60 Black Hawk helicopters. Not just because of the oft-repeated claim that Bidet “armed the Taliban “, but because of the shock that seemed to afflict certain of the Usual Suspects when the Taliban did, in fact, start flying around in those helicopters.
There is a strong element of condescending racism among the Amerikastani Empire and its vassals about the Taliban, and Afghans in general (IQ 80 goat herders, as I saw them charmingly called on Unz). Even before they captured a single helicopter, I had said on various fora that they had better start training pilots, or at least organise their defection. On the other hand, this is the trend that I came across online from Western “experts”:
Phase One: “The Taliban can’t ever operate any helicopters, they can only sit in them making vroom vroom noises. Savages.”
Phase Two: “All right, so those low IQ goat herders can taxi around airports in helicopters, but they’ll never get them into the air.”
Phase Three: “All right, those terrorists can fly helicopters, but they’ll never be able to maintain them! They’ll never get spare parts and technical support!”
When the Taliban – like the Iranians in 1978 with their F 14s – show that they can amply source spare parts (from China or Pakistan, or just make them in the same village smithies that produce perfect AK 47 knockoffs), and find trained technicians just as easily as they found pilots, I wonder what Phase Four will be.
Imperialists who persist in imagining that people they attacked and occupied are too stupid to operate captured technology – the same people literally having won a 20 year war against the same colonialists – deserve to never win even a minor skirmish again.