On nearly all accounts, Mullah Omar’s forecast has been correct. Perhaps then, policy-makers might also consider his recommendations to bring an end to the conflict. There is no quick fix though according to him. It requires a serious change in the United States’ approach to the Muslim world.
“If it stops supporting those governments and lets the people deal with them, then such things won’t happen”.
“The US should step back and review its policy. It should stop trying to impose its empire on the rest of the world, especially on Islamic countries”.
Over the years, this argument has gained traction, even among the US military establishment. In the 2015 “Senior Conference”, Nelly Lahoud and Robert Person, two academics from the US military academy, raised the question whether democracies should revise their partnership with non-democratic states, “lest their support of autocratic regimes breed more terrorism”.
General Votel, who headed the Joint Special Operations Command, also expressed the current tendency to “myopically focus on a singular root cause (…) while effectively ignoring other potential reasons”.
“Our focus on ideology is a great example of this. Sunni-Wahhabism is in vogue today, and is winning our attention right now, but I am not so sure I agree that it is the singular root cause for terrorism”, he said.