It is a fact that the United States’ intervention in Afghanistan created an unstable climate for an entire generation of Afghans, many of whom were compelled and encouraged to participate in civil society and assist democratization efforts. This ranges from those who directly assisted the U.S. military in operations against the Taliban, to women engaging in political activism, to the founding of Afghan NGOs and nonprofits to increase access to healthcare and alleviate poverty. Anyone who had a hand in any of these efforts is now a potential target of the Taliban government, which was able to take power after negotiations with the Trump Administration and the subsequent withdrawal of troops by the Biden Administration.
For these reasons, it is hardly a leap to lay blame at the feet of the U.S. and its coalition allies. Most Americans feel this way, and support for the Afghan Adjustment Act is overwhelming, which speaks to the understanding of moral responsibility in this case. It is frankly abhorrent that in the nearly two years since its proposal the Afghan Adjustment Act has failed to even reach a vote on the floor of Congress.