An Inside Look at the Aftermath of Afghanistan

On 9/11, the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon sparked a war between Afghanistan and America. Twenty years later, US troops were pulled from Afghanistan on August 30, 2021, ending the feud. 

Army Colonel and history teacher at Woodgrove, Mr. Douglas Dillon, shared his perspective. After completing two tours in Afghanistan and helping build schools for young Afghan girls, Mr. Dillon retired from the Army after his diligent work. “We’ve been in Afghanistan for 20 years, and the decision was made, even a couple years ago, to eventually pull out sometime in 2021. I think most people agree it was time to leave. I think what people have a problem with is how we left Afghanistan.”

 

First day of the school for girls – the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo provided by Mr. Dillon.

The way the troops left caused unease for some. While the media has explored the topic, Mr. Dillon gave insight on important details. Mr. Dillon says transportation in Afghanistan is difficult, and with how quickly the Taliban moved in, it affected evacuation ability. After Mr. Dillon’s years of work in Afghanistan, he talked about how the community at Woodgrove can make a difference. “The only thing that a small town like Purcellville could do is just not forget what the service members, the men and women, did in Afghanistan. Thank the veterans for what they did.” 

A student at Woodgrove, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented on how the women and young girls might feel, due to the Taliban’s control over their lives. “I just think about all those little girls who aren’t being given a choice- who are going to miss their science classes or history classes or math classes. After speaking to Dillon on the same topic, he agreed and commented on how quickly the Taliban have more than likely closed girls’ schools.

On opening day, students received a backpack full of school supplies. (Photo provided by Mr.Dillion)