The rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has been widely treated by the Western political class and 'mainstream' media as a disastrous turn of events.
In truth, beyond the tragic human carnage and sordid abandonment, the humiliating retreat of US, UK and other NATO forces represents a positive historic outcome in setting back the tyranny of imperialist invasion, occupation and plundering of states around the globe.
Glenn Greenwald makes the elementary point:
"Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan, not the U.S. and NATO."
In their chaotic retreat, we now glimpse the true extent of the interventionist deceit and madness of this warmongering mission.
Thankfully, beyond the amplifier BBC and other power-serving media, we have a wealth of informed, probing and truthful journalism to rely on.
How the Taliban surge exposed Pentagon's lies
What can the Taliban offer the women of Afghanistan?
The Great Game of Smashing Nations
Phil Miller and Mark Curtis
The Great Game: The Reality of Britain's War in Afghanistan