The American army was never meant to stay in Afghanistan long term. They were always there to train the local Afghan army and eventually withdraw. Our US army, likely the most powerful in the world, poured trillions of dollars; blood, sweat and tears into the effort.
Twenty years, countless resources, sophisticated weaponry and strategies, so that when it counted, they would be able to defend themselves.
And after 20 years, America finally pulled out. Would all the effort pay off? Would the training work?
The world watched in horror as the Taliban overpowered the Afghan army in no time. All that effort, all that training, gone.
The current Jewish month of Elul is one of reflection… When the new generation that we have trained will be left to stand up and take on the fight; for our traditions, morality and values, will they? Have we made sure that they are ready?
Mendel (Menachem) Bluming