Others said they almost lost their children in the stampede to flee the Taliban’s brutal rule, while some were hospitalized after collapsing in a crush of people. Others said they had collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion, NBC said.
“It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet than face the crowds again,” one staff member was quoted as saying in the cable.
Another said, “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride.”
At least one staffer also said his home had been tagged with spray paint — a Taliban tactic to mark homes with people needing to be questioned, the cable reportedly said. That family fled and was unable to get to the airport, NBC said.
While these people really do need to be evacuated, it seems that there has to be a better way than just sending these people to an occupied airport and having them fight their way through the throng. Americans, traditionally, don’t leave other Americans behind. We’ve been known to send dozens of aircraft into enemy territory just to rescue one man. The embassy workers include women and children.
How these people being left behind is justified by the Biden administration is a complete mystery. And the treatment of their abandonment is even more of a mystery except that the apparent leaders of the Department of Defense honestly don’t know that their first duty is to Americans and our helpers, not the mysterious globalists who insist that being “woke” is a job requirement.
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