At the end of August 2021 as the last flights left Kabul, an intrepid crew of young WORLDwrite volunteers hit the streets of East London to gauge public reaction. These interviews are telling, if only to be expected. Concern for those left behind in Afghanistan and dismay at the prospects for women are overarching themes. That this is a disaster of the West’s making is clear to all. The West, the majority tell us, should never have been there in the first place. Politicians should take note.