ROME, AUG 16 – A few hours after announcing his escape, justified on Facebook by the intention to “avoid a bloodbath”, the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, was overwhelmed by criticism on social media, in which he is accused of cowardice , of a selfish and reckless and “anti-patriotic” gesture, while Afghanistan fell into the hands of the Taliban. Among the major critics, his defense minister, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, who on Twitter – writes BBC – blurts out: “They tied our hands behind our backs and sold our homeland. Damn both the rich man and his gang ”, referring to Ghani. But the flight of the president, who would be repaired in Uzbekistan, perhaps via Tajikistan, is considered by critics only as the “icing on the cake”, after leaving – it is claimed – that corruption was rampant, that the army abandoned him and after having failed to contain and deal with the Taliban. A New York Times correspondent in Kabul, Sharif Hassan, writes that “the Afghans will never forgive Ghani and his two toadies, Mohib and Fazly,” referring to his two main advisors. (HANDLE).