Monday, March 5, 2012

How Long, General Petraeus, How long?

In the Sunday, 4 March 2012 Washington Post, Army Special forces Major Fernando M. Lugar posed the following question: "How to get Afghans to trust us once again?"

I chose to take this question as rhetorical. After all, we've been at this war in Afghanistan for 10 years. Why should we still have to prove ourselves?

Answer that, Gerneral Petraeus. If we were winning to the degree to which you always claimed, how is it that a simple error in judgment by five soldiers can cause such a furor, not to mention the cold-blooded murder of four military personnel?

These people are what they are. They are not civilized by the standard to which we apply that adjective. They are most primitive. They follow a religion that requires a father to slit his daughter's throat for being seen on the streets with a man who is not a relative.

First, it was an author whose work was deemed to be insulting to the prophet. A fatwa required his death and, as a result, a number of otherwise innocents were murdered. Then it was a series of murders following the publication of cartoons deemed insulting to the prophet. Now it's the inadvertent burning of some copies of the Qur'an that has resulted in cries for the death penalty from the Afghan people.

And these are the people we have protected from the Taliban and al Qaeda. These are the people for whom we have built schools. These are the people on whose behalf we have put up with corruption on a scale that would make Chicago blush. These are the people on whose behalf so much American blood has been shed.

Shame on them! Unfortunately, in their culture, this is meaningless. They are completely without shame.

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At March 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Katya Cohen said...

On our part: we have not defined who our enemy truly is, we have not really stated why we are in Afghanistan, and we have again engaged in nation building where there is no nation... We need outta there, unless the true reason for our staying (which I imagine is to keep an eye out on Pakistan) is stated to OUR people...

One day, when we state who our enemy is, and if we have the stomach for it, and if we remember what it is to wage real war- not pretty or civilized- then we should go to war. Destroy first, rebuild later. Until then, we need to stop trying to build the world in our own image--- would be nice, but as you state, it ain't gonna happen.

The undefined kinds of war we have gotten involved since WWII can only lead to this infinite quagmire where there is no defined outcome. It is however very possible that this quagmire is the indeed the defined outcome decided on by those running the show; and if so, it should be stated clearly so that we know what we are squandering our treasury and American lives on. ...And then we should ALL vote on it.

At November 3, 2015 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Al Simon said...

I tend to look upon such adventures as our Afghanistan campaigns as the ultimate corruption in our government. Tens of thousands of dollars to establish a gas station in Kabul? Which bundler of campaign money got that contract? No, this is a nonsensical effort to take the Islam out of the Afghanis. Can't ber done. They are who and what they arfe and any effort at "nation building" is doomed from the start.


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