WHY ARE WE STILL IN AFGHANISTAN?

Why Are We Still In Afghanistan? *

As readers probably know by now, I hate stupidity in all its many forms. The lead story in Monday’s New York Times concerns a 6-year-old girl. Apparently, last year her father, an unemployed musician, living in a refugee camp needed money to pay for medical treatment for his wife. He borrowed $2,500 from an elder in his tribe.

He is unable to repay the loan. Consequently, the tribal elders decided the 6 year old must be given to the lender to settle the loan. She in turn will be given in marriage to the lender’s 17-year-old son as his wife.

Why in the Hell does one more American have to die to protect this society? Why does one more American patrol have to put itself in harm’s way for these backward tribal people?

We went to Afghanistan to find and kill Osama ben Laden.

He’s dead (found living openly near a military base in our ally Pakistan). The Taliban – radical Islamists – rule the backcountry in both the aforementioned counties. Haven’t we learned from the British? The Russians, the French in Indochina? Our own effort in Iraq?

Let’s face it; these tribal religious Islamic societies do not want the Western way of life. For centuries, they’ve managed to kill each other be they Sunni or Shiites or Allewites.

Who are we to stop them? Let them kill each other without our blessing. The leadership is Afghanistan and Pakistan hates us. Their people do not want our ways.

To them, women are only objects. They are merely chattel. They must obey their husbands; they are to remain uneducated. Women have no value in these societies other than to work and please their husbands.

Normally, I would make a smart-ass remark concerning these beliefs, but I am too pissed that we waste our people, our money, our military, our principles to back this regressive societies. Our American capital, our military deserve better. We, the American taxpayers deserve better. Why wait until later this year or next year or the year after that to remove our military from the region?

I’ve heard the arguments about why we have to stop these crazies in their own neighborhoods.

Won’t happen.

Today the Russians are still having problems with their Islamic minorities in their southern and eastern areas (Chechnya). China likewise is having problems with its Islamic minority. And now France is having similar problems not only at home but in supporting Mali, a former colony in Africa, is fighting Islamists.

If you don’t agree, please let me know why it is important for us to be the world’s police force? Who appointed us the conscience of the world? Islam is slow to change. Perhaps the Internet, and with it western thinking, will eventually modernize their approach to life.

Not in our lifetimes me think. So let’s save American lives. Let the Islamists do their thing to each other. It’s not our fight.

Why Are We Still In Afghanistan?

As readers probably know by now, I hate stupidity in all its many forms. The lead story in Monday’s New York Times concerns a 6-year-old girl. Apparently, last year her father, an unemployed musician, living in a refugee camp needed money to pay for medical treatment for his wife. He borrowed $2,500 from an elder in his tribe.

He is unable to repay the loan. Consequently, the tribal elders decided the 6 year old must be given to the lender to settle the loan. She in turn will be given in marriage to the lender’s 17-year-old son as his wife.

Why in the Hell does one more American have to die to protect this society? Why does one more American patrol have to put itself in harm’s way for these backward tribal people?

We went to Afghanistan to find and kill Osama ben Laden.

He’s dead (found living openly near a military base in our ally Pakistan). The Taliban – radical Islamists – rule the backcountry in both the aforementioned counties. Haven’t we learned from the British? The Russian’s, the French in Indochina? Our own effort in Iraq?

Let’s face it; these tribal religious Islamic societies do not want the Western way of life. For centuries, they’ve managed to kill each other be they Sunni or Shiites or Allewites.

Who are we to stop them? Let them kill each other without our blessing. The leadership is Afghanistan and Pakistan hates us. Their people do not want our ways.

To them, women are only objects. They must obey their husbands, they are to remain uneducated. Women have no value in these societies other than to work and please their husbands.

Normally I would make a smart-ass remark concerning these beliefs, but I am to pissed that we waste our people, our money, our military, our principals to back this regressive societies. Our American capital, our military deserve better. We, the American taxpayers deserve better. Why wait until later this year or next year or the year after that to remove our military from the region?

I’ve heard the arguments about why we have to stop these crazies in their own neighborhoods.

Won’t happen.

Today the Russians are still having problems with their Islamic minorities in their southern and eastern areas (Chechnya). China likewise is having problems with its Islamic minority. And now France is having similar problems not only at home but in supporting Mali, a former colony in Africa, is fighting Islamists.

If you don’t agree, please let me know why it is important for us to be the world’s police force? Who appointed us the conscience of the world? Islam is slow to change. Perhaps the Internet, and with it western thinking, will eventually modernize their approach to life. Not in our lifetimes me think. So let’s save American lives. Let the Islamists do their thing to each other. It’s not our fight.

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(NOT MEANT FOR ULTRA-LIBERALS OR ISLAMIC APOLOGISTS)

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