By Jack Jodell, Mar. 13, 2012
The headlines screamed out U.S. SOLDIER KILLS 16 AFGHAN CIVILIANS, and it became evident that we must leave that wartorn country immediately. For something has gone horribly wrong with our military and our foreign policy. What began as an attempt to get Osama bin Laden for having planned the notorious and murderous 9/11 attacks, and oust the Taliban regime which was giving him refuge in Afghanistan, soon morphed into us installing a handpicked, corrupt “friend” by the name of Hamid Karzai as the nominal “leader” of a “free” Afghanistan. The only problem is that Karzai only really controls the capitol city of Kabul and a few other small areas at best. The overwhelming majority of the rest of the country is largely controlled by various local warlords, as it has been for CENTURIES. The final morphing of this miserably poor and backward country occurred when we decided to “nation build” it.
We have failed miserably at this task, and it has proven to be a colossal waste of time, money, and American and Afghan lives.
Our original goal, of course, was to “win the hearts and minds of the people” through enabling women to educate themselves and helping to raise the standard of living there by constructing roads, schools, and hospitals. That, naturally, was the good side of our intentions and actions. But the horrific side has been the ignorance of local religion and the importance it plays in the everyday lives of the population. Our arrogance in burning copies of the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, has sparked widespread violence and riots throughout the country. It has led to the murder of several American soldiers which could easily have been avoided had some elementary common sense been employed: YOU JUST DON’T OCCUPY A COUNTRY AND BURN ITS QUR’ANS! Likewise, YOU JUST DON’T OCCUPY A COUNTRY AND MURDER ITS CIVILIANS! Our military has failed badly in its responsibility of properly training its forces in knowledge of Islam and Afghan culture in general, and now WE, instead of the repressive Taliban, are the hated enemy as a result!
We went to Afghanistan in 2001 to begin a “war on terror”, but in the process, WE have become terrorists ourselves! Don’t tell me the lies that put us into a war in Iraq which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis wasn’t an act of terror! Don’t tell me that drone strikes all over northern Pakistan which kill many innocent people aren’t acts of terror! Don’t tell me the indiscriminate, cold-blooded murder of 16 innocent Afghan citizens by a methodical and apparently berserk U.S. soldier wasn’t an act of terror! It most certainly was, and now the entire Afghan nation has risen up in justified protest.
These people hate us and want us to leave NOW! Our devastating missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq have shown the truly murderous face of reactionary Republican American imperialism spilling over into what we had all hoped would be a more enlightened Democratic administration. The sad fact is that we are imperialists, Democrat and Republican alike, and we must end this facade of “nation-building” and get our asses home where they belong! This will not sit well with the war hawks and paranoids in Congress and the military/industrial complex which is profiting from all of this, but to hell with every one of them. They have been consumed by an insane lust for power, influence, and greed all throughout the Middle East, and we, as a nation, can no longer afford to indulge in their folly! An unprecedented number of American servicepersons are committing suicide daily, and this just doesn’t happen in a military whose cause is right and just. We can no longer afford needless and costly military excursions around the world. It is time to bring these Afghanistan veterans home, to help us concentrate on much-needed nation-building HERE!