Are We Losing it to the Taliban in Afghanistan?
Needless to say, our military approach to Afghanistan does not look promising. We are antagonizing as many there with innocent deaths as Taliban killed. And it may be the Taliban that is winning this particular ‘war’.
It looks again as though we are still living the Cold War rather than figuring ways to make friends in the Middle East. We are too much the ‘colonizers’ so resented from the past.
Where we should go from here is to economic help rather than military oppression in this vital zone.
And then there is Iran to come up next — either Israel attacking or vice versa — with both losing and oil going sky high in prices. Iran can block the transportation of most of it.
I am not a pacifist, but I am less and less persuaded that military means are anything but a last resort to a Hitler or some such.
The piece below just begins to tell the story of things going terribly array for us.
Pentagon Map Shows Wide Taliban Zone in the South
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: “The Pentagon was still trying to spin its report on the war in Afghanistan issued this week as holding out hope because the instability had leveled off, even as some news outlets were noting that it documents the continued expansion of Taliban capabilities and operations.”
Read the Article
What do you think?
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]