We can destroy the Taliban, but we can’t change Afghanistan

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The Taliban has no chance, and never did, against aggressive American attack. But if we think the corruption which is endemic to Afghanistan will magically disappear, we’re fools. If we believe the tribalism will evaporate, if we dream that a populace with over seventy percent illiteracy will suddenly flower to learnedness, well, we’d best wake up.

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5 thoughts on “We can destroy the Taliban, but we can’t change Afghanistan

    Amos Volante said:
    December 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    A long term commitment would mean a commitment to building, not rebuilding a country.

    That means literacy & infrastructure. It sounds good, but why do it?

    Let’s blast what we can and get out! Sound evil?

    Don’t blow up New York and we’ll leave you alone next time!

    truttyswady said:
    December 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Excuse me for commenting off topic but what WP template are you using? Looks awesome.

    Bill said:
    December 12, 2009 at 3:04 am

    I wish you weren’t right (and admittedly, I haven’t ever been there or read much about it, so I’m not really qualified to speak on the subject), but from the video you showed as an example, there’s not a prayer.

    It wasn’t long ago we were in a big kerfuffle b/c they were going to kill an apostate and we had to intervene to save the guy. And many of the powers that be were pissed. Similarly it wasn’t long ago they blew up centuries old statues b/c Mullah Omar said it would bring rain. This isn’t some guy in a shed in the backwoods of KY, it was the president of their country. He also challenged Bush to a duel in the middle of the city (and for some reason, we decided we needed to give them 35 million as a partner in the drug war – Powell diplomacy wasn’t something I could ever figure out).

    My point is that this insanity isn’t from people on the fringe. Sure, lefties will point out we have nutty folks here – and even some in positions of prominence, but when you have a populace that isn’t outraged at the killing of someone for switching freaking religions (in fact, a large portion was supporting and demanding of it and there were widespread protests if memory serves – IN SUPPORT OF IT), we’re dealing with people that are so far different in their beliefs we can’t expect to change that any time soon.

    But we’ll try. And we’ll fail (to be clear, I mean Fail in winning the hearrts and minds and changing archaic beliefs).

    magus71 responded:
    December 12, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I was thinking about his the other day, how groups like the Taliban cannot possibly flourish without the entire pshyche of the populace being similar to theirs. And we know te Taliban did flourish. That’s why I’m not too concerned about an “American Jihad” despite those 5 arrested recently in Pakistan.

    I just can’t really figure out how this will make America safer, especially when you look at other problem countries around the world and compare their potential threats.

    Don’t get me wrong; having the Taliban gone isn’t a BAD thing. It’s just that I think we could get by a lot cheaper by saying: “Look, we don’t care enough about the Taliban. We’re leaving, but if we see al-Qaeda sprouting up again, we’ll move in and raise hell just like we did in 2001.”

    Amos Volante said:
    December 14, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Exactly. So for the last 2 years let’s see how many of those useless fools we can whack!

    Let’s give the taxpayers their money’s worth!

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