Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Afghanistan Forever

Oh, joy: Eternal war.
Well, at least it's not my sons fighting.
Without a Veil: Is She In Danger Now?

Teachers who dare educate girls are beheaded in front of the offending students.

But that's the other side, in Afghanistan.
Our side merely chains young boys to their bedposts in police stations, to hold them until night, for repetitive raping.
Women are chattel on the hoof, bought and sold.
Offended Her Husband

Muslims who are unrepentant murderers war with Muslims who simply enslave women and defile children. Muslims on both sides in Afghanistan say they get their ideas from their faith. 
That is Afghanistan, not Indonesia, where Muslims are nothing like this, except for the headscarves, or Dearborn, Michigan, where Muslims are just like other Americans. 
Muslims in Dearborn are no more like Muslims in Afghanistan than Christians in Portsmouth are like Ku Klux Klan Christians in Mississippi.  
Taliban or Ally?  Who Can Tell?

Am I missing something? Why are American boys and girls, men and women in Afghanistan,  getting blown up, dismembered and traumatized?

Oh, we are denying safe haven to terrorists, are we? As if you could whack a mole in Afghanistan and he will not pop up in Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Egypt or Berlin?

The War on Drugs. The War on Terrorism. War without end, amen. 
Getting Ready for the Stoning

President Obama, our most thoughtful and articulate President since Lincoln noted:

"Make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.” 

He said this as he prepared to launch 30,000 American men and women to Afghanistan, where, as it turned out, they accomplished nothing positive.  They defeated no army, captured no capital, accepted no surrender, changed no society. There is almost nothing in common with the war against Hitler except both were violent and both wars fought the worst sorts of people. 

Violence is necessary to oppose evil; we must all agree to that. Where I part ways with Mr. Obama is where he chose to employ violence.  You would have to kill every last believer in Afghanistan to cauterize the source of violence there, because the source of violence there is belief, vile, unreasoning, self perpetuating belief.  
Are we prepared to do that, to kill every last believer in Afghanistan?

She Offended Male Honor 

Let us not forget Islam may be a major source of violence in this century, but in prior centuries it was Christianity. Faith, unreasoning faith, used as the excuse for bad behavior and, often, Machiavellian designs.

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