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I Just got to wondering why it has taken the U.S. and its allies 10 years, or what ever it is, to defeat a rag tag lightly armed resistance movement in Afghanistan. These people are armed with not much else than small arms and rely on motorbikes to get around.
They are up against the most powerful military force the world has ever seen with tanks, truck, aeroplanes and aerial battle ships and the rest of the most sophisticated military hardware and communications.
There is only reason I can think of and that the U.S does not want its invasion to be a military success for reasons best known to them. Any other reasons I think off only stem from this one reason.
What do you think?
reply to post by Danbones
Or maybe you're just trying to deviate from the topic at hand and trying spin it like I'm bashing Muslims when it's the Jihadist that are crazy and it's the Jihadist that we are fighting in that area.
The Indians of North America was the same way and it was a near genocide for us to fully conquer from west to east coasts.
Also, see the above example about the Vietnam war.
reply to post by learnatic
It's really hard to defeat an enemy when they will use bow's and arrows against Apache Helicopters with hellfire missiles and .50 cal machine guns.
The mind of a human is the most powerful weapon ever created. If you can control what a person thinks then you can control what that person does.
Also don't forget they think blowing themselves up and taking a bunch of people with them is the way to heaven and 72 virgins.
A war begun for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government, which directed, or the great body of troops, which waged it. ‘Not one benefit, political or military, has Britain acquired with this war. Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an army defeated.
Army chaplain, Reverend G. R. Gleig, Afghanistan, 1843
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
You cannot beat a man who considers death preferable to life under your rule.
This would be why Afghanistan is where empires go to die, and have been well before the 20th century.
reply to post by OtherSideOfTheCoin
DONT MESS WITH THE AFGHANS.
Just dont do it, they are cut of a different cloth these guys are die hard warriors who are very smart, and very deadly.
From Alexander the Great to the Soviet Union....and eventually the US...not one of them has been able to subjugate Afghanistans people. You have to admire that.