Many discussions have been had lately about the recent article by Dahr Jamail
and his topic of empire thwarting in Afghanistan. It is discusses that Genghis Khan could not hold Afghanistan and that every other would be conqueror
has also been turned back.
While I can not disagree with these fairly indisputable facts of history I had some thoughts about why the US was in far a worse position than even
the previous would be conquerors were in to accomplish this feat.
One of these disadvantages is the suspected involvement of the CIA in the Afghan
. This if it is true is a reason that the crisis might never be resolved since the influx of money from the trade would constantly
fuel the Taliban.
Unlike other would be conquerors the United States is hampered somewhat by a civilian controlled population that has very tender hearts towards
everyone even those we call our enemies. Torture, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, salting the Earth, Poisoning the well. These tactics are off the
table for the US for the most part. We can not be seen to do such things in the modern world.
The problem is that Afghanistan is not a part of the modern world. With the Afghans there is really only 2 choices and neither is likely to be
implemented by the US.
The first and most like the US to try and do is for the US to drag that most backwards of nations into the 21st century. Kicking and screaming if
necessary. It would have to work much like the policies of the United States against the Native Americans in order to be effective.
The US would have to first forbid the Afghans firearms. Any firearms in fact. They would have to institute a broad weapons collections and destruction
program. Further they would have to make the punishment for possession of a weapon the death penalty on the spot. This would include abandoning the
idea of setting up an Afghanistan Army or Police force. We can forget that idea as they will simply use their weapons and training against the US in
This would have to be followed on with a massive take over of education system in Afghanistan. The children would need to be required to learn English
and their native dialects would have to be forbidden in school. Then the US would have to spread US culture throughout the nation starting with the
children. Radical Islam would also have to be banned except in the most westernized and tolerant versions.
This is basically what was done in North America to the natives of that continent. It pretty much worked.
The second method of ending this would be the most unlikely. That is the scorched Earth, poisoning the well, ethnic cleansing method. Basically it
would mean that the United States would be like Rome, and Afghanistan would be like Carthage. This method would leave Afghanistan basically empty.
Anything less than one of these 2 options will most likely end in failure. Neither way is likely for the United States to implement so in my view the
entire exercise will have been for just about nothing.
If Afghanistan is allowed to remain the world's largest exporter of Heroin and one of the largest exporters of Hashish then it will continue to be a
criminal empire and home to outlaws and radicals. The best way of course is to drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century. If the world
just lays back and lets things continue on the present course we are simply handing the problem off to the next generation. That might be a bigger
mistake then having stirred up this hornets nest in the first place.
edited for numerous typos
[edit on 23-9-2009 by wayouttheredude]