posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 09:54 PM
Afghanistan is a rugged yet beautiful but also very poor nation. It has been more or less in a state of war since the late 70’s in one fashion or
Whether it was the Soviets and their long occupation, or the Coalition Forces led by America and their long occupation or just the different tribal
factions and groups like the Taliban vying for control are hard to say.
The Taliban is not so much a product of Afghanistan as it is Afghanistan’s many wars and remoteness.
Many in the Taliban are not actually Afghanis but are both lingering remnants of foreign born fighters who originally came to fight the Soviets and
then stayed, and extreme Muslim idealists who were looking for a part of the world that they might live in that fashion that they believe their Quran
tells them they should.
While many in the Taliban are Afghanis many in the Taliban are not Afghanis and in many ways the Taliban was a metamorphism of significant parts of
the Mujahedeen that America and other Western Nations funded to fight against the Soviets.
Isn’t it funny that the CIA was thrilled when people like Bin Laden and others gravitated to Afghanistan from all over the Muslim war to rid it of
the dreaded Soviets only to later find that creation took on a very unique and perhaps unanticipated life of its own?
During the Soviet Occupation those foreign born freedom fighters against the Soviets who flocked from all over Islam to Afghanistan were likened in
ways to the brigades that fought in Fascist Spain shortly before World War II or the Flying Tigers in China shortly before World War II. They at that
time were considered patriots fighting for a good cause, of course when who they were fighting against was America’s ideological enemy.
Now that some of these men are fighting against Americans they are of course considered terrorists, and no longer patriots or freedom fighters.
All throughout history governments and their leaders have sought to unite their populace under them in common causes. In times of peace it was often
massive building projects, of course nothing unites people more than times of war. Especially if its considered a patriotic or war of ideologies and
moralities that allow that nation waging it the notion that in winning that war they can prove their ideology and morals superior not just to the
conquered but to themselves.
The Islamic Boogie Man has replaced the Communist Boogie Man as that threat our government wishes to unite our society under. That has more to do
about our leaders being able to control us though than it does about the threat that they paint for us that we must unite and fight against. It’s
really all about our own government being able to control us through giving us a shared identity complete with a purpose and that self validating
carrot of should we win we prove ourselves to be superior and at the same time prove our leadership and government is worthy and wise.
So in places like Afghanistan and Iraq and likely soon Iran we wage these slow low intensity conflict wars of attrition.
We exploit the differences between the various tribes and political factions in those nations and do our level best to get them to fight one another,
and fight one another they do. Whether it’s the remnants of the Afghani Northern Alliance that make up the puppet government in Kabul fighting the
Taliban, or Shiites and Sunnis and their various factions fighting one another in Iraq for the most part our troops try to secure and keep secure
vital infrastructure and get the locals to kill one another as often as they can.
There is strong evidence that many suicide bombers in Iraq and Afghanistan are pressed into service through blackmail and other coercive tactics.
Family members are kidnapped, they will be killed if you don’t carry out a suicide mission, they will be freed and looked after and fed and cared
for if you do. Often these people have little choice as they find themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place.
What exactly would you do, would any of us do if a stranger walked up to us and showed us a picture of our kidnapped wife, or children with a gun
pointed at them by another stranger and told us if we did not carry out a murderous attack that would claim our own lives in the process?
Would you choose to not only lay down your own life but to kill other human beings to save the ones you loved knowing that if you refused both you and
your loved ones would be killed, or would you sacrifice yourself and your loved ones so innocent lives could be spared?
Anybody who thinks they can answer that question without first being in that situation is simply talking to talk for honestly I do not know what I
would do and I sincerely hope I never have to make such a choice.
Yet people in Iraq and Afghanistan are forced to make those choices often.
Of course not all suicide bombers are pressed into service in that fashion, some of them are heartbroken people that have already lost their families
and lives to aerial bombing and drone and missile attacks.
For these people life is not worth living anymore without the ones they loved and the chance to strike back at the people they view responsible for
that loss is powerful.
For some others it is just hopelessness and despair in a world of war and poverty and not being able to take care of their family as a result. They
know if they die as martyrs to the cause that very often their wives and children will be looked after by the cause.
Probably the smallest percentage of suicide bombers are those hardcore Islamic Fundamentalists looking to be martyred just to be martyred. Those types
of personalities in fact are often the ones who either press others into such service or help to facilitate the otherwise willing.
The long and the short of is Western Money and Weapons made Afghanistan a magnate during the Soviet Occupation.
We would basically arm, pay with cash, otherwise fund, or help any faction or individual willing to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.
The end result was a whole lot of people ending up in Afghanistan permanently that Afghanistan could have really done with out and a whole lot of
weapons, many of which have never stopped firing against some faction or another within Afghanistan.
There are some very modern and progressive minded Afghanis but most live a life of poverty and squalor in remote places we couldn’t even imagine,
devoid of electricity, plumbing, markets, and all the things we take for granted.
Such people know nothing of our ways and ideals and luxuries as they have never truly witnessed or experienced them. Some of course want nothing to do
with such enslaving things, while others see it as a possible brighter and easier future.
Afghanistan was at war with itself long before we got there, and it will be at war with itself probably long after we leave.
We aren’t entirely responsible, but we have over the past few decades put a lot of money and a lot of weapons in the hands of people over there that
we shouldn’t, and put them in the hands of people who didn’t belong there in the first place.
We have been more or less exploiting Afghanistan and Afghanis for various reasons for going on thirty years now.
I shutter to think what the final outcome of that might be. Afghanistan is a story that likely has no happy ending.
Very few people really understand it’s history, or what’s really going on there, or why we are even there.
Most Afghanis are no different than everyone else in this world; they would like to live in peace. For some accursed reason the world will not let
them do so and that will and does have consequences for us all.