posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 03:46 PM
Afghanistan is only outlaw territory.
Afghanistan is not a country because some mythical general Afghanar conquered all the territory, it is simply the left over remnants that are not
Iran, not Iraq, not Turkey, not Pakistan, not India, not the Soviet Union, etc.
This nationless terrain & peoples have been the killing ground of numerous empires & modern nations. It is all the miscellaneous left over pieces of
The stuff that just wasn't worth the effort to subdue & hold.
Afghanistan is not a country on the map,
it is a hole in the map with no country in it.
We in the US are forever chasing down this imaginary 'nation', like racing after banners in the vestibule of Dante's inferno.
On Meet the Press, someone who lives in proximity to Afghanis, said if you show them the outline of Afghanistan on a map they have no idea what you
are showing them. I will bet they think you are a little loopy when you start taking about that imaginary place called 'Afghanistan'. They probably
smile nervously to humor your mental lapse.
So we are trying to nation build in a place where the actual people there don't even conceive of the territory, let alone that there would be some
single unified 'national' government over it.
It's the geography, Sherlock.
No readily navigable river, no ocean front to sail on, not even flat terrain to easily build roads for transport & communications. Steep, rugged,
lonely terrain, with no forests to speak of, & a harsh climate.
Many fragmented, small populations of people in isolated valleys who either manage to take care of themselves or they simply won't get taken care of.
This also favors independent, self-reliant & somewhat cantankerous people.
It means you have many diverse ethnic factions, not just a few.
'Afghanis' have no indigenous unified identity. Not even close.
Even if one could magically create a really wonderful, honest, efficient government in Kabul, it still would be prohibitively expensive to provide
goods, services & utilities over this vast, really rugged terrain.
It would not be cost effective.
Afghanistan is not the doughnut, nor is it the doughnut hole the baker removes & fries up into a sweet treat. Afghanistan is the empty hole in the
doughnut, but American romantics want to imagine it is or can be turned into that sweet delicious treat. But there is absolutely nothing there to
start with, it is a void, an emptiness where something is Not.
We are fighting for an imaginary nation, which is in fact an outlaw territory. It more resembles the more problematic aspects of the US's wild west
than anything else.
The supposed government in Kabul is just a bunch of warlords, thugs, & petty criminals who have situated themselves in bureaucracy to channel as much
of the US tax payer dollars being squandered there & to accumulate power.
They have absolutely no notion of 'civic interests', 'collective good' or 'national identity or pride'.
The people at large have not even the inkling of the imaginary 'country' of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is not a nation, except in the rest of the world's silly imaginations, it is just so much unincorporated outlaw territory.
All the proposals to stay longer in Afghanistan all require that some imagined 'good' national government arise.
That just isn't what arises there organically.
It is both logically/logistically impossible as well as unsustainably inorganic.
It certainly isn't what we find there now.
After 8 plus years there, how many more do we waste vast sums of money, lives & national respect chasing after some people's romantic pipe dreams?
We want to imagine, as always, we are fighting the 'good fight', but in reality we are just modern day Don Quixotes insanely charging at
bankruptingly EXPENSIVE windmills,
and killing many people & creating terrorists in the process.
Drop the romance,
Serve the American people's interests for a change.