The Taliban gets PTSD too, well that's good to know, though then again, maybe not so much. From the many people I know who suffer from this invisible
but tragic wound of war, I often hear them say that they wouldn't wish it upon their worst enemy. So, while it may seem comforting at first to know
that our heroes aren't the only ones susceptible to this [literally] frightening mental condition, it's also sad that anyone has to go through it at
all, enemy or not. This seems to be just another cold hard fact of war, not only for our soldiers, but apparently theirs too.
I know far too many veterans who have had their lives turned up upside down (with some lives ended) due to PTSD, where any semblance of normality is
long gone and will probably never come back, at least to how it was before, when innocence was a virtue. It seemed like an advantage, a single
advantage that the Taliban had on us, though apparently it isn't, and that is what's is comforting. However, it just seems so unnatural to take
comfort in the unpractical suffrage of anyone, regardless of who they are.
Take for instance this example below. While it may seem funny to most (and it is, at least if you know "hoggie"), it's also very disturbing,
comforting and sad, all rolled up into one.
On his home ground, back in Afghanistan’s embattled Helmand province, Payanda Mohammad refuses to give up his sidearm. He wore it proudly as a
sign of his rank when he led a Taliban combat squad, and his family members still allow him to carry it—after they quietly and prudently made sure
the firing pin was removed. They never know when he’ll fly into another unprovoked rage, or when he’ll experience another violent flashback to the
battles he fought against U.S., British, and Afghan government forces around his home village in Nawa district, not far from Marja. It can take
several people to wrestle him to the ground when he has one of his fits.
But right now the weapon is hundreds of miles away. His family made him leave it home when they sent him across the border to Pakistan for medical
treatment. He and two of his cousins are sitting in a grimy hotel room in Peshawar, talking to a NEWSWEEK reporter, when Mohammad sits bolt upright on
his bed and shouts: “Quick! Give me my walkie-talkie!” He grabs his mobile phone—without turning it on—and begins barking orders: “Zahid! Do
you have enough weapons and RPGs? Good! Maneuver around to the right! Obaid, you make sure our bombs are primed and hidden in the right places along
the canal! See that all the men are alert, so none of the English can escape!” He waits, listens, and issues a final command: “Hold the detainees
until I give the next order. I will convey the results of our successful attack to our superiors.” He slumps back on the bed, visibly
While his story may seem hilarious or amusing to many, I don't intend to make light of the situation or condition, as PTSD is very real, with some
very serious consequences for those who are unfortunate enough to suffer from it. To be quite honest, I don't know whether to be happy or sad at this
news, so I'll just run with both.
We can take comfort from the thought that our enemy doesn't have the sole advantage to inflict such a serious wound on our soldiers, but at the same
time, we must cede solace to the idea that anyone would suffer from this unintended consequence of war. We also have to remember that many, if not
most of these Taliban fighters are simply fighting for what they perceive to be their country, as opposed to any kind of extremism and the reality is
that the vast majority had nothing to do with attacking American civilian targets. Their soldiers are simply fighting for their country, as is our
soldiers, though they are still our enemy. I'm not suggesting that we should wish sugar-plumbs and daisies on our enemy, only that we shouldn't take
solace in their suffering, especially when it has no advantage to our goals.
Take the news for exactly what it is and enjoy (if you must).
Anyway, there is much more to this article, which can be found here
only is this article interesting in the subject of this OP, but it also gives us a peek into the minds and operations of the Taliban. I suggest that
everyone read it.