While I find the parallel amusing, I think my only criticism would be to say that with such an argument is all too easy in hindsight. The push on
Afghanistan was an event which was heavily influenced (and largely endorsed) by public opinion, the media, businesses and politicians.
Had the scouring of Tora Bora unearthed Bin Laden and his cohorts, we might not be having this conversation. Unfortunately, this did not come to pass
and a quagmire ensued (we could debate as to whether it would have anyway, but frankly the vision of an already unstable Afghanistan as a unified
entity such as Texas is a bit far-fetched).
I would like to point out that you correctly mention two separate scenarios and "excuses" if you will. That
(a) We're here for Usama
(b) We're here in the name of liberation.
While I agree there is a discrepancy, and quite a lot of spin. I don't find them mutually exclusive. I.E If we consider them as separate entities then
there may be some moral groundwork for reasoned opinion on both sides.
I am often mocked by my friends for my somewhat pro-war stance (principally with regards to Iraq). When I say somewhat, I mean to say that there is a
fight which needs to be fought, and whether we want it to or not, it will happen -- it already IS happening. An example:
As a British citizen I am awestruck by the passive apathy in our country. Sharia courts now exist in England are legally binding:
You may ask what on earth that has to do with Afghanistan, and that is where we differ. To me, it has everything to do with it. My anti-war buddies
like to talk about western imperialism being the culprit for blowback (as you mentioned). To me, it is far less important than oppression and the
repression of women in these countries (we'll go with Afghanistan as an example here).
For instance: Afghanistan is a country at war, and has been for decades. Young men flock to the north and fight, many of whom die. Women are left at
home to single-handedly raise their kids. The problem here is that Sharia forbids women to work (personified in this case by the Taliban). If the
women can't work, who is going to feed the children when they are widows?
In my mind there is a fight that needs to be fought. Yes, western imperialism is a damning force, but there are many reasons why an act of
"liberation" are warranted (the example of the repression of women is just one of many). You may not agree, but there are reasonable grounds to
support a war, even if it isnt for the cheesy reasons advertised.
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