Strange happenings in Afghanistan. Makes this Baby Boomer wonder what happened to the idea of supporting the troops in the combat zone. Strange also that these strange happenings do not get picked up by the social media radar. Only incidents where the USA or the West can be clearly shown to be in the wrong seem to be popular.
A few weeks back it was alleged that some copies of the Koran were burned inside an US military base camp.
All hell broke loose, the locals revolted, violence ensued, no doubt stirred up by the Taliban. When the dust eventually settled, we had been treated to the humiliating spectacle of the US president and senior military commanders making grovelling apologies to the Afghan government and religious leaders.
The Afghan government noisily made threats and demands as if their country was an important member of the G8 and not a failed state with an ineffective government barely hanging on to power by the good grace of the very forces they were threatening.
6 US soldiers were murdered, no apologies from President Karzai, grovelling or otherwise, just more demands and threats.
Then the terrible murders of 17 Afghan civilians by a lone US soldier. The deliberate killing of innocent civilians cannot be condoned and I am certainly not trying to make excuses for this soldier’s actions. But did the feeling that Afghan sensitivities were more important than American soldier’s lives tip him over the edge? We will probably never know.
This week, we hear that the US has paid $46 000 to the families of those killed in this incident and a lesser amount to those wounded. Yesterday 2 British soldiers and one from another NATO member were murdered by Afghan soldiers, the very people they are risking their lives to train.
Will the families of the 6 US, 2 British and 1 NATO soldiers killed since the Koran burning incident also get $46 000? I suspect not.
Will there be hand wringing expressions of sorrow from President Karzai? Not likely.
What messages do these one-sided actions send to our troops?
Where is the outcry from all the groups of “Human Rights” activists and assorted do-gooders who worked themselves into a froth over the merest hint that terror suspects might have been interrogated a little harshly or even tortured?
The Taliban must be laughing themselves silly at the ineptitude of the West. Eagerly making plans to relieve the grieving families of most of the compensation so hastily handed over. There is a very real possibility that a big chunk of all that US cash will be used to finance more suicide vests or IEDs to kill US and NATO soldiers.
The West did a good job with the shock and awe tactics after 9/11. Inflicting a serious blow to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, reducing the chance of more domestic terrorist attacks. Sadly thereafter the West has let the situation steadily decline until the current farcical situation where a shaky leader of a disunited collection of warlords and tribes is dictating the rules to the most powerful nation on earth and its allies.
History has proven time and again that military campaigns against ruthless terrorists do not succeed within the constraints of the Geneva convention. As long as the Taliban continue to execute, torture and intimidate the locals, no amount of “winning hearts and minds” apologies and compensation will change the outcome. The West has lost the initiative, if we do not have the resolve to use the same brutal tactics as the enemy ( I am not suggesting we should at this late stage), we are risking more of our soldiers lives and limbs for nothing.
Time to call it a day, let them get on with their centuries old tribal warfare. If and when they become a threat to our security in the future, then thump them hard with another wave of shock and awe, but this time leave them to pick up the pieces themselves.
Hard to equate the back pedalling of The USA and NATO in Afghanistan with the resolve the same groups showed to end WW2.
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