(Warning! – political discussion ahead!)
My good blog-friend ED always has interesting posts and has good questions to ponder.
One of his recent posts got me to ‘thinking’ and brought out a thought that i felt very strongly about and rather than let Ed’s blog take the flack i knew i had to take the blame/credit for myself…
I am ALL for a Nations’ People, through their necessary (sadly) Armed Forces (Air, Land and Sea), fighting for the right to live their lives without fear of invasion from a foreign power or aggressive political interference from country’s or groups outside of their boarders.
I feel MOST strongly however that the LIMIT of such forces ends at their country’s boarder with another country.
WE have NO right to act with aggression past our boarderlines in defence of our Nation.
The situation in Afghanistan highlights the lunacy of acting in military ways in a foreign land:
In 1980 America boycotted the Olympic Games that were held in Moscow in that year.
The Reason? To register all American’s protest at the Soviet Army’s ‘recent’ invasion of Afghanistan to support a puppet government that would be sympathetic to the USSR.
The American Response to this invasion of a country half a world and a huge ideology away from their own? To give clandestine military support (weapons and tactical information) to a local ‘band of insurgents’ – although back then they were more frequently called ‘Freedom Fighters’ by Americans – the group were known as the Mujahadeen and were greatly encouraged to fight for their homeland against Communist ‘aggression’.
Those Mujahadeen fought a Superpowers armed forces for some 15 years before the Russians pulled out of what was incresaingly obviously an unwinnable war against the fierce local fighters who understood the territory and how to utilise it far better than any invading army could.
The Mujahadeen ‘freedom fighters’ that America supported for two decades n the 80’s and 90’s with weapons and money and intel, aiding their victory over the USSR, became the core of The Taliban and ruled Afghanistan for a few years in a regime that did not tolerate any tribal unrest in a country that had long had factional fighting all throughout their history.
The same Taliban that America now calls ‘insurgents’ (how can you be an insurgent when you are fighting for freedom from external oppression of you and your families to live in the way you believe in in your own country?) and has been fighting a pretty much unwinnable war, just as the Russians did, for 8 years now so that they can prop up a puppet government of Harmid Kharzi with loyalty to America.
How many US soldiers must die before it’s people wake up to the lunacy being perpetrated here? How much more US Tax-payers’s money will be sunk into fighitng another unwinnable civil war where America should have no say in the outcome but which should be decided by the Afghani’s themselves?
Viet Nam? Iraq? (Donald Rumsfeld Himself made frequent ‘trade visits’ to meet with Saddam Hussein and support him with his ‘war’ against the Iranians over 20 years ago) Afghanistan? Pakistan? That country is now considered more of a ‘terrorist threat’ than even Afghanistan – will that be the next money sink for the US and those it can convince are being ‘threatened’ by people who want nothing more than to have the right to live in their own country without a foreign superpower sending in the troops for self-serving purposes rather than any desire to find a lasting peace.
Any who send troops to another nation for ANY reason other than as part of an Inter-Nation Peace-keeping Force are guilty of armed aggression and should be opposed/shunned by every other nation of Integrity.
We should be doing all we can to END war – not maintain it.