The Lunacy of the Afghan Adventure

Benedict By Benedict, 25th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Despite a military operation into its eleventh year and the "defeat" of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains a hotbed of extremism, politically, religiously, socially and in the context of the War on Terror. This week's riots in response to incidental NATO burnings of the Koran only demonstrate the most recent example in a long line of evidence. Are democracy and human rights doomed to failure?

For What?

The adventure into Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, included a much more understandable string of logic. The many failures of American and NATO forces to find Osama bin Laden outside this country notwithstanding, the focus on Afghanistan in the post-9/11 world remains justified even today.

The current problem is that with the Taliban deposed, the nucleus of Afghan society is simply failing to cling onto acceptable forms of democracy, human rights and moderation in both politics and religion. More alarmingly for the West, senior politicians such as Karzai continue to fan the flames of tension with their inability to stamp out systematic corruption and deliberate attempts to destabilise the diplomatic situation. A prime instance of this came when Karzai declared his support for Pakistan in any hypothetical war between it and the United States.

One might conjecture that with the Taliban relegated to the position of insurgents, Afghan society is fundamentally better. In relative terms, perhaps. Conversely, though, this kind of optimism fails to appreciate that human rights as we know it are non-existent in that vast country.

The status of women may have improved. Political discussion may be more open and conducted with less fear of retaliation or reprisal. The economy may have improved (although evidence of this is often absent from public debate). Yet improvements should not be equated with proper progress. Afghanistan started from extremely low depths and this is just as much a reason to expect greater progress as it is to argue it should not be expected too quickly.

What strikes the author as especially confronting is the large-scale animosity of many sections of the Afghan population to the NATO forces who, by and large, liberated them from the Taliban. Often this is perceived as a failure of diplomacy and public relations by the Western armies, and, to an extent, this is correct. Nonetheless, this takes the emphasis unfairly away from the extremisms and intolerances still present within Afghan communities.


Afghanistan, Afghanistan Military Operations, Al-Qaeda, Barack Obama, George W Bush, Islam, Koran, Moderate Islam, Nato, Osama Bin Laden, Radical Islam, United States, War On Terror

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author avatar Denise O
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Benedict, we have not gained that much in Afghanistan as you have suggested, sorry to say. We have nothing to gain by staying there. We should have never of put in a surge and might I add, a surge of what?
The reason why Karzai has been going back to kiss the taliban's butt is that he knows us American's/nato forces will be leaving very soon and he will have to contend with the taliban again. He is covering his a**, basically. I find the ones that say we were not justified in going to Iraq, have not done their homework and realize, we as a nation had helped Saddam in his harsh treatment of the citizens of Iraq, yes, us! Between HWB and Clinton, we kept hostage millions of folks in Iraq with our no fly zones, the scam of a UN food program (do we forget so fast) and the Gore task force that was suppose to help the opposition forces that were wanting to get Saddam out. The Gore task force had 97 million in the bank for this, within 2 years Gore had only given them 96 thousand and he also said, he will not give them anything other than radio equipment, now how was that suppose to help them oust Saddam? Play one too many Justin Beiber songs. It just boggles my mind how little us Americans do know about our own history. I suggest you go read SFRC meetings and hearings on Iraq, from the end of the gulf war up until we went into get Saddam and stop this assault on the Iraqi people. I wish what we did would have made for a better Afghanistan and as far as Iraq, they were given a chance, if they screw it up, this time we can not blame the US, we tried. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Robb714
25th Feb 2012 (#)

This is a very professionally written piece on a very disconcerting topic. Like myself you have been lacking the article contributions, it's good to see you back and I am trying to start up again myself.

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