Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Oops, We Goofed," and Other Infamous Last Words

The NATO forces goof. A lot. There was our "complicated" air-strike last year that killed several Afghan soldiers, Yemeni schoolchildren being killed, nine Afghan boys being's just not good. The latest goof strikes a bit close to home for one of our "friends." We accidentally killed Hamid Karzai's cousin, and he's understandably a bit miffed.

Now, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the NATO soldiers involved. I mean, obviously, when you're out in the dark on an Afghan side-street, your trigger finger is going to be a bit tense, and you might see one man as a threat. Unfortunately, Karzai isn't taking it so lightly.

""The president sees this as another lamentable case of loss of life," Omer said. "This was the result of an irresponsible and unnecessary night raid. His message is that they have to stop these irresponsible night raids that kill innocent Afghans.""
Karzai has apparently often condemned the night raids, and has decided that he's not going to stand for it anymore.

I think that within five years, our actions are going to drive Karzai over the edge. He's going to try to kick us out of his country, with the support of most Afghans. Of course, we're not going to be able to stand for that, because we can't just leave the Afghans to their own governance, now can we? They might degenerate into chaos. (But hey, at least it would be their chaos, and not ours.) So then, naturally, our forces will have to unseat Karzai, because we can't leave the Afghan people in the hands of such a brutal, freedom-hating man.

Irony, enter stage right.


Teresa said...

In cooperation with Afghanistan officials U.S. forces entered Afghanistan to help stop the terrorists who are killing innocent civilians, purposefully, so if we have worn out our welcome so be it. Then we will exit Afghanistan.

This is sad but war is hell. Civilian casualties have always been a part of war, unfortunately but that doesn't mean fighting and advancing the cause of freedom isn't worth the price.

Eric Graff said...

The United Nations tells the world that The Taliban killed 2,777 civilians last year.
And Karzai gets upset about us killing nine people?
Killings bad. Nine is real bad. 2,777 is genocide. Who do they get upset with? U.S.
Whose side is he on?

Liberty said...

The problem is that the Taliban was practically chosen by the Afghan people. Yeah, they were heading towards a revolution pretty fast, but that's okay. What's unforgivable is us butting our big nose where it doesn't belong: that is, anywhere that doesn't belong to us.

Our politicians never had a mother who taught them to mind their own business.

Teresa said...

The United States is usually the first to be asked to help when either a foreign tragedy occurs or when there are conflicts overseas and the U.S. is usually the first to respond and answer that call. If that didn't happen then the United States would no longer be the top superpower nor would this country stand for freedom anymore. We cannot be selfish hogs and hoard freedom for ourselves.

Liberty said...

You ought to read "The Post-American World" by Fareed Zakaria. It's a wonderful read, and dwells in-depth with the "America is a superpower" thing. And it's not as anti-American as it sounds, I promise. It's very wonky though, so...yeah.


"We cannot be selfish hogs and hoard freedom for ourselves."

Neither can we spread it with guns to other places that have no conception of what a Constitutional republic with a democratic twist looks like. We cannot impose such a system upon a country that only knows tribal law and expect it to end beautifully. They must fight for it themselves, or it means nothing, and they will lose it.

Joyful_Momma said...

Makes me sad that Americans are under the delusion that they are really free anymore.

Candy said...

So I just watched the documentaries Capitalism: A Love Story and Collapse. I have to say, they blew my mind; they were so amazing and true in every way. I just wish more people/teens were into politics and what's going on. It's just so disappointing that so many Americans don't even know what's happening in their own country.