Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

The Experts were wrong….again

August 16th, 2021 1 comment


As this is being written, the tragedy which is US policy in Afghanistan is unfolding on the news.  Over the next few weeks to a year, we’ll likely see more of the dire consequences of the failure, much of it now still unknown.  With as much money, manpower and political and industrial capital that has been focused on that nation for almost 20 years, some very bad actors are going to be exposed.

Here’s another view of it.  The US tried to impose their way on an ancient, proud and stubborn people who refused to back down even in the face of laughable odds. Compared to the armaments and personnel that the Americans had at their disposal, the Taliban may as well have been throwing rocks and spears.  A primitive people with primitive values prevailed over a much better equipped opponent…even if it did take 20 years.  They did the same thing to the Russians. The Taliban take fighting for their culture seriously.

Let’s be clear.  The results were never about weapons.  It was about will and vision. The Taliban, as savage as they are, have it; the Americans do not and their efforts have clearly been mismanaged by inept leadership.  Soldiers can only do so much if strategy and tactics are lacking. The Taliban, through an entire generation, were able to impress their people with a vison of their lives that would not be swayed.  Not even the relentless pounding of superior weaponry could move them.

Compare that to what we observe today inside the US and in fact, most western nations.  The most sacred core value of freedom in all aspects of life has been surrendered by the populace with nary a whimper.  Even a primitive people like the Taliban will fight to the death, for generations, to preserve what they consider to be their rightful way of life.  Here in America, as well as most western nations, that very basic core of existence has been taken away from people by their governments…and it was done without any existential threat…other than fines.

Many will tsk tsk the impending takeover of the Afghan nation by the stone-age savages who will enforce strict rules of behavior and decorum upon those ruled. They will stifle dissent and oppress women and minorities.  The word of the theocracy will be ironclad law.  Life will revert pretty much back to how it was during the good old days of 12 BC. All color will be forbidden from their society.  Never mind the rainbow nonsense we celebrate here, they’ll be lucky to get lighter shades of sepia for their summer collection.

Someone else can explain how this is different from the US experience if you happen to express views not favored by our own version of the Taliban, the American media oligarchy.  Someone else can probably explain why it’s different that people there are forced to unquestioningly comply to edicts issued by a handful of religious zealots, whereas in the US, people only have to comply without question to the edicts of a handful of political zealots.

The Americans depended on ‘experts’ to fight the wars and to do what was necessary to achieve victory in Afghanistan.  They lost.  In fact, upon reflection, the Americans have not prevailed in any military conflict since World War 2.  The haunting memories of the abandoned people in Saigon as the American helicopters left have been revived again with the Afghanistan fiasco.  The experts were wrong…or we listened to the wrong experts.  The reliance of ‘experts’ has created a lazy populace who think that the government knows best.  As we’ve seen from the events of the last year and half during the Covid scam, the experts are failing us again.

People may have to take a page from the Taliban; fight for the core values of life that are important.  Don’t give up that fight.  The odds are good that the experts don’t know what they’re doing and we will prevail in the end. We should not suffer under the ineptitude of the ‘experts’.  So many disasters have befallen societies over history and many recent ones can be traced to the dependence on ‘experts’ to steer events.  Think of national debt defaults and bank collapses, most brought on because their stewardship were in the hands of ‘experts’. Like the military fiascos, eventually the beneficiaries of the Covid mayhem will be exposed.  It will be as ugly as Afghanistan.

Protest Du Jour

September 10th, 2010 No comments

link Thousands protest Koran burning plan in Afghan north | Reuters.

Thousands huh.  In looking into the demographics of Afghanistan, some interesting statistics come to light.  To begin with, Afghanistan is not exactly the next Club Med candidate.  For this impoverished nation, non dirt floors makes you middle class.  It’s unlikely that the new Iphone creates much of a stir among the youth and it’s a certainty that the circus of Lindsay, Paris and Justin have no following there. 

According to the CIA world factbook,, the total population is estimated to be just under 30 million people, though I’m not sure how you would go about trying to collect any census statistics.  I would think ‘of no fixed address’ could apply to a lot of people there.

In any event, the factbook says that just under half the population, 43% is between the ages of 0 to 14.  In addition, the median age is about 18.  Life expectancy is just over 44 years.  What this tells us is that this is a fairly hostile environment for humans. Survival is probably foremost in the minds of most citizens on any given day.  This includes the search for food, water, shelter, medicine and as well, the avoidance of bombs and gunfire.  If you are an 18 year old and your life is almost  half over, it’s unlikely that you would spontaneously give a rat’s ass about a small church in the US threatening to burn some holy books.  In a country where risk of AIDs is high and literacy is low, it’s a stretch that some pastor in some hick town on the other side of the planet is going to get you all lathered up.

While we can’t dismiss their political awareness, it’s unlikely that someone googled “Church in Gainesville”  and then everyone was all in a tizzy over the proposed burning.  If so, I can imagine the wives of these poor guys telling them to knock it off and get some food for the kids.  More likely, some guy came along and asked if anyone wanted to make a few quick drachmas or whatever the currency is for a few minutes of fist shaking and US flag burning.  Well, ‘why not’? they ask and voila, instant protest scene. 

18 year olds over in this part of the world couldn’t care less about things outside of their buddy group much less about who burns what books in Hicksville.  Something tells me the Afghan guys feel just the same.

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