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August 19, 2012

ENOUGH WARFARE FOR THE US

Filed under: Psychology and Politics — psychpol @ 9:19 pm

When almost 3000 of our citizens were slaughtered in 9/11, the Bush administration attacked the Taliban and terrorist camps. This after all was a reasonable thing to do, that is, to strike those who supported the murder of our citizens. However, we became embroiled in two prolonged wars.

With Iraq, it was said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them. He had a record of a bloody war with neighbor Iran. He had invaded the sovereign country of Kuwait in 1991. He had gassed to death 5000 Kurds who were citizens of Northern Iraq. It was thought that he would further destabilize the region.

Thus, we atacked Iraq, hunted Hussein and brought he and others to justice. Again, we spent years in a war that produced a semblance of a democratic government not yet liberated from internal sectarian violence.

And today, in both countries, the violence continues, often between Sunnis and Shiites. Their rivalry dates to the 10th century and the passing of the prophet, Mohammed.

Today, in the 21st century, there are enough dedicated fanatics to continue the terror, violence and mayhem, most often visited upon innocent civilians. The Taliban continues their dogmatically inspired struggle against the US and its allies in the Karzai government.

Our interventions have produced some freedoms, for example, for women and female children in Afghanistan and Iraq. Infrastructure has been built. Some positives have accrued to the people of both countries in the form of freedoms and hope for tomorrow.

Nonetheless, the conflicts are unresolved and increasing civil war is likely, especially if the US withdraws all support. The moderate influences in both countries are unable to stem the tide of hate, historical rivalry and brutality.

And for the US?  We have spent billions of taxpayer dollars. We have lost thousands of lives of fine young men and women who volunteered for military service. Daily, we see wounded warriors, lost limbs, head trauma (375,000), alarming rates of suicide (18 last week) and lives forever changed.

Yes, there are inspiring and courageous stories of recovery and moving forward. But not for those killed or permanentlty disabled. Or for their families, who have lost that which can never be recovered.

In Afghanistan, we see police and soldiers that we have trained, or other “allies”, turning their weapons on our troops. We see violent protests at the alleged abusing of the holy book of Islam. We do not witness such respect given to our ways of life, or our spiritual traditions. Tolerance is demanded, but it is a one way street.

How can any of us support the loss or maiming of one more fine American soldier? To what end have we given such blood and treasure?  We attacked those who murdered our people. We eliminated Bin Laden and many other Islamic facists. We destroyed the Taliban terrorist training camps.

In this regard, we achieved our goals. Why stay and allow more loss of life and ruined futures?

Let the US pull out of both countries. They are likely to descend into increasing civil and tribal warfare. Perhaps some permanent good will have come out of our intervention. But, it is time for us to leave.

Should radicals from those countries, or any country, choose to again attack us, the US should respond with all of its military might. Such attacks have certainly continued on a small scale for years since 9/11 (and for years before). And most agree that they will continue.

Those who support terror must be destroyed. Reason never works with fanatics. It is the fantasy of the narcissist. Only force will make the difference and give advantage to the birth of reason. 

In the Middle East, there is no question that theocracy and accompanying Sharia law are desired by many. This is reflected in the residue from the “Arab Spring,” as countries such as Egypt choose radical leadership. Again, we can co-exist, but should they attempt to perpetrate holy war, America should not hold back.

No more wars of halfhearted effort or force. We need fearless leadershp in this country, not sympathizers with the terrorists who would destroy us. Can’t we deliberately advocate for our own survival without feeling guilty or acting without backbone?

Time to withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. Should they or anyone else attack us, with the support of their governments, let there be no restraint. May we be forgiven  for the horrors that may be visited upon the innocent, but understood for our sacred mandate to protect our own people.

If Middle Eastern rivals wish to continue the madness within their own borders, let them do so. Maybe enlightenment will come one day.

But it is no longer our duty or responsibility to waste American lives.

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3 Comments »

  1. Well thought out and a call for peace. Yes!

    Comment by psychpol — August 19, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

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  3. Thank you. Seems to be an issue that we are avoiding, no?
    I welcome your readership of this newborn blog!

    Comment by psychpol — August 19, 2012 @ 9:39 pm


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