I was just curious as to why 9/11 was never mentioned in your piece. You went into great detail about this documentary, and about Reagan's involvement in arming the Taliban, which was interesting, but you never mention 9/11. As a liberal who loves my country, and is serving in the military in Afghanistan, I have to say that this sort of angle is what the right uses to label us as country-hating, non-patriotic weaklings--because your article, and from what you've described, this documentary, is based on a culture of complaint. And to be fair, the documentary form is a biased form of art, and I'm sure the filmmaker takes his point of view and brings it across nicely through images; however, the truth is that your friend who is sad because she lost her view of the Kabul skyline would be greeted with the shrapnel and debris of exploding cars if those hescos were not there. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually. If those hescos were not present, the six-month figure that you gave would no doubt be more of a three-day figure. In short, the presence of security is meant to deter--and thankfully, it has in Kabul. I would also question your statement that it's been six months since the last attack in Kabul.
The truth about Afghanistan is that it is a breeding ground for extremists who would do away with your way of life. Any person who enjoys the comforts of a Western lifestyle should not take it for granted. This is the truth. July has been one of the bloodiest months since this war began eight years ago, and we are learning, and we are changing our tactics to diminish civilian casualties, and taking our fight directly to the Taliban. Regardless of what the administration did or did not do in the '80s, we have a responsibility today to make sure that extremist Islam does not prevail again the way it did in 9/11. Inaction is not justified by the wrongs of previous leaders. I don't know which analysts you are referring to that say the the US has "invented" the enemy, but the day you are present at a fallen soldier ceremony, where four, five coffins dressed with an American flag roll by, and the day you live through a mortar attack in the middle of a hot, sand-choked day, you look me in the eye and tell me this enemy is made up.
Jul 27 2009 - 4:42pm