Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Afghan government team attacked, Taliban fume over massacre

"The Islamic Emirate once again warns the American animals that the mujahideen will avenge them, and with the help of Allah will kill and behead your sadistic murderous soldiers," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, using the term by which the Islamist group describes itself.

In 1992, US forces arrived to provide humanitarian relief to Somalians who were starving as a result of the warlords. Then the following year, President Clinton ordered the capture of Mohamed Aidid setting in motion the events portrayed in the movie "Blackhawk Down". The former heroes who brought food were now seen as the enemy.

The US forgot, once again, a lesson from the past. Afghanistan did not ask us to come in an free them from the Taliban. We invaded their country looking for Osama bin Laden, then tried to couch the invasion by claiming we were there to liberate the Afghani people from the tyranny of the Taliban. After thousands of Afghani civilian deaths over the 10 years of the war, Osama bin Laden is shot in Pakistan. Is it any wonder that neither the Afghani people or military wants to be there anymore?

In the Boy Scouts, we are taught to leave the area better than you found it. The US is not going to be able to say that about Afghanistan. The Taliban is rebounding and will be stronger now than they were 10 years ago.


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