Marines fan out along the Afghan-Pakistan border in the hopes of prevent fighters from crossing the treacherous hillside passageways on their way to destabilize the fragile Afghan government. However, the Marines are stretched thin. Trying to secure a border region larger than the state of Connecticut is a daunting task with an adequate number of troops. Doing it with no more than a couple thousand is a lost cause.
This war started with a lot of promise. Our aim was to kill or capture those responsible for not only the attacks on September 11, but attacks that caused the deaths of thousands around the world. Eight years later, America has grown weary of this war. People have forgotten the justification and we are now on the verge of defeat. Not military defeat, but political defeat. While the Taliban and Al Qaeda have suffered greatly at the hands of our armed forces, the suffering may be high in intensity, but low in scope. This is not because of the inability of our troops, but the lack of political will of our leaders.
A football team can have the best players in the league, but if the coach only sends three players on the field at one time, defeat is almost a given. In the league of military power the United States military is first in its league. The Taliban and Al Qaeda are like a third rate high school junior varsity team. However, for the last eight years we have kept most of our team on the sidelines.
Although President Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan may in the end, put me in harm’s way as a soldier, I cannot put my safety over the safety of the nation. This is not a war of convenience. This is not a war we can choose to fight or not. We face a fight for civilization itself and not a fight we can lose. You hear the clichés all the time. People say that they hate us because of our freedoms. This is just not true. Their goal is more than to just exact revenge for our test passing on their holy lands. Their aim is to install sharia law on a global scale. Anything less would be defeat in their minds. They are driven by religious dogma and will not listen to reason. We have treated this as if it were a fight where we can simply manage the enemy. We have been reluctant to use brutal force for fear of creating more terrorists. However, I ask you whether fighting the Nazis would have created more Nazis?
Allowing for fanatic theocracies to set up shop in Afghanistan in allowing Al Qaeda to be the only disseminators of information is how terrorists are created. People in extreme economic situations, being fed anti-aggressive propaganda will become terrorists. This recipe for terrorism is applicable in every situation. We see this in religious cults both at home and abroad. We also see this in political movements which aim to destabilize civilization because they’ve been so brainwashed with propaganda that when they hear the truth, they dismiss it as propaganda meant only to undermine their cause.
It is the leadership of these terrorist groups who seek power and control who are the slave masters. They understand that an economically prosperous Afghanistan would destroy their ability to find new recruits. This is why Al Qaeda seeks to destabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and India.
To those who argue against the war in Afghanistan on economic grounds, I would like to remind you that the Taliban and Al Qaeda aims to not only destabilize Afghanistan, but to destabilize a Pakistan armed with nuclear weapons. The Taliban plans to drive us out of Afghanistan so that they can use it as a launching pad for terror attacks against the fragile Pakistani government. After the collapse of the Pakistani government, the Taliban would have free reign in Pakistan. A Taliban government armed with nuclear weapons could hold the rest of the world hostage. They could use the weapons to threaten neighboring countries, or sell them on the black market. Now with this prospect in mind, what do you think would be the economic consequences of an American city being leveled by nuclear weapon?
We sit here in America not knowing how dangerous the world really is. We live in the ultimate luxury in take it for granted. The most impoverished of us live like kings compared to most people around the world. Yes our state of luxury also allows us the luxury of ignorance. We forget that there are those around the world, indoctrinated by fanatical dogma, who truly believe that they are killing in the name of God. There are only two ways to stop this. You prevent it by spreading education around the world, and you eliminate it by killing or capturing those already infected by the bacteria of indoctrination.