You are leading us down a false-dichotomy. There is no reason why we can't pull out while simultaneously not be pissing on the corpses of our slain enemies
. On the contrary, the fact that we want to pull out of Afghanistan makes it even more important that we treat our slain enemies with respect.http://www.cfr.org/afghanistan/taliban- ... /p10551#p5
The Taliban is not a monolith; it has various factions and includes people who join it for varied motives, ranging from global jihad to local grievances, say experts.
This is the face of one of our enemies. A militia group composed of many factions. We can't win a political fight against a non-entity. The fastest way out of Afghanistan is making peace with the Taliban and leaving. But how do you make peace with a fractured group with no real central structure?
Its not as easy as just "leave the damn place". We still have goals to accomplish in our retreat. I'm not naive enough to believe we're there to "benefit" Afghanistan. We are their for our own political reasons, among them... to eliminate Al Queda. If not that, then we are there to ensure that Afghanistan will never again be the location where Al-Queda can plan terror attacks against the West. Basically, we are there for selfish American / Western reasons.
Perhaps stepping into this hornet's nest 11 years ago was a mistake. I dunno, I couldn't vote back then, so this war is a tax that we've inherited from our fathers. But regardless of the situation, we need to step out of Afghanistan while ensuring our goals are met. Every time a Sergent murders innocents
, or our troops mutilate the corpses of our enemies
means we lose the hearts and minds of the Afghani population.
Regardless of whether we are staying or going... we must expect the best behavior from our troops... and deliver on it. Our troops need to respect the locals as well as their culture, and part of that means we shouldn't be teaching "total war" on Islam in our academies.
Mind you, I'm positive we are acting as better occupiers than our grandfathers did when they occupied Japan
. But today, we have the disadvantage of cheap commodity cameras and recording equipment. A single
mistake from our troops is amplified into a powerful recruiting tool. In light of this, we must be extra careful and ensure every last soldier treats everyone with proper respect.
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