So this morning I read with amazement about the shooting of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. Soldier.
The Afghan community is up in arms about this, the Taliban are screaming once more for blood vengeance, and our own President is once again stuck having to try and explain the actions of one of our military personnel.
Personally, I can’t seem to muster much outrage over this. It seems that it is perfectly OK for Afghan “civilians” to target our military personnel with IEDs, and it is OK for the Taliban to masquerade as Afghan police officers and kill their own people. But let a single, fed-up soldier shoot a bunch of people and suddenly we’re the great Satan again.
Hey, Afghan people – we didn’t HAVE to be there at all. You could have cleaned up your own mess and taken care of the Taliban, but you didn’t. You could have turned over Osama Bin Laden to UN forces, but you didn’t. Funny, but I never saw a single New Yorker or a single member of the Pentagon or a single family member of the Flight 93 victims get an apology from your country.
So, you want us do something to this soldier? Sure thing, folks.
Let’s give the guy a medal and bring him home to a parade.
Now that I’ve got some of you appropriately outraged over my supposed take on this (I'm SURE some of you were actually pumping your fists in the air in agreement - neanderthals), here’s how I really feel. The hawks in the military are completely to blame for this, for forcing soldiers into re-deployment scenarios that put the most emotional and mental stress imaginable on them, and the defense department is to blame for putting our soldiers in a situation that just smacks of Vietnam all over again. They see their buddies get atomized by IEDs and they can't really do anything about it because no one can tell the civilians from the terrorists and Jesus help us if we kill the wrong ones.
Accountability. It’s something we don’t seem to want people to have anymore in this country unless they are poor. It sure as hell isn’t something we encourage other countries to foster in their own population. I mean, if you help terrorists then you ARE a terrorist. Just like if you helped Nazis, you WERE a Nazi. It’s quid pro quo time, Clarisse.
And for cryin’ out loud, Mr. President, how much more do we have to “invest” in Afghanistan? They don’t want us there, Karzai’s government isn’t going to hold up no matter what we do, and the people are pissed at having democracy forced on them. History shows that no occupying force has EVER managed to come out ahead in Afghanistan. In fact, I'd bet both my asses that the Russians are sitting around drinking vodka and laughing their asses off at our predicament. Because, see, they've BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT ALREADY.
Get us out of there, keep us out of there, and simply tell them the NEXT time they allow terrorists to germinate in the sands of their land we’ll just carpet bomb them and save time and money.