An Interesting View on the US situation

kevinxin (Kevinxin)
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> The following is an observation by an Afghani-American
> writer. It's pretty sobering. Pass it on:
> I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing
> Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO
> Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing
> innocent people, people who had nothing to do with
> this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept
> collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later
> I heard some TV pundit discussing whether we "have the
> belly to do what must be done."
> And I thought about the issues being raised especially
> hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though
> I've lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of
> what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who
> will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.
> I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin
> Laden. There is no doubt in my mind that these people
> were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree
> that something must be done about those monsters.
> But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan.
> They're not even the government of Afghanistan. The
> Taliban are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took
> over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political
> criminal with a plan. When you think Taliban, think
> Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And
> when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the
> Jews in the concentration camps." It's not only that
> the Afghan people had nothing to do with this
> atrocity. They were the first victims of the
> perpetrators. They would exult if someone would come
> in there, take out the Taliban and clear out the rats
> nest of international thugs holed up in their country.
> Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow
> the Taliban? The answer is, they're starved,
> exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering. A few years
> ago, the United Nations estimated that there are
> 500,000 disabled orphans in Afghanistan -- a country
> with no economy, no food. There are millions of
> widows. And the Taliban has been burying these widows
> alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land
> mines, the farms were all destroyed by the Soviets.
> These are a few of the reasons why the Afghan people
> have not overthrown the Taliban.
> We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan
> back to the Stone Age. Trouble is, that's been done.
> The Soviets took care of it already. Make the Afghans
> suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses?
> Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done.
> Eradicate their hospitals? Done. Destroy their
> infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health
> care? Too late. Someone already did all that.
> New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs.
> Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In
> today's Afghanistan, only the Taliban eat, only they
> have the means to move around. They'd slip away and
> hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled
> orphans, they don't move too fast, they don't even
> have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul and dropping
> bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the
> criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it
> would only be making common cause with the Taliban --
> by raping once again the people they've been raping
> all this time. So what else is there? What can be
> done, then?
> Let me now speak with true fear and trembling. The
> only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there with
> ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly
> to do what needs to be done," they're thinking in
> terms of having the belly to kill as many as needed.
> Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about
> killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of
> the sand. What's actually on the table is Americans
> dying. And not just because some Americans would die
> fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin Laden's
> hideout.
> It's much bigger than that, folks. Because to get any
> troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through
> Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest
> of Pakistan would have to be first. Will other Muslim
> nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're
> flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.
> And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's
> exactly what he wants. That's why he did this. Read
> his speeches and statements. It's all right there. He
> really believes Islam would beat the West. It might
> seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the
> world into Islam and the West, he's got a billion
> soldiers. If the West wreaks a holocaust in those
> lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to
> lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of
> view. He's probably wrong, in the end the West would
> win, whatever that would mean, but the war would last
> for years and millions would die, not just theirs, but
> ours. Who has the belly for that?
> Bin Laden does. Anyone else?
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