Sunday, January 25, 2009

Afghanistan - Irate About Civilian Casualties

Afghanistan is upset at us. Understandable.

A reported 16 civilians were killed in an overnight operation in Afghanistan Saturday night. This caused angry protests and increased tensions between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and the United States.

Fox News says, "Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans during U.S. military operations 'is strengthening the terrorists.'" If only our own leaders would admit that fact! After experiencing 9/11, we should realize the rage and the motivation that civilian deaths can give to a group of people. As Shane Claiborne points out in Jesus For President, imagine 100 9/11's, and that is what the Iraqi's have experienced. But after so much emphasis has been put on Iraq, we forget that civilian deaths are experienced in Afghanistan as well, and this will ignite anti-American emotions.

It is no surprise that the past 7+ years since 9/11 we have totally botched our response to that tragic day. We have not found and killed Bin Laden, but instead have taken out two countries and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. We have become more involved in the Middle East than ever before, which is a direct reason we were attacked on 9/11.

I have heard from a number of friends who have studied or traveled abroad (as well as from some of the international students I work with) that outside of the United States it has been Democratic and Obama-fever for the past couple years. Is it really a mystery why? He ran as the peace candidate! He said he would pull us out of Iraq, and that is all they wanted to hear. Now, granted he will continue our foreign intervention, the point is that across the world people are sick of the United State's military interventions. We should be as well.

3 comments:

jpberthiaume said...

1. We have not totally botched anything. We haven't been attacked in 7 years, something that many regarded as an impossibility.

2. We legally commit 130 9/11s every year on our own children, so anyone who supports abortion and then expresses some great injustice in what is happening in Iraq is a pot calling the kettle black.

The strategy in Iraq has been poor at times and mediocre at other times. That does not have any bearing on whether the war was right or wrong on the beginning, however.

DC said...

Judd,

1. You missed my point, but I have re-iterated it many times. I would recommend either The Revolution: A Manifesto or a more in-depth reading which is A Foreign Policy of Freedom if you want a better explanation of it.
2. Good point, but this blog is not simply about abortion. I cover many subjects, regardless of how small or miniscule they may seem. Regardless of the magnitude of an injustice, it is still an injustice. I agree that abortion is killing of the innocent, but that does not mean I will not address other injustices.

The war was on Iraq was wrong from the beginning, and that is where I stand. I totally agree with your statement, it does not matter how well it has gone when it comes to whether it was right or not. It was wrong from the beginning.

Thanks for the comment!

-DC

dane said...

Excellent post DC.

Justice is not served at the end of a gun, nor just because a President autographs a Bill into Law.

Justice is best served when minds are changed.

That can only be done be engagement, not by interventionalism. The Neo-Cons and Liberals want us to believe that if America doesn't send troops all over the globe, that is equivalent to isolationism. As Dr. Paul has stated numerous times, creating war isolates us more, decreases our liberty at home, increases the size of government and lines the pockets of those profiting from war.

BTW-Please keep us all updated on what is on you reading list...good stuff there as well...