Let This Memorial Day Be Different
After nearly a decade of fighting, spending over a trillion dollars, and sacrificing close to 7,000 promising young American lives, we hear the news — Taliban win battle in Afghanistan. Of course, it is just a small battle; we are going to win the war regardless. Are we? Think again.
This war has lasted nearly twice the duration of the World War II and there is no sign of a winner on the horizon. On the contrary, many think now that the most powerful nation on Earth in the history of world has lost to the most primitive nation-state of our time.
You can slice and dice it in any way that you want but there is no escaping the fact that the USA can never win in Afghanistan in the way Commander-in-Chief Barak Obama is waging his war. The way he is going, he could add to the age-old adage — no foreign power has ever won in Afghanistan.
Let’s ponder for a moment, before Memorial Day, and reflect on all those great souls who made the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us can have better lives. Let’s deliberate for a moment, in the 10th year in the war: Are we better off now than we were before the war started?
Can we really win in Afghanistan?
I bet we can. For the sake of human race we must. Our failure would push that small country back to the middle-ages, give strength to radical Islam and make the lives of millions of Afghan women subhuman.
It is time to take a breather and understand that the American military industrial complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us, is tarnishing this country for the benefit of a handful of people and ordinary people must come to terms with that. Wealth is being concentrated increasingly in the hands of a few, forcing millions of people into dire poverty. The extreme frustration has given birth to the Tea Party movement. Leaders such as Sarah Palin and Rand Paul are gaining strength at the expense of more sensible Republican leaders.
Let’s not just pass another Memorial Day in meaningless barbecues but consider, contemplate and think for ourselves and the future of our children.
In the next article, I will write about how we can win in Afghanistan.