Friday, November 19, 2010

Lost in General Petraeus' Afghanistan

Now that Canadian troops  will remain in Afghanistan until 2011 2014 forever.

"We might be pressured obviously, but I think the prime minister has made this perfectly clear. March of 2014 is when we will be leaving," Cannon said at a news conference.

Because we've heard that one before. 

And since many Canadians think that we're going back to being the boy scouts. Training people to kill others, instead of killing them ourselves. 

Maybe it's time Canadians took a closer look at what's going on in Afghanistan these days.

The US is escalating its assault on the Taliban with a sharp rise in bombing and missile raids, more relaxed rules on the destruction of civilian property and the deployment of heavily armoured M1 Abrams tanks to Afghanistan for the first time.

Nato planes dropped about 1,000 bombs and missiles last month, more than at any time since the early stages of the war in 2001.

Because now we're lost in General Petraeus' Afghanistan. And the man is acting like a maniac.

In the most fiercely contested areas, especially in Zhare District, but also in parts of neighboring Panjwai and Arghandab Districts, American troops have been routinely destroying almost every unoccupied home or unused farm building in areas where they are operating.

Killing more civilians in order to liberate them? Destroying villages in order to save them? In a war that's supposed to be about winning hearts and minds? Why does that sound so familiar?

The horror. The horror.

But at least Colonel Kurtz was insane. Petraeus is just ambitious. All hail the American Caesar.

Any Canadian who thinks our boy scouts aren't going to get caught up in this military and moral nightmare, must be delusional.

But then so many don't want to know what's really going on in Afghanistan. It's too depressing. The Afghans don't know why we're there.

And neither do we.That's why the Cons and the Liberals can get away with not holding a vote in Parliament.

And Afghanistan is just a bad movie that nobody wants to watch.

Although this one is excellent...

Because it's got everything eh? They march them up the hill. They don't know what they're doing there. They fight, they kill, they die, they go half crazy. And then they march them down again.

Except that now it's even darker. It's General Petraeus' Afghanistan. He's a man in a hurry. And who knows into what moral abyss his ambition could lead our soldiers?

Oh well, as Kurtz said:

We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army...

You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.

The horror. The horror...

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