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Getting your arse kicked for what?

28 Feb

Across the world there are now daily protests against the American troops stationed in foreign countries.

The latest spate of protests, and a spark in the latest killings of American troops, is the result of a couple of American soldiers in their military base throwing out a couple of confiscated Korans which were going to be burnt with the rest of the garbage. The Korans were saved from being burnt by some Afghan worker in the base.

The spark that was ignited by the news of the attempted burning has ignited a powder keg of resentment that has been building up in the Afghan people against a war that had been going on for the last ten years. They are tired of a government which cannot guarantee their safety or deliver any of the basic needs required to have a reasonable standard of living. The people also feel that the government is totally corrupt. The foreign troops are seen to be unsympathetic to their feelings and to be on the side of President Hamid Karzai who leads the inefficient and corrupt government. This has now resulted in the local population turning more and more to the Taliban who have for years been saying that the government and foreign troops are in cahoots to eradicate Islam in the Middle East.

Now we see thousands of Afghans streaming into the streets burning American flags (why not any of the other countries that also have troops there?) and shouting out that the American must all be killed!

What was to be an orderly withdrawal of all foreign troops by the end of next year after training Afghan troops, police and civil servants leaving behind a functioning democracy now seems to just a pipe dream. The unrest against all foreigners has united the local population in a common goal which in turn has resulted in chaotic violence destroying any chance of a peaceful withdrawal of the very troops they want to get rid of.

Western countries which have troops station in Afghanistan are being targeted and are powerless to stop the killing of their personnel by the very people they are supposed to be looking after. All civilian staff in the American, French and German military missions have been evacuated.

Now for those who follow history we have the making of another nightmare.

The French left  Vietnam in 1954 after the battle at Dien Bien Phu where they really got their arses kicked by the communist forces. They were replaced by the Americans who really thought that after the Korean war they would be able to stop the communists from taking over in Vietnam. But in April 1975 it would be the turn of the Americans to beat a hasty retreat out of Vietnam with their tail between their legs. The evacuation culminated in Operation Frequent Wind, which was the largest helicopter evacuation in history. But that is another story for another day.

Now with protests against the Western Alliance spreading to other countries such as Pakistan are we going to see yet another hasty retreat by foreign troops? Is there any reason for them to stay in countries where the population don’t want them to be, should they not leave them to their own devices?

An interesting read can be found at :-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Saigon

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Getting your arse kicked for what?

  1. Sonel

    28/02/2012 at 15:31

    I say if people want to fight, let them and don’t interfere. Those troups should leave where they’re not wanted if their lives could be in danger. They have families and loved ones too.

     
    • paul

      28/02/2012 at 15:44

      It’s all politics.
      From my view it seems based around the flow of oil to the Western countries. Nobody really seems to care how many people get blown to bits and sent home in a body bag. Or if there is really any threat to your own country many miles away. Sad.

       
      • Sonel

        28/02/2012 at 16:25

        It sure seems like it Paul. I just hate politics and try to stay clear of it as I don’t understand it either or why people treat each other like this, but what you say is so true. It’s a sad case indeed.

         
      • paul

        29/02/2012 at 08:35

        I dislike politics as well but every now and then there is something that just gets me thinking. In this case it was more a thought on how would the Western alliance manage to gracefully bow out of a war that they can never win. They really dont have too many option left and it will be interesting to see how they do it.

         
  2. 68ghia

    28/02/2012 at 17:55

    Don’t know why they’re still there.
    Obviously, there’s money to be made, otherwise they would have left loooong ago.
    Does Afghanistan have any export other than Opium and muslims?

    Is there oil there?
    If there is, that would be your answer then.

    Can you imagine the rest of the world being held by the short and curlies by a bunch of pissed off Arabs with access to lots of guns?

     
    • paul

      29/02/2012 at 08:32

      They are making money out of Afghanistan. All those military contracts back in the States will be making a lot of people very rich.

       
  3. colonialist

    28/02/2012 at 22:30

    I am thinking that a New World Order, so feared and vilified, wouldn’t be a bad idea. Get some intelligent people in charge for a change, and anyone who wants to get uptight about outdated books being burnt gets their backsides kicked. Countries are not left to carry on with illegal or exploitive regimes, whether or not they have oil. Abuses against women or minorities stop forthwith, whether within a ‘culture’ or not. Pirates and suchlike, and countries that harbour them, get squished, fast. Etc.

     
    • paul

      29/02/2012 at 08:30

      But humans would still find a reason to pull in all different directions. And who would run the New World Order without becoming power hungry?
      Reading in Animal Farm we find that total power corrupts more than anything else.

       

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