The Financial Times today has a column that at first sounds reasonable, but on reading, presents untenable arguments, ignoring the larger issue of the enormous rise of Islamism globally, and the Western thought that Islamism can be dealt with and assimilated to Western values.
The fight in Afghanistan is not about Afghanistan… it’s about the future of Western Civilization, of liberty, freedom, women’s and children’s rights, environmental rights, freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and the Rule of Law.
Really, Afghanistan is about basically everything we in the West have fought for for centuries.
Are we still willing to fight for our freedoms and liberties?
Wars are won by destroying the enemy forces and totally demoralizing enemy civilians until they understand they’ve been DEFEATED and decide to quit fighting. Sherman understood this in the American Civil War. Wilson did not understand it in WW1. FDR and Churchill understood it in WW2… no one has understood it since.
There is NO WAY 21st-Century, industrial-power armies EVER will demoralize a bunch of 7th-Century warriors off the field. KILL THEM. Or GO HOME.
Here’s a reality check for everyone re: insurgency: It takes two to play.
For America to lose a “war” against insurgents means that America’s leaders have chosen to expend lives of Americans in an insurgent “war”. No reason in the world exists to do so, and not one thing in Afghanistan is worth the life of a single American.
Fighting “insurgency” warfare is a CHOICE our leaders DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE.
This is EXACTLY why we have nuclear weapons. Truman (D) used them to avoid huge casualties. It’s what is needed now for the same reason. Inside or outside a cave, properly-administered nukes would solve the immediate problem. And if they are near the SWAT border, fine. Should this create a larger theater of operations, say, with Pakistan joining in, well, It’s basically a failed country attacking its neighbors anyway and everyone in the region would be better off without it. Let India take care of Pakistan as it slides toward nuclear chaos.
These barbarians either can stop killing those who don’t have their same 7th-Century beliefs, leave us alone, live in their own friggin’ caves and sandpits and fight among other stone-age idiots… or they can just DIE.
The other advantage, and a not-insignificant one, is that it would put the world on notice that Americans are no longer going to sit around and wait to be killed by barbarians demanding to return to a 7th-Century Arab desert lifestyle of chattel slavery, of NO rights for women or children, that we regard freedom, liberty, women’s and children’s rights, environmental rights, etc., as important enough to KILL anyone fighting to destroy modernity and civilization itself.
Of course that would take a LEADER who BELIEVED IN AMERICA, and in Western Civilization generally, and we don’t have one of those right now.
You don’t like Western values? That means you don’t like any of the freedoms you use every single day and which we once planned to pass on to our posterity. With 1.57 B Muslims now on the planet, a 30% increase in a decade, and with Western Civilization in a depopulation mode globally, and with a Muslim apologist as President of the US, it seems fairly clear that the “multiculturalists” are about to find out that their anti-Westernism means the death of liberties fought for for centuries, and that our children will be living in a new Dark Age.
Thanks, Libs… good work. Your appallingly ignorant belief in cultures which HATE Western values YOU DEMAND more than anyone else… is about to destroy Western Civilization. Future historians, assuming there will BE any, will never be able to figure out how we raised generations of people as completely IGNORANT of the real world, so appallingly so that they willingly allowed Sharia law to overtake not only the 14th Amendment of the US in various localities (and here), but ultimately, to overtake Western Civilization itself.
The bad guys in Afghanistan need to be nuked NOW, or we may as well come home, pull our troops from Germany and Japan and Korea and everywhere else they are stationed and begin worrying about how to keep Western liberty alive as Muslims take over Asia and Europe.
Because demographics IS destiny… and not stopping these barbarians NOW likely means they will not be stopped EVER…
If the leaders of the most powerful military in the history of the known universe allow America to be defeated in Afghanistan, no other Western power ever again will take the field against Islamism.
The Islamists KNOW this… it is Western “leaders” who do not.
Europe already is hugely populated by Islamists… and Londonistan is called that for a reason. For America to be defeated by these barbarians in Afghanistan will give them a green light globally to increase their killing of civilized people.
Stopping these animals NOW will be less costly than stopping them LATER.. if we have the will to save Western Civ later … at all, which is more and more in doubt every day we watch Obama, the UN, etc., bow down to these killers.
Let me repeat: The fight in Afghanistan is not about Afghanistan.
And for all those still wanting to turn the other cheek… that’s a WESTERN VALUE not practiced by these Islamists… if you’re going to insist that you are “multiculturalist,” isn’t it time you understood what that means? It does NOT mean putting stupid little COEXIST bumper stickers on your car and pretending everyone wants to get along… THEY DON’T WANT TO GET ALONG… DON’T YOU GET THAT YET?
THEY WANT YOU DEAD. They will MAKE YOU DEAD… unless THEY ARE KILLED FIRST.