I am an American who backs whatever choice the Afghan people make in regards to the government we’ve been nurturing in their country. I believe in free will. I do not believe in tyranny. Taliban believe in tyranny.
Most Americans with whom I am acquainted know next to nothing about Afghanistan ~ the country in which the United States has been waging war for around 12 years. The two countries have a relationship ~ but it could be better ~ much better. As far as I am concerned, that better relationship begins right here with me. At times it may not seem so, but I’m quite serious about this. Just because we’re getting a divorce certainly doesn’t mean we have to be enemies. However, that might occur if the Taliban end-up ruling in Afghanistan. But that’s up to the citizens of Afghanistan.
April 5, 2014, about a week from now, an election is on that nation’s schedule to happen, more intense & important than any to which I’ve ever been privy. Lot’s of people are dying. I’m sorry about that. The fighting, as observed from my perch on the other side of our planet, is fierce. And it’s between the Afghans, nobody else, although each side has its own back-up & loyal & un-loyal tribes. Somehow, the Afghan government & my government have made it this way. And it’s about as fair as it can get. It’s just too bad there’s so much bloodshed. I blame that on the Taliban.
They are the sons of Afghanistan ~ but not the only sons of that country. I back the Afghan National Army. They are also sons (and daughters) of Afghanistan ~ and are democratic rather than tyrannical like their fierce but not fiercer opponents, the Taliban, who governed for a while but not right now. Presently, if the Taliban want to govern they must run for election, campaign & be elected ~ or blow the whole thing to pieces if the rest of Afghanistan and its brand new army let’s them. Also, I must add, if the Taliban do get elected sometime in the misty future, they’ve got to uphold a democratic rather than instigate a tyrannical rule, or, like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, they quite possibly won’t be ruling for but a few months.
The Taliban have nobody to blame but themselves for the presence of my countrymen & others in Afghanistan. You don’t coddle the murderer of 3,000 American citizens on American soil (September 11, 2001) and likely get away with it. The staunch and fierce Taliban are doomed as long as they are unwilling to compromise ~ and that’s how they appear to be ~ uncompromising. I’ve read that at one time they were kind of like folk heroes. But it looks to me now that nobody likes them, not even their own people. If they think their own people are only Pashtun, I beg to defer. Their people now include all the other Afghans too. Sorry.
One last thing ~ the Taliban or any other extremist-group highjacking of the Islamic faith is not appreciated by the truly religious anywhere on Earth. Go ahead & ask Benazir Bhutto, the Islamic prime minister twice of Pakistan who was assassinated, as she rolls in her grave with each murder that the misled Talibanee commit in her neighboring country as well as in her own.
Afghan National Army ~ new heroes in town