CAN ANYONE PROVE KARZAI IS BETTER THAN THE TALIBAN?
Do we actually call what we are doing in Afghanistan a war? Recent estimates are that 88% of the people support what we call “the enemy.” The German’s were much more popular than us during their occupation of France during World War 2. What does that say about our friends? Even Petain and Laval, the French Vichy traitors, had more public support that Karzai has in Afghanistan.
There is some indication that Afghanistan would rather have us change sides, fight Karzai, our Indo-Israeli puppet, and let us leave, believing we had won. What have we accomplished? We have created the greatest narcotics empire in the history of the world, recruited tens of thousands to fight against us and have bankrupted, not only ourselves but fragile Pakistan, whose flirtation with democracy is being smothered. We could have simply attacked ourselves and cut out the middle man, unless, of course, the plan was for things to end up exactly as they are right now.
LESSONS OF VIETNAM
It isn’t like we have an excuse for forgetting Vietnam. Even though all but 700,000 of the nearly 3 million veterans are dead, countless poisoned by Agent Orange, still, enough are around that remember the reality over the myth. Vietnam was another American “Karzai,” a hated puppet, first Diem and then Thieu, extremists, weak, men of no vision nor character, the perfect match for their Washington DC counterparts. An honest casualty figure for Vietnam would make it the most costly war in human lives in American history.
Hiding the fact that over one million Americans died of causes directly related to the war has been critical in denying, not only the cost of war as national policy but also as a massive social and psychological disaster, one America never recovered from. When we lost our “best and brightest” in that generation, this wasn’t simple rhetoric. The post Vietnam era has been the most significant period of backpedaling, personal income, standard of living, human rights and personal freedoms and, in particular, our lost vision of a great country. “I went to Vietnam and all I got was Reaganomics, cancer and this t shit.”
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE
Our only surviving questions are not about if we have a problem or if we can survive but which aspect of our failures secured our doom. I could see it coming as soon as politicans and big haired preachers got close to a TV camera, we were in for it. What started out as a mixture of Josef Goebbels and Elmer Gantry, tuned in to maximize racial hatred, soon morphed into the social disease of apocalypse myth, Islamophobia and the fruition of the hatreds Nixon and Agnew yanked from the darkest recesses of America’s soul.