Thursday, September 14, 2006

Today's Cartoon: NATO Refuses to Send Reinforcements to Afghanistan

Well, it looks like the invasion of Afghanistan has now turned into the evasion of Afghanistan, as NATO allies refuse to send reinforcements into battle. And really, who can blame them?

Oh sure their "official" response may be that their militaries are stretched to the limits, but that's just a diplomatic way of saying that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the sacrifice. Then again, why would any country want to continue sending troops there when they already know what the outcome is going to be, regardless of what might take place on the battlefield. All they have to do is read up on its history to understand that.

It appears to me that the Taliban was able to regroup basically because the Afghan people allowed them to do so, otherwise they would have resisted and the coalition forces wouldn't be in the situation that they find themselves in today. And why would the people of Afghanistan want the Taliban to come back? Because for better or for worse, they had been the only kind of stable form of government Afghanistan has had after decades of war.

Ultimately, the outcome of the war in Afghanistan is going to be decided by the people of Afghanistan (not the United States) because it is being fought on their behalf (or at least, supposed to be). Therefore, if they've decided to allow the Taliban to come back to the point that NATO now has to call for reinforcements after almost 5 years of occupation, then it would seem as though the people of Afghanistan have also made their choice as to who they really want in charge of their country; which ironically, is about as close to a "democracy" as that country has ever been.

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