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I Have No Idea Why Americans Are In Afghanistan + Never Heard of 9/11
Unless you are an educated Afghan (30% are), the remaining 70% are illiterate and when asked about foreign troops in their country or about 9/11 in NYC in 2001, most have no clue to either. Some Afghans have never even heard of the NYC attack. Even the teachers in many schools only have a vague understanding that "something happened" in a far away land. Of course, educated Afghans do know the significance to both but they are in a minority. Of the 70% who barely have electricity, many think America did it to themselves as a ploy to invade Afghanistan as part of some colonial conquest for Afghanistan's riches (which are what exactly?).Thus, buy into the Taliban reasoning as the reason to fight and kill Americans and it is hard mindset to dispel. In two provinces where the US surge sent the most US troops, of the men polled, 92% they had no clue about the 9\11 event. It is hard to win the hearts and minds if the Aghans don't even understand why America is there. Most think America is out to destroy Islam. Even among the educated, many think the attacks were a Jewish conspiracy and wanted a pretext to invade Afghanistan. Worse, many do not believe that al-Qaeda had anything to do with the attacks. Among those in the university there, nearly all of them are aware of the 9\11 event and why America is there and most think a civil war will return when America leaves. It is what happened when the Soviets left.
It is no wonder that the American adventure in this desolate, worthless country has been a waste of billions of dollars over 10 years. They thought this in 2001 and they still think the same way!