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Why We Love the Afghanistan War
We love the war because of all the various support industry that provides services and comfort for our troops. We love the war because we have the lofty ideal that democracy really should be everywhere because it equals freedom in the equation. We cannot understand why people do not really want it. American troops are the best in combat and in training others how to fight, police, yet, why do Afghans, after being trained for months, act like pussies or turn and fire on their trainers. We love the Afghanistan war because we do the right things, at least try. We build roads, repair old dams, rebuild infrastructure that western societies have, they we hand it over to the trained Afghan military and police and repeat it in another province. God, what is wrong with the Afghan people? Maybe, it is like when a woman says No to a guy, yet the guy continues to try. Maybe they are saying No and we simply cannot stop trying.
So many good intentions have gone awry in Afghanistan, it is funny. We move one step forward, then, the Afghans step two steps back. Take Ghulam Hazrat, who six months ago was a Taliban commander (yes, you heard me right). He led others when attacking American troops, no doubt, has some US blood on his hands. Part of the American plan is to reintegrate former Talibaners into the new Afghan democracy. My question is why? Whatever. Now, he and ten of his Taliban soldiers, have been trained as Afghan policemen! OMG, LOL. Such an idiot idea. They are salaried employees. They patrol and enforce the law in their assigned district by doing what they do best, imposing an Islamic tax on those within his district. Did we just enter the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits? This is what he did as Taliban. His view on this is typical of the problem America faces, " the government is telling me to fight the Taliban and protect the area so we must ask the people for help in order to take care of my myself and friends". Huh? Dude, that is why you get a salary! Hmm, I guess Afghans lack the mental capacity to understand. Thus, he and his men now work for the Afghan government as local police insisting people give money to them.
How much? Seems they demand a tenth of their earnings, which in their money is a lot. The amount is identical to when he was a Taliban. The people are very unhappy about this. In Kunduz, the same problem exists.
Not only do the local police get a salary, they tax their people for support. The US program is a favorite of Gen. Pateaeus, who calls it a key part to the counterinsurgency effort. These former Taliban fighters are trained by US Special Forces. Now they learn American techniques that enhance their own. They have trained 6200 so far and they exist in 41 districts but now their a concern that this may backfire because it encourages the local warlords to tax . In a private study, the conclusion is that the program is failing because the local police are very unreliable and subject to real Taliban influence and now these police are feared by the population.
Basically, the change is cosmetic. Now instead of looking like Taliban, many of the local police wear official police uniforms but are no different than Taliban by imposing Islamic tax. In fact, many of police are Taliban. Instead of calling them Taliban, they are now called "Arbakai".
That is why we love the Afghanistan war. Whatever we try to do, it is good intentions gone bad.