There is no point in trying anymore. Not because there are no good people left (there are) or because the people don’t have a rich history worth trying to save (they do) or because the land itself doesn’t possess resources the world could use (it does).
It’s time to give up on Afghanistan because there are too many people there who are primarily motivated by blood lust. They can say it’s about religion, but that’s bullshit. They just want to kill everyone who doesn’t agree with them. There is no religion on earth, including Islam, that actually teaches this.
The problem with Afghanistan – and with a very few other “nations” which are basically tribal holdovers from the Bronze Age (having cell phones and AK-47s does not make you “modern”) – is that there is no place for young men. This is most obvious in the Middle Eastern “nations” going out at far as Pakistan, but you also see it throughout Africa, and you’re going to see it in India and China, very soon, as well. (Although in those two cases it will be because there are simply too many young men.)
(Incidentally … I use the quotation marks because Afghanistan, along with the other tribal societies left on planet Earth, does not have any of the infrastructure or policies, much less the benefits, offered by real nations. So they don’t get that level of respect from me.)
Why am I so sure of this? Let me give you the three most basic reasons.
First: unemployment. Young men don’t have anything to do. They don’t have jobs, because there is no industry. They are young, meaning they are energetic, aggressive, and impatient. People with that profile who have nothing constructive to do are very easily led into a life of crime. That is what terrorism is. It is crime, and the mullahs who encourage these young men to indulge in it are not religious leaders but crime bosses.
Second: education. Young men in Bronze Age “nations” like Afghanistan have none. Many if not most of the young men in tribal societies are illiterate. Where do you think they are going to learn anything? From the mouths of mullahs, that’s where. From the very people who want them (the young men) to think there is some glorious heaven awaiting them if they blow themselves up trying to kill Americans. These young men haven’t even read the Koran. They CAN’T. All they know about Islam is what the crime bosses are telling them.
Third: sex. Young men in tribal societies can basically only get it by rape. They don’t have any money or property (see above re: unemployment) so they can’t get married. And the older men who can afford it take multiple wives, so there are fewer women to go around. Put a bunch of unemployed, ignorant, sexually frustrated young men together in a room, and how hard do you think it’s going to be to stir them up into doing something violent? Not very damn hard.
The mullahs are responsible for all three of these factors. The so-called (and self-identified) “religious leaders” of tribal societies are 100% responsible for keeping young men uneducated, unemployed, and unmarried. They are getting what they want out of the situation – the world is paying attention to them – even though they produce NOTHING except violence and stupidity.
Islam is not our enemy, and it’s past time we stopped throwing money at it. Get out of there. Let those mullahs keep running their young men into walls. We will lose fewer American lives (and allies) if we just live with the occasional – and it will be *very* occasional, not common, because these mullahs are not so smart - terrorist attack.
Not only that, eventually what’s left of the tribal society is going to get sick of this shit. They are going to see that they suddenly have so few young men left that women are going to have to start doing “men’s work.” And if you think women are just as naturally violent and destructive as men, you would be wrong. Women can be antisocial. They can be full of rage. They can be killers. But they are not, worldwide, history-wide, the group that starts and continues wars. That would be old men, and the old men are not fighting the wars themselves … they are fighting them with armies of young men.
I don’t think we’ll see world peace in my lifetime. I don’t think peace is actually a natural state for humans. The nations that have achieved long-term internal peace are so few they are hardly representative. The one common denominator that those nations share is that they are secular nations. They don’t let religion run the government. Even if they *have* an official religion, which some of them actually do.
Civil law and religious law are not the same thing, and figuring that out is key to being a successful, modern nation. Afghanistan is about 500 years behind the curve on that. We can’t teach them. We can’t show them. Like any other idiot, they will only learn from their own mistakes.
So I say let’s cut our losses. Let’s get our people out of there, do what we can to secure the borders, and let the tribes go back to killing each other like they used to.
We can deal with the eventual winner. It’s not our job to choose that winner. All the options suck, anyway. If we’re going to do anything, we should be trying to set up an underground railroad to get women out of there. But trying to impose order? Trying to “nation build?” Complete waste of time, money, and lives.
Get out. Now.