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Rethink Afghanistan

These six videos will take a little more than an hour of your time, in total:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPUwQGmMSm0&feature=player_embedded#[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3I6SxMpivo&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4teO_XDtkLk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krHV9iT20zw&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7jAT0FAGBc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjE2wMWMJwI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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  1. Have no fear. Your chance for surrender are here. All rolled up in H.R.3699.

    Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), H.R.3699 would ‘prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.’

  2. Afghanistan is Obama’s war. He will have to make a decision soon.

    The problem is, Iran could and likely will trigger a world war and they seem to be schooling us right now.

  3. Neftali

    It’s not Obama’s war. It’s our war. Democrats and Republicans alike.

    These videos are a good documentary of the events, but there is a little too much of an anti-US military tint for my taste.

    For example, in the 4th video, a woman said “All they are doing is killing innocent civilians.” I’d like to hear more commentary from our troops to what they think of that statement. And since when are our troops putting guns to little girls’ heads? That statement is absurd.

    We can’t undo what’s been done as far as previously funding the rebels to fight the Soviets. (Question to ponder – if we didn’t provide that funding, would Afghanistan be under Russian control today?)

    The second video about the underlying potential problem of a destabilized Pakistan is an eye-opener. But it looks like that country is coming around. Their literacy rate has increased dramatically in recent years. (see link below). Increased literacy provides increased awareness, and with that comes increased understanding. Pakistan may not be lurking problem that video makes it out to be.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Literacy_Rate_Pak_%281951_-_2008%29.jpg

    The video about women’s rights was very disturbing. I think we did the right thing in 2001 by taking the Taliban out of power and setting up a real government. Unfortunately, the idiots that took over are fundamentalist jerks. We didn’t anticipate this, so we obviously need to get them to amend their laws to make it illegal to rape and abuse women. But how?

    So what’s the alternative? Pull out? Allow Al-Qaeda to regroup in Afghanistan, give them time to reestablish their capital and plan more attacks on the US and European countries? Its looking apparent that fighting the Taliban is a losing proposition. I guess in the ideal situation, if they really are just Nationalists with no international terrorist intentions, they could be recruited to be part of an Afghan army with an objective to fight Al-Qaeda. But that’s obviously easier said then done.

    It looks like Obama is planning on reassessing the situation in Afghanistan. Hopefully he makes the right decisions, whatever they may be.

  4. I agree it’s our war Neftali but Obama is the commander in chief so any further decision making falls squarely on his shoulders with our troops bearing the brunt of his decision. All we can do is continue support our soldiers,friends and their families as they carry out his orders.

  5. Neftali

    Looks like these videos are not entirely accurate is stating there is no link between the Taliban and al-Qaida. New Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, describes his group’s relationship to al-Qaida as one of “love and affection.” Do we really wants these guys in charge again?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33184917/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia

  6. Richard C

    We blew any chance in Afghanistan when Bush and Dumbsfeld didn’t kill or captured Osama bin Laden. Now we are nothing more than another occupier to the people who have to live there after we go home.

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