The About-to-Bite-Us War

By Callimachus | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, War

The private word from the people who are closest to these things is that Iraq is doing slightly better than most Americans think it is, and Afghanistanis in much more danger than most of us realize. Chances are you’ll be seeing more about it in the months to come, and it won’t be purple-fingered “good news.”

Here’s one assessment and prediction from the ground:

Our people in Tarin Kot (along with the Dutch and Aussies) are outnumbered. Several of the bases I saw seemed vulnerable to catastrophic attack as the enemy continues to strengthen. This didn’t say much for the unguarded places at which I was staying at night. Kabul might be relatively safe, but Southern Afghanistan is dead man country.

… Despite these reports, the obvious dangers our troops face isn’t making a big footprint in the news back in the US. When I say “our troopsâ€Â?, I mean that Canadian, Australian, British, French, Italian and Dutch and other blood of our allies is our blood. Their blood is as important as ours. And where are our friends the Indians?

Despite that there are firefights – big ones – occurring frequently, the soldiers are calling Afghanistan the Forgotten War. I am calling it The About to Bite us War because like a shark this beast has many rows of teeth.

The money from the massive opium harvest in 2006 will buy weapons and influence that will be used against us in the spring of 2007.

Remember, if you will, this was the one almost all of us but the fringes of the fringes agreed was just, necessary, and legal.

More here, excellent photojournalism, but better bring your high-speed connection.

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3 Responses to “The About-to-Bite-Us War”

  1. Swaraaj Chauhan Says:

    Please remember that Afghanistan became the graveyard of Communist dream as coloured by the Soviet Union, and later led to its disintegration. The details mentioned in the post above may appear startling but not unfamiliar.

    The massive Soviet attacks were repulsed by Afghans using primitive weapons. In history no one has so far been able to subdue these fearless and independent Afghans. The terrain and the atmosphere is so hostile that the soldiers from the US and Europe would take years to return to their usual self and be able to lead a normal family life.

    The Afghans have a different culture. You may call them “barbaric”, but that’s the way they are. I have a strong feeling that the repercussion of this war wouild later have serious economic, social and political consequences for the capitalist countries too. It is a matter of time, and Afghans have shown their patience and resilience down the centuries.

    In this futile war, probably being fought for geo-political/market reasons or sheer need to show the muscle power, the Western nations are putting at risk their own open societies and the economic wellbeing of their people. Pray what markets will you have in the bloodied terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan, with not a day passing without a terrorist attack.

    So if you don’t leave the Afghanis to their way of life, one day you would discover that your way of life is seriously theatened. I am afraid that day may not be very far!!!

  2. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    The only reason why we “succeeded” in Afghanistan (so far) is because we outsourced the bulk of the fighting to other Afghan tribes. Its amazing how so many anti-Bushies criticize that strategy.

    Swaraj has got a point. If we were to engage in Afghanistan by ourselves, it would be a graveyard far worse than anything we’ve seen in Iraq so far.

  3. Well read Says:

    Why are they in Iraq. Hussein was going to kill daddy!

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