No Way Out of Afghan War Without Grim Choices

The peace movement assumes the fighting in Afghanistan will end if the US announces that the US troops would pull US troops out in a speedy fashion, and the US progressive agenda would be back on track again.

When the Russians left not only were Western oriented women forced into burkas, but the bloodbath from rebels fighting among themselves increased when compared to the killings during the war with the USSR. Today there are two generations of men whose only job they knew was soldier or a related job like spy and police officer. The US is unintentionally supplying both sides of the war. Individual Taliban soldiers are hired to join the government’s side. Imagine if drug dealers in this country were told to quit and if they did they would get a new job as police officers.

The same day that Obama announced a speedy withdraw, a woman in Kabul would cry about having to wear the burka again, and all but kidnap the western reporter to take her with him when he leaves and things will go downhill from there. It doesn’t have to be that way, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar a powerful Taliban supporting warlord goon announced plans for a power-sharing government as the US leaves and Afghan President Karzai personally began negotiating with his representative. Even before Hekmatyar’s representative met Karzai the US media noticed Karzai was corrupt and had heaped lavish praise on Iran. No one noticing he had also lavishly praised the Chinese government while begging for peace help from China, and he begged Saudi Arabia to be a mediator between him and the Taliban. The Taliban’s usual response was they don’t negotiate with traitors.

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul could have a real stop funding the war bill with a preamble that this should be done even if those women in Kabul who don’t want to wear burkas are whipped instead, and if all the unemployed fighters try to find new, they get no where. But instead would lobby "We know there would be different problems but the US can’t afford a bankrupting war", he might listen more, and end up with less of a backlash if the carnage gets worse.

No one seems to note that far less people are dying now in the Afghan War including civilians then in most wars, Mullah Omar has a strict Taliban code of ethics, google it with the NY Times for the most detail, President Karzai doesn’t have secret prisons like in Iraq but keeps complaining of too many civilian deaths and General McChrystal keeps talking about wining the hearts and the minds. Any one of them could be replaced by a hot head, and make things far worse. So its time to get out, but this will only happen if those that lobby for US withdrawal will admit that US getting out will not mean the war is over.

By the way the US has a knack for spending like we are in a real war to end all wars, even though people are dying like it was a skirmish. Since the euro is also weak if we don’t get out we will end up worrying about starvation not war.

For more details, please google the three originals, “No Way Out of Afghan War, (unless the US faces up to grim choices)”
“Peacemaker Afghan President Karzai needs help from the Peace Community”

By Richard Kane,



I'm retired in Philadelphia. Non religious but there seems to be a life force that I see as more personal than is usually expressed.

I was raised a Quaker (common with Christian Jewish intermarriage back them) But my father was a total pacifist and during World War II, at the time that being so was difficult.

Upbringing included father trying not to get physical, yet still defend us kids from my harsh stepmother until she got her citizenship papers, after which they could get divorced. Been involved in peace issues since the anti-fallout shelter protests through Vietnam and Iraq.

I wrote "Greedy Little Squirrels and Lifeboat ethics,” 1977, when the Moonies were coming to America and got heavily harassed by them. I also think bin Laden is extremely dangerous like the leader of a barroom brawl, who has been manipulating this country into using the US to get Muslims angry enough to join his suicidal permanent war group. Before 9/11 young Muslims rebelled by wearing by covering their hair a little less than expected and at least winking at each other, now he changed rebellion into being militancy. The Northern Alliance would have been legitimately in charge long ago had he not baited the US into entering Afghanistan.

Obama is making a mistake in my mind with how to stop bin Laden’s dream of permanent war in a divided world but less of a mistake than most anyone else would. If due to currency collapses from out ever more expensive weapons the US stops fighting al Qaeda, then other counties will. If it ends up being Iran, the Sunni Shiite divide will be enormous. Al Qaeda is already convinced that the atheist China is a serious enemy, and the Russians have fought for brutally and inadvertently convinced far more Muslims than the US did that they considered Islam itself to be the enemy.

I never stopped supporting Jimmy Carter when everyone turned on him and I support Obama as well, but think he will have to use a lot more persuasion and less force if they aren’t going to succeed at bankrupting us. However Obama has tried less force and al Qaeda has started to respond in kind trying to limit the victim’s in the way of their primary attacks.
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