War, On Terror, In Afghanistan
Mother Davis looks at a picture of Afghanistan’s future, and notes,
Eight years ago, the USA went to fight in Afghanistan in order to end attacks on innocent civilians. In order to accomplish this, we’ve been launching attacks on civilians there ever since.
As many as 100 civilians were killed in an American attack in Afghanistan this week. President Obama says that he will make “every effort to avoid civilian casualties”. Does he really mean it? Does Obama plan to stop air strikes immediately? That’s what “every effort” would include, if Obama really meant what he said.
The sad thing is that I don’t believe that President Obama really meant what he said. It’s become clear that Obama has been sucked into the same twisted delusion that enabled George W. Bush to get the American military stuck in two quagmires at once: The belief that violence can be a tool for creating peace and social stability, if we just keep on using it for long enough.
We’ve had 8 years to try that approach in Afghanistan, and it still hasn’t brought results. Does Barack Obama not have any other ideas?
Thinking how Americans would react if this were one of their own children,