Mother Davis turns off the radio and writes,
Fourteen Americans were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Hearing this, I remembered the days when one or two dead American soldiers in Afghanistan was enough of a big deal to make the news.
What did they die for? To defeat the Taliban and al Quaeda? It’s been eight years that the American military has been working on that problem, and during that eight years, the Taliban has become stronger, and al Quaeda has found refuge elsewhere.
For the freedom of Afghan women? Women in Afghanistan are still living in tremendous inequality, both in areas controlled by the Taliban and areas controlled by the central, American-supported government.
To protect us from terrorism? I think, in evaluating this point, we need to consider why we want to be protected from terrorism. It’s because we don’t want Americans to die, and we don’t want American property to be destroyed. Yet, in the name of protection from terrorism, we have sacrificed many times more lives than have ever been lost in terrorist attacks on American soil. We have spent our nation’s fortunes fighting wars designed to prevent terrorism. Many of the same politicians who voted in favor of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq now tell us that Americans’ basic medical care can’t be paid for, because there isn’t enough money.
Besides, terrorism does not appear out of nowhere. Al Quaeda and the Taliban have their roots in the earlier battle in Afghanistan between the Soviet Union and the American-supported muhajadeen, in the American military presence in Saudi Arabia. Al Quaeda gained strength working in reaction to the corrupt governments supported by the United States of America and the money funneled to those governments because of our immense hunger for petroleum.
The American-supported central government of Afghanistan has shown that it’s gone the way of other corrupt regimes that have fueled anti-American rage. Hamid Karzai’s government is filled with petty corruption and gross corruption alike. It’s an Islamic theocracy that doesn’t respect the human rights of its citizens. American efforts to prop up this government have resulted in large numbers of deaths among Afghan civilians, further inflaming anti-American anger.
To keep this effort going, fourteen Americans were sacrificed yesterday. More human sacrifices are to come.
Carrying a stack of eight calendars to the recycling bin,