Their homes, families and community all plunged into onslaught. Any attempt to leave there is resistance on both sides and many are forced to hold out hoping for a better outcome. The problem Taliban and Al-Qaeda are embedded deep into communities some attempts to flush them out results sever retaliation. In some cases these areas are under their control as they operate shadow governments independent of the nations own government. This has permitted an existence of either necessity or generated support from local residents. U.S. troops humanitarian assistance rejected out of fear by civilians. That it may arouse suspicion and retaliation from Taliban & Al-Qaeda forces. This action would have garnered support against Taliban or Al-Qaeda. If only a more aggressive ability to extract such negative violations upon crime riddled communities once ignored by Afghan government now fosters the war zone we know today.
Opponents as the Taliban or Al-Qaeda are difficult to identify and extract for U.S. forces. A concept similar in Vietnam there is no better camouflage when they look like any local. The outcry women and children are victims instead of the enemy forces. Well our opponents are married some with children and apart of the conflict. They are absorbed in these communities. Just as the U.S. soldiers have families that support them and an engrained part of our culture. No chance separating civilians by gender or age a task not taken lightly. The action will inflict insurmountable hostility. It’s unavoidable some our opponents have families that support their efforts and yet others trapped by circumstance therefore fated as war casualties.
The Limited Options:
The best battle strategies would be to remove our opponents system of support or supplies. Unfortunately, are provided by the families of fighting Taliban or Al-Qaeda. Strategic ability to cut off weapon supplies removes food and medicine to women and children. Strategic ability to bomb weapon stores as in World War II you bomb homes of women and children. Remember ‘˜Rosie the Riveter’ from World War II building the machines of war. The Germans utilized Jewish children into manufacturing shells toward the end of the war. The Japanese also had children working in factories out of sheer necessity. This knowledge has only aided in prolonging the war effort in Afghanistan nine years now. Given most countries there also exists prejudices against certain minority groups within their society. This becomes problematic as Taliban or Al-Qaeda forces may use U.S. and U.N forces to commit genocide. If a discriminated population exists for Taliban or Al-Qaeda then the following actions may occur: falsely labeled targets, use as human shields or children exploited as incendiary devises or spies. There lies a problem with socialization with divides in varied languages and ethic cultures in Afghanistan.
No plan in dealing with this problem exists without causing psychological harm. Do we separate people in a society like we did in World War II: Japanese interment camps and English children sent way to the countryside or abroad to avoid the blitz. Countless experts have only identified the sources that create further issues. The matter of warfare must be pursued do to threats the world can’t be ignored. There is no architectural plan to prevent war from occurring. There are consistent efforts trying to eliminate the civilian casualties the success rate is still not as substantial. The important part that concessions are being made as an on-going effort. Though the attempt is still being pushed forward as in south of Kandahar some 400 civilians have been evacuated in a surge into southern Afghanistan. A great feat but still most civilian casualties are also the result of Taliban insurgent activities. The U.S and U.N coalition forces don’t plant IEDs the leading loss of life in the Afghan war civilians.
Until a solution is developed the elimination of civilian casualties are unforeseeable. Even with talks to negotiate with the Taliban will incur a false peace till we return with casualties not yet born the next generation to fight in war. These are not new events they’ve existed in the U.S. Revolutionary War, U.S. Civil War, World War I & II, Korea and Vietnam. If you look at the war fought last on U.S. soil there are stories of women and children being burned in their homes and worse by rouge soldiers or were they not seen as something else? Considering wives, widows and children cast bullets, continued business that supplied money, food and additional support for their soldier father’s, husbands and brothers. The fact that young sons may soon join their father or brother side at the war front it’s hard to say if we can really separate the innocent. Our military warriors of today must show more civility than the aggressors to win over proponents for peace. Especially, the recent attempt on Times Square the goal is the highest casualty count possible without discrimination.
Defining the Enemy:
Many have asked what business do we have to engage in this mayhem? Well, this conflict began years before 9/11 while we looked the other way. The country of Afghanistan and Iraqi has been inflicted with corrupt and a broken government for years, leaving vigilantes in charge of running the country in mini-city states such as by the Taliban or Al-Qaeda. Once in influence they over take the local economies most productive resources in this case opium and weapons or other resources to gain power. The second they suppress those that would impose them through measures of control. These measures are usually begun positive at first as measures to improve a society such as return to ethics, religion or traditions. Then the process is to strip one by one measures of self-sufficiency and ability to fight back. The best measure is to control contact with others, restrict knowledge and create a base that appears more suppressed than the control group. The most common higher engaged suppress group is usually the weakest in a society; women, children and minorities therefore controlling a group, out of fear and restricting the ability to protect them. The last engagement of control enforces recruitment with perks that it is better to be apart than against their choice. If the person refuses ensuring the oppression they knew no longer exists but now is worse because of refusal forcing a return to a corrupt ideology.
These tactics are the same any domestic abusers engage upon victims in documented domestic violence cases and are utilized in a global scale such as by Drug Cartels, Warlords in Africa, and Adolph Hitler. It’s not that they desire to support the oppression it’s a matter of survival by the only means known with no other knowledge that a different possibility of life exists. That a different possibility doesn’t exist for them any longer it has become a fantasy and a myth. The choice to leave this existence is removed in a form of mental, social and physical slavery. Those involved into this life will not see it there is no comparative lifestyle if it is viewed its alien and frightening. So, this becomes the supporting forces that we fight it’s a sad twist of life threads that generate the ropes that bind a war and a society. It’s amazing how such a small problem increases to a larger issue. Which begun over some thirty years ago as something simple as gang related activity or organized criminal behavior. Unchecked they have escalated into war we all know today.
In a last ditch effort to bring stability U.S. and Coalition Forces had began training efforts to combat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces using brute force tactics. This doesn’t address the issue of defining and combating the tactics that generate an enemy state nor repel an environment that leads to war. Unfortunately, a quick bandage to bleeding wound slows the bleeding only to see it resurface later. Enabling troops to disengage from the enemy territory now without assurance of future return on their future generations. If the small nuisance of conflict started as a child growing up suppressed these brute force tactics only further alienate this child. It will grow and return with more virulent aggression problems as much stronger adult. Unless a seed of stability is planted before disengagement it leaves too many wrong opportunities. One can assume it does take a village to raise a child the question is what sort of child the global world desires to produce?
The Cost of Repeating Past Mistakes:
Over a thousand years ago, King Midas made the Gordian knot. The ox cart he drove into history to become king was tied to a post inside a temple bound by his complex woven Gordian knot system. Many years later, one man broke the knot ‘˜Alexander the Great’ with a sword and was awarded the right to rule over Asia Minor, the very region U.S. troops are fighting in today. An area steeped in history as a nation long conquered and engaged in conflict throughout history seldom striking it’s own liberty. Alexander’s actions demonstrated hash measures must be taken even cutting the knot without sparing the rope. So is the issue when the threads of life are woven with great complexity into a knot of war. Our only measure slash through the knot of conflict communities, when separating the cart of war from the post of society. The difference Alexander the Great desired to conquer the world and we desire to eliminate the world’s terrorism. Good intentions aside we still face the same cruel fate since no feasible solution truly exists not even today.
It’s problematic that we can’t devise a way to extract the few bad apples from the bushels on King Midas’s ox cart before war insinuates again. Even with peace talks and the closing of war, how many of those bad apples will spoil the bushels feeding our future. The spoiling fruits feeding Afghans high illiteracy, unequal education, poverty, inequalities among citizens, limited standards of basic existence, and corrupt government. These oppressions so great, that in pockets of the region one would describe life there as returning to 200 BC. A travesty for a nation with what should be known for a rich culture steeped in a long and diverse history the Greek knowledge spread by Alexander the Great, the path of Marco Polo and spread of Buddhism that too destroyed by Taliban activities. A nation that could have strived in the present day from its historical wealth and cultural heritage a source of travel economy stripped away. Now stands isolated with its heritage eroded and ruminants of historical power destroyed by issues for power, domination and control. Who knows how long the threads of fate will be for peace; as the threat still looms on future generation weaving another knot for war, cause we fail to weave a quilt of peace. Nor can we, as we don’t have a solid pattern to generate a blanket of protection.