Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Didn't We Invade Afghanistan and Iraq to Secure Freedom?


Anything But Straight
August 18, 2009
http://www.waynebesen.com/2009/08/didnt-we-invade-afghanistan-and-iraq-to.html


or http://tinyurl.com/p85dqm


Didn't We Invade Afghanistan and Iraq to Secure Freedom?


In the not too distant past, most Americans couldn't tell a Pashtun from a cartoon, a Sunni from a Moonie or a Kurd from bean curd. Then came 9-11 and we learned our very survival depended on securing freedom for people we barely knew existed. Exorcising the region's demons through democracy was so important, we were told, that America would pay for the effort in blood and bankruptcy.

Despite the bumbling and fumbling of the war effort, the bitter divisions in our country and the wheelbarrows of dough dumped in the desert, there was always the faint hope that a better Middle East might just emerge from the mess. And, whatever one thinks of the two wars, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban were real villains who were vanquished.

The idea, of course, was that once these monsters were slain, they'd be replaced with the sane. But, the monsters have multiplied and Sasquatch has morphed into a bevy of Big Foots (or is it Big Feet?). It appears that for all of our sacrifice - and that of the secular Iraqi and Afghanistani people - the crazies are back in control. Or, at least fanatics have instilled enough fear that "mainstream" Iraqi and Afghanistani politicians are tripping over themselves to please and appease.

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complete at http://tinyurl.com/p85dqm

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