Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Brother's Deploying

My baby brother, Gomez, is on his way to Afghanistan for a year-long deployment (after which he passes the baton to my other younger brother, Vincenzo). Another year away from his family, another year worrying about the well-being of the young soldiers he'll be commanding.

To me, the main tragedy of Afganistan is that the United States government did not do nearly enough to help the population after using them as proxies in the Cold War. We armed them, supported Islamic fanatics who went over there to wage war (Osama Bin Laden among them), we trained them how to fight a superpower, and then forgot about them until we were reminded of them in horrendous fashion on September 11, 2001. Even post 9/11, the U.S. government decided to engage proxies, and became embroiled in a war that had nothing to do with Sunni Islamic fundamentalist extremists. Twenty-one years after the Soviet withdrawal, the U.S. has soldiers fighting in this dirt-poor failed nation.

When will our leaders learn that they are not playing with Risk pieces, but with actual human lives, American as well as Afghan?

6 comments:

Substance McGravitas said...

It really stinks. I really don't have much of an idea what good can be done there. Offer each and every person a passport maybe?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

When will our leaders learn that they are not playing with Risk pieces, but with actual human lives, American as well as Afghan?

When someone makes them.

See Greenwald today.
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N__B said...

Shit.

Best wishes to baby bro.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks, all.

Another Kiwi said...

Best of luck yo Gomez, keep head and arse down, guy.
When the big nations stop acting like gangsters and the little nations stop acting like prostitutes (who, us?) we might see some real change for the better.

Von said...

Safe home, younger brother.