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I too want us out of Afghanistan - and as soon as possible.  I hate to see my tax dollars and our country's precious resources wasted making the lives of others more miserable. However, let's be honest here - People are People and they tend to be victims of their circumstances.  

We (which means the American Government and its people) invaded a country famous for turning back invaders.  We tried to impose a democracy on a people that are mostly illiterate.  We tried to form a nation from people with tribal identities. How could we think this would turn out okay?  So let's stop making things worse and get out.

That being said, the people of Afghanistan are People.  They (the people of Afghanistan) didn't choose to live in one of the poorest, least educated, remote and difficult places on the planet.  They are saddled with one of the worst infant mortality rates for Earthlings.  They were born there and have little hope of getting out.  We have many options in comparison.

So... when we are frustrated with the debacle that we have imposed on the People of Afghanistan, let's not blame them for being:

"primitive" (they are not rich in technology , but neither are the Amish and I don't hear them being called primitive (which suggests someone less worthy)),

living in a "hell-hole" (yes, it probably sucks to live there, but I don't hold it against them any more than I hold it against someone for being from AZ (which they could probably have more control over))

I say let the Afghan People be.  We won't change their world for the better at gunpoint.  We just make the world hate us more by killing so many innocent civilians.  I want us out of Afghanistan because I do care about "them" and "us".  We are all Earthlings.  Let's not demonize those we terrorize.

Originally posted to too many people on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 01:33 PM PDT.


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