The U.S.-led Afghanistan war is 10 years old today. As Americans protest on Wall Street and even Wichita, the longest war in our history passes quietly.
On Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush told Americans that “their patience would be tested in the months ahead.”
Ten years on, there are more than 10 times as many U.S. troops there as when the war began. And a majority of Americans now say the war is not worth fighting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Almost half of the population of Afghans is younger than 15 and have little or no firsthand memories of the day. Older Afghans seem to feel the war, which ended Taliban rule, has moved beyond its original intent.”
Although President Obama plans to withdraw 10,000 troops this year, few people know the facts. Numbers like these;- $1.28 trillion,- 1,801 U.S. troops killed, 11, 200 Afghan civilians killed. These numbers, even when seen and heard, have little effect on people today.
Are we so desensitized by ongoing war, political bickering, and the world’s poor economy that we forget?
Didn’t we go there with intentions to make the world a better place and help those oppressed by the Taliban?
Of course, I do not have the answers, only doubts and questions. I do know one thing in my heart; might, power and money do not make anyone’s point of view more correct than another’s, but only serve to hide the truth…. and, history repeats itself.
PRAY FOR PEA CE
This is a poster that hangs in my bedroom. It’s the real thing, printed in 1969.
For those readers who are not old enough to remember, there was something you don’t see today; real, honest reporting directly from the war-front & great journalism by people like Walter Cronkite, always accompanied by the nightly “body count”.
Printed at the bottom: All statistics from Department of Defense – March 1, 1969
- Ten years on, McChrystal says US still does not understand Afghanistan (colonel6.com)
- Afghan war hits 10-year mark to little fanfare (cbsnews.com)
- Taliban propped up by Pakistan, says Karzai (independent.co.uk)
- Karzai: Pakistan Props Up Taliban (huffingtonpost.com)
- Afghans demand immediate U.S., NATO pullout (cbsnews.com)