Time for a reckoning in Afghanistan, followed by a homecoming
KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the gates of a NATO base and airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, triggering a blast that killed nine Afghans, officials said. The Taliban claimed the attack was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran.
The violent uprising in the streets, while possibly led by the Taliban, is composed of ordinary “peaceful” Muslims;
Of course, these facts may not become widely known, because no one is supposed to mention the main significance of what has happened here. First, as usual, Muslims — not al-Qaeda terrorists, but ordinary, mainstream Muslims — are rioting and murdering over the burning (indeed, the inadvertent burning) of a book. Yes, it’s the Koran, but it’s a book all the same — and one that, moderate Muslims never tire of telling us, doesn’t really mean everything it says anyhow.
Muslim leaders and their leftist apologists are also forever lecturing the United States about “proportionality” in our war-fighting. Yet when it comes to Muslim proportionality, Americans are supposed to shrug meekly and accept the “you burn books, we kill people” law of the jungle. Disgustingly, the Times would inure us to this moral equivalence by rationalizing that “Afghans are fiercely protective of their Islamic faith.” Well then, I guess that makes it all right, huh?
The choice? Either pull out and abandon the people of Afghanistan to their choice now, or surge the country one last time, tell the Afghan Army “Here you go, it’s all yours,” then get the hell out.
The first choice any idiot of a leader can do, and a nation tired of war may well back that course of action. The problem with that choice is our forces would likely face an emboldened enemy and possibly many KIA as they retreat toward embarkation points to load out and leave.
Choice number two requires strong leadership, and the wisdom to know who the bad guys really are, rather than reflexively blaming his own troops. In other words, attributes our current Commander in Chief lacks.
Unfortunately we can’t be sure we’ll have a CinC any time in the near future with the strength and courage to match that of the forces he commands. All we can do is hope the one we have will get a clue. I’m not especially confident of that going forward.