more aliens

Today, I see a report that shores up the reverse logic of the previous post. Charlie Gibson reports with admirable empathy how the military is now accepting delivery of the latest generation Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Afghanistan, and how this rush into production will save precious American lives. This view through the looking glass sees the threat to American lives as the primary mission, even if imposing those protections have the effect of destroying the actual mission. What the average Iraqi or Afghan sees is not so much a humanitarian gesture on behalf of the Americans, but a greater degree of separation, where the occupation force is granted yet another  higher degree of impunity to enforce its will without consequences. In the end such moves may indeed save American lives, but most likely at the expense of increasing the odds of perpetual failure, because after 8 years of doggedly pursuing the logic of these “wars” the only thing really certain is that the Iraqi and Afghan people have developed no love for the face of freedom as exemplified by the US military and their operations. So if in fact, the mission is to inspire a taste for liberal democracy and a respect and lasting friendship for the USA for making that possible – then we have failed miserably and are destined to keep on failing, even if we never acknowledge it.

One Response to “more aliens”

  1. Novikov Says:

    Есть о чём задуматься.

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