I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but it was reported today that a U.S. soldier went on a murdering spree and killed 16 Afghan civilians.
Likely, something like “The Walking Dead” or the NCAA basketball tournament announcements caught your eye… Granted, when we do stupid things in other countries, not much attention is grabbed.
But, really? It should be. Now, granted, this is not the worst thing Americans have done while occupying another country. No, that would be the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. In that one, we managed to kill somewhere between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in what can only be described as a horrific, senseless butchering.
Even though this was (maybe) one guy (or possibly a group of drunk soldiers) only killing 16 civilians, history has already told us exactly what we need to do: leave.
Now, sure, I’m not a military man. So when I ask what exactly we’ve really been doing over there for the past 10 years, especially over the past couple of those, I personally don’t expect a good answer. There may be one. I don’t really know. But it seems to me like we’ve been sitting over there, fighting skirmishes, getting killed… but over what?
And now, we have stupid mistake after stupid mistake rapidly piling up.
First, we have American soldiers urinating on Afghan bodies at the beginning of the year, being utterly and completely disrespectful to the dead. Something to which I understand is generally frowned upon.
Then, we have soldiers carelessly burning copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book. This led to riots, which led to at least six Americans and 30 Afghans dead. This happened mere weeks ago, if that.
And now, we have a soldier, possibly more, murdering 16 civilians. Not only are the incidents happening more frequently, but they’re also escalating in stupidity, terribleness and fallout. Because, trust me, there will be a fallout on this one.
If Vietnam taught us anything, it’s that lengthy combat with a somewhat elusive and difficult to define enemy for reasons that are massively political and seem to serve no true purpose for America as a whole is a bad idea. And that’s really what seems to be going on here.
We’re fighting terrorism and terrorists, who aren’t really clearly defined by uniforms or anything… we went over there for 9/11, but we killed Osama bin Laden and many MANY others in the high rankings, so revenge has been had… Why are we still there?
Granted, Barack Obama has a plan to get our troops out by 2014… but that’s too slow. Even if that was just right before, the past three incidents over these past three months have shown that we need to leave. ASAP.
Our initial goal was to try and stop people that wanted to hurt us. Now? We’re practically recruiting people to want to hurt us. And the dead on both sides will continue to pile up. We can’t win in a war against an idea. We can only survive. So, the best thing to do? Get as many of our people as possible out of there alive.
At this rate, it feels like we’re gearing up to go through another My Lai massacre. We, as human beings, can’t let that happen. Bring the troops home, and do it now. It’s better for everyone.