THE REAL LESSON OF AFGHANISTAN IS THAT REGIME-CHANGE DOES NOT WORK | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE REAL LESSON OF AFGHANISTAN IS THAT REGIME-CHANGE DOES NOT WORK

SOURCE: NICOLAS DAVIES VIA COUNTERPUNCH

The trove of U.S. “Lessons Learned” documents on Afghanistan published by the Washington Post portrays, in excruciating detail, the anatomy of a failed policy, scandalously hidden from the public for 18 years. The “Lessons Learned” papers, however, are based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies will keep intervening militarily in other countries, and that they must therefore learn the lessons of Afghanistan to avoid making the same mistakes in future military occupations.

This premise misses the obvious lesson that Washington insiders refuse to learn: the underlying fault is not in how the U.S. tries and fails to reconstruct societies destroyed by its “regime changes,” but in the fundamental illegitimacy of regime change itself. As former Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz told NPR just eight days after 9/11, “It is never a legitimate response to punish people who are not responsible for the wrong done. If you simply retaliate en masse by bombing Afghanistan, let us say, or the Taliban, you will kill many people who don’t approve of what has happened.”

The “Lessons Learned” documents reveal the persistent efforts of three administrations to hide their colossal failures behind a wall of propaganda in order to avoid admitting defeat and to keep “muddling along,” as General McChrystal has described it. In Afghanistan, muddling along has meant dropping over 80,000 bombs and missiles, nearly all on people who had nothing to do with the crimes of September 11th, exactly as Ben Ferencz predicted

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only place here, where Davies misses the mark, is in not crediting the role the independent media has played, in working assiduously, to get the truth out there, for those who would actually take the time to read, and/or listen to it.

This nearly 20 year horrific and catastrophic failure, on the part of the US government, no matter who was in charge, caused many a person holding even a slightly unconventional view on this war, based on what facts emerged, to be branded as "an idiot", or worse.

Folks, the butt-ugly truth about Afghanistan is the following; the only guy who was able to conquer, and hold, this region through a series of dynastic alliances and marriages, was Alexander the Great; and that was only for a relatively short time.

Yes, the country sits over an embarrassment of riches, between the pipelines, and rare earth elements; but the Afghani people have got to have the opportunity to create a new country and a new society from within.

The sorry state of corruption in which the US has left this country, not to mention our ex-military who are dying with cancer, because their housing was occasionally placed right on top of chemical dumpsites, with zero thought to their safety, has to be remedied.

But instead of billions for war, the US government should be spending money on treating our Vets, and focusing on allowing Afghanis the opportunity to emerge as whole as possible, given a chance to educate their kids, and sleep in peace.

The bottom line here is, this was "unwinnable" from its very inception, and it is high time for Americans to come home, permanently.

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