All It Takes is One Why

Anyone familiar with Socrates knows his favorite question was why. Those who regularly converse and argue with others, especially about political topics, knows a strategically placed “why” can halt your opponent in his tracks. This simple, yet crucial question is asked far too rarely by both individuals inside and outside the government. Arab Media Shack, a favorite blog of mine, has a fantastic piece which I feel compelled to link to asking: Why is the Taliban the Enemy?

Grandmasta doesn’t claim to have deep knowledge about Afghanistan, but it seems to him that the current US approach is destined for failure. Over the past year violence has gotten worse and the US continues to lose soldiers and waste money there. But here’s Grandmasta’s question: Why is it important that we destroy the Taliban? Why is the Taliban being treated as an ineitable enemy that has to be eliminated in order for security to be achieved?

Afghanistan becomes a security threat to the US and its allies when it serves as a sanctuary for Al-Qaeda types to use as a base to plan and launch attacks against the US. For what other reason is Afghanistan important to the US? The situation that existed in Afghanistan before 9/11 was clearly a security threat to the US as Al-Qaeda could do whatever they wanted, and as we well know, they did just that. But why is the Taliban being lumped together with Al-Qaeda as an implaccable enemy that must be destroyed?

Read the rest here and be sure to leave your thoughts either there or here. Good thinking by Grandmasta, and the kind of basic questioning we don’t see often enough in the blogosphere.

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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3 Responses to All It Takes is One Why

  1. Ralph Hitchens says:

    Mullah Omar and the Taliban not only hosted Bin Ladin and al-Qaeda, they imposed a strict Wahhabist form of Islam on a state where previously Islam and the secular world of daily life coexisted fairly well. Women had at least a small piece of the action; they could be educated and had some property rights. The Taliban — nurtured with Saudi money in refugee camp madrasses in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier provinces during the Soviet war — was (and still is, of course) hostile to the traditional Afghan culture and can hardly be seen as a suitable partner for us in our “peacekeeping” role. But kudos to Grandmasta for thinking outside the box!

  2. Chirol says:

    They wouldn’t be a partner in any sense. The US would merely leave Afghan affairs to Afghans and not object to Taliban rule under the strict condition they have nothing to do with international terror. Were they to host training camps or any kind of ties with terror, we would attack.

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