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Old June 26th, 2011, 04:43 PM
James Brody James Brody is offline
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Arrow McCarthy's Mistake

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: War and Sharia in AfgPak

“News Flash One: The war in Afghanistan, an Islamic land, is a war waged by infidels (that would be us) against Muslim forces — the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, etc.

“News Flash Two: The operating theory of the American counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy in Afghanistan is that the hearts and minds of the population of this tribal sharia society will side with us non-Muslims in a war against their fellow Muslims, most of whom are also their fellow Afghans.

“Which is to say, our strategy is insane…”

Reaction to McCarthy and Insanity

McCarthy and I believe similar things but we also know different things and we sometimes draw different conclusions.

I believe that the genetic contributions to an individual’s conduct still produce – even after a thousand years in a Muslim society – secularists and deists although both must survive by silence. True in Iraq, true in Iran, and true in Afghanistan. This is particularly true when one side is surrounded by the opposite extreme that is also supported by the “independents” who do whatever the neighbors do. True in politics and true in the history of a culture, there is roughly a one-third representation of each group and each third has its turn in the spotlight.

Afghanis have never lost a war…they defect to the winning side. So it is said. And the American soldiers and their allies, the South Vietnamese, should not have lost. Ghosts arose from people who helped an American soldier and temporarily had freedom to speak. They still walk the hills, fields, and waters around Saigon and through passes into Cambodia. The ghosts from Saigon, Cambodia, China, and Soviet Russia will quickly find another 100,000 joining them from the “top of the world.”

I remember a photo on the cover of a book. It shows an American Marine kicking a soccer ball with an Afghani child. Does that image and our departure sentence that child to mutilation and death?
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