QUOTE (Passionate Homo Sapiens Ingester @ Jun 5 2010, 08:46 AM)
However, having invaded the country under the aegis of a coalition of legitimate states, there is a duty to behave well, and to be the best - again not just at killing. I don't agree that should necessarily be enforced by a bunch of directives. We certainly shouldn't, on discovering our enemies don't like us, resort to fighting an insurgency by calling off all bets and being not quite as bad as them.
If you'd rather just be rude or try and prove you're smarter or more right than me, then you could at least wait until I disagree with you. Not every attack on a right wing view is an attack on the entire right that I'm indulging in because I'm ignorant liberal scum who hates America*.
*Indicating general right-wing straw men.
Considering the situations of my friends speaking with the Afghan people face to face, and my personal contact with such people.......... considering the Afghan people see the war as a military situation taking place with the realm of where they live, not within their country.....
You see, they know there are arbitrary borders and thats how they consider them. They dont acknowledge them. So, to them, this is how this situation is....this is how they see the middle east, this is the area of the Poshtuan man:http://img143.imageshack.us/i/warasitis.jpg/
The US military action in their eyes, happens to be taking place in Helmand. Only that. They realize that actions are happening against the Taliban. From village to village is an undeniable difference in world that most people in educated countries dont realize or wont contemplate.
So, the premise you present of us invading and the idea of being a better man, while it may be true for mainstream USA, and maybe UK, its not to an Afghan at all.
They have very few things they value in life. Honor, respect, and the rules and principles they set throughout their history. I currently spend days learning about Afghanistan from these people, most days or the week.
The idea you presented is true, but its only to be sufficient in front of the American publica, and Europe, icluding Britain.
As for you saying the view is right wing, well, Im glad you classify views according to a political system without thinking that they may be on a case by case basis. According to you, I dont have thoughts, No, Im agreeing with the right wing because my opinion is being forced through a tunnel that leads to that idea. Congratulations on classfication without allowing possibility of free choice backed by fact, and the opinion based on it.