Next Quagmire Afghanistan
Don’t believe that convenient fiction, Dypak, that «we», unlike all those others, are altruistic and use our own resources to help the suffering in foreign lands. In 1629, Charles I of England granted the Massachusetts Bay Company its charter, in which, it was stated, that «the principal end of this plantation» was to rescue the natives from their bitter pagan fate. The Great Seal of the Colony depicts an Indian saying «Come Over and Help Us». How many members of the Wampanoag, Pequot, Nipmuck, or Massachuset tribes have you met lately ? Not being naive, the majority of Afghanis doesn’t fall for that line, rather regarding those who cooperate with the US invasion (to our shame, we even have Swedish troops there, to help kill people in their own country as a token of our loyalty to the Empire) as Vidkun Quisling epigoni. They regard it, rightly, as a war - a real war, with real people being murdered - on them and theirs. The best thing the United States could do would be to withdraw all its troops and dismantle all its bases there, but alas, what we have seen hitherto of Mr Obama’s policies shows there’s little chance of that….