"Money was maliciously introduced in ancient times as a tool of enslavement" -
Michael Tellinger

"The present belongs to the future and future generations, and all old laws, religious and other, should be abrogated immediately. Free us!" - Vinay Gupta on Twitter

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"You find the strangest ways to be positive!" - Diane Duane, Wizards Abroad

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Afghanistan revisited - again (updated)

Following my earlier comment on Afghanistan (http://mypersonalblogccm.blogspot.com/2009/12/day-to-think-about-afghanistan-links.html ) Here's a further update (1/1/10): Tom Tomorrow on The Idea of Obama. Articulates a lot! http://www.credoaction.com/comics/?s=idea+of+Obama&x=31&y=15

100,000 of us have signed a petition to halt Obama's plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, and it was just presented to Congress by Rep. Grayson. We are calling on our elected representatives to stop this madness by refusing to fund it. Watch this brief video of the petition being presented to Congress here: http://rethinkafghanistan.com/?utm_source=graysonread

I knew this would end up just like our misadventure in Viet Nam eventually, and now here we are, with Obama stepping into Lyndon Johnson's shoes. But it's not too late to change course, truly.

My Dec. 1 post on Afghanistan, below, represents my perspective on this war and I won't repeat myself here. But there's another recommendation I'd add to that - probably right next to the bit about Women for Afghan Women: check out the author Greg Mortenson at http://www.threecupsoftea.com/
His Three Cups of Tea (about how this mountain climber, just one guy on his own, stumbled into Afghanistan and learned how to really do business there, and how if we really want to change things for the better there, the key is education for women, which seems obvious to me and probably anybody reading this, but can't be repeated enough, apparently) has been a phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller.  And his new book Stones into Schools looks to be just as enlightening. The current popularity of this author gives me hope.

On his Worksite blog Matt Witt reviews a book that fits here too; he writes:
A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya (Scribner). Joya is a young woman elected to Afghanistan's parliament in 2005 at the age of 27 and then suspended from her post because of her outspoken criticism of the regime. "We Afghans remain trapped between two enemies," she writes, "the Taliban on one side and U.S./NATO forces and their warlord hirelings on the other." The Karzai government, she says, is no better than the Taliban, and Afghans must be allowed to determine their own destiny. "I hope President Obama in particular will be made to understand that more troops, more bombs, and an expanded war will solve nothing," she concludes.

I've also edited a review of Half the Sky for our local newsletter and will put it here too, if I can get permission.

It's true, but seldom reported, that when 9/11 happened, research showed that the American people were primed for a new Marshall Plan sort of thing - we really wanted to help people in that part of the world and make friends with them. If we'd taken that course, no doubt we'd have made mistakes, but at least (if we'd had leaders with the character to bring out the best in us, which we might have had, if we'd gotten the president we'd chosen instead of a coup), we'd have done some good and wouldn't have done so much harm - especially considering the economic resources we've squandered instead, simply making warmongers richer.

There have been so many missed opportunities for this country during my lifetime. And it's not just the USA at fault. Honestly, I really feel that if the human race doesn't overcome and outgrow its habit of wars of agression very soon, and start investing, instead, in a better life for all, then we don't deserve to continue as a species. We have to outgrow the old evolutionary path, which puts sociopaths in charge of tribes (and now corporations and governments) and lead, instead, with our rational brains from now on, or we're sunk and we'd deserve to be an evolutionary dead end. We may already be, considering the powerful natural forces our irrational species has set in motion, that are leading to destabilization of the environment that supports our life here. Which leads us to.... Copenhagen: what on earth do they think they're doing there?

No comments: