Comments on: Will more foreign troops bring peace to Afghanistan? http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/ Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Kabir Das http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2054 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:35:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2054 Mr. Mike Emory:
You seem to have left this post without completing the discussion. Is it because:
a. You got convinced of my view point.
and/or
b. The few questions that I asked you were too tough or embarrasing for you to answer.

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By: Kabir Das http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2043 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 18:04:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2043 Mr. Mike Emory:
It would have saved you lot of effort and time to write what you wrote had you first ascertained which country I belong to and where am I right now. Well, be it known to you that I am a Pakistani and live in Pakistan. Now please go ahead and advise me accordingly.
However, before you do that please do let me know if you
a. have ever been outside your country.
b. know anyother language other than English.
c. have ever read any foreign news paper.
d. know about anyother religion other than Christianity.
Will look forward to your response. Have a nice day or night as the case may be.

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By: Mack http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2040 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:34:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2040 Nice Topic…

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By: Mike Emory http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2039 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 05:43:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2039 I would like to send a comment to Mr. Kabir and Mr. Hitesh. Where are you? What country are you in right now? Afghanistan? Are you here in America? Why are you here now instead of Afghanistan or where ever you came from? Well, it seems to me, now that you’ve spent so much time here in the home of the free and land of the brave and have converted to Christianity, the religion of our founders, and that you’re an expert on what America should do, that you should go to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Maylaysia and and negotiate a peace treaty for us with the radical islamic terrorist. When you’re finished come on back to the good ole U.S.A. and let the average American decide if your head should be separated from your body by a noose!

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By: Mike Emory http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2038 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 05:11:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2038 Dear Editors,
I guess I’m supposed feel very grateful that so far I’m 2 for 3 in having my comments posted.!? I’m not a college graduate in journalism, an indoctrination better referred to, in my opinion, as advocates of socialism or “obamanism” these days. I just feel that my best comment was not chosen to be posted. In your liberaly taught, infinate wisdom can you explain to me how the ignorant, the uneducated, the brain-damaged from drug use or parental (1960’s) drug use (normally some type of hippie-want-to-be) afflicted Americans will know that they don’t fit in with mainstream America? You’d think that for all that money that your parents spent for a piece of paper that says your smart you’d realize that even those who edit are under scrutiny in a socialist or islamic government.

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By: Mike Emory http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2037 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 04:05:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2037 Your comment is awaiting moderation? What’s that all about? Moderated with whom or by whom? Man, if I can’t express myself here, provided I’m not using profanity, sending pictures of myself walking around with my pants hanging down around my knees, or wearing a towel or wave cap around my head threatening to kill every American or policeman I see, what is there to moderate? I’m wondering if I should feel “offwended” or have I lapsed into a “Rip Van Winkle” and am just waking up to find out that Barak Hussien O’roadside-boma has already been elected as president of what used to be the United States of America? We’ll have debate on these matters or we’ll have revolution!

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By: Mike Emory http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2035 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 03:03:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2035 With the fate of the western world at risk there should be alot of concern. At the same time, with the fate of Christianity at risk, God help us if we don’t get serious with Pakistan and let them know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that they will eliminate the terrorist in their country, or we will. At the same time, we need to let the government of Afghanistan know that they will step up to the task of governing their country and stop catering to the “poppy growers”. If they cannot agree and start taking the appropriate actions that region could serve as a “nuclear curtain” against the Russians, who are prophesied to march south. In other words, make it a radio-active waste land. Does anyone remember how many troops the Soviet Union sent into Afghanistan? I could be wrong, but I think it was 80,000 at first and in the hundreds of thousands later as they were attacked by roadside explosive devices, “RPG”(rocket propelled gernade[Soviet]) and “LAW”(light anti-tank weapon [U.S.]) attacks. In the U.S. Army, we were too busy practicing “interlocking fire” in hopes of stopping an army that out-numbered 5 to 1, if they tried to roll across Europe, to pay real close attention. Can you imagine how, at that time, I was real confused as to why we kept having to go to Ft. Irwin, CA. (The Mojave Desert)for months at a time to practice “Desert Warfare”?

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By: Kabir Das http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2030 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:16:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2030 I think one of the problems and a major one at that is the lack of communication between Americans and Afghans.
The only language American know to speak is ‘force’. And the only language that Afghans don’t understand is ‘force’. This situation makes it incumbent on America to use some other language which Afghans may understand better.

Mr. Shams according to you: there is no doubt that afghanistan needs more boots on the ground until afghans become able to deter his enemy either militarily or politically.

May I ask you and who that enemy may be ???

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By: hitesh http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2025 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 06:06:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2025 i sincerely dont think that sending more trops in afganistan will solve the pupose of restoring peace in afganistan.the solution lies in integrating the efforts towards uniting the different tribes which are poles apart and then locating the exact problem and finding the solutions.i personally feels that all the major powers of their times, be it RUSSIA,BRITAIN OR NOW AMERICA;are more interested in showing their MIGHT by invading afganistan rather than the GENUINE NEED of solving the exact problem existing their. ” WHO NEED A WAR WHEN MATTERS CAN BE SOLVED AMICABLY. but feels like america is making good use of ” DEPLETING WEAPONS ARSENAL ” by making use in afganistan. GOOD GOOING AMERICA. ” POWER CORRUPTS ‘

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By: Kabir Das http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/comment-page-1/#comment-2007 Sat, 26 Jul 2008 17:42:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2008/07/25/will-more-foreign-troops-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/#comment-2007 British and Russians were no less powerful than the Americans in their own times and yet failed to subdue the Afghans. In certain respects they were in a better position to win in Afghanistan than the American. British had much more influence and control of the areas in the surrounding region and Russia was next door to Afghanistan and yet they failed. What makes America think that they will win this war which they are fighting on the opposite side of the earth from their homeland?
Let us forget about the recent American experience against a less formidable enemy in Iraq for the time being. America has used considerable force in Afghanistan for past seven years or so but what have they achieved so far? I reckon practically nothing.
My friendly advice to America will be to learn from the experience of others in Afghanistan and their own experience of wars in distant parts of the world and to read the writing on the wall.
An Afghan doesn’t have much to lose in this world and firmly believes he has much to gain in the life hereafter if he fights for his cause and dies. As it is, he has been seen to be more at peace with himself when he is at war. The war particularly now has become a way of life for the generation of Afghans that is fighting America for the freedom of their country following in the footsteps of their forefathers.
What should America do against an enemy such as this? Use more force? No! More force will only result in greater resistance to the foreign occupation and cause more deaths and mayhem on both sides than is now the case.
If the objectives of America in the Muslim world are indeed what it professes to be and not what the conspiracy theories claim then the solution to not only the Afghan problem but also to the Iraq problem, Iran problem, Pakistan problem, Palestine problem and all other such problems is a simple one. America should just review its foreign policy in the Muslim world and make it more just and equitable for all the countries in this region including Israel. Do this and you will see how the whole problem of terrorism gets dissolved in to thin air without the use of napalm and cluster bombs.
Will President Bush ever contemplate doing this? No! He is too much committed to win by force in Afghanistan before the expiry of his term in office. Will the next President of America do it? He may or he may not depend on whether he happens to be a ‘philosopher king’ or not. A ‘philosopher king’ was considered to be an ideal ruler by Socrates some 2,400 years ago. Anyway, even if he happens to be a ‘philosopher king’ he may have other compulsions and pressures from other quarters (which I needn’t name being so obvious) not to act this way. He may not be able to withstand or counter such pressures from such quarters because if it wasn’t for their support and consent he wouldn’t be sitting on his throne in the white house.
So for America to have a just and equitable foreign policy in the Muslim world it has got have a President who is not only a ‘philosopher king’ but who is also capable of winning the election without the help from any quarter representing the selfish vested interests of some country of the region.
In a nutshell I will say it is not more boots in Afghanistan but more wisdom on the part of America that will make some difference.
Till such a thing happens, I suppose, all we can do is pray for God’s mercy on all of us.

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